Larry William Tankersley

January 14, 1952 - October 11, 2010

Larry William Tankersley, age 58, of Floyd, Va., passed away Monday, October 11, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, Buford Edward Tankersley, uncle Charles H. Tankersley, cousins, Roger D. Tankersley and Robert Lambert. He is survived by his mother, Mary Evangeline Tankersley., two sisters and one brother in law, Diane Vernon, Mary Elizabeth Boyd and spouse Rodney. Three brothers and one-sister-in-law Mitchell Wayne Tankersley & spouse Willa, Leslie Tankersley, David Tankersley, uncles Rabon Brogan, Jay Brogan, aunts Shirley Tankersley, Lucy Lambert, and Jean Staton, Several Nieces, Nephews, and cousins. Funeral Services will be Friday October 15, 2010 at 11 A.M. at Gardner Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Hall officiating. Friends may call after 1 P.M. Thursday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Online condolences may be made at

Guest book

Fay Hawkins

Galax, VA
October 12, 2010

It is with heartfelt sympathy that I say goodby to a very dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. David, please know that my heart goes out to you, if I can ever do anything for you, please feel free to call. Always a friend, Fay Hawkins

Chad & Stormy Tankersley

Copper Hill
October 13, 2010

We will miss you. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

mimi shepherd

cana va
October 13, 2010

You will be so thoroughly missed by me and so many others I know. You were a delight to be around and to know as my friend. My prayers go out to the family. May God be with you all at this sad time.

Louise Branch

October 13, 2010

Sorry to hear about your loss.

Shawn and Debbie Gallagher

Floyd, VA
October 13, 2010

We are sorry for the loss.

Teresa O'Neal

Floyd, VA
October 13, 2010

I am so sorry and shocked to hear about Larry. I did not know him that well, but we always enjoyed shagging with each other at Thirstys2 in Greensboro, The Blackmon Amphitheatre in Mount Airy and the Pilot Cruise In's. Friends and I just had a blast with him in Pilot the first weekend of October. Please accept my condolences. Larry we be very much missed in the shagging community. Teresa O'Neal Pilot Mountain, NC 336-368-4582

Frank & Eve Rierson

October 13, 2010

We are deeply saddened by Larry's passing. He was such a great friend and we cared about him so much. It is hard to wrap our heads around him being gone. We will miss him so much, but will remember him always in the good ole days. Our deepest sympathies and so much love goes out to your family. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Whatever we can do to help, we will be happy to do. Love you guys.

Cheryl Miller

Roanoke, VA
October 13, 2010

To Larry's Family: I am so sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Larry was a good friend and a wonderful dancer. I never saw him when he wasn't smiling and enjoying dancing with everyone. He was always a gentleman, kind and so easy going and easy to be around. He will be greatly missed. May God ease your sorrow during this difficult time. May you know that there are many, many people who care and are thinking about you.

Nancetta Butner

Pilot Mtn., NC
October 13, 2010

My deepest sorrow and compassion in the passing of your dear and beloved Larry. Larry was an extremely nice, kind, caring and genuine person. His unique ways of showing his friendship was perfect and he always included respect and a smile. I shall miss this excellent Shag dancer/partner but will hold his memory in my heart. May God heal your hearts and fill you with sweet memories.

Charlotte Moore

Lexington, VA
October 13, 2010

My deep sympathies to Larry's family. I will miss Larry's smile, generous attitude and companionship on the dance floor. Everyone was so fond of Larry and always glad to see him. He was a good and kind man. May you cherish good memories. Charlotte Moore

Pat Turner

Roanoke, VA
October 13, 2010

My heart just broke to hear of Larry's passing. He was a dancing buddy of ours these many years and was always smiling, always a gentle man. We treasured him and will miss him greatly.

Susan Moore

October 13, 2010

To the family of Larry, so sorry for your loss. I was a friend of Larry, he was always smiling and love to dance. He will be sadly missed.

Penny Conner

Copper Hill, VA.
October 14, 2010

Larry was a good man. I worked with him for years when I worked at S & S Paving. He was kinda quiet but fun to be around and I thought a lot of him. A highly respected man who I enjoyed working with and being around him. Larry was well liked by everyone. He and the Stuart guys were like brothers. This is sad but God is with you during this time. Just reach out and draw your strength from the Lord. Larry will be greatly missed. He was a special person. One of a kind. We love you Larry...

