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3124 Robinson Drive
WACO, TX 76706
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Billy Ray
Tanksley Sr.

August 22, 1938 – November 20, 2018

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Obituary for Billy Ray Tanksley Sr.

Billy Ray Tanksley, Sr., 80, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2018. A graveside service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Riesel Cemetery, Hwy 6 South, Riesel with Reverend Peter Kolb officiating. The family will receive visitors 4-6:00 PM Friday, November 23, 2018 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., Waco.

Billy Ray was born August 22, 1938 to Harold and Clara (Ammons) Tanksley in Waco, Texas. He married Helen Sielaff on April 19, 1957 in Waco. He was a life-long resident of the Waco area. Billy Ray retired from Owens-Illinois Glass Plant after about 25 years of service. He loved old cars and the Lady Bears. Billy Ray was a long time member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. His grandchildren were his greatest joy of all.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen (Sielaff) Tanksley; daughter, Kathy Tanksley; brother, Gene Tanksley; sister, Betty Tanksley Porter.

Billy Ray is survived by his children, Karon Bennett and husband Gary, Karla Tanksley, Bill Tanksley, Jr.; grandchildren, Brittni Summers and husband, Jarad, Brianna Wren and husband Payton; great-grandchildren, Mollee Summers, Mason Summers, Rowdy Wren; sister, Frances Scott; sister-in-law, Bernice Lehde; numerous nieces and nephews; along with his beloved furbaby, Prissy.


When Friday, November 23rd, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Pecan Grove Funeral Home
3124 Robinson Dr
Waco, TX 76706

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Saturday, November 24th, 2018 1:00pm
Riesel Cemetery
Riesel, TX

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Riesel Cemetery
Riesel, TX