Joseph Tanksley Sr.
October 14, 1934 - March 04, 2012
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Joseph H. Tanksley Sr., 77, of Arcadia, Florida died March 4, 2012 at home surrounded by family and friends. He was born October 14, 1934 in Nashville, Tennessee, the youngest of four siblings.
He served in the US Navy on the USS Boxer as a boatswain mate from 1951 to 1955. He married his wife, Frances on October 20, 1956 in Wyandotte, Michigan. After his discharge from the Navy, he resided in Michigan where he was employed by the New York Central Railroad. In 1974, he moved to Arcadia, Florida and opened a bar and grill known as the DeSoto Marina and later owned a welding business, Joe’s Welding. Joe also started the original Country Café in Punta Gorda. He was a member of the Loyal Moose Lodge in Punta Gorda and the Elks Lodge in Port Charlotte, Florida.
He is survived by his wife Frances Tanksley of Arcadia, FL; his daughter, Kathy (Mike) Stacey, son Joseph H. (Lorrie) Tanksley II; grandsons, Brian (Amanda) Stacey; Eric (Michele) Stacey; Joseph H. (Tracie) Tanksley III and Brandon Tanksley; great grandchildren; Grant, Jack and Andrew Stacey; Maranda; Alexis; and Jenna Tanksley; his brother, Bobby Tanksley of Michigan,
and his faithful companion Taz.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm till 2:00 pm, Friday March 9, 2012 at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. The Memorial Service with military honors will follow at 2:00 pm Friday at the funeral home with the Rev Bill Klossner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to family.
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