Ernest “Buster” Tallent

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FRANKLIN - Ernest “Buster” Tallent, 71, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Born in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Grayson Thomas Tallent and Freda Moore Tallent. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Tallent, and sister, Blanche Tallent. 

Buster was a U.S. Army veteran and honorably served with the 4th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. 

He was a man of faith and attended Franklin Church of God. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and woodworking. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Clara Bell McConnell Tallent; children, Larry Tallent and wife Maria, Tracy Tallent and wife Meg, and Kayla Tallent Schulte and husband Casey, all of Franklin; one brother, Grayson Tallent Jr., and a sister, Grace Houston, both of Franklin; and five grandchildren, Ashleigh, Madison and Gabby Tallent, and Harper and Jace Schulte.

Funeral service was held Monday, Jan. 20 at Franklin Church of God. Pastor Danny Cannon, Pastor Tracy Tallent and Pastor Michael Stephens officiated with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 994, American Legion Post 108 and VFW Post 7339 performing full military rites. Burial was in the Addington Community Cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday, Jan. 19 at Franklin Church of God.

Pallbearers were Lyman Holland, James Jenkins, James Aiken, Robert Moss, Elbert McConnell, Rick Dehart and Jerry Shook. Honorary pallbearers were David Parham, Harold Moore, Bill Moore, Shannon Bradford, Eddie Raby and Dewey Sanders.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to VVA Chapter 994, C/O Dick Sheenan, 249 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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