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Gene “Red” Tarpley

Gene “Red Dog” Tarpley was born on November 8, 1928 in Brinkley, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Aubrey V. Tarpley and Mina V. Burgess Tarpley.

He departed this life on March 17, 2020 in Campbell, Missouri at the age of 91.

Red attended the Caruthersville School System, graduating in the Class of 1947.  He was a proud member of the Caruthersville High School football team.

On September 9, 1950 in Piggott, Arkansas he was united in marriage to Martha Marie Ledbetter.  They recently celebrated their 69th anniversary.  His marriage was one of his proudest accomplishments.

On November 30, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri he was inducted into the United States Army.  Red proudly served his country during the Korean War, receiving a Korean Service Medal and 3 Bronze Stars.  He received his honorable discharge on August 30, 1952 at Camp Crowder, Missouri.

When he returned to Caruthersville he began working with his father at Tarp’s Electric. Red also worked at the Caruthersville Shipyard for many years prior to his retirement in 1976 following an injury.

Red was very proud of the fact that at age 78, he completely wired his home following the tornado.  He was also very proud of when his sons were born.

Marie says that he was the hardest working man she ever saw and was always busy.

He was a member of the Kinsfolks Ridge Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of the VFW.

Survived by his wife, Marie Tarpley, of Caruthersville, Missouri

2 sons – Gene Tarpley Jr. – Caruthersville, MO

  • Frank V. Tarpley – Memphis, TN

2 grandchildren – Joshua Tarpley, Sr. and Michele Tarpley Genereau

3 great grandchildren – Tristen Genereau, Joshua Tarpley, Jr., and Kelsi Genereau

& a number of other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers – A.V. “Blackie” Tarpley, Frank C. Anderson

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