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Gayle Tarpley

May 14, 1942 — April 27, 2022

Gayle Tarpley, 79, of McCamey, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in McCamey.


Gayle was born on May 14, 1942, in Miles, Texas, to Joel Scott Fletcher and Katy Willene Whitfield Fletcher.  Gayle married the love of her life, Howard Eugene Tarpley on September 26th, 1958.

She was a homemaker, and longtime resident of McCamey.  Gayle loved to dance and was known to even skip school to jitterbug.  She collected milk glass, and anything with butterflies and owls.  Gayle especially loved her grandchildren, they were her pride and joy.


Gayle was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents she loved so much, Gida and Grandpa; a brother, Bob Fletcher; and her son, Harley Eugene Tarpley.


She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Howard Tarpley; daughter, Melinda Tarpley, both of McCamey; sister, Carol Willene Criswell, of San Angelo; her grandchildren, Chase and Janet Brooks, Chelsea and Paul Gonzales, Cheyenne and Kris Norris; great grandchildren, Saylor Gonzales, Kayce Norris, Klelle Norris, and Kreely Norris.


Visitation will be held at the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home in McCamey on Friday, April 29, 2022, from 2pm until 8pm.  Graveside services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Resthaven Cemetery in McCamey.  Arrangements are under the care of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.



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Service Schedule

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Friday, April 29, 2022

2:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Shaffer - Nichols Funeral Home - McCamey

1000 FM 1901, Mc Camey, TX 79752

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Graveside Service

Saturday, April 30, 2022

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