Raymon Bedford (R.B.) Tanner triumphantly entered eternal life peacefully on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at their Denton home.
Born December 31, 1915, R. B. graced all those who experienced the pleasure of his company for 97 years. He is survived by the love of his life, Joan, daughter, Janet Gordon, sons R. B. Tanner (Ray) Jr., and Larry J Tanner & spouses, grandsons R.B. (Ford) Tanner III and Dr. Travis J. Tanner, adored "sisters" and "brother", Eleanor and Linda and Dr. T.F. Dakil, brother Carrell Tanner.
R.B. was a man of humble beginnings. At age 7, he earned wages chopping cotton. At 12, he created his first business venture, selling soda to road crews. At 13, R.B. made the wisest investment of his life, exchanging his poverty-stricken life for the Life of the Lord Jesus Christ! R. B. told everyone, "At that moment, I truly became a new creature in Christ" (Corinthians 5:17). Jesus Christ then began unfolding His plans for R.B., who was shining shoes at the barber shop. One of his regular customers, the local banker, told him, "R.B., you ought to be a banker". From those simple words R.B. focused on fulfilling this destiny.
R.B. worked his way through college and graduated from LSU School of Banking of the South. He was chosen by the State Banking Commissioner to close insolvent banks during the Depression & Dust Bowl but with God's help, never had to close a bank nor make a foreclosure. R.B. owned and operated a number of banks, which led to his founding Vernon Savings and Loan. He was privileged to serve on the Founding Board of Southwestern Medical School, Vice-President of the Texas and US Savings & Loan Leagues and numerous boards and commissions. He was a quiet philanthropist who shunned the limelight.
The family wishes to express gratitude to VNA Ann's Haven Hospice and staff, and especially to his faithful caregiver and friend, Beverly Sheffield.
Visitation is Wed, March 27 at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home, Denton, 5-7 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at Southmont Baptist Church in Denton, 2:00 p.m. March 28. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Southmont Church.