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William Lawrence Tanner

William Lawrence Tanner
  • January 3, 1928 - September 14, 2016
  • Corpus Christi, Texas

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William L. "Bill" Tanner Jr., 88, passed away September 14 in Sugar Land, Texas. He was born January 3, 1928 in San Antonio to Evelyn and William L. Tanner, Sr. He moved with his family to Corpus Christi at 8 years old.

Bill was an outstanding athlete while attending Corpus Christi High School and awarded a football scholarship to Rice University in 1946. "Once a Buc, always a Buc", Bill was inducted into the Buccaneers Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He enlisted in the Army and played football from 1946-1947 throughout the Pacific while deployed to Japan with the Tropic Lightning (25th Division). Bill returned from the Army to attend Del Mar College and Texas Christian University where he earned a BS in Physical Education in 1952. He earned a MS in Education in 1954 from Texas A&I, Kingsville.

Bill married his beloved wife, Helen Sovey on June 2, 1951. Bill and Helen recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. Bill was an active educator throughout his 34 year career as a teacher, coach, counselor, and principal. He was an assistant principal at Gregory-Portland Junior High School and Principal at Clark Elementary in GPISD before retiring 1985.

After retirement, Bill and Helen built two homes in the Texas Hill Country by the Frio River. They enjoyed traveling throughout retirement and relocated to Sugar Land in 2015. Bill was a devoted family man especially enjoying visiting his grandchildren and watching all of their sporting activities. He was a life-long member of the First Christian Church.

Bill is survived by his wife, Helen; two children, Mike Tanner of Sugar Land and Paula Owens of Krum, Texas; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and his brother, David McDonald of Warda, Texas. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Alan Tanner.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016 at First Christian Church.