Thurman ‘Jay Bird’ McKinley Tackett, 63, died November 12 at his home in Marion, Ohio.
Born in Jenkins to the late Frank Harvey and Leitha Ray Tackett, he was a brother of the late Billy Tackett, Donald Ray Tackett, Ulysses Grant Tackett, Lexie Lee Ambrose and Patricia Lou Phelps.
Tackett was a horse trainer for 35 years, and was a member of the U.S. Trotting Association and the Horseman Association.
Surviving are his wife, Pamela Jo Tackett; three sons, Thurman ‘Fuzz’ McKinley Tackett Jr., Terry Lee Tackett and wife Julie Ann, and Tony Joe Tackett and wife Joyle Cecilia; four grandchildren, Cierra Tackett, Terry ‘T.J.’ Jason Tackett, Lee Ann Sadie Tackett and Gabriela Jo Tackett; three step-grandchildren, Cody Patrick Foy, Caleb James Foy and Tyler Jacob Foy; three sisters, Dorsey Ann Smallwood, Selena Sue Gilbert, and Mary Nell Frazier; and three brothers, Jack Tackett, James ‘Chum’ Tackett, and Grayson Tackett.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), November 18, at the Carty Funeral Homes’ Polly & Craft Chapel in Jenkins. Burial will be in Tackett Cemetery in Jenkins.