Homer Tankersley

Homer J. Tankersley Jr.

Friday, March 25th, 1927 - Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
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Homer J. Tankersley, Jr. age 93, of Clovis, New Mexico died Saturday, October 3, 2020 in Clovis, New Mexico. He was born March 25, 1927 in Dallas, Texas to Homer Tankersley, Sr. and Audrey (Rice) Tankersley. He married Doris Ballard in Dallas, Texas on August 25, 1951.

Homer was a music student at Southern Methodist University and enlisted in the military during World War II and served with the 82nd Airborne in Europe between 1944 and 1945 in France and Germany. While in the military, Homer sang U.S.O. shows. In 1949 he became the lead singer with the original Imperial Sugar Quartet and inducted in to the “Gospel Music Hall of Fame”. In 1957, Homer rededicated his life to the Lord at a Billy Graham crusade at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In December 1961 Homer opened “Town & Country Men’s Shop”. In March 1972 he expanded his business into “Tankersley’s Clothing Store” on Main Street in Clovis. Homer served Central Baptist Church for 32 years and First Baptist Church in Clovis for 19 years as Music Minister. He worked as a music evangelist across America and England with Dr. Angel Martinez, Wayne Bristow, and many others in churches such as First Baptist, Dallas, First Baptist, Memphis, First Baptist, Kansas City, and others. Homer recorded at Norman Petty Studios as Ken James & Ken Pepper. He also completed recording sessions in Dallas, Captial Studios in Los Angeles, and in London with the London Philharmonic Orchestra resulting in 6 albums of inspirational music. In 1991 Homer formed the recording and touring group “Praise Quartet” with his son Paul. He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister Evelyn Bell; and two brothers Jack and Gordon Tankersley.

Homer is survived by his wife Doris; his two sons, Paul Tankersley and his wife, Patsy of Clovis, New Mexico and Phil Tankersley and his wife, Lisa of Frisco, Texas; two grandchildren Tracee Martin and her husband, Thomas and Kevin Tankersley and his wife, Rosie; and four great-grandchildren T.J. Gregg, Emerson Tankersley, Ava Wright, and Ty Tankersley. The family wishes to thank caregivers Erika Lopez, Montaya, and especially Tristan, Susan and Jordan of Presbyterian Hospice for their tender care in Homer’s final days.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 629, Portales, New Mexico 88130.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Central Baptist Church
    2501 N Norris Street
    CLOVIS, NM 88101
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Visitation is Mountain Time..
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 2:00pm
    Central Baptist Church
    2501 N Norris Street
    CLOVIS, NM 88101
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    All services will be on Mountain Time.
  • Interment

    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 3:00pm
    Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens
    1601 Llano Estacado Blvd
    CLOVIS, NM 88101
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Betty Grissom

Posted at 04:19pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the family during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you all uplifted in prayer. God bless you. Betty Grissom and Family.

Kay Arvizu

Posted at 11:37pm
Our hearts are with you all. May God surround you with His love and peace in this difficult time. With loving memories of Homer, Ruben & Kay Arvizu

Charlie Hagerr

Posted at 07:36pm
Homer Tankeysley built a beautiful legacy for himself and will be fondly remembered through his love of music, honesty in business, and dedication to his church and family. As a long-time friend, Homer will be missed. Sincerely, Charlie Hager.

Greg DeMarco

Posted at 05:51pm
Loved Homer; what a character! He was always loving, kind and jovial toward Wendy and I. I’ll never forget going with Homer to his personal garage and talking cars and music. It was an honor to know him and joking about looking for the “Dockers” section at Tankersleys store. Our prayers, condolences and best wishes go with the family. Homer is not gone, just kicking up gold dust in glory with a song on his lips and joy in his heart.


Posted at 03:21am
I first knew Homer as the Music Minister at Central Baptist Church. My mom sang in the choir and my dad was a deacon. The great Dr. Carl Scott was the Minister. I grew up with Paul, Phil, and Patsy as we all were in the youth groups. After High School, I was offered a job by Homer to work in a new store called The Treadmill. It was a clothing store that sold Jeans and Shirts for young adults. Homer spent time with me showing me about displaying, selling, and maintaining a business. The Manager Dan decided to attend college and I became the manager. Phil (Homers son) came to help me at the store and we became good friends. Homer would spend time with me explaining the basics of retail and even took me on a buying trip to Dallas Market Center to buy goods for the store.
I got the retail bug from all this and spent the rest of my career becoming a District Retail Manager for both Payless and Wal-Mart
stores in California , Nevada, and Arizona for 30+ years.
My family thanks you Homer for the example you set everyday of your life and for what you did for me.
You are a true patriarch of Clovis and I am forever grateful.
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