Gary Dennis Tant

Gary Dennis Tant

Gary Dennis Tant
August 18, 1950 – February 7, 2020

ZEBULON – Gary Tant, 69, passed away at his home on Friday, February 7.  He was born in Nash County to the late Cecil David and Mollie Anderson Tant.  Gary was owner and operator of the Biker Barn.  He served his country in the Army Reserves.  Gary was a loving man with a big heart, extending a helping hand to many people throughout his lifetime.  A hardworking, giving man who loved his circle of friends and family.  Gary will certainly be missed and his memory will be cherished.

He is survived by his wife, Ceily Tant of the home; children, Michael Tant (Cathy), Sheri Lowery (Tony), Allison Glasson (Jeremy), Sarah Caudle (Jason), MaryBeth Aschenbrenner (Jack) and Dinger; grandchildren, George Crocker, Ty and Zack Gardner, Taylor, Joshua and Ryan Glasson, Ashtyn and Hadley Caudle, and Max Aschenbrenner; The Biker Barn Crew.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Santa’s Helpers. Please make checks payable to Travis Carter.

The family requests no colors, please.

Memorial Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 12, 4 – 5:30pm at Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell.


  • Michael Chasteen Posted February 10, 2020 11:03 am

    I have known Gary and family since 1995.. We have had great times at the Barn and bike rides. I will truly miss my best friend. My sincere condolences to the family. I pray that God will help us through these days.

  • Richie Pollard (Big Richie) Posted February 10, 2020 11:27 am

    Gary was a great friend. He will be missed. My condolences to the family, so very sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories and may they be of comfort to you in this time of grief.

  • Deborah Brannan Posted February 10, 2020 12:33 pm

    My heart sunk the day I found out you had passed. It seems so unreal for your smile and laugh was so contagious. I honestly believe you could bring sunshine to the cloudiest day. You were a very special cousin that takes me back to some of my fondest memories of my childhood. Your mama Molly, was my favorite Aunt ever. You kept her spirit alive in so many ways. Go rest high on that mountain sweetheart even though I would think you have so much to offer here on earth, God knows best. Forever in my heart. lym, Deb

  • Jennifer Evans Posted February 10, 2020 1:21 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends. I will continue to keep everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Ms. Ceily.

  • Mickey hall Posted February 10, 2020 6:18 pm

    I will miss Gary very much he was a good man 👨

  • Stewart Edwards Posted February 10, 2020 6:44 pm

    In the last 8 weeks I have lost two first cousins. Ronald Sykes 69, on my father’s side and now GARY on my mother’s side. I had not send GARY in over 50 years. The death of my two first cousins, both 69, at 68 I realize how short life can be. The least, the least thing we need to do as humans is to stay in contact with our heritage. I am sure he will be missed by many who knew him and even those who lost the family connections.

  • Diane P Hyde Posted February 10, 2020 6:48 pm

    Gary sold me my first bike and his service three different bikes for me since that day. It all seems unreal that when I call the Biker Barn I will no longer hear “Biker Barn Gary.” What a great guy, you will truly be missed.

  • Jimmy & Cynthia Posted February 10, 2020 7:52 pm

    Rest in peace, until we meet again.

  • Hugh Williams Posted February 10, 2020 8:27 pm

    Been knowing Gary since he used to do front end alignment and I had just went in business for myself , he used to race on road in front of Harold Dentons shop where I worked he on a Harley and Vick on a rice rocket, Gary usually won ! After that he and Trent Hopkins which I was working with during the day and both loved their Harleys went in to business together lwith the Biker Barn later went their own ways. Gary was a great business man and friend for years. God Speed ! We both love it ! Enjoy ! Hope to see you down the road !

  • Gene Braswell Posted February 10, 2020 9:09 pm

    I became friends with Gary in 2011 when I purchased a Harley and Took it to The Biker Barn. Gary was friendly and always truthful in what needed to be done to the bike, Greg always did the work and it was always perfect and I never felt like I was over charged. I purchased another new Harley in 2015 and Gary and Greg and Bigwill. Took care of it. I consider Gary a great friend as we both had suffered heart conditions and cancer in our family and talked about it often. I pray that the Biker Barn will continue it’s business and keep Gary’s legacy alive. He will be missed, but will always be remembered when you walk into the Biker Barn.

  • Gordon Driver Posted February 10, 2020 9:12 pm

    I worked with Gary for years at Naomi Kitring mills years ago… So very sorry to hear of his passing.i remember he was such a good hearted person that would help anyone.. My truest condolences go out each and everyone at this most difficult time…

  • Rick Weaver Posted February 11, 2020 7:35 am

    My deepest sympathy to family and friends Gary will be missed by so many .

  • EARL PROCTOR (THUMPER) Posted February 11, 2020 7:53 am


  • Doc Farmer Posted February 11, 2020 8:31 am

    RIP my friend…..

  • Tracey Maxwell Posted February 11, 2020 8:53 am

    Gary was a dear and true friend to Stan and I. When Stan passed away I knew I could count on Gary and the crew if I needed anything. He was a good man and he will be missed.

  • BOBLETT Posted February 11, 2020 9:58 am

    The first “Biker Barn” @ Rocky Cross was a great place to be. Before cell phones, p.c.’s, and radar guns. There was no helmet law in that area. That was called “Freedom”. Gary Tant, a Great Proponent of Freedom, is greatly missed. Hopefully, all of us can step up and stand up for Freedom, with the same amount of relentless passion and determination as Mr. Tant. If so, the American way of Life will never be defeated. Semper Fi, Gary.

  • Rod Cague Posted February 11, 2020 10:56 am

    Gary was a great guy and always did what he said he would to help anyone. Going to be missed by so many

  • Liesa Seligman Posted February 11, 2020 11:23 am

    We considered Gary family, we have been longtime patrons of The Biker Barn and he always went out of his way to speak and let us know he was happy to see us. We send condolences to his family as well as his extended family and he will truly be missed. He was a Beautiful Soul.

  • Phil Hagwood Posted February 11, 2020 5:35 pm

    Gary and I have been friends for more than 60 years.
    Our lives took us on very different paths but we always maintained that friendship. Gary was a wonderful neighbor to my parents in their later years when I lived out of state. He always greeted me with a smile when I stopped by his shop. He will be missed.

  • Ralph Hargis Posted February 11, 2020 5:40 pm

    The world has lost a great gentleman. Watch over us Gary Until we ride that golden highway with The Master Leader,

  • Tommy Macias Posted February 12, 2020 2:37 pm

    I’m still in shock to hear about your death Gary, you were a great person and a man of your word. Gary looked out for me in a time of need and I’ll never forget it. You’ll definitely be missed brother.

  • Karen Ray Thornton Posted February 12, 2020 3:04 pm

    You were a very generous and kind man. I will miss you 🕯🕯

  • Sherrill and Carolyn Young Posted February 16, 2020 9:00 am

    To the family and friends (especially Mike, Cathy, and George): We are so sorry for your loss. Mike, we know how hard it is to lose a parent and how much your Dad will be missed. We never know when God will call; but, we pray that you and the rest of your family can be assured that Gary is resting peacefully in the hands of the Lord..

  • Debbie Woodward Posted August 23, 2020 2:39 pm

    I just learned of Gary’s passing from a friend last Thursday 8.16. I loved the guys at the Barn. They were honest, hard working, and I will miss going up there and Gary and Greg picking in how ‘few’miles I put on my bike since the prior year. Prayers sent up for the family. God bless.

  • Lawrence Dove Posted February 7, 2021 12:09 pm

    To the family I’m sorry for your loss May Gary Rest In Peace

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