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Dr. Charles ‘Bill’ Tanner, Jr.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Dr. Charles ‘Bill’ Tanner, Jr.

Funeral services for Dr. Charles William “Bill” Tanner, Jr., will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of Ruston.

Interment will follow at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Downsville. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles William Tanner, Sr., and Callie Mae Tanner; and son, Charles William Tanner, III.

Bill graduated from Springhill High School, then attended and graduated from Louisiana Tech University where he earned his Bachelor’s in Pre-Medicine as well as a minor degree in Zoology. From there he attended and graduated from Louisiana State University Shreveport receiving his Medical Doctorate degree and then he completed his Urological Residency at LSU Medical Center, Shreveport. He then began his practice as a licensed urologist at Green Clinic of Ruston and resided there for the last 35-plus years.

An outdoorsman for sure, he was an avid duck hunter, bass fisherman as well as skilled scuba diver. But when he wasn’t at the duck camp or fishing along the banks of Lake Erling in Arkansas, his other “happy” place was at home with a dog in his lap, Donna in the chair beside him and watching the Texas Rangers win on TV.

Bill was a family man; his greatest joy was spending time with his family anywhere and anytime. His twincesses, Lilly and Layla, were the apple of his eye, and he was proud to tell anyone and everyone about them.

He was married to his wife, Donna, for 41 memorable years and they had two children, Holly and Heather. Bill was a deacon at First Baptist Church Ruston where he also traveled on two medical mission trips. He was never afraid to share his faith with anyone, he was a true good and faithful servant to our heavenly Father. He loved the Lord and served Him well.

Bill Tanner has left a legacy of compassion, integrity, kindness and determination that will live on through his family as well as the countless patients who came to see him at Green Clinic.

A special thanks to David Osafo for his attentive and compassionate care. Thank you to all of the doctors and nurses who took care of Bill during his final days. Also, a special thank you to Green Clinic and staff for the wonderful years of serving alongside him during his practice.

We are truly grateful for our church family for the outpouring of love and prayers through this journey and before. Thank you to our Heavenly Father for always having His hand on Bill and our family.

Pallbearers will be David Neal, Dr. Jeb Butler, Bill Roundtree, Daniel Murray, Daniel Holder, and Adam Neal The family request that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Ruston, or Wounded Warrior Project, or Smile Train. org.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes. com.