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Tanner, America (Green)

An Old Citizen Dies

Died at her villa near Columbus last Thursday[August 22, 1895] at noon, Mrs. America Tanner. She was interred Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the family burying ground [Tanner Cemetery] attended by her mourning relatives and a large number of sympathizing friends, the Rev. J. W. Horn, pastor in charge of the Columbus Methodist Church, officiating.

Mrs. Tanner was born in Amelia County, VA., December 10, 1808, was married to John O. Tanner in Tuscumbia, Ala., in 1836, and moved from Alabama to Hay wood County, Tennessee. After living there several years removed to Marshall, Texas, to 1846, thence back to Hay wood County, Tennessee, and in 1851 to Colorado County, Texas, where she spent the rest of her life. She was the mother of five children, only two of whom, Mr. F. A. Tanner and Mrs. W. H. Carlton, both of this vicinity, survive her. Her husband preceded her to the better land near twenty years, and and she bore her crown of sorrow with the resignation inspired only by hope. Mrs. Tanner in early life connected herself with the Methodist Church, and was ever a happy exemplification of unostentatious religion. Her friends both in white and colored castes, were limited only by acquaintance, for her kind heart ever prompted her bestowal, according to the needs of the recipient, of loving word or more tangible benefits. "The Citizen" extends condolences to the bereaved relatives.

Long will the memory of her vanished form recall the anguished sigh, but like her, We move along and scatter every pace, soft graces, tender hopes on every hand, At last with gray-streaked hair and hollow f__ "We step across the boundary of the land Where none grow old."

From the vertical files of Nesbitt Memorial Library, newspaper transcription by Lee Nesbitt
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner,Charles Garner

Charles G. Tanner Last Rites Held Here Sunday

Last rites for Charles Garner Tanner, 70, were held at the Columbus Funeral Home Sunday afternoon with the Rev. James G. Hudson of St. John’s Episcopal church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Tanner was born on the old Tanner place southwest of Columbus in January, 1886, a son of F. A. and Cynthia Garner Tanner. He attended the University of Texas and graduated from the medical branch in Galveston in 1907 in pharmacy. He had spent the last 20 years of his life in Amarillo; returning to Columbus less than a year ago.

Mr. Tanner was a bachelor. His brothers, John and Harry Sr., and his sister, Miss Mary Tanner, died many years ago. Closest surviving relatives are 3 nieces, Mrs. W. G. Youens of Houston, Mrs. Bruce McKennan of Palo Alto, Calif., and Mrs. Jerry J. Johnston of Corpus Christi and a nephew, Harry Tanner of Tallullah, La.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Gus Miller Jr., Robert Potter, Thurmond West, John Wagner and Bob Fleming.

Colorado County Citizen, August 30, 1956, page 7

Tanner, Cynthia Hardwick (Garner)

Mrs. Cynthia Tanner Passes

After a serious illness of only a few days, Mrs. Tanner, beloved old Columbus resident, was called to her heavenly home on Wednesday morning, and was laid to rest in Odd Fellows Cemetery [Buried Tanner Cemetery] in the presence of a large number of friends and loved ones.

Mrs. Cynthia Hardwick Tanner (nee Garner) was born in Franklin County, Tennessee July 23, 1847 and died January 5, 1922. She was the beloved daughter of Thomas H. and Elizabeth Wadlington Garner, and moved to Texas about 1853, settling in Fayette County where they remained until moving to Texas [Columbus] two years later. Here they settled on the old Schulenburg plantation.

She was married to F. A. Tanner on May 23, 1866. To this union were born seven children. Three of whom Thomas H., Josephine and Edward died during 1878. The four who survive are Harry B., John O. and Miss Mary Tanner , all of Columbus, and Charles G. Tanner of Orange, Texas. A sister, Mrs. Call Beard resides in Houston.

Colorado Citizen, January 27, 1922
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner, Edwin B.

