Robert Benjamin Tanner

Robert Benjamin Tanner, 73, of Simpsonville, SC passed away Monday, May 25, 2020 at his home after a year-long battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme.

Bobby was born May 31, 1946 in Greenville County, SC. He was the son of the late Alfred David Tanner, Jr. and the late Mary Lou Wham Tanner. He was also predeceased by his brother, Alfred David Tanner III.

Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Jewell Tanner; two daughters Denise Tanner LaBeck and her husband Kevin of Greenville and Melissa Tanner Horn and her husband William II of Pelzer; a sister-in-law Linda Verdin Tanner of Ware Shoals; two nephews Billy and Robbie; and special lifelong friends Donnie Roberson and Randall Garrison and a group of special neighbors.

Bobby was a retired electrician and farmer; he took great pride in his hay fields. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard. He was of Baptist faith and attended Clear Spring Baptist Church while he was well. Bobby loved his Lord Jesus Christ and his family. Bobby had a special bond with his wife , his best friend, who he shared hobbies with, and was the most supportive dad in his daughters’ interests. He loved animals and cared for his horses all his life. He loved rodeo and team roping, and was a large part of the team roping community for many years.Bobby was an inspiring and humble man with a big laugh and mischievous grin. He was a man of few words, but people took notice of what he said. He will be missed by many and was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 28, 2020 starting at 12:00 PM at Windy Hill, 2733 E. Georgia Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29681. A Funeral Service will follow at 1:30 PM. “Social distancing” guidelines will be encouraged and adherence appreciated. Entombment will be in Graceland East Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Head for the Cure, 1607 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108 designated to Team Tanner. Head for the Cure’s mission is to raise funds to support clinical research and awareness for all forms of brain cancer.

Condolences to the family of Robert Benjamin Tanner

  • Jim and Sue Chapman
    6 months ago

    Linda, Jim and I just heard about Bobby. So sorry to hear it but we were so glad to hear he Loved The Lord and you do have the peace of knowing he is smiling up in heaven.
    We are just sorry that we lost contact with you both. we still look back at pictures of the 4 of us and that sweet Denise when we were living in Simpsonville. Know that you and your family will be in our prayers. Love to you all.
    Jim and Sue Chapman, Burlington, NC

  • Don Newton
    6 months ago

    I felt a great loss as I learned of Bobby’s death. Distance has not diminished my friendship with and dear love for the two of you. Knowing of his faith in Christ which guarantees eternal life and the love and prayers of your “friends” will hopefully give you peace and comfort now and during the coming time. Y’all are very special to me, and I hope to meet you in person sometime soon as these times allow. Your friend and brother in Christ.

  • Fly high cowboy. Thanks for being a roll model and an honest friend. I will think of you often. I will miss you and pray for your sweet family!!

  • Barbara Stowe
    6 months ago

    Linda, I just saw about Bobby. I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Barbara

  • Barbara Stowe
    6 months ago

    Linda, I just saw about Bobby. I am so sorry. You and your family are in my prayers. Love you

  • Elizabeth McKinney
    6 months ago

    Linda, Denise and Melissa, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet Husband and Dad. My prayers are with your family.

  • Lisa McCurry
    6 months ago

    We are so sorry for your loss, but I know Bobby is riding high in heaven. We celebrate the time we had and all Bobby brought to this world. We love you all.

  • Janice Worley
    6 months ago

    So sorry to hear about Bobby. Prayers for the family.

  • Victoria Simpson
    6 months ago

    So very very sorry to hear of this loss of Bobby. We loved getting to know you both and enjoyed so much being at your home to add the Tanner brand to your new patio. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!! Dean and vicki at Capitol

  • Harry & Jennifer Keely
    6 months ago

    So so sorry for you and your families loss Melissa. He was a mans man and awesome guy. We will be praying for you girls, and if you need anything just let us know.

  • Jessica Cox Owens
    6 months ago

    Prayers go out to The Tanner Family!!! To his sweet and loving wife may god wrap his arms around you and your daughters during this sad time!!

  • Linda and girls, we are so sorry to hear about Bobby. Praying for God’s peace and comfort during this time and the upcoming days. Love, Danny and Diane Jewell

  • Ashleigh Garrison
    6 months ago

    Linda,
    I am so sad to hear this news. I know he was just the best. Prayers for you and your family.
    Love
    Ashleigh

  • Brenda & Ronnie Hughes
    6 months ago

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Linda and your girls. We were so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. May God bless and comfort you in the days and months ahead.

