Callie Joe Tant

Callie Joe Tant

Callie Joe Johnson Tant

April 24, 1948 – November 16, 2015

WENDELL – Callie Joe Johnson Tant, 67, of Wendell, passed away peacefully Monday evening November 16, 2015 at her home.

A native of Wendell, Callie Joe was the daughter of the late Joseph Edward Johnson and Callie Whitley Sanderford Johnson. Being the youngest in a blended family of sixteen, she became the family genealogist and traced her family roots back to southern England in the 18th century. She was a graduate of Vaiden Whitley High School and later attended Hardbarger’s Business College. Callie Joe was a dedicated and loving wife, daughter, sister and “favorite aunt” to her extraordinarily large family.

Callie Joe is survived by her brothers, Aaron Johnson, Lloyd Sanderford and Dwight Sanderford; sisters, Kay Gresham and Fay Jones and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate, Barbee Raymond Tant; brothers, Starling and Curtis Sanderford, Malcolm, Harold, Bennie, Fred and Alvin Johnson; sisters, Ethel Haithcock, Eleanor Phipps and Evelyn Hodge as well as several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609 ( or to Dream Coat Ministries, 861 Old Knight Rd. #112, Knightdale, NC 27545 (

A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, 211 W. Third Street, Wendell. Visitation, 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service and other times at the home of Dwight Sanderford. Private inurnment will be in Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Wendell, North Carolina.

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