Beecher E. Tallent, 78, of Athens, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
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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.