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Tanner Lee King

December 8, 1994 — August 23, 2021

Tanner Lee King, 26, of Benton, departed this life on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Tanner was born on December 8, 1994, in Chattanooga, Tennessee and had a love for life from birth.  Throughout life, some of his fondest memories include several trips to Walt Disney World and spending time with his family.  Tanner grew up attending Delano Baptist Church and has been attending Old Sweetwater Baptist Church over the last few years.  Never meeting a stranger, Tanner brought tremendous joy to each person he met, always bringing a smile, especially when he gave out his famous hugs.  He was a proud graduate of Polk County High School and had a love for basketball, especially the Polk County Wildcats and loved the camaraderie that gamedays brought.     

Tanner was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don King, and Bill Lillard; great grandparents, George and Mary Jo Hoard, Dayton and Edith King, Inez Lillard, and Al and Ruby Jenkins.

Left to cherish the many memories include his loving parents, Dannette (Tim) Nix and Drew (Susan) Lillard; beloved sister, Shelby Lillard; stepbrothers, Tyler (Kayla) Nix, and Taylor Nix; grandmothers, Naomi O’Donnell, Sandy King, Wanda Lillard, and Mattie (Dave) Croft; uncles, Chad (Rhonda) King and Marty (Lynnette) Lillard; special nephews, Silas and Elias Nix.  So many special great uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends also survive.

A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Lane and Reverend Danny Thornburg officiating.  Graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery with Coach Jon Tucker, Chad King, Tyler Nix, and Shelby Lillard serving as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers include active and past athletes from Polk County High School.

His family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.HigginsFuneral.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Higgins Funeral Home of Benton.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, August 26, 2021

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Higgins Funeral Home

6439 US-411, Benton, TN 37307

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Higgins Funeral Home

6439 US-411, Benton, TN 37307

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Graveside Service

Friday, August 27, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery

1411 Old Parksville Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323

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