Celebrating the life of

Michael Allen Tanner

Passed away on October 02, 2021

Michael Allen Tanner

Michael Allen Tanner, 53, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Candler Hospital after a long battle with Covid.  He was born February 9, 1968 in Savannah to Guy and Rebecca Tanner.  Michael graduated from Jenkins High School and Georgia Southern University, class of 1989, where he (#40) played football under legendary Coach Erk Russell.  He was a HUGE Georgia Southern Eagles fan and you could almost always catch him at Paulson Stadium on game day cheering for his boys.  Michael was a Foreman for the Georgia Ports Authority, where he worked for the past 29 years. 

He is preceded in death by his father, Guy Tanner, his sister, Donna Tanner Walker, his grandparents, Ivy and Mabel Tanner, and Queenez Gordy. 

Michael is survived by his fiancee’, September Harper of Savannah, his mother, Rebecca Tanner of Lyons, GA, sister, Debbie Tanner (John Moore) of Lyons, GA, brother, Chris Tanner (Christina) of Vidalia, GA.  He is also survived by his step-children, who he considered his own, stepdaughter, Peyton Roberson, and stepson, Gage Graham, as well as several nieces, nephews, his work family at Georgia Ports, and his MANY friends throughout Savannah and Eagle Nation.

A Visitation will be Friday, October 8, 2021, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a Celebration of his life to follow at 4:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Temple, 4625 Waters Ave, Savannah, GA.

In lieu of flowers, Michael’s wishes were that donations be made to Georgia Southern University, Football program, to the Michael Tanner Scholarship Fund,








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- JOHN MELL, Savannah, Georgia

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- Laura Duncan, Ellabell , Ga

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Always a great guy…RIP MT!!

- Shel Brennan, Savannah, GA

May The perpetual light shine upon your soul Michael. RIP my friend.

- Martin Hogan, SAVANNAH, United States

Michael was our next door neighbor for 17 years. We are devastated that he departed this earth so soon after leaving our neighborhood. September, we are so sorry. Rest in peace, Michael.

- Belinda and Ron Jacob, Savannah, GA

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Michael you left us way too soon. Godspeed my friend.

- Brad Wittfeld, Savannah, GA

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- Stephen Herb, Savannah, Ga,

You are in our thoughts and prayers, during this difficult time.

- Zeigler Family, Brunswick, Georgia

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Time sure flew by from the days when I met him back when he worked at Hollywood's. Always had the sweetest smile and a true genuinely great guy. I'm sure foing to miss that smile. My heart breaks for September, his family and the children. Rest in eternal peace, my friend, and may God's perpetual light shine upon you. Prayers and love.

- Christine Sheppard, Springfield, GA

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- The Gancio’s, Bluffton , South Carolina

I am so sorry for the Tanner family’s loss. Michael was so loved by many friends. And he will be missed. I am so happy he found the love of his life in September. The love they had for each other showed in every photo the shared. Their sweet memories will live on and on. We will be praying for Michael’s family as well as September, Peyton and Gage. You will all be in our thoughts during these grieving days. May the Lord wrap his arms around you all.

- Janet Reilley, Pooler, Ga

Tann was definitely the man! He made his presence felt anywhere and everywhere he went. He will most definitely be missed. I’m sure he and Coach Russell are talk about his beloved EAGLES and drawing up some plays right now. Love ya MT and rest easy brother! GATA 4 ever and always!

- Benji Lewis, Statesboro, GA

From the bottom of our hearts, we send our most sincere condolences to Mike's family. Mike was a great person and one of my mentors in Georgia Ports. He always will never be forgotten. Gone too soon. See you in the afterlife Big Boss!

- Felix Arroyo and Family, Savannah, Georgia

Sending prayers and hugs to the Tanner family and to September. The Eagle Nation lost a True Blue!

- McGinley, Jefferson , Ga

A great guy taken way too soon. My heart breaks for his family, friends and co-workers. May he rest in peace.

- Michelle Brigdon , Savannah , Ga

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Sending prayer’s and peace to all! God gained a great person!

