Dallas Matthew Tarkenton Jr

June 22, 1937July 5, 2014

Dallas Matthew Tarkenton, Junior, 77, of Athens passed Saturday July 5th, 2014 due to an extended illness. Born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Dallas lived the majority of his years in Georgia-graduating from both Athens High and The University of Georgia. During his time in Athens, Dallas served on the Board of the Athens Y Camp. He was a member of First United Methodist Church for fifty years. As a businessman, Dallas owned Evergreen Memorial Park and Highland Hills Village, along with many radio stations throughout the Southeast. Dallas is survived by his wife of 55 years; May Ree (Massey); three sons and two daughters-in-law, four grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law. Chip (Dee Dee, Dallas IV and Davis) Midlothian, Virginia; Chuck (Angie, Stephen & Kelley and Chad) Newnan, Georgia and Chris , Duluth, Georgia. Brothers Francis Tarkenton (Linda), Wendell Tarkenton (Peggy) and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Tarkenton was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Dallas Matthew Tarkenton Senior and Frances Brown Tarkenton. Services are scheduled for Tuesday July 8th at the First United Methodist Church of Athens. Visitation in the Hancock Hall begins at 1 pm with the main sanctuary service slated for 2 pm. Reverend Martha Aenchbacher and Chaplin Mark Tjepkema will officiate. Entombment follows at Evergreen Memorial Park Athens. The family requests donations be made to Athens Y Camp, 1000 Y Camp Rd., Tallulah Fall, Georgia 30573; First United Methodist Church 327 N.Lumpkin Street, Athens, Georgia 30601, or the St. Mary’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care at Highland Hills, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, Bogart, Georgia 30622. On line condolences may be made at Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Funeral Services Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Taylor Newton

March 8, 2015

Great memories of Y camp & how he mentored me as a new counselor in "younger boys unit", basketball games with coach Mike et al, and teaching me to square dance at Mt City. It was a special time that we shared, and I will always remember him as my friend.

July 14, 2014

To the sorry to hear about are all in our thoughts and prayers
John Kicklighter Charleston, SC

July 12, 2014

Dear family-I want you to know how highly I thought of Dallas, when he worked at the YCMA in Athens. At that time, as many little boys in Athens, I tried to play football. I found out pretty quick I was too small, and too slow. I hated to quit, but Dallas told me not to worry- tnere were other things I would be good at. I don't think a finer man has ever lived. May God bless you with your memories-Cuyler Trussell Dupree-Asheville NC

July 9, 2014

Some 32 years ago, Dallas gave us an opportunity that changed our lives. We will always be grateful for that. He will always be part of our lives. He was a man we admired for his success, and the example he set for us and many others. MayRee, boys and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you, and you will remain in our hearts. Ron and Sharon Bennett. Asheboro,North Carolina

Don (ACE) Adams

July 8, 2014

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

July 8, 2014

To May Ree and the Tarkenton family: May God and the many prayers of others comfort you in this time. Great memories of Dallas with AHS basketball and summers at Athens Y Camp (Doctor's Cabin). Warren Lanier

Lisa Fox

July 8, 2014

Sweet May Ree, please know I am thinking of you and praying that you are comforted with the blessings of your family. Much love to you.

Doug Allen

July 8, 2014

My condolences, Fran and Wendell, on the loss of your good brother. Such a fine family, I've always respected.

jacky brophy

July 8, 2014

Chip - so sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Jim Massey

July 8, 2014

Dear Tarkington family: Dallas was a great counselor when I went to theYMCA. I remember him especially pitching for softball games. He made it fun.He made a great impression on hundreds of boys while he worked at the Y. My thoughts and prayers are with you all