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George "Ned" Tankersley of Mt.Olive passed away Aug. 1, 2017, in Huntsville at the Floyd E. "Tut" Fann State Veterans Home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 4, at Moss Service Funeral Home, Wes Tankersley officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery, 3201 Mt.Olive Road, Mt. Olive. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to services.
"Ned" was born in West Point to Judge and Virginia Tankersley on Dec. 15, 1921. He graduated from West Point High School and joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He served until the end of World War II in 1946. After discharge from the Army, he attended Auburn University and taught agriculture classes for veterans. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and served as postmaster of the Mt. Olive Post Office for many years until his retirement in 1977. After retirement, he worked at what he really loved farming. He continued to farm, making his last garden when he was 90 years old. He also served as a supervisor with the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District for many years and was recognized for his work with many awards including State Supervisor of the Year in 1990. He also served as a deacon of Beechwood Baptist Church in Mt. Olive for many years and taught men's classes.
Ned is survived by one son, Paul Tankersley of Madison, Miss.; a daughter, Rebecca Sosebee of Huntsville; two sisters, Jo Morris of Birmingham and Catherine Jewett of Orlando, Fla.; four grandsons, Aaron Sosebee of Kwethluk, Alaska, David Sosebee of Huntsville, Clint Tankersley of Brandon, Miss., and Wes Tankersley of Madison, Miss.; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Judge and Virginia Tankersley; his wife, Charlene Tucker Tankersley; a son, David Tankersley; five sisters, Gladys Bailey, Sarah Jones, Billie Hunt, Evelyn Kilgo, and Grace Testa; four brothers, Harold Tankersley, Jack Tankersley, Gordon Lee Tankersley and John Paul Tankersley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mt. Olive Cemetery Trust Fund or to the Ebenezer Baptist Church-West Point Cemetery Fund.
Published on August 3, 2017
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