Our sympathies are extended Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Tanner, in the loss of their youngest son, on the 9th inst. The childish prattle and innocent ways of their cherished one will be long remembered by the stricken parents. "Whom the Gods love, die young."
[Buried Tanner Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 15, 1878
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner, Field Archer

Last Friday, January 26th, Mr. F. A. Tanner died at his home two miles southwest of Columbus. Mr. Tanner was born in Tennessee 69 years ago, and came to Texas settling near Columbus in the year 1852. There are very few persons living here now, who were here at that time. When 18 years of age, he enlisted in Capt. R. V. Cooks Company of the 13th Texas Infantry and assisted in the capture of the Federal gun boats at Calcasieu, La. He was afterwards transferred to Griffin's battalion and fought under the famous Dick Dowling at Sabine Pass, where the Federal forces were repulsed with heavy loss. He later served in a corps of heavy artillery at Fort Griffin. He was married in 1865 to Miss Cynthia Garner, who survives him. they have four children living, Harry, John, Charles and Miss Mary. The funeral took place Saturday at the old family burial ground [Tanner Cemetery] two miles south of town. Mr. Tanner was noted for his many good deeds and acts of charity, and the distresses he relieved during his career of usefulness would make a long list indeed. He was one of the foremost planters of the county, in which business he was very successful. In fact, he was one of the counties foremost citizens and his loss will be irreparable. The Citizen deplores his loss to the community and extends deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, February 2, 1912
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner, Harry B.

H. B. Tanner Buried Here

Funeral services were held at Columbus funeral home Saturday at 3 p. m. for Harry B. Tanner, who died at his home here on Friday morning. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with Rev. J. Raymond Denton of the Wharton Episcopal church officiating.

Born near Columbus on March 5, 1867, Mr. Tanner was a son of F. A. and Cynthia Garner Tanner. He spent his entire life in Colorado County.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ada Youens Tanner, a son, Harry Tanner Jr., a daughter, Miss Edith Tanner, Alice; and a brother, Charles Tanner, Amarillo.

Here for the funeral from out of town were Mrs. Cynthia Youens and daughter Phyrne of Houston and Mr. Tanner of Amarillo.

Pallbearers were Ellis Miller, Tanner Walker, Wen Merriness, Thomas Glithero, L. A. Voskamp and Ford Wegenhoft.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1946
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner, John Osborn


Died on Friday, 20th inst., at his residence in Colorado County, Mr. John O. Tanner, in the 83d year of his age. Deceased was born in Amelia county, Va., on the 29th day of June, 1790.

Born and reared in the State of Virginia, Mr. Tanner emigrated to the State of Tennessee, where he remained for a few years, and from there came to Texas in 1851, locating, we believe, near Marshall in Harrison county. He soon afterwards removed, and settled in Colorado county. Here he commenced at once, with great means, the cultivation of the soil on one of our most productive river farms. His energy, and well directed industry met with eminent success, and he was enabled to exhibit that large benevolence and unbounded hospitality so characteristic of his native State, and so well suited to his nature. His eminently social character and friendship of disposition has embalmed his memory in the hearts of all who knew him. In all the relations of life he filled up the measure of his responsibilities, acquiring universal esteem and regard. As husband father, citizen, friend and neighbor, he challenged and received the admiration of all observers; and closed a long and useful life with a quiet, peaceful death, beloved and regretted by all. He left behind him an aged wife and five children, with many grand children and numerous friends, to mourn, to emulate his virtues, to follow his examples, and presently to meet him in the Great Beyond.

Truly one of our best and worthiest citizens has fallen. [Buried Tanner Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 26, 1875
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner, John Osborne II


Funeral services for John Tanner, 62, a son of the late F. A. Tanner and wife and a former co-owner of a well-known gravel company at Columbus, whose death occurred at a Rock Springs hospital, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Mr. Tanner, one of Columbus’ former leading business men, disposed of his business interests there a number of years ago, after which he moved to San Antonio, thence to Telegraph, near Junction, Texas, There, he purchased a ranch and erected a fine home, replete with numerous improvements, including a privately-owned light and power system. Other additions to his estate included a beautiful artificial lake.

