Ralph M. Tarleton Obituary:
Funeral Date: 11/2/2007
Ralph M. “Speedy” Tarleton, age 85, of Warren, Arkansas died Saturday, October 27, at Arkansas Heart Hospital. He was born October 29, 1921 in Cedar City, Missouri a son of the late Charles Llewellyn Tarleton, Sr. and Georgia Wilson Tarleton. He was a 1939 graduate of Warren High School and attended Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas, was a World War II U. S. Coast Guard Veteran serving from October 1942 until March 1946. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Fishermen’s Sunday School Class. For 41 years he was the parts manager for Blankinship Ford Motor Company and retired in 1991 as parts manager for Harding Ford Motor Company. During his working years Ralph made many friends and was well liked in the Warren and Bradley County area. He was an avid hunter and fisherman until the latter years of his life. Surviving is wife Katherine Dowell Tarleton whom he married on January 1, 1946, in First Presbyterian Church, Warren; 1 son Ralph Bruce Tarleton and spouse Kelly, Corpus Christi, Tex; 1 daughter Meredith Stoecker, Malvern, Ark; 1 brother George Wilson Tarleton, Hillsboro, Calif; 1 sister Alleen Tarleton McKimmey, Warren, Ark; 3 grandchildren Katrina Gangluff, Bryant, Ark, Eric Stoecker, Malvern, Ark. and Christopher Tarleton, Houston, Tex; 6 great grandchildren Austin, Katie, Wesley, Zaine, McKenzie and Aubrey. He was preceded in death by a brother Charles Llewellyn Tarleton, Jr, Little Rock. Funeral services were 10:00 a.m. Friday November 2, Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. David Crooks officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were William C. Wisener, Bruce Wright, Carlton Davis, Curtis Blankinship, Jr., Jim Dowell, Jr., Chris Tarleton, Austin Rowe and Eric Stoecker. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Gray, Aber Gannaway, Sam Fullerton, Bill Hargis and members of Fisherman’s Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church.