- Keri Widener, Savannah, GA

May Gods light shine on Michael. He was one of the best to ever do it. RIP

- The Tuten’s , Charleston , South Carolina

Prayers for the Tanner family at your time of loss.

- Alan Humphrey, Vidalia, GA

My deepest condolences. He left too early! Prayers for September and family.

- Kendall Eminger, Pooler, Ga

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- Pamela Hadden, Savannah, Ga

I’m so sorry for your loss! May god be with you!

- Katherine Rosecrans, Marietta, GA

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- Kathy Bailey , Savannah , Georgia

My heart is so heavy. You left way to soon. My dearest condolences to the people who loved you. You, your family, and your finance are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Shannon Warren, Savannah, Georgia

A true guys, guy. Even when he walked into my shop to buy Tyler candles & spray for the home he shared with beautiful September. Obviously, he was raised right. Thank you, to the Tanner family, for raising a true, Southern gentleman. The gentle giant, supporting all of us Savannah people but most especially September. I told both Michael & September how much I loved seeing their posts on social media - in a world, right now, often filled with negativity, they were always a positive light. Thank you, Michael & September, for keeping it amazingly real. God called a great name too soon. RIP MT

- Mo Dixon, Savannah , GA

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- Cheryl Stratton , Savannah, GA

You will never be forgotten! You were without a doubt such a Light in this crazy world! We all love and miss you! We will surround your beautiful fiance with all the love that you endearingly and selfless poured out to her on a daily basis! Until we meet again, My Friend ♡ I will continue to life up your beautiful family in our prayers ♡ Sending All Of Our Love ♡

- Morgan Starkey and Family, Guyton, Georgia

My heart is broken. Michael has been such a great friend for so many years. I will always cherish all the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and all your loved ones. Godspeed in heaven my friend.

- Marta Miltiades , Savannah , Ga

I’m sorry for your loss. Michael touched a lot of lives and will be missed.

- Lee Wetmore , Guyton , Georgia

Becky, Debbie and Donna, I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am in North Carolina for the next couple of weeks and unfortunately will miss Michael's funeral service but I will try to reach you once I am back in town. Thinking of you all at this so very sad time. Susan

- Susan Sheppard, Savannah, Georgia

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. He was absolutely one of the most kindest, loving souls I’ve ever had the honor and privilege to have called my friend. Thank you Michael for always remaining true to all around you.

- JulieAnn Sturgess Therrell, Savannah, Ga

I remember when you were born, my family took you as our own. My father adored you and my sister couldn’t or wouldn’t put you down. I remember you alway came to my mama saying you were hungry and she would feed you knowing your mother had just fed you lunch. We all loved you so much. You gave us a bigger heart by letting us love you. I hate knowing you are not of this earth anymore but carry you in my heart always.

- Becky Williams, Savannah, United States - Georgia

Rest easy my friend ! We will see you soon !

- Chico, Glennville ga., Ga

RIP Michael.. Never got to meet you in person ,but I saw how happy you made a special family that I love... Very Happy.. May God show you peace n serenity to all who have suffered the loss of a family member.. My thoughts n prayers are with each n every one of you..... In Jesus's name I pray "Amen"....

- Connie Hayes, Lynn, AL

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God Bless and Continued Prayers

- Gina K Maxwell, St Simons Island , ga

I am very sad to hear of Micheal’s passing . I have fond memories of him from Ga Southern days . May God comfort September and his Mom and all family during this most difficult time

- Rene Green , Savannah , Ga

My deepest condolences to the Family and all friends of Michael rest easy friend.

- The Denmark , Savannah , Georgia

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September and Tanner Family you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Rest in Peace Michael Tanner you will be missed.

- Mike and Diana Schuman, Savannah, GA

What a great friend, a great eagle and a great man! He will be missed but never forgotten! Fly High my brother, fly high!

- Freddy Pesqueira, Woodstock , Georgia

September and Michael’s entire Family My heart breaks for each and everyone of you! I pray for safe and fast passage to the heaven’s. Sorry as Michael was a gorgeous and gentl man. He will be missed.

