James Patton Tanner, 90, of St. Augustine, passed away June 19, 2013, at his home. Born and raised in Danielsville, Ga., James moved to St. Augustine as a teenager. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a deep sea diver on the U.S.S. Card. After the war, James lived for 15 years in Washington D.C., where he worked as a bus driver. In 1961, he moved back to St. Augustine and worked as a diesel mechanic and taught at the Technical Center for many years. He attended the Church of God in St. Augustine.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, brothers John Tanner and Charles Tanner and a sister Jonell Witzen. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Marie Tanner of Huntsville, Ala.; nephews Alton Tanner and Anthony Tanner and his wife, April, all of St. Augustine; nieces Joyce Ann Bill of East Palatka, Fla., and Bonnie Sue James of St. Augustine; great-niece Brandi Harrison; great-nephews Matthew David Tanner and Anthony L. "A.J." Tanner II and a great-great nephew, Luke Harrison.
A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, with Charlie Peavey officiating. Interment with Masonic rites and military honors will follow at Craig Memorial Park. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.