Katherine Ann Dowel Tarleton
Funeral Date: 6/24/2009

Obituary:
Katherine Ann Dowell Tarleton, age 84 died on June 19, 2009 at Bradley County Medical Center. She was born December 6, 1924 the daughter of the late Katherine Meek Dowell of Warren and the late Herbert Lee Dowell of Shreveport, La. She graduated from Warren High School in 1942 and from Garrett's School of Business in Nashville, Tn. In September 1942, She accepted a position at the age of 17 in the accounting department of the Bradley Lumber Company under the management of E.F. Paulus Sr. On January 1, 1946 she married Ralph "Speed" Tarleton at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren. The couple was married for 61 years. She was an avid bridge player and the club she belonged to was formed in 1946. Surviving original members are Helen Sangster, Shirley Godwin, and Dorothy Wisner. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Warren and the Friendship Sunday School class. She retired from Robbins Inc. in 1992 after 30 years of service with the company originally named Sykes Flooring Co., under the ownership of Sykes Harris Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband who died October 27th, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her brother James Franklin Dowell Sr and her maternal grandparents Elizabeth McFadden Meek and James Franklin Meek. She is survived by a daughter Meredith Stoecker of Malvern, a son Ralph Bruce Tarleton and spouse Kelly Tarleton of Corpus Christi, TX, three grandchildren, Katrina Gangluff of Bryant, Eric Stoecker of Malvern and Christopher Tarleton of Houston, six great grandchildren, Austin, Katie, Zaine, Aubrey, Wesley, and McKenzie, two sisters-in- law, Patricia Dowell, Little Rock, Ark. and Alleen Tarleton McKimmey, Warren, Ark. Funeral services were 10:00AM Wednesday, June 24th at Frazerís Chapel with Rev. Gary Maskell officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazerís Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were James F. Dowell, Jr., Austin Rowe, Eric Stoecker, Christopher Tarleton, Bill Wisener, Tommy Maxwell, Roger George and Bruce Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Helen Sangster, Dorothy Wisener, Betty Sangster, Una Fort, Christine Jayne, Billie Boyd, Sara Sharp and Shirley Godwin.

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Name: Ricky Green
Message: I'm so sorry to hear of Mrs. Katherine's passing and that I will not be able to be there with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Ricky

Name: Lou (Louise) Slaughter
Message: In my youth, Katherine and my mom, who was her cousin, were great friends and worked together at the Bradley office. We lived on Munn Street about a block away from her parents where she lived at that time. Katherine was a beautiful person inside and out. I'm so privileged to have known her. I'm sorry for her family for I feel such a lovely person will be missed so much, yet, it is blessed to know she is in a much better place. Sincerely, Lou

Name: Chris Hankins Dean
Message: Meredith, I was so sorry to hear about your Mother's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Name: Donna Ozment-Raney
Message: I was so sorry to hear about Mrs. Katherine. I worked with her for a short time at Robbins. She was such a sweet lady. I also visited her some in the Nursing Home. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Name: Genie Kersten
Message: You are in our hearts and prayers. May you draw strength from your family and love ones. I was Regina Reep, Jr.

Name: Linda Joyner
Message: So sorry to hear about katherine's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Linda & Cliff

Name: Jim and Cathy Jones
Message: Our love and prayers are with you. Keep safe and keep you loving memories close in your hearts.

Name: TOM ED WRIGHT
Message: My father though very highly of Katherine and her mother too. We cut their grass and daddy worked at the mill where she worked and he was one of the first to be employed at Wilson Oak. May the Lord bless you at this time! REV. T.E. WRIGHT

Name: Randy & Beth Peek
Message: Ms. McKimmey, you and your family are in our prayers, you were so good to Ms.Katherine and we admire you for that, and she was a sweet-beautiful lady. Sincerely thinking of you all.

Name: Billy & Tanya Waldrop
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Marsha Harton
Message: I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Name: Merrellyn Stark
Message: Meredith, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Many years have passed since I saw her and you. I have fond memories of visiting with both her and Aunt Liz.

Name: Judy and French Wynne,Jr.
Message: Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: Bruce and Meredith: I was sad to hear of your mom's passing. You are all in my prayers