Carroll B. Tanner, 88, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 in Mission, Texas.
Visitation for friends and family will be on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas 76013. The A Graveside Service for Chuck will be on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, 7301 Lancaster Ave. Fort Worth, Tx 761112.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in memory of Chuck please send it to the church or charity of your choice.
Carroll B. “Chuck” Tanner was born in Mission, Texas on June 16, 1931 in a much different world than today. His father was Carrol Villere Tanner and his mother was Frances Doyle. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Julius Francis and Ida Mae Tanner. Chuck’s grandfather was responsible for maintaining several key pumping stations connected with the real estate development in the valley. After graduation from Mission High School, Chuck attended Texas A&M University. He was a full-fledged Texas Aggie becoming a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
In I952, Chuck returned to Mission working as a collector for Commercial Credit. After a promotion and transfer to Houston, he joined Borg Warner Credit and was transferred to El Paso, Texas. That’s where he met his life-long love, Dorothy Sheffield York who was working for AT&T. Chuck and Dorothy were married in 1960. They both discovered a love for travel and for the finer things of life. Quite often on their trips they would strike up a conversation with another couple who would become life-long friends. Dorothy never met a stranger. Hawaii was one of their favorite destinations. They had no children during their marriage but had many very close friends. They lived in El Paso, Texas for about 30 years and then decided to try an entirely different climate in Portland, Oregon. Chuck became an avid golfer and Dorothy developed a passion for bridge. She traveled to bridge tournaments and became an expert player.
When they decided to take early retirement in 1987, they purchased a printing business, Minute Man Press, in Arlington, TX where Chuck managed the operation and handled outside sales while Dorothy worked at the front desk and managed the day-to-day operations. They were very successful in this new venture but after several years, decided to sell the shop in 1996 and retire for real.
In 2004 Dorothy fell, breaking her hip quite badly. She never fully recovered from this accident and passed away. Chuck was lost without her. Everyone was concerned for his wellbeing without his beloved wife. However, after much encouragement, he finally accepted an invitation from a friend in the Mission area where he had grown up. While there, he became reacquainted with a high school friend, Charlotte Waitz, who was a widow. They shared many memories and mutual friends which made for a very comfortable relationship. Chuck and Charlotte gradually became closer and Chuck traveled from her home in Mission back to his home in Arlington several times a year. He was there for her when she lost her only son and then a few years later, she lost her only daughter. She traveled to Arlington when he was hospitalized and revived his spirit to live. A few years later when Chuck became quite ill, Charlotte offered to have him move in her house so she could care for him. What a blessing that turned out to be!
In spite of Charlotte’s wonderful care, Chuck’s illness slowly progressed and he was actually due to go on Hospice the day he passed away. His passing was very quiet and peaceful. Chuck’s family can never repay Charlotte for the love and care she showed him in his later life and his final year on this earth.
Chuck’s life is a beautiful example of the importance of friends and neighbors. We are so grateful to faithful friends like Dan and Renee Prescott, Tricia Jones, Terry Brisbin, Judy Bennet and Maria Benetis, to name a few. It has always been the desire of his family that Chuck come to know Christ Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Because he was a very private man, that decision is not known to us but God only.
Wade Family Funeral Home