Billy Joe Tanton was born in Eclectic, Alabama on August 14, 1936 to Archie Della and Jim Tanton. Billy was a former maintenance welder at Chrystler for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family, singing, landscaping and serving the community. Billy was a active member of Lee Road Baptist Church for over 40 years. He served on the Membership Involvement Ministry, Home Communion Ministry and the Choir. He was a devoted husband of Mary, a beloved father of Renee, Holly, Terrence and Toi Tanton, a dear grandfather of Terrelle Tanton (deceased), Irene Booker, Imani and Tharron Tanton, and a loving great grandfather of Mason Burt. His memory will be cherished by all who loved him.