Robert Tanner

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Robert L. Tanner of Berryville, Arkansas, was born November 22, 1940 in Quitman, Arkansas to Hildred Elmer (H.E.) and Nola Louis (Williams) Tanner. Bob passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 in Fayetteville at the age of 79.

Bob graduated from Green Forest High School in 1958. After school, he worked construction jobs and became a journeyman iron worker. He worked on dams in New York, Missouri, Arizona, and California.

He moved back to Arkansas and bought a grocery store in Jasper, Arkansas. The first day of business was January 3, 1967. That was the beginning of his business career. He was involved in many projects over the last 53 years and was still active in all of them. Bob was an amazingly shrewd negotiator and worked hard his entire life.

Bob married Estrelieta (Ethel) Romanillos on July 14, 2007 who survives him of the home. He is also survived by daughters Lesa Massengale of Jasper, Arkansas, Tracy Peoples of Green Forest, Arkansas, Steffany Rhycca Romanillos of Berryville, Arkansas; sons Rob Tanner and wife Stephanie of Green Forest, Arkansas, Marty Tanner of Jasper, Arkansas, Brent Tanner of Jasper, Arkansas, Stuart Tanner and wife Tammy of Green Forest, Arkansas; mother of his six children Phyllis Tanner of Jasper, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren: Zach Massengale, Haley Jones, Sarah Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Stuart Peoples, Brian Peoples, Jacob Tanner, Abbie Tanner, Katherine Tanner, Emily Tanner, Lily Tanner, Keith Tanner, Brody Tanner, Madison Barber, Clay Tanner, Marie Collins, Kyle Tanner and Kara Tanner; sixteen great grandchildren; brother George Tanner and wife LuAnn of Green Forest, Arkansas; sister Hilda Stauffer of Mountain Home, Arkansas; sister-in-law Janice Tanner of Green Forest, Arkansas; multiple nieces, nephews, and cousins along with many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents H.E. and Nola Tanner; brothers Jerry Tanner and Danny Tanner; grandsons Joseph Johnson and Freddie Peoples; son-in-law Fred Peoples; brother-in-law Alan Stauffer.

A Graveside Service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3 ,2020 at Glenwood Cemetery in Green Forest, Arkansas with Brother Freddie Blevins officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 2, 2020 at Nelsonís Green Forest Chapel in Green Forest, Arkansas. Memorial donations may be made to the Green Forest 4-H, PO Box 490, Green Forest, Arkansas 72638. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at