Mrs. Fama Vaunia (Vaun) Tankersley
August 25, 1929 – February 5, 2020
Vaun was born on August 25, 1929 in Chatfield, Texas to parents Gordon and Mabel Huddleston. She grew up in Rice, Texas and later moved to Eustace, Texas where she went to school. Vaun had three siblings; Genelle Tramel, Louis Ray Huddleston and Nana Beth Huddleston. She would grow up to marry the love of her life, Racine Martin Tankersley. They were married on February 3, 1946 in Rockwall, Texas. Vaun and Racine celebrated 62 years of marriage, until his passing in 2007 at the age of 83. They lived in several towns throughout their 62 years of marriage; Eustace, TX, Seattle, WA, Dallas, TX, Seagoville, TX, Kleberg, TX, Grand Prairie, TX, Gun Barrel City, TX, Long Island, NY, Burleson, TX and many more while Racine was job shopping in different states. Vaun worked at home until the early 60’s, when she got a job at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX as a Lab Technician. She worked there approximately 5 years and then was later hired at LTV in Grand Prairie, with her husband Racine. They commuted from the lake house in Gun Barrel City to Grand Prairie for many years together. At LTV she had to have a security clearance and worked in a secure area on circuit boards. Vaun wore a white lab coat every day and worked under a microscope on circuit boards for airplanes. She retired at the age of 45, in approximately 1980. After retirement she worked with a contractor on building their lake home in Gun Barrel City in Thunderbird Shores. Vaun could build anything, she designed and placed every stone in their huge fireplace. She cut and placed distressed wood (shiplap) on the wall in their bedroom, before it was even popular. Vaun also held quilting classes at Henderson County Junior College in Athens, TX and later at her home in Gun Barrel City. She was and excellent seamstress and made lots of her children’s clothing throughout their youth. Vaun loved a good yard sale and some might say she was a collector. She remembered where she got each treasure and what she paid for it. Vaun and Racine set up a booth at Canton’s First Monday for many years, which they just loved and treasured those memories. She sold many of her quilts there and lots of other items. Vaun loved to travel and has been all over the world; Japan, Italy, Hawaii, Ireland, England, Germany, Alaska and all over the United States. Later, when Vaun and Racine moved to Burleson, TX they joined the Crowley Church of Christ. She loved her church family dearly. Vaun met many more friends when she would go to the Alvarado RV once a month and sing karaoke gospel music. She would walk up to that stage and sing like she owned it. Her vibrato soprano voice was loved by everyone. Vaun sang with others at nearby nursing homes and other events. She would visit the Burleson Senior Citizen’s Center and was loved by everyone she met. Her funny, cheerful personality lit up a room when she walked in. Vaun was an amazing lady who will be missed tremendously by those who knew and loved her. Vaun was preceded in death by her parents, husband Martin Racine Tankersley, sister Nana Beth Huddleston and brother Louis Ray Huddleston. She is survived by her loving children; Ronnie Racine Tankersley and wife Linda of Eustace, TX, Fama Sue Harris and husband Rodney of Sunset, TX, Lajuana Lynn Bilger and husband Ken of Alvarado, TX, Marty Keith Tankersley of Galveston, TX, Kerry Gordon Tankersley and wife Deborah of Ben Wheeler, TX and Kim Luther Tankersley of Rockwall, TX, grandchildren: Curtis Racine Tankersley, Jan Sharon Teel, Robert (Rob) Earl Moore, III, Tracy Rene Morton, Brian Stanley Tankersley, Jodi Kay Cox, Jarrod Keith Tankersley, Anthony (Tony) Racine Moore, Selena Kay Tankersley, Jason Lee Tankersley, Jason Wayne Tankersley, Chad Eric Bilger, Jamie Ann Tankersley, Lindsey Minta Byrd, Amanda Kay Tankersley, Jena Marie Dentone, Sarah Elisabeth Cole and Travis Martin Tankersley, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, sister Genelle Tramel of Mesquite, TX, numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
- Gordon and Mabel Huddleston, Parents (deceased)
- Martin Racine Huddleston, Husband (deceased)
- Nana Beth Huddleston, Sister (deceased)
- Louis Ray Huddleston, Brother (deceased)
- Ronnie Racine Tankersley and wife Linda, Son
- Fama Sue Harris and husband Rodney, Daughter
- Lajuana Lynn Bilger and husband Ken, Daughter
- Marty Keith Tankersley, Son
- Kerry Gordon Tankersley and wife Deborah, Son
- Kim Luther Tankersley, Daughter
- Vaun also leaves behind her grandchildren: Curtis Racine Tankersley, Jan Sharon Teel, Robert (Rob) Earl Moore III, Tracy Rene Morton, Brian Stanley Tankersley, Jodi Kay Cox, Jarrod Keith Tankersley, Chad Eric Bilger, Jamie Ann Tankersley, Lindsey Minta Byrd, Amanda Kay Tankersley, Jena Marie Dentone, Sarah Elisabeth Cole and Travis Martin Tankersley, numerous great and great-great grandchildren: sister Genelle Tramel, numerous nieces and nephews, other loving family members and many more lifelong friends.
- Rob Moore, Pallbearer
- Chad Bilger, Pallbearer
- Tony Moore, Pallbearer
- Travis Tankersley, Pallbearer
- Jason Wayne Tankersley, Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
- Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020
- Graveside Saturday, February 8, 2020
Mrs. Fama Vaunia (Vaun) Tankersley
February 7, 2020
My Grandmother was loved by many. She kept all of her grandkids in check..
Everyone, didn't want to mess up,or risk, getting called out by Grandmother..
It was a great motivator..
She took me to get my drivers liscence in Athens. I didnt get it the first time. Instead, the DPS officer, kicked us out of the DMV, that day.
Grandmother, got locked in the bathroom and then had words with the DPS officer, about the lock.
I, of coarse, didn't get my liscense that day. Eventually, I did..
The days, my brother and I were cheap labor, moving not junk, but valuable grage sale finds, to secret storage buildings, unbeknown, to my my Grandad...
Or, the day she showed up at our door and demanded my father, help tear down an old lean too shed, that stood about 5' foot tall. She wanted the old barn wood for a project.
She was years ahead of HDTV.
My dad, didnt want to get involved, swore they would get shot. He reluctanlty gave in and with a hammer in hand, off they went. Climbed the fence , started dissasembling the little lean too/shed. Then, the farmer drove up
and asked. What are yall doing?
She said, she had passed by the little , delapatated structure for years and thought it was abandoned and wasn't of any value, to anyone? He said, that, was the only thing, my little calf had, to get out of the rain, put it back!
So, they tried to rebuild the structure back to it's original state and was escorted off his land..
The time that she and Grandad were in Maine for work.The befriended a guy who played the bagpipes. Last day they were there, they convinced him to play, Amazing Grace before they left back to Texas. It was 3 am and woke everyone in the hotel up! She taught me how to sew, and write in Calligraphy.
Ecouraged us boys to cook for ourselves and be indipendant.
Grandmother was full of suprises.
So many, crazy stories, I could tell....
The birthday buck!
She will always be missed!
She was well loved, well traveled and always spoke her mind..
We will miss you Grandma.
February 6, 2020
I grew up in Thunderbird shores
I remember mr and mrs tankersley they were always lovely to see and speak to the both of them