Richard H. “Dick” Tankersley, 83, of Gilbert, South Carolina, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, South Carolina.
He was born Jan. 6, 1938, in Bloomington, Indiana, to Paul and Mildred Howard Tankersley. He was raised in the Canaan community and enjoyed farming. He graduated in 1957 from Central High School on Rykers Ridge, was inducted into the US Army and was later honorably discharged and transferred to the Reserves. He married Ila Mae Leach on June 14, 1959 in Ripley County and they had a daughter and three sons. He raised his family on their farm near Canaan and retired after 32 years of service with Envirex (US Filter/Chain Belt) working as a brake press operator. He was a member of the West Fork Baptist Church and, later after moving to Gilbert in 1999, a member of the First Baptist Church there. He enjoyed being a golf club member in South Carolina and loved bowling, golfing and tending to his farm.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years of Gilbert; his sons, Richard D. “Rick” Tankersley of Madison, Indiana, Ronald Tankersley of Leesville, South Carolina and Donald Tankersley of Canaan; and eight grandchildren, four step grandchildren, several great grandchildren and step great grandchildren, one great-great grandson and one step great-great granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Susan Renae Tankersley, on July 6, 1989; his sister, Paula Lukenbill; and granddaughter.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Madison. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
A final salute will be conducted Friday at the church by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion with military honors to follow at the graveside.
Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, funeral home attendance will be limited to 25 people at a time and the use of face masks and social distancing are absolutely required.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the First Baptist Church of Gilbert. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, remembrances and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.