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Originally published: 2012-10-12 15:58:42
Last modified: 2012-10-12 15:58:42

J Doyce Tarleton

J Doyce Tarleton, 84, of Harmony, (formerly of Linville Falls) passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Stanly County, February 14, 1928, son of the late Henry Moses and Effie Mae Little Tarleton.

He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Craven Tarleton, and his sister Reba Morrison.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Jean Griffin Tarleton; his sister Margaret Tarleton Bivens; his five children; Debbie McCallum, Tim Tarleton and his wife, Linda, Miriam Crenshaw and her husband, Roddy, Mark Tarleton and his wife, Cindy, and Barry Tarleton; nine grandchildren, Matthew, Heather and Adam McCallum, Dallas Tarleton, Ben and Caroline Crenshaw, Anna Tarleton, Lesley Gaither and AJ Black, and one great-grandson, Spencer Black.

He worked for Queen City Bus Company where he was awarded the Two Million Mile Safety Award when he retired after driving 2,217,072 miles in his career without an accident.

He had a strong work ethic, a quick wit and a big heart. He loved his family, his friends, and his neighbors and always grew a big garden to share with all.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 3 p.m., at Charlotte Memorial Gardens where military rights were recorded. The Rev. Neal Jones officiated. Pallbearers were his four grandsons, Matthew McCallum, Adam McCallum, Dallas Tarleton and Ben Crenshaw; his nephew, Eric Griffin; and his cousin, Doug Little. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at his church, Harmony United Methodist Church, Harmony, conducted by the Rev. Neal Jones.

Memorials may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church at 136 West Memorial Highway Harmony, N.C. The North Carolina SHP Caisson Unit, PO Box 353 Hiddenite, N.C. 28636 or to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, N.C. 28625.

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