Family Patriarch, Ossie Tackett passed from this life on Friday March 4, 2022 at his residence. He was born in a little log house on March 3, 1929 in Magoffin County, Salyersville, KY to the late James and Mary (Penix) Tackett. He was the youngest of five children. He was so small at birth that he was not expected to live. At the age of one he moved with his family to Ohio.
In August of 1948 at the age of 18, he joined the Army. It took two times before he was accepted because he did not weigh enough. The recruiter advised him to eat lots of bananas and drink lots of milk before his next exam.
He was sent to Fort Benning, GA for boot camp.
On March 4, 1953 he married Edith Marie Browning who preceded him in death on May 16, 1988.
Surviving are his five children, Norma Y. (Ernest G.) McCoy, Linda J. (Daniel J.) Imler, Michael W. (Brenda) Tackett, Stephen L. (Deema) Tackett and Charlotte K. (William H.) Turner.
Grandchildren, Adam G. (Melissa) Ball, Chase T. (Shea-Lynn) Imler, Amanda J. (Mike) Witmore, Roman M. Tackett (Amy L. Crane), Dustin W. (Summer Mackenzie) Tackett, Christopher Tackett, Chenoa M. (Jared) Phipps, Andrew W. Turner, Daniel E. (Delsie) McCoy, David C. (Yelena) McCoy, and Amy L (Josh) Howard.
Great Grandchildren, Brooklynn Marie Ball, Cassandra Lynn Imler, Elis Weiss Imler, Wynter Marie Witmore, Rian Witmore, Jacy Dawn Layne, Michael Wayne Tackett, Shianne Marie Tackett, Dixie Rain Colburn, Katerina Rose Marie Phipps, Kaya Noelle McCoy, Tyler McCoy, Alejandro Carter McCoy, Indigo McCoy, Ashlee Grace Howard, Alaina Morgan Howard, Audrey Ann Howard, Ellen Lynn Tabor, Jonathan Lee Tabor, Jase Evert Tabor.
Special nieces and nephews, good friends, as well as many brothers and sisters in Christ.
In addition to his parents and beloved wife of 69 years, Ossie was preceded in death by his brothers Tommy, Ashford, and Harlin Tackett, his dearest sister, Gusta M. Fraley, a grandson, Beau Tackett, Special Brothers-in-Law, John Fraley and Benjamin Browning, Special Sister-in-Law, Anita Browning and lifelong friends Rayford Pete Barnwell, Esma Barnwell and their son Rayford Barnwell.
After the Korean War and 20 years of service Ossie retired from the Army as an E6 SFC. Because of his specialized training in missiles, after he retired, he was considered “On Call” till the age of 60. He could be recalled and would have to report to Ft. Bliss TX within 72 hours if they mobilized the Army for any major conflicts.
Ossie was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles and a member of Pleasant Valley Church. He was baptized August 23, 2015. It is known about him that the more he was able to help his family the happier he was whether it was picking up someone or babysitting a family pet. He loved working in the garden and was a genius in repairing items and having a dozen or so leftover pieces. He always said he was the richest man in the world because he was blessed with the best family.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday March 10, 2022 in the FAWCETT OLIVER GLASS AND PALMER FUNERAL HOME, with Pastors David Roosa and Lou Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens with military honors provided by the Ross County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday. An online memorial is available at www.fawcett-palmer.com.
The Fawcett Oliver Glass and Palmer Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tackett family.