James Wallace Tanner

January 6, 1936 ~ September 19, 2022 (age 86)


James Wallace Tanner (known as Jim to many), 86, of Cumming, GA, passed away suddenly on September 19, 2022, of cardiac arrest.  He was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Janet Tanner; his daughter Denise Tanner of Woodstock; his parents, Arlie and Gracie Tanner; and three sisters, Barbara Ogletree, Peggy Thigpun and Dorothy Taylor.  He is survived by his current wife of six years, Gaye Antle Tanner; his daughter Lynn (Kent) Kimberlin; grandsons Trevor (Jessica) Kimberlin of Cumming and Nick (Andrea) Kimberlin of Portland, OR; two great-grandchildren, Grady and Dylan Kimberlin of Cumming; step-daughter Amy (Ron) Harrison of Cumming; brother Ronald (Garnet) Tanner of Caledonia, MS; uncles Key (Gene) Tanner of Memphis, TN,  and Travis (Judy) Tanner of Parsons, TN; and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Jim never met a stranger.  We will miss his generosity, his quick wit and mastery of fixing anything and of catching fish when no one else could.

Born in Chewalla, TN and raised in Memphis, TN, he spent most of his life in Memphis working for Tayloe Paper Company/Unijax for 40 successful years until his retirement in 1994.  He and his wife Janet moved to Lake Lanier in 1997 to be closer to their daughters and grandsons. They loved hosting family and friends and teaching their grandsons to ski, slalom, fish and tube on Lake Lanier.  They were devoted and active members of First Baptist Church Cumming.

Jim had the good fortune of loving two women in his life.  After the death of his first wife in 2008, he met and married Gaye Antle in 2016.  The two enjoyed camping and walking to see various waterfalls in Georgia and North Carolina.  They also enjoyed spending time on Lake Lanier with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Jim and Gaye were active members of Cumming Baptist Church. 

The family would like to thank the Forsyth County Fire Station #5 and EMTs who responded to the 911 call very quickly; the Forsyth County Sheriff’s officers; and the Chaplain and ER team at Northside Forsyth Hospital for their quality care, attention, support and professionalism to both Jim and his family.    

McDonald & Son Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.  No service is scheduled at this time. Interment will be at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens for the immediate family.


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