OBITUARY

Thomas Joseph Tarpley

March 24, 1939April 6, 2021
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“Going once, going twice....SOLD!” magic words for a lifetime auctioneer. Inductions into the Georgia Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 1988 and the National Auctioneers Hall of Fame in 1999, as well as the 1991 Georgia State Champion Auctioneer, Joe Tarpley witnessed the transformation of his profession from road signs and plastic banners to computer generated flyers and internet only auctions, being flexible and nimble with each change, remaining active with John Dixon and Associates until his recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The only child of Rachel and Joseph C. “Buster” Tarpley, Joe spent his growing up years playing with cousins, Tom and Jim Ford, on their farm, surrounded by aunts and uncles. As a young man, Joe gained a life-long love of quail and dove hunting, thanks to his Grandfather Thomas Wall and Uncle Gaston Wall and he developed into quite a sharpshooter. Even during a 2019 quail hunt, soon after an accidental fall, Joe got back to his feet and shot two quail with two shots from his gun. He was also a Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.

Joe and his wife of 62 years, June, have three children, Joe Jr., Susan and Chris. They enjoyed each other so much, especially as Joe planned great vacations which included going out West, spending time at the beach and introducing the kids to Washington D.C. for the first time.

Joe was affiliated with the J.L. Todd Auction Company for over 42 years. He managed sales from the east to west coast including Puerto Rico and Canada. He held real estate licenses in Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Florida. He had a wide professional experience which led him to receive Realtor of the Year as well as a Humanitarian Service Award from the Greater Rome Board of Realtors. Joe even taught at Berry College and facilitated continuing education events through the Georgia Association of Realtors. Joe loved his job—from the prep for the sale to the thrill calling the auction to the closing gavel. Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his Rome High School Class of 1957, Joe was very successful and accomplished in his profession. Auctioneering was something that gave him meaning, joy and purpose. From all the travels throughout the country for auction sales, Joe was a barbecue aficionado, introducing colleagues to the best BBQ joints wherever they traveled to a sale.

Joe’s leadership in the auctioneering world was matched with his involvement and commitment to God through Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome. His organizational skills, his teaching and leadership in the Fellowship Sunday School Class to the Board of Trustees and Staff Parish committee and especially managing numerous successful pledge campaigns have been an invaluable part of Trinity Church’s health and growth. Charts of people who filled the usher teams for each service, written on yellow legal pads were often found beside Joe’s chair in the den, tucked into his Bible or Sunday School book. His leadership and commitment on the local church level proved effective on the Rome-Carrollton District level as well. He chaired the District Council on Ministries and the Church Building and Relocation Committee. He was a very skilled lay speaker who rounded and addressed many Methodist Circuits throughout West Georgia. The lifelong friends Joe and June developed through their church, created a community of faith that has supported each other through the full cycle of life: marriages, children, grand-children and medical diagnoses and problems inherent with aging.

Recently, June and Joe’s daughter, Susan was out for a morning walk around Redmond Hospital. She ran across a brick with her Dad’s name on it: “JOE TARPLEY 2001.” That brick was to acknowledge Joe’s receipt of the Award of Honor for being “Heart of the Community.” We can’t help but express that “Happy Joe,” as the grandkids know him, was not only the heart of Roman Community, he’s the heart of our family. His exact loading and unloading of the dishwasher, the circle of ketchup he intentionally drew from the center of the burger to its edge, his love of a good story and his full throated, raucous laugh will be sorely missed. Joe leaves behind his wife, June, three dedicated and caring children, Thomas Joseph Tarpley, Jr. (Veranita Alvord) of Reidsville, NC, Susan Tarpley Stout (Dwight Stout) of Rome and Chris Tarpley (Emily Tarpley) of Calhoun. Mimi and Happy Joe have seven grand-children: Katie Stout Storey-Pitts (Kevin), Sidney Stout Klein (Conner), Caroline Tarpley, Olivia Tarpley, Blake Garland, Brett Garland and Ivan Tarpley. Funeral Services through Daniel’s Funeral Home and Cremation Services are on Monday, April 12 with Visitation beginning at 12:30 followed by the Funeral beginning at 2:00 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome. Pallbearers include: Mr. John Dixon, Mr. Dwight Tolbert, Mr. Dennis Thompson, Mr. Sam Evans, Mr. Spence Cantrell, Mr. Jerry Watford, Mr. Thom Holt. Additionally, The Fellowship Sunday School Class, Trinity United Methodist Church, shall be honorary pallbearers. Rev. Nanci Hicks and Rev. Joe Tarpley, Jr. will be Celebrating Joe Sr.’s full, vibrant life...going once, going twice, SOLD! The family asks in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Trinity UMC and to National Auctioneers Foundation 8880 Ballentine Overland Park, KS 66214

