Ernest Tallent

Ernest "Buster" Tallent

Thursday, April 29th, 1948 - Thursday, January 16th, 2020
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Ernest “Buster” Tallent, 71, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, January 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 US 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 sister, Grace Houston both of Franklin and five grandchildren, Ashleigh, Madison and Gabby Tallent and Harper and Jace Schulte.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, January 20th at Franklin Church of God. Pastor Danny Cannon, Pastor Tracy Tallent and Pastor Michael Stephens will officiate with the VVA Chapter 994 performing full military rites. Burial will be in the Addington Community Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 pm, Sunday, January 19th at Franklin Church of God.

Pallbearers will be Lyman Holland, James Jenkins, James Aiken, Robert Moss, Elbert McConnell, Rick Dehart and Jerry Shook. Honorary Pallbearers will be 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.

Condolences can be made to the family at

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 19th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, January 19th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Franklin Church of God
    701 West Palmer Street
    Franklin, NC 28734
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, January 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Franklin Church of God
    701 West Palmer Street
    Franklin, NC 28734
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  • Interment

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 |
    Monday, January 20th, 2020
    Addington Community Cemetery
    59 Church Hill Lane
    Franklin, NC 28734
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Buzz and Sharon

Posted at 08:29pm
We had a camper next door to Buster and Clara Bell in the Ho Hum campground and we really enjoyed getting to know them. They were always so helpful to us and became our friends. We were very sorry to read of Busters passing and our condolences to Clara Bell and the entire family. Buzz and Sharon Rhodes

Joyce & Glade Haas

Posted at 04:50pm
We were sad to learn of Buster's passing. My husband and I met Buster, his sons, Larry and Tracy, and nephew Dewayne, as part of the team that worked on construction of our home in 2004. We appreciated Buster's knowledge and experience and very much enjoyed watching the process of building a home. I later met Kayla during an Interim teaching assignment at FHS. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this very difficult time. Life will NEVER be the same without your Dad!
Bless you and your Mom.

McAllister Family Insurance

Posted at 11:11am
Mr. Tallent was always one of our favorite customers who came into the office every month to pay his insurance. I know he took good care of his family and was always ready to brag on them a little:) It was obvious that his grandchildren added to his delight the past few years! He knew how loved and supported he was by his family and friends. He will be missed. We are so happy we knew such a good man.

Dale Honey & Paul Thompson

Posted at 02:25pm
My husband Paul and I used to sit behind Buster and Clara at Prentiss. He always greeted us with a big smile, a friendly good morning, and a firm handshake.

Richie Beale

Posted at 05:49am
I am sorry to hear that Buster has passed away. I grew up around the Tallent brothers and always considered them good friends. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.

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