- Marni Hayden, Sarasota , Fl

September and Michael’s entire Family My heart breaks for each and everyone of you! I pray for safe and fast passage to the heaven’s. Sorry as Michael was a gorgeous and gentl man. He will be missed.

- Marni Hayden, Sarasota , Fl

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A fine young man and a true friend to my two sons. RIP MT. God be with you till we meet again.

- Linda Walden, Vidalia, GA

Prayer go out for the entire family. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our hearts break for this family and September and the kids.

- Scott Sowell, Vidalia, Ga

Praying for peace and comfort for all the family and friends during this difficult time. RIP Michael

- Cindy Driggers, Richmond Hill, Georgia

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Sending our deepest condolences to Ms. Tanner, September and family. We pray you are comforted by sweet memories, and the love of family & close friends. He was a good one and will truly be missed at the GPA.

- Barrett Gergacs & Family , Savannah , GA

Deepest heartfelt condolences to September and the Tanner family. Rest now Michael no more Pain only Peace.

- Joy Wainwright, Savannah, Ga.

You have my deepest condolences. Mike who I called MT, you will be missed my. Love you Brother.. S I P... Your brother Anthony Haggray

- Anthony Haggray, Pooler, Georgia

I knew Michael from Hollywood’s days. Super nice guy! Always so sweet and always looking out for us girls. Thank you for being that guy!!! RIP sweet friend. Sending tight hugs, prayers and love to everyone

- Dianne Clanton , Senoia, Ga

Dearest September and Tanner family, we are devastated and heartbroken for you all for the loss of our wonderful friend Michael. Please accept out heartfelt condolences as we lift you up in prayer and ask our Lord to wrap his loving arms around you. Sending you all our love.

- Tom & Courtney Jones, Naples, Florida

My deepest sympathies for all of the family. A special prayer for September as she grieves the loss of her Michael. May God wrap his arms around you and give you all strength. September you have a true angel watching over you.

- Julie Deason, Newington , Georgia

Thank you for all of the good memories! You will be missed greatly. Every time I see a ship from the ports I will think of you. RIP my friend. Gone but not forgotten!

- Becky LiCausi, Rincon, GA

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- Joy Wainwright , Savannah , Ga.

Prayers with the family , the lord has a special person with him. Until we see each other again fly high my brotha.

- Mike Green, SAVANNAH, GA

I pray for the family.he was a good and will be missed from his Georgia Port family.

- Doreen Shells, Port Wentworth , Ga

Such a great guy, gone way to soon! Our thoughts are with you, may you find strength, courage and peace in this tough time. In Deep Sympathy, praying you’ll sense gods peace in a way that brings rest for your heart! (2 Corinthians 13:11)

- Carl Thornton and Family , Guyton, GA

Get vaccinated people.

- DaRob Prewett, Chicago, Illinois

Mike was an enormous part of my day at the GPA, he was more than a foreman he was a trusted friend. Stand by me Stand by me and bow your head… I’m not speaking to you but your heart instead… Our minds were closed to thoughts that we’ll never see you… Even knowing your condition I thought we’d meet again… You were taken so sudden the news so true… God brought home one of our dearest friends… The normalcy that you brought is far and gone… Like you we’ll all remain strong… Now rest “Our Angel”, beneath the stone. -Alice 10/2021

- Ogden’s , Savannah , GA

Mike T, you will be missed. I enjoyed our time together working, such a great Man and Person. Prayers to your Family!! RIP

- John Clark , Savannah , GA

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Michael was a great person and God has a special angel.

- Tonya Jenkins, Savannah, Ga

Rest In Peace friend! A sweet soul taken way too soon! You will be missed!

- Michele Hendrix Addington, Augusta , Ga

Great Eagle flying high again…. He will be dearly missed…RIP Tanner EaglesGATA

- Casey Bradley, Monroe, GA

So very sorry for your loss, praying for you September!

- Pat Brown, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel