Fallen Hero: Retired Chief Master Sergeant Charles Gene “Jack “ Tanner


Funeral Home

Tutor Funeral Home

822 Simpson Highway 149 Magee, MS


Monday, February 26, 2024, Tutor Funeral Home, Magee, MS, 5- 8 PM.


2 PM, Tuesday, February 27, Tutor Funeral Home


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 24, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home. Retired Chief Master Sergeant Charles Gene “Jack “ Tanner, age 82, who served in the MSANG within the 172d Airlift Wing has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Airman.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Airman has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Airman Forever”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service Details

Mr.  Charles Gene “Jack “ Tanner passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. He was born on July 1, 1941, to Delton and Gertrude Meadows Tanner in Mize, MS.

Jack retired from the MS National Guard after over forty-plus years of service. He loved what he did and made many friendships during his lifetime. He had a strong work ethic and instilled those skills into his family life. Some of the many things he got to experience during his lifetime were the Bob Hope Tour, he ran with the bulls in Spain, and was present when the Berlin Wall came down. He also traveled around the world three times.

Family was very important to Jack , and spending time with them brought him great joy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, playing softball and cards, bowling and could repair anything. He was a mentor and coach to many, a prankster who loved giving others nicknames, and a jack of all trades. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Carol W. Tanner; sons, Tony Tanner (Karyn) and John Rhodes (Crystal); daughters, Toni Tanner (Bobby) and Dana Jones (Chris); grandchildren, Rylee Tanner, Ramsey Jones, Madi Tanner, Raegan Jones, Braxton Kemp, Kayla Jones, and great-grandchild, Jack Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delton and Gertrude Meadows Tanner, and his brother, Mac Tanner.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee, MS, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, at Tutor Funeral Home with Bro. Richie Womack, Bro. Andy Gipson and Ramsey Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Magee City Cemetery.