Dr. Ter­rell Ben­son Tan­ner

The Covington News - - Obituaries -

Dr. Ter­rell Ben­son Tan­ner of El­li­jay died March 3 at home af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack. He was born 1932 in Cler­mont. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Fred Homer Tan­ner and Alice Haynes Tan­ner, and his first wife Jane David­son Tan­ner. Dr. Tan­ner grew up in Com­merce and grad­u­ated from Ox­ford Col­lege, Emory Univer­sity and Emory Univer­sity School of Medicine in 1959.

He served as a flight sur­geon in the U. S. Navy be­fore en­ter­ing private prac­tice in Hartwell. He prac­ticed in Gatlin­burg, Tenn., for 7 years be­fore re­turn­ing to Ge­or­gia and prac­tic­ing fam­ily medicine in Ox­ford for two decades.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from fam­ily prac­tice, he was em­ployed by the Med­i­cal Col­lege of Ge­or­gia in their prison health di­vi­sion. He was a Char­ter Fel­low of the Amer­i­can Academy of Fam­ily Physi­cians and served as pres­i­dent of the South­ern Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion. He held many lead­er­ship po­si­tions in ev­ery com­mu­nity where he lived, in­clud­ing ser­vice on the Board of Trustees at Salem Camp Ground for nearly three decades. Dr. Tan­ner was al­ways ac­tive in ser­vice to his church, most re­cently as a mem­ber of the Cartecay Bap­tist Church in El­li­jay.

Sur­viv­ing are wife of 39 years Martha Cash Tan­ner; chil­dren William David­son Tan­ner, Sarah Tan­ner Fer­gu­son and her hus­band Keith, Robert Ben­son Tan­ner and his wife Kristin, John Cash Tan­ner and his wife Mar­cie; fos­ter sons Michael and Todd Whitesides; grand­chil­dren Abby Tan­ner, Joshua Tan­ner, Han­nah Fer­gu­son, Gideon Tan­ner, Bebe Tan­ner, Luke Tan­ner, Mary Pey­ton Tan­ner, and Brody Tan­ner; sis­ters Amanda Jones and her hus­band Harde­man, Nancy Ste­wart and her hus­band Carter.

In lieu of flow­ers and in honor of Dr. Tan­ner’s own gen­eros­ity, the fam­ily re­quests that do­na­tions be made to Salem Camp Ground ( www. salem­camp­ground. org) or to a char­ity of your choice. Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held Satur­day, March 8, at 2: 00 p. m. at Cartecay Bap­tist Church, El­li­jay.

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