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Norville Drue Tanner, Sr.
(July 23, 1937 - November 10, 2013)

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Norville Drue Tanner, Sr.

Funeral services for Norville Drue Tanner, Sr., 76, of Livingston, Texas, will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, Texas with Rev. Jason Sandefer officiating. He will be honored by the Masonic Lodge #14 AF & AM. Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, Texas.

Mr. Tanner was born July 23, 1937 in Porta, Oklahoma and passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Livingston, Texas. He graduated in Raton, New Mexico, attended college at Purdue University, Operating Engineers Heavy Duty Equipment College, and a member of the 4-H. He worked as a derrick man, roughneck and driller and retired as a crane operator in 1997. He worked for Operating Engineers for 36 years. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge and a 32 Degree Mason of the Masonic Scottish Rite. His hobbies include restoring old cars, cabinet wood worker, remodeling, building, mechanics, landscaping, antique refinishing, and collecting antiques, knives and beanie babies. He was raised on a farm and enjoyed raising cattle, hunting, fishing, and was also a licensed private pilot. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years: Shirley V. (Gaines) Tanner; father: Edgar Kersh; mother: Margaret Belle Hamilton; adoptive parents: Charles and Maude Tanner; brother: Harold Kersh; son: Thomas G. Tanner; grandson: Thomas G. Tanner III; mother-in-law: Viola B. Harrison; father-in-law: John W. Gaines.

He is survived by his daughter: Rita Starr Conway of Livingston, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law: Norville Drue Tanner, Jr. and Kelley Arredondo Tanner of Indiana, and Roy and Lori Tanner of Indiana; grandson: Sean Alexander Francis Conway of Livingston, Texas; granddaughter: Brittany Sonny Starr McCorstin of Livingston, Texas; sister; Dorothy Krumsiek of Lower Lake, California; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

Pallbearers: Drue Tanner, Roy Tanner, Sean Conway, Jay Parker, Steve Houser, Coby Leggett, Melvin Leggett, Chris White, Johnny Wilkerson.

Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at


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