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

Beecher E Tallent

Saturday, December 26th, 1942 - Friday, March 19th, 2021
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Beecher E. Tallent, 78, of Athens, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a son of the late Ray and Edna Brown Tallent. He was also preceded in death by a brother Arnold Tallent.
Beecher was a member of Grove Baptist Church in Kingston. He was a graduate of Etowah High School. He served in the Tennessee National Guard from 1963-1971. He was a purchasing Agent for John Manville Corp, after retirement he became a painting contractor with his daughter and son.
Beecher played piano for churches since he was 12 years of age, and later traveled with the Interstate Quartet and later with his family group known as the Young Praise. He received the Piano Roll of Honor from the Southern Gospel Music Guild.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Anderson Tallent; one daughter and son-in-law, April and Brian Hamby all of Athens; one son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan (JT) and Chasity of Lenoir City, one granddaughter Brianna (Bradley) Ledbetter; three grandsons, Blake and Brent Hamby and Lyric Tallent;one great-granddaughter, Addison Ledbetter and one great-grandson, Colton Ledbetter.
A funeral service will be conducted, 7:00 pm, Monday, March 22, 2021 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Travis Torbett, Rev. Jimmy Lewis, Lay Speaker Dennis Bordwine and Rev. Phillip Martin officiating. The committal service will be 11:00am, Tuesday, March 23rd at Hilltop cemetery in Riceville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 4:00-7:00pm prior to the service.
Pallbearers will be Houston Anderson, Brad Anderson, Michael Anderson, Travis Standridge, Daniel Tallent, and Staff Sgt. Cutler Lance. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Fain and Isaac Wilcox.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 | 7:00pm
    Monday, March 22nd, 2021 7:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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Patricia (Cooper) Phillips

Posted at 09:15am
Beecher was a dear, sweet friend to my family & me. Dad (Preacher Melvin Cooper) loved to hear
him tickle the ivories! My heart goes out & I will especially be sending prayers up for all of you. Love, Patricia (Cooper) Phillips

Neal Schrimsher

Posted at 07:55pm
I am neal schrimsher worked with Beecher at manville in maintance he was great man will miss him.He is in a better place now.

Carolyn Cass

Posted at 06:39pm
Dear Betty and Family,
You all are in our thoughts and prayers
Carolyn & Will Cass

Jane Watson

Posted at 02:16pm
I have know Beecher since I was 6or 7 years old. We went to church at West Etowah Baptist Church(Brookhill) now. I have many find memories over the years of seeing and hearing him play the piano. He had a God given talent and was a blessing to many. I also got acquainted with his son when he worked for marvon. Our prayers are with family. Jane(Bledsoe)Watson

Karen Wear Taylor

Posted at 10:50am
I have known Beecher since we were at EHS together. He was a really great guy then and remained that way. It was such a thrill when he would play the piano during assembly! He was so very talented and could make a piano sing. It was so wonderful when he played at our EHS reunions, and everybody loved seeing him and enjoyed hearing him play again after all these years! JT, you probably do not remember me; but you came to our home several times when you were with MarVon and I always asked how Beecher was doing. He was a fine man and will be missed by all who knew him!

Karen Wear Taylor
EHS Class of 1965

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