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Raymond Eugene Tarpley, 84, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Sandra “Sandy” Olivia Duckworth Tarpley, died Wednesday morning, April 13, 2022, at his home and under the care of Spanish Oaks Hospice.

Born in Lithonia, Georgia, he was the son of the late Harley Emerson Tarpley and the late Lillie Mae Jones Tarpley. Mr. Tarpley was an active member of Pooler First Baptist Church. He served in the National Guard. After working at Chatham Steel for 25 years he started building homes, which, with the exception of his family, was his greatest passion. Mr. Tarpley loved his church, his family, telling jokes and making people laugh, and fishing. Even through tough times he kept his faith and his positive attitude. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Vivian, Barbara, Geneva, and Angela, and many step-sisters and step-brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sandra “Sandy” Olivia Duckworth Tarpley; one daughter, Joyce Tarpley McAllister and her husband, Scott; one son, Jimmy Eugene Tarpley; two grandchildren, Brandi Tarpley Bittner and her husband, Shawn, and Morgan Ellzey Marie and her husband, Chris; three great-grandchildren, Isaac, Ryleigh, and Noah; his sister-in-law, Pamela Duckworth Fowler, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12 until 1:30 Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2022, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, April 16, 2022, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Dr. James N. Staubes. Interment will be in Hillcrest Abbey – West.

Remembrances: Spanish Oaks Hospice – 8510 Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, Georgia 31406-6137 or Pooler First Baptist Church – 204 Highway 80 West, Pooler, Georgia 31322-2506.

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Online Condolences

  1. James MeyersJim and Barbara Meyers says:

    Sandy we are so sorry to learn of Raymond’s passing. Both of you are such great friends and we will miss Raymond. Barbara and I will be praying for you in the coming days and months.

  2. Missy Jarrott says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Ray and I were coworkers at Chatham. Always kindhearted, cared about others, offering advice to all of the ladies and had a big smile. Wonderful person! Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  3. Ron & Pearl says:

    Sandy and family, we are so glad we picked you and Raymond up for lunch recently. It was always a fun time with you two. We’ve been good friends for 25 years and have treasured our friendship. Praying earnestly for you and family Love

  4. Sandy Wiggins says:

    Sandy, Joyce, and Jimmy. So so sorry for the passing of Raymond. I think of y’all so often and certainly loved the time when we were neighbors and the children were growing up. All of you are in my prayers for peace which only our Lord can give. Love all of y’all

  5. Clyde Watson says:

    To Sandy and the Family of Raymond.
    I was saddened when I received the word of his passing I know that 84 years ago he began a journey that has made many friends and family members want to be more like him. He traveled this journey with Sandy some 60 odd years. Now he has moved on to the final steps of that journey of long ago. He is in a better place now and I will now in my prayers ask that God surround his family with love and comfort as only he can give.

  6. Anna Canady says:

    Sympathy to all the family.
    Raymond was a good man and friend deserving praise.
    Sandy, the happy memories will last forever.

  7. Jerry and Sandra Morris says:

    Sandy and Joyce, Jerry and I want to let you know how deeply saddened to hear about Raymond. Ge was such a special friend and we will never forget our last visit we had with you and Raymond. Sandy you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and a very good man now had his wings.

  8. Anna Canady says:

    Sandy, you have memories that will last forever.
    We had fun on our trips together and all the church activities we enjoyed.
    Raymond was a good man and friend who will be missed but well remembered.
    Sympathy to the family.

  9. Lori and Terry Denney says:

    Aunt Sandy, Jimmy & Joyce, we are heartbroken by the passing of Uncle Raymond. We loved being with him and hearing all of his jokes and antics. He will truly be missed. He loved his family with all of his heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through the journey ahead. We love you all.❤️

  10. Howard Spiva says:

    Raymond was the world’s greatest uncle.

    The best person who I’ve ever known.

    He is loved by all who know him and he will be sadly missed.

    “if Raymond isn’t in heaven, there is no heaven” ~ Howard

  11. Pamela Fowler says:

    I had absolutely the best brother-in-law anyone could have. If my heart was troubled about anything, I could always turn to him for advice. I was 12 when we met and I knew he was going to make my sister very happy. I never dreamed they would be married almost 62 years. The world has always been a better place because Raymond was in it. Now heaven has an amazing angel. I love you brother and will see you again.

  12. Rose Marie Terry says:

    Sending Love and prayers to the family of Raymond. Deepest sympathy from the UCHS Class of 1955

  13. Beth Tarpley says:

    God Opened his Arms and called Raymond home. His Plan and Timing is perfect, we will Trust that plan and know God will allow the Most Amazing Memories and his unending Mercy And Love to Comfort Each of You in the Days Ahead.
    And as I could always count on and hear Raymond say:
    “You My favorite Daughter In-Law”
    and Raymond you will always be “My Favorite Father In Law.

  14. Am and B.J. Harris says:

    Sandy and Family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Although we were neighbors for a very short time, we treasure the brief time we were blessed to spend with you and Raymond. I read some of the previous comments and was amazed that everyone saw the same purity of spirit in him that we did. You see he had a gift of seeing and bringing out the best in everyone. We will continue praying for you Sandy. Just remember how very much he loved you.

  15. Mark Irwin says:

    In 2 Corinthians 3:2,3 Paul writing to the church at Corinth said. “You are our epistle written in our hearts known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ. Mr. Tarpley wrote a book that people read and knew. I was blessed in the late 70’s, when I went to Antioch Baptist with this precious family and I was greatly blessed when I read the Gospel according to Mr. Tarpley. God gives us His Word, His Spirit and His people to help us and you can’t leave one of them out. God gives us His Word to make us a better person. He gives us His Spirit to empower us to live the Christian life. He also gives us a family to help us along the journey and they all work together to encourage us to strengthen us and transform us into the image of Christ. Mr. Tarpley’s walk with Christ impacted my life back then and the testimony he leaves behind impacts my life now. It has been a very long time since I read the Gospel according to Mr, Tarpley but what a joy it is to know that even thru it all he continued to write Christ honoring chapters. I thank God that he never allowed anything to cause him to fall out of love with Jesus. May the God of peace comfort you all in the days ahead. I think of you often and will never forget you Ms. Sandra, Joyce and Jimmy. Thank God for Jesus and for the blessing of being saved. You are in my prayers.

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