  • Judy Williams
    6 months ago

    My heart is heavy for the hurt and loss you are feeling. I was saddened to hear about Bobby. Such a good father, husband, and man! I thank GOD for the day I met your loving family. You are in my heart and prayers as you adjust to life without Bobby. I know your days will you be hard. Just know I love your family and will be praying for your strength.

  • Truman and Dale Owens
    6 months ago

    Truman and I were so sorry to hear about Bobby. Even though we don’t get to see you often, we still feel close. Prayers for you and your family, love to you all.

  • Robert Stan Riddle
    6 months ago

    Linda, we are so sorry for your loss the Lord only knows your pain. Bobby was a good man a special husband you were blessed to have him for 52 years. You And your family will be in our prayers . Stan & Shelley Riddle

  • Quisha Dreher
    6 months ago

    Mrs. Linda I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Bobby. I loved hearing your stories of going to the rodeos, your dinner dates, your farm adventures and how he was such a loving husband and best friend to you. We love you and we are all here for you.

  • Frankie Brown
    6 months ago

    Linda, Denise and Melissa so sorry to hear of Bobby’s death..I will always remember High School Rodeo when Denise and Marcia rode…He was always kind and gentle, and all the young folks truly loved him and respected him..Bobby taught these young riders how to be a good sport and to be the best they could be..He will truly be missed..As you already know Dean is not well either but he said to tell you that Bobby was a man of great courage and a man that loved his family well….May God Bless you. He is probably riding those horses in heaven and roping those calves…Love you….Frankie

  • Susan Thoss
    6 months ago

    Our hearts are broken for your loss. We pray for comfort and healing for the family and friends.

  • Mike and Gerri Burns
    6 months ago

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We so loved coming over to ride and seeing the Love of you and Bobby and how you always were so happy together. We will miss him greatly but know that he’s resting high on that Mountain with our Jesus. We love you and will be praying for you and Denise and Melissa in the days ahead.

  • Zach, Andrea, Cole, Noah J & Zander Finley
    6 months ago

    Thanking God for Mr Tanner & his awesome family. We didn’t write the story, but I’m glad to be part of it. From elementary school field trips to family pics with my wife & family years later, Mr Tanner welcomed all. That’s exactly what Jesus would do. See you on the other side cowboy.

  • Cathy Jacks Landreth
    6 months ago

    Dear Linda, Denise, Melissa and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. We know your hearts are broken. We were so blessed to have gotten to know you all. We appreciate so much your love and encouragement for our grandson, Austin. Please know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
    As always, Terry and Cathy Landreth

  • Heyward Rhoden
    6 months ago

    Linda,
    We sure are sorry to here of Bobby’s passing. He is going to be missed greatly! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God will be your strength in the days ahead.
    With Love,
    Heyward, Heather, Charly & Catie Rhoden

  • Betty Goodnough
    6 months ago

    Linda, I’m so sorry to hear of Bobby’s passing. Prayers for you and the girls as you go through these next weeks.

  • Linda Powell
    6 months ago

    Linda and girls,
    Jerry and I are so sad to hear about Bobby. We love ya’ll and are certainly keeping you in our prayers as you adjust to life without him. So happy that He’s in heaven and well and happy. Blessed hope of being reunited someday. Blessings on you and the girls. Jerry and Linda Powell

  • ThecDannalds
    6 months ago

    Sincerest condolences go out to you Mrs. Linda and your family. Mr. Bobby was a great man and will be missed by so many. We are just up the road and you know you can call on us for anything that you may need. We love you and will be continuing to pray for you and your family. Love, David, Kerri, Kelly and Mary Katherine

  • The McDannalds
    6 months ago

    Sincerest condolences go out to you Mrs. Linda and your family. Mr. Bobby was a great man and will be missed by so many. We are just up the road and you know you can call on us for anything that you may need. We love you and will be continuing to pray for you and your family. Love, David, Kerri, Kelly and Mary Katherine

  • Cindy &Tim Cannady
    6 months ago

    Linda,
    We wanted to tell you how sorry we are to hear about Bobby. He was such a sweet man. Living across the street from you guys and seeing you both out riding and doing yard work…I remember long ago he worked with my dad who also died from cancer about 20 years ago. It takes a toll. It’s a terrible disease. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was loved by many !!!

  • Linda, So sorry for your loss. He will be missed. We will be praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. David & Betty Goodwin, Clear Spring Baptist Church

  • Brenda Oglesby
    6 months ago

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family.

  • Jennifer Satterfield Farr
    6 months ago

    My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Tanner, Denise, Melissa, and the entire Tanner family. I know your hearts are broken. Please know you’re all in my thoughts.

