The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas


March 22, 2013

George D. Tarry Jr.

George D. Tarry Jr. went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. George, affectionately known as “Popeye” to his grandchildren, lived an abundant life of 88 years.

George was born on July 17, 1924 in Jefferson, Texas, as an only child to Lucile Wynn and George Dudley Tarry Sr., who both preceded him in death in 1984. He moved from Jefferson to Tyler in 1931. George attended Gary Elementary, Hogg Junior High, and graduated Tyler High School in 1941 where he served as class president and was voted class favorite. He went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and played handball and intermural wrestling. His college years were interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot instructor. Upon return to Austin, he completed his degree in Civil Engineering in 1949.

After college, on Sept. 2, 1950, George married the love of his life, Patty Radford. Last year they celebrated 62 years of marriage. He worked for the Texas Highway Department in Houston before he transferred to Tyler in 1957, where he retired as the Assistant District Engineer in 1980.

George was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church for 81 years and was active in the Tyler Rotary Club and many professional organizations. He enjoyed playing tennis, visiting his farm in Mixon, and spending time with his grandchildren. George will be remembered most for his patience, encouragement and love for others, his integrity, and his quick wit which endeared him to so many people.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Radford Tarry of Tyler; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Radford G. and Debbie Tarry of Tyler; and four grandchildren, Micah John Tarry, Lee Radford Tarry and wife, Lindsay, Samuel George Tarry and Bridget Lenee’ Graf.

A family graveside service with military honors will be on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Palestine City Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce Hay officiating. A memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home with Dr. Doug Baker officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Honorary pallbearers are Micah, Lee and Samuel Tarry and David Hanover.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation at 4111 University Blvd., Tyler 75701 or to Marvin United Methodist Church at 300 W. Erwin St., Tyler 75702.

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