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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
David Tacker

David Tacker

Monday, May 27th, 1963 - Friday, March 6th, 2020
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On Friday, March 6, 2020, David Travis Tacker, 56, passed away at his home in Cleveland. David was a beloved brother, uncle, and friend and his passing is felt very deeply by those who knew him.
David was best known for his immense kindness and for the joyous way that he approached life. He wasthe sort of person who was ready at a moment’s notice to lend a hand or an ear, whatever the need may be. Before you even knew your glass was getting empty, he was already by your side with a refill.David was an avid UT fan, attending games whenever he could and never passing up an opportunity to wear Volunteer orange. He had a passion for animals, especially dogs.
David grew up in Athens, Tennessee, and lived most recently in Cleveland. He is preceded in death by his parents, John Jerry and Patsy Lee Tacker, and by his brother, Timothy Wade Tacker. He is survived by his brother, John J. Tacker, Jr. of Cleveland; his two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kimberly Tacker and Kay and Rex Barton, all of Athens; his nieces Shawna Meade, Jodi Sexton, Holly Cantrell, and Cayci Byers; and several great nieces and nephews.
The family invites you to join us as we receive friends at Smith Funeral Home on March 11, 2020, from 4:30-6:30 pm, followed by a service at 6:30 pm. A committal service will be held on March 12, 2020 at 10:00 am at McMinn Memory Gardens.
In recogination of David's love of dogs, the family encourages everyone to honor David's memory and, in lieu of flowers, send donations in his name to the McMinn Regional Humane Society, 219 Alford Street, Athens, TN 37303.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | 6:30pm
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 6:30pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    McMinn Memory Gardens
    Old Etowah Road
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    10:00 am Thursday


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Scott Blair

Posted at 05:02pm
John, you and your family will be on our prayers regarding the loss of you brother. Humility is a wonderful human trait and David was the the epitome of humility and humbleness. Keep the faith.
Scott Blair


Posted at 04:56am
David is missed by so many people. Thanks for being part of my life.

sending strength to the family and Friends.

You will never be forgotten.


Julie White Jones

Posted at 10:08pm
Sending love and prayers to the Tacker family upon the untimely passing of David. We grew up together in the City Park area. He will be greatly missed by so many.

Gail Kugler

Posted at 05:28pm
I didn't know David as well as John but I remember when we went to Boone, NC on a skiing trip, one of the of the teenagers hurt themselves on the trip and he volunteered to sacrifice his day to drive (icy and snowing) the young man's mother and I to the hospital and offered to stay as long as needed. He was a giver and a servant to others. Gail Kugler


Posted at 04:28pm
Prayers of healing and peace during this time! What a grateful, unselfish, and humble guy!!
So thankful for the friendship!!
Tim and Jamie Bain

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