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‘Rita Jo’ Tarlton, Erwin

Published January 20th, 2012 10:17 pm

ERWIN — “Rita Jo” Bailey Tarlton, age 66, of Erwin, passed away, Thursday, January 19, 2012, after a short illness at her residence.
She was the daughter of Isaac Bailey and Kate Hensley Bailey and a lifelong resident of Erwin. “Rita Jo” was a devoted mother and grandmother.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Randy Howard Tarlton; two brothers, Elihu James (E.J.) Bailey, Donald Howard Bailey; and two sisters, Juanita Bailey Richardson and Della Jean Bailey.
She is survived by her daughters, Jo Lynn Hartwig and husband, Steve, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Juanita Tarlton, of Erwin; brother, Herman Bailey and wife, Carolyn, of Durham, NC; three grandchildren, Matthew Morrow, Kegan Tarlton, Keelin Whitson; sister-in-law, Sue Bailey, of Johnson City; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rita Jo is also survived by her life long best friend, Ruth McNabb Bailey.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2012, at Valley Funeral Home, Erwin. Reverend Kevin Laws will officiate.
The family will receive friends Sunday, January 22, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 23, 2012, at 11:00 AM at Bumpus Cove Cemetery. Those attending the graveside service will meet at Bumpus Cove Cemetery by 10:50 AM. Serving as active pallbearers will be Matthew Morrow, Douglas Bailey, David Bailey, Brian Bailey, Chris Bailey and Tyler Neblett. Honorary pallbearers will be Kegan Tarlton and Daniel Bailey.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to: Rita Tarlton, ℅ Juanita Tarlton at the Clinchfield Federal Credit Union, 1038 North Main Ave., Erwin, TN 37650.
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These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of “Rita Jo” Bailey Tarlton through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 North Main Avenue, Erwin, Tennessee 37650. 423-743-9187