  • Keith Mayfield
    6 months ago

    We are so sad to hear the news of Bobby’s passing! He was In our Hillcrest High School class of 1964, and we held him in such high regard. We are praying for you and the rest of the family! Keith and Cathy Mayfield

  • Eugene and Becky Williams
    6 months ago

    Much love and many prayers to the Tanner family during this extremely difficult time! God bless you all with peace, strength and comfort!

  • Tammy Deaton
    6 months ago

    Linda and Family…
    So sorry for your loss.
    Tammy Deaton

  • Hilda Richard
    6 months ago

    Linda, I didn’t know Bobby but my heart goes out to you during this time and I’ll lift you up to God in prayer. I remember our Mauldin First Baptist days fondly.
    Hilda Richard

  • Hilda Richard
    6 months ago

    Linda, I didn’t know Bobby but my heart goes out to you during this time and I’ll lift you up to God in prayer. I remember our Mauldin First Baptist days fondly.

  • Linda, So sorry to hear about Bobby. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. All of you will be in my prayers as you face the next few days. May God’s presence in your life, give you peace and comfort as you go through life.

  • Beth fowler
    6 months ago

    Linda,
    My thought and prayers are with you and all your family during this very difficult time.
    I’m lifting all of you up asking God to give you comfort and peace.

  • Georgia Best
    6 months ago

    Linda
    I just saw Tiffany’s post for funeral arrangements.
    Michele had been keeping me informed about Bobby and you.
    I had been praying for all of you.
    I will continue to lift you up in prayers and I’m thrilled to know that Bobby is in the presence of our Almighy God pain free!!

  • Camellia Reeves Ploof
    6 months ago

    Linda and daughters – I am so sorry about Bobby. I know you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

  • Harold & Darlene
    6 months ago

    I thank God for the day that He brought you folks into our lives. All of you are so special to our family. Our kids are only a grain of sand in the number of young people that Bobby and you took under your wings and shared your love of horses and rodeo with. Bobby’s greatest joy was being able to aggravate and tease those he loved! He was one of a kind and we were all blessed to call him friend (family). We are hear day or night for you guys. Much love Harold and Darlene

  • Janice Holcombe
    6 months ago

    We are heartbroken for you, Linda and Denise and Melissa! We know your loss is Heavens gain! We are so thankful Bobby’s at the feet of Jesus and no longer in the suffering Body he’s had here. But we know he made such an impact in his special ways in so many lives! Our families and the Alversons are a unique family that work and church brought together! We will keep our love and prayers constantly with you in the days ahead! Janice & Tommy

  • sandra parris
    6 months ago

    Dear Ms.Tanner ..Mo..and Denise..and all who loved your precious husband and wonderful daddy…we are saddened for your loss ..It’s a hurtful time when we are separated from our loved one..Just know that God will send you comfort and peace to your hearts.we prayed many prayers as part of Team Tanner.. We will still pray for you …as God’s will was to call bobby on to his heavenly home. when you can..picture him there..sitting on his favorite horse.. in God’s green pasture..waiting to be united once again with those he loves..love and prayers. sandra and jewell

  • Lisa Neves
    6 months ago

    Linda, my heart hurts for you guys. I know this has been a long battle and he fought it with everything he had. Truly one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. My prayers go out to you and your family. God be with you.

  • Beverly Pruitt
    6 months ago

    Just found about Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you. So many good memories of coming to your house and rodeos. He was a super nice guy. Forever your friends, Allen and Beverly Pruitt

  • Terrell Leeke
    6 months ago

    Linda I was so sorry to hear of Bobby’s death. He was one of the nicest people I ever knew.
    He was kind and honest and always ready to lend a hand. He taught me how to ride a horse when I was in the 7th grade and we remained friends who rarely saw each other. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Karlyn Strom
    6 months ago

    Denise and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your faith and God’s grace will help you through this. You all had such a wonderful family bond. Prayers and live to you all.

  • Fred Johnson
    6 months ago

    Very sorry to hear of Bobby’ s passing. We were good friends at Hillcrest High School class of 1964, and enjoyed knowing each other. Unfortunately our military service and careers separated us by distance, it didn’t diminish the memories of our fun times together.
    My sincere condolences to your family during this time of loss.
    Fred Johnson.

  • Fred Johnson
    6 months ago

    Very sorry to hear of Bobby’ s passing. We were good friends at Hillcrest High School class of 1964, and enjoyed knowing each other. Unfortunately our military service and careers separated us by distance, it didn’t diminish the memories of our fun times together.
    My sincere condolences to your family during this time of loss.
    Fred Johnson.

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