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Oland Merrell Tanner

January 2, 1943 ~ April 15, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Oland Merrell Tanner, age 80, of Enterprise, AL., passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, April 15th, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 2nd, 1943, to Cecil Reeves Tanner and Louette Simpler Tanner. 

Merrell was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Sally, of 56 years and wonderful father to his sons and grandchildren. He had a passion for life and loved spending time with his family. 

He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1961. After graduation he served our country as a Military Intelligence Airman in the US Air Force. After his service, he was employed at Fort Rucker with several Federal Contractors for over 40 years

Merrell was an avid Alabama fan and rarely missed watching the Crimson Tide. He loved fishing and loved to share his stories. He loved the many hours fishing with loved ones. He cherished his creek house at Burnt Mill Creek. 

In the Spring and Summer, you would find him working in his vegetable garden. He enjoyed sharing his harvest with everyone. 

Merrell loved spending time with his grandchildren, better known as Pop to them. He loved teaching them about life's experiences. 

Merrell was preceded in death by father, Cecil Tanner, mother, Louette Tanner, and mother, Polly Tanner, who raised him as her own from a very young age. 

Survivors include wife, Sally Andrews Tanner, sons, Jimmy (Kristy) Austin, Keith (Lori) Austin, and Shannon (Amber) Tanner, grandchildren, Brandon Austin, Trevor Austin, Emma Tanner, and Tyler Tanner, brothers, Terrell (Phyllis) Tanner, Donnie Tanner, and Johnny (Rita) Tanner, and several nieces and nephews. 

If Merrell could Speak today, he would say be happy as I go out to sea. If others wonder why I'm missing, just tell them I've gone fishing. 

In lieu of flowers, the Family request contributions be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children. 

Grave side services will be at Meadowlawn Memorial Park in Enterprise, to be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 with Sorrells Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Graveside Service
April 19, 2023

11:00 AM
Meadowlawn Cemetery
6121 AL 27
Enterprise, AL 36330


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