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Funeral services for Jacob Bee Tanner Jr, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma are 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 4th at The Place Where They Play (SHS Gym). Officiating will be Brother Mike Christy. Pallbearers are Daniel Faddis, Billy Mc Nack, Brady Tanner, Brent Edwards, Clint Hall, Jesse Webb, and Brian Collins. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Lee, David Rhodes, Johnny Dale, Jerry Adams, Brandon Murray, and Drew Dixon. Interment will be held in the Piney Cemetery in Jay, Oklahoma at 2:00 pm under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences for the family may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.
Jacob Bee "Buddy" Tanner, Jr, age 61, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma passed away of natural causes on Friday, April 29, 2016, at approximately 1:30am at Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Jacob was born on September 16, 1954, in Claremore, Oklahoma to Jacob and Audrey (Harvey) Tanner. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, Paul Wesley Tanner.
Jacob is survived by three sons, Jacob Bee Tanner, III (Salina, OK), Jason Coaly Tanner (Jay, OK), Jason Daniel Harris (Wagoner, OK), one daughter, Amanda Brooke Tanner (Muskogee, OK) and six grandchildren. Jacob is also survived by one brother, Gary Tanner and four sisters, Christina Parsons, Daisy Potter, Kay Derringer and Louise Snyder.
Jacob had a love of sports from a young age. He began playing football at Jay, Oklahoma Jr. High against his parents' wishes and they discovered his playing by hearing his name announced over the loud speaker while driving past the football field. This love of football, other sports and people would shape the remainder of his life and lead to the impacts that he had on numerous student athletes.
Jacob spent over 35 years as an educator, coach, mentor and father figure to countless young men and women. He spent time as a teacher and coach at Sperry, Oklahoma, Jay, Oklahoma and over 20 years at Wagoner, Oklahoma. After retiring from the Oklahoma Public Education system, he began teaching and coaching at Tahlequah Sequoyah High School in 2006. As much as he loved coaching, he was just as devoted to his classroom and the Tahlequah Sequoyah Robotics Program.
He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, former and current student-athletes. Even though he has left this earth, his memory, influence, teachings, kindness, patience, drive to succeed, and commitment, will live on through all those that have been fortunate enough to have him be a part of their life.
Published on May 2, 2016
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