Debbi Carroll

Boones Mill, VA
October 14, 2010

Larry will be missed. I saw Larry Friday night. We laughed and we danced and that night will remain a treasured memory.

Scott and Carla Keegan

Roanoke, VA
October 14, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Though I didn't know Larry well, he always seemed to be enjoying himself at the shag get togethers. He was a kind and gentle soul and I will always remember his sweet smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this sad time. God Bless.

Mary Via

October 14, 2010

I am sorry to here about the passing of Larry. My sympathies go out to the family.

Joe Custer

October 14, 2010

We are deeply saddened to hear about Larry. We met him several years ago at one of the places where a group of us would meet to dance every week. It seemed like no matter where we were we would run into Larry. It was always a pleasure to see him and talk with him. He will be missed. Joe and Paulette

Wanda & Ron Bowles

October 14, 2010

We are deeply saddened by Larry's passing. We thought so much of him. He was always so pleasant and had a smile for everyone. He will be extremely missed by his friends in Roanoke.

Kay Weddle

Galax, VA
October 14, 2010

Larry will be missed by me and all his friends in Galax. He was loved and respected everywhere he went. He was a man with many friends. Whenever I hear beach music, I will be searching the crowd for Larry, and I know that his spirit will be there with us. God's blessings on all of us who knew him and mourn his passing.

Linda Moore

Elliston, VA
October 14, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at your time of lost.

jean,gene hogan/sexton,finend alice

roanoke, va.
October 14, 2010

how sorry we are to hear about Larry, he was always,so happy, and bright and cheerful at all dances, and we enjoyed him very much. our condolences go out to his family.

"Charlie" Harbin

Greenville, SC
October 14, 2010

To Larry's Family and loved ones, I have read all the messages left by the many who loved this precious person, and I think every good and kind word in the dictionary has been used to describe Larry's character. I have never known a man so kind, so genuine and always with the same sweet smile. Larry, the gentle one. He gave my sister (and me) many, many times of the best and most fond memories. Our hearts are broken for this loss. Its hard to imagine carrying on and not seeing Larry somewhere in the midst, but he will be in our hearts and memories forever. My prayers are with each of Larry's family and all those who loved him, for your sadness and great loss. May the Lord heal your broken hearts.

Jo Ann Lanning

Lexington, N.C.
October 14, 2010

I would like to offer my condolences to Larry's family. I met Larry a couple years ago in Mt.Airy and danced with him in the amphitheatre there, as well as several other places. I considered him a friend, fun to be around, and a true gentleman. He will certainly be missed. May God bless all of you ! Jo Ann

Robin Richardson

Salem, VA
October 14, 2010

I am deeply sorry about the passing of Larry. He was always so friendly and kind....always smiling. His quiet, shy, gentle nature will be greatly missed.

susan powell

greenville, sc
October 15, 2010

Dearest Larry, I'll see you in my dreams - we'll be dancing, I'll be smiling. May God be with you. Love always, Susan "Shadow Shaggin'...forever" God bless your family, I love them all.

Anne Koon

Roanoke, VA
October 17, 2010

To Larry's family, I send my heartfelt love & sympathy upon hearing this sad news. I have known Larry for many years & always thought him to be one of the nicest, kindest & sweetest men ever, and also a great dancer! We danced many times at Roanoke events & at Cattle Annie's in Lynchburg a few years ago with several friends(celebrating my birthday). I shall miss him terribly as I know you will. May God bless you and sustain you and know that HE will bring you Peace & Understanding as only HE can do. My love & prayers. Anne Koon

Janice McCree

Blaacksburg, VA
October 21, 2010

I have only known Larry a few years but he always had a smile on his face, had a kind word, was polite, quiet and a wonderful dancer. I will miss seeing him on the dance floor.

Cookie Mabry

Hillsville, VA
October 22, 2010

I only met Larry a few months ago at a concert. Watching him dance attracted my attention, then his blue eyes. I was blessed to have known him and to dance with him at several different concerts through the summer. I will be searching the crowds forever more looking for him in the crowd. He helped make it one of my best summers ever. My heartfelt sympathy to his family. You will be in my prayers. He was loved by all.