Jeff Tarpley, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully at his home in Kemp with his loving wife of almost 70 years, Margie Sue, by his side.
He was born in Rand to Thomas Jefferson Tarpley and Mamie Iva Glenn Tarpley. He was the youngest of eight children.
Jeff started working at James Tool Company in Dallas at the age of 17 and continued for 31 years until 1980. When James was ready to retire, he thought so much of Jeff that he offered to give him all of his business if he purchased the equipment. He did just that, built a shop on his land and reopened as Tarpley Bit & Machine Shop, which is still run by his son Tommy today.
Jeff and Margie raised their three children, Kathie, Sherron and Tommy, in Mesquite. There are so many stories about the great times on Hogan Drive with their friends. They bought their first piece of land in Styx, now called Tarpley Hill, which they later sold to buy the Hill place. He loved to ride horses, fish, check his cows, play cards, watch countless westerns, but, most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings and a great-grandson.
He is survived by his wife Margie Sue Elston Tarpley of Kemp, daughters Kathie and son-in-law Watt Norman of Malakoff and Sherron and son-in-law Ray Pyle of Kemp, son Tommy and daughter-in-law Sandy Tarpley of Kemp, grandsons Steve and wife Miriam Stevens of Kemp and Cody Tarpley of Dallas, granddaughters Camille Gaddis of Rockwall and Cortney Gaddis of Mabank and great-grandchildren Morgan Gaddis, Thomas Stevens and Amyrie Gaddis. Jeff was also blessed to have numerous nieces, nephews and honorary grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 21, 2020 at Anderson-Clayton Brothers Funeral Home in Kemp.
Pallbearers were Cody Tarpley, Thomas Stevens, Jerry Brewer, Jeff Tarpley, John Tarpley, and Jimmy Coker. Honorary Pallbearers were Steve Stevens, Wayne Tarpley, Tommy Coker and Bobby Coker.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lone Oak Cemetery.
A personal tribute can be made online at www.andersonclaytonkemp.com.