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Bill Tarleton

August 16, 1937March 25, 2020

James William (Bill) Tarleton, Sr., age 82, of Buford, previously from McDonough, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, due to complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia to the late William Nicholas and Bonnie Faye Steele Tarleton on August 16, 1937. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold Tarleton, brothers-in-law, Hubert Price, and Alan Clay, and sister-in-law, Joyce Blalock.

He spent many years in the trucking industry, originally with Georgia Highway Express (Transus), then with Atlanta Motor Lines, and retiring from Old Dominion Freight Lines. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves and Falcons, and loved watching his grandchildren perform in many sports, music, and drama events. He passed on a legacy of hard work and self-sufficiency to both his family and friends. His favorite words of advice were, "It's all going to work out. It always does." Even through his recent illness, he began every day reading his Bible, and he was always dressed and ready to attend church every Sunday morning.

Mr. Tarleton is survived by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Darlene, sons and daughters-in-law James (Anna) of Sautee Nacoochee, Ga., Rodney (Joy) of Walton, Ky., Bryan (Leanne) of Buford, Ga., sister Helen Price of McDonough, Ga., sister-in-law Elaine Tarleton of Fayetteville, Ga., brother-in-law and sister-in-law Eddy and Patricia Armstrong of Woodstock, brother-in-law, Melt Blalock of Grayson, Ga., and grandchildren, Clay (Amber) Tarleton, Vickie Tarleton, Caleb (Kelly) Tarleton, Michelle (Jake) Perry, Chase Tarleton, Connor Tarleton, Rebecca (Emery) Woodward, and Cole Tarleton, plus great-grandchildren Konrad, Tres, and Fin.

A private graveside service will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Park.


  • Private Graveside - Eastlawn Memorial Park


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Carey Tancer

March 27, 2020

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to all the family and friends during this difficult time.

Melonie Mccart

March 26, 2020

Always remember going to aunt Darlene’s and uncle Billy’s with my grandparents to enjoy family time

Steve and Joada Miller

March 26, 2020

We always enjoyed joining James and Anna for family birthdays, and that’s also when we got to visit with your mom and dad. He was a really nice man with a good sense of humor, and he was such a great husband, father, grandpa and friend. We know you’ll miss him so very much. We’re praying for you all.

Hampie Barronton

March 26, 2020

Bill was a fine Christian man. I feel so Bless to call him my friend.
I am so sorry for his death. He will be missed.
Praying for the family. God Bess each one of them.
Love and prayers


Beverly Young

March 26, 2020

Praying for Darlene and her family.

Robin Huff (Smith)

March 26, 2020

You made my teen years at Bouldercrest Baptist Church a joyful one.
Having you and Mrs.Tarleton as Sunday school teacher and camp leaders were very fond memories.
Thank you for your love of the Lord Jesus and for sharing it with all of us.

Much love,
Robin Huff

Sara Ross

March 26, 2020

Bill was truly a special person. From Knowing him at Lakeview Baptist Church to being hired by him at Georgia Highway Express, we had a long friendship. A great Christian man with a heart for God. Rest In Peace Bill, God has gained a hard working angel.


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