Services

12 April

Receiving Friends

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church

Fellowship Hall

605 Turner McCall Blvd
Rome, GA 30165

12 April

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

 

12 April

Burial

Floyd Memory Garden


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Bruce Rood

April 9, 2021

June,
I am truly heartbroken to hear to hear about Joe , what an honor it has been to be able to be a friend of his, and to joke with him about us being relatives. It was such a joy every time we would run into each other. I will miss his smile and laugh, and talking about this and that, and keeping up with each other's family. I know that God is going to be with you and your family during these hard times.
I will truly miss Joe, but the thought of him will always make me smile. God bless you all.
Love Bruce

Gail Wilkes

April 8, 2021

As a teller at National City Bank in the 70’s I remember Joe and his buddies sitting in the lobby telling , I’m sure all kinds of lies , and laughing that infectious laugh that made us on the teller laugh, even though we had no idea what they were laughing at. He had a smile for everyone at all times. A bright light has faded but wil be remembered with joy. Peace to the family.

Rex Clemones

April 8, 2021

I feel truly saddened that you are nolonger with us.There are no words adequate enough to describe how much you have meant to myself and my entire family.My father loved and respected you more than anyone he had ever known.As you sit in the arms of the Lord we will always remember you and the blessing that you were to us all.May God Bless you ,my sweet aunt June,and your entire family.

Sid Garwood

April 8, 2021

Joe is my First Cousin on my mother's side of our family. We were both only children growing up a street apart in Rome. Being six years older than I he led the way for how to be a giver rather than a taker. I remember on Sunday's Joe and June, and later with the kids they would come over and we had such fun. Joe was one of the first people I knew that had a phone in his car....in the 60's...... I thought that was so cool. I have no idea how many people Joe helped over the years. I am sure it was many. In 1968 Joe co-signed a $500.00 loan me with at the bank he was working where I could get my pilots license. Ten years later, after leaving the music business, I put that investment to work. I became a corporate pilot with a forty year career which provided me a good life. At forty one thousand feet in a jet aircraft Joe Tarpley was with me because without his help that could never have happened. The Tarpley men are good men and Joe "did them proud". He represented what we all strive to be as good humans. I got to see him a few years ago and will cherish that time. His infectious laugh, dry humor and example of how to give will be missed. June and the kids can rest easy that Joe is in a good place for which he earned. Loving Sid and Bernadette Garwood.

Robin Holt

April 8, 2021

Joe was one of the finest men to ever walk this earth and we were blessed by him every minute we were with him. From Sunday night nachos to youth activities to the every Sunday morning kiss on the cheek, Joe was the best. His laughter and his smile will not be forgotten. I know there was a party when he arrived in heaven. Joe is home! Praise God above, he is home! That is our hope and we know we will see him again.

Tom Caldwell

April 7, 2021

Mrs. June.....I am so sorry to hear about Joe. He was a kind man, a good friend of my family and always supportive and encouraging. This community will miss him dearly and especially Trinity UMC. Jan and I are praying that God's grace will comfort you and your family and give you the strength necessary during this hard time.

Joyce Loveless

April 7, 2021

June. What a shock. So sorry to hear this last night. Joe was a special person as you are. He will certainly be missed but to know he isn’t suffering. Praying for peace for You Chris Joe and Susan. Love to you. Joyce Loveless.

Trena and Buddy Jones

April 7, 2021

June and family, I am so sorry to hear that Joe has left us. He was a good man to all. When I think of him, I think of smiles and laughter that he gave to us. Praying that God will comfort you during these difficult times. SENDING LOVE AND HUGS.

Marvin Richards

April 7, 2021

Joe has touched so many over the years and his influence in our community will be greatly missed. My day was always a little brighter when Joe was around and who could forget his infectious laugh.
May God grant you peace and comfort during your time of sorrow.

Tommy Caldwell

April 7, 2021

June and Family,
So sorry to hear about Joe. As I've told others, I had known Joe longer than anybody else on earth - since infancy. He will be sorely missed by me and the many others whose life he has touched over the years. Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Tommy Caldwell

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