He recently suffered an attack of pneumonia and expired later at a Rock Springs hospital.

Survivors include his wife; two brothers, Harry B. Tanner of Columbus, Charles Tanner of Beaumont; two daughters, Mrs. Willie[sic] Youens of Phoenix, Arizona an Mrs. Bruce McKinnon of San Francisco; and other relatives.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, Columbus.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1941, page 1

Tanner, Josephine Goss

On Saturday last, little Josie Goss Tanner, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Tanner, aged about six years., died of congestion. The disease assumed a most malignant form and baffled the skill of the doctor. She was born to her resting place on Sunday, a large number of relatives and friend being in attendance. Rev. Dr. Morris officiated at the interment, using the sadly beautiful ceremony of the Episcopal church. The touching hymn, "Nearer, my God, to Thee," was sung over the grave of the early fallen. The stricken parents have the sympathy of all.

Since the above was in type, little Tommy, brother of Josie, died at the residence of Dr. Bowers, in Columbus. Both children were sick at the same time of congestion, and when the little girl died, the Doctor brought her brother to his own home for treatment. Alas! his skill was of no avail, and his loved and suffering patient passed to a better world on Tuesday last. He was buried yesterday.
[Buried Tanner Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, September 26, 1878
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tanner, Mary Vernon


Miss Mary Vernon Tanner, 56, life-long resident of Columbus, died at 5:15 o'clock this morning after an illness of four days.  She became ill Sunday, suffering from a stroke, and was carried to John F. Bell Memorial Hospital where she died.  Funeral services will be held Friday (tomorrow) at four o'clock at Columbus Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Rest.  Rev. Frank Walker, Episcopal minister of Eagle Lake, will officiate.  Miss Tanner was born August 15th, 1883, in Columbus, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Tanner.  She was a member of the Episcopal church.  Surviving her are three brothers:  H. B. of Columbus, J. O. of Telegraph and C. G. of Amarillo.  Pallbearers will be S. A. Harbert, A. W. Hahn, Lonnie McCane, J. H. Wooten, G. F. Obenhaus, Wm. Paulsen, Ned Burford and E. G. Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, April, 11, 1940
Submitted by David Hahn

Tanner, Sarah Ada (Youens)

Mrs. Ada Tanner Dies Suddenly, Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in St. John's Episcopal church for Mrs. Ada Tanner, who died early Monday morning in Corpus Christi.

Mrs. Tanner had returned to her home in Corpus Christi Sunday after a 2-week visit with relatives and friends. She became ill in the night and was taken to a hospital where she died about 1 a.m. of a heart attack.

During her visit in Columbus, Mrs. Tanner was in apparent good health and attended many hospitalities, some in her honor.

The Rev. James Hudson officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Tanner had spent her entire life in Columbus with the exception of about 2 years during which she had an apartment in Corpus Christi at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Johnston. She was born here Sept. 27 1881, a daughter of Henry Thomas and Ruth Whitfield Youens. Her husband, H. B. Tanner, has been dead for many years.

She is survived by the daughter, Mrs. Johnston, and a son, Harry Branch Tanner of Zachary, La, a sister, Mrs. Ruth Gillespie of Columbus and 6 grandchildren, Sandra and Jean Johnston of Corpus Christi and Betty, Bob, Charlie and Harry Tanner of Zachary, La.

A brother, Dr. Willis G. Youens, died here exactly 12 years ago to the day Mrs. Tanner died, of a heart attack. Another brother, Lang Youens also died of a heart attack several years ago.

Mrs. Tanner was a charter member and past president of the Columbus Study club and in her later years, an honorary member. She also belonged to St. John's church.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Charles Youens of Houston, Jim Youens, Dr. Thomas Youens and Jack Gillespie of Columbus, Robert Gillespie Jr. of Whitesboro, and James G. Hopkins of Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 1955.

Tanner, Thomas H.

See obituary of his sister, Josephine Goss Tanner
[Buried Tanner Cemetery]

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