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James "J.W." Washington Tallent

May 23, 1933February 26, 2021

James W. Tallent, (87) of Knoxville, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 26, 2021, after a brief illness. J.W., as he was better known to his family and friends, was a 1951 graduate of Knoxville High School as well as a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman from 1952 to 1956 aboard the hospital ship USS Haven. J.W. was employed by the Knoxville News Sentinel for 40 years in many different capacities and upon his retirement as Director of Circulation. J.W. was a decades-long member of Masonic Oriental Lodge No. 453 F&AM. He is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil B. Tallent and Dorsie P. (Morgan) Tallent ; sisters, Hazel (Tallent) Haws and Betty (Tallent) Davenport and nephew, Doug Haws.

J.W. is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia L. (Crumbliss) Tallent; son, James A. (Brenda) Tallent of Maryville and daughter, Tamara L. Tallent of Knoxville as well as three sisters-in-law and many nephews and nieces.

A Masonic service will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Berry Highland West, 9913 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN with an Entombment Service to follow. The family has requested that all those who plan to attend adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear facial coverings. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Bob Paylor

February 28, 2021

Mr. Tallent was a role model for me when I carried papers for him.
He was always kind and giving me good advise to make good decision. I won the New Sentinel trip to Europe and a honda motor cycle while he was my route manager. He was a close friend to my parents and my Dad worked with him many years at the New Sentinel. My Dad, Jack Paylor passed away last year at age 95.

I'm praying for you and asking God to comfort you.
I will always remember Mr Talley.

Bob Paylor

Patsy Margaret Choate Klein

February 28, 2021

I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. I am a cousin, and my mother is Margaret Haseltine Tallent (Choate). Cecil B. Tallent was her nephew., and she was very fond of him. They usually attended the annual Tallent reunion in Etowah. I have a vivid memory of visiting , along with my mother "Maggie", in the Knoxville home of Cecil Burl and Dorsie .

My sincere condolences.
Patsy Margaret Choate Klein

Steve Learn

February 27, 2021

Jimmy so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was such a good man and a good leader. I will be praying for your family this week.

Chris Stanfill

February 27, 2021

So sorry to see this Jimmy. We all loved and respected your dad to the utmost. He was a really great guy and enjoyed working with him. Prayers for you and your family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY