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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Sandy Gray Tarkington

Nashville Tennesseean, 7 July 1942, page 2

Sandy G. Tarkington 
To Be Buried Today

County Investigator's 
Father Dies Here

    Funeral services for Sandy G. Tarkington, 81, father of County Investigator R. L. (Bob) Tarkington, who died at his son's home early Sunday morning, will be conducted at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ.
   Elds. A. C. Pullias and J. E. Acuff will officiate, and burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
   Mr. Tarkington was a native of Nashville. He spent most of his life as a boilermaker, but had been retired for approximately 15 years. He was an active member of the Maccabbees and of the Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ up until he became ill six months ago. He was also a member of the Richland Park Croquet Club.
   Surviving besides the one son are his wife, Mrs. Fannie B. Tarkington; one daughter, Mrs. J. E. Lannom; a sister, Mrs. Julia Johnson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, all of Nashville.
  Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Atty. Gen. J. Carlton Loser, Asst. Atty. Gens. Harry Nichol, Ben West, H. Frank Taylor, Ned Lentz, County Investigator Thomas Aldred, Charles Hix, Judge Chester K. Hart, Judge Charles Gilbert, Sheriff Claude Briley, C. H. Smith, Dr. W. J. Core, Dr. John J. Lentz, Chief John Griffin, Chief Elkin Lewis, members of the Nashville metropolitan police force, Jackson Bruce, St. Louis, Mo.; R. J. Black, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Dr. G. C. Reynolds, the Richland Park Croquet Club, W. W. Doty, A. J. Sykes and Mont Murray.

Sandy Gray Tarkington was born on 12 November 1860 in Williamson County, Tennessee. He was the son of my 3rd-great-grandparents Joseph Tarkington and Amanda Russell. He married Fannie Lou Barfield on 1 November 1885 in Davidson County, Their daughter Susan was born in 1886, and their son Robert Lee was born in 1889. Sandy died in Nashville on 5 July 1942.

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