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John Raymond TanksleyPassing: February 29, 2020


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Thursday, March 5th @ 11:00 a.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, March 4th @ 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Thursday, March 5th

MITCHELL – John Raymond “Shorty” Tanksley, 95, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Mitchell, he was the son of   Roy Noble and Ruby (Taylor) Tanksley.  He married Betty Ann Brooks July 27, 1945, and she preceded him in death January 13, 2017.

Raymond retired from Carpenter Body Works and was a member of the First Baptist Church.  He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1944 and was recipient of the Oral Dalton Award.  He loved to garden and loved his pets.

Brooks (Lynne) Tanksley of New Palestine
Raymona Tanksley of Mitchell
Brad (Jennifer) Tanksley
great grandchildren,
Brendan and Brooke
Ralph (Kay) Tanksley of Mitchell
Roger Tanksley of Mitchell
Rita Bundy of Mitchell

His parents; wife; and siblings, Ruth Sipes, Rowenna Elrod, Roland Tanksley, Ronald Tanksley, Roy K. Tanksley, Russell Tanksley, and Rex Tanksley, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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6 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Luella Russell, Tony & Diane Nugent | Mitchell, In.
    Date: March 6, 2020
    Raymona ,Our Thoughts & Prayers are with You all.
  2. Guest: Lulu Sargent | Bedford, In
    Date: March 2, 2020
    Shorty was one of the most helpful and kind people I have ever worked with. I am sure his will be missed. Lulu Sargent Carpenter Body Works
  3. Guest: Terry Wood Naftzger | Bloomington, IN
    Date: March 2, 2020
    Brooks, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I lost Daddy in 2015 and still miss him so much. Just hold onto those memories! Thoughts and prayers Terry
  4. Guest: Mary Lagle | Mitchell, In 47446
    Date: March 2, 2020
    So very sorry for your lost, prayers for Ramona, Brooks, and all of Shorty's family, a good Man. Gerry and Pauline Lagle
  5. Guest: Paula Williams | Cincinnati Ohio
    Date: March 2, 2020
    So sorry for your loss
  6. Guest: Eva Russell | Carmichael, California 95608
    Date: March 1, 2020
    that hard work keeping our sidewalks cleaned off and that smiling face every Sunday