Lenwood Tarpley Sr., 79, left this earth January 16th, 2020 to go be with his Heavenly Father and loved ones who have gone before him. He was born February 25, 1940 to Leonard Leon and Lavern Wright Tarpley in Bonham Texas and was one of seven children. The family moved from Bonham when he was 12 years old to Crane Texas in 1952.
His first job was at Crane Food Store working with his father. He also spent time in well service and as a roughneck and roustabout before entering the service.
In April of 1962, at the age of 22, he completed basic training for the United States Army in Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas where he was an honor graduate in the U.S. Army training center. He then was stationed in Germany. In November 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he was posted at the Germany border as a border guard. He was with the Howitzer Btry, 2nd sq. 14th armored cavalry. He was honorably discharged on March 31st, 1968.
From 1965-1970 he worked as a grocery clerk at Webb’s Grocery. In 1971 he opened an Exxon station followed by an ARCO Station in 1972. In 1979 he opened Lenwood Tarpley, Inc. in 1984 he opened T&T Pipe & Supply with his brother Leon, which is still in operation today, now owned by Leon Tarpley. In 1988 he opened Tarpley’s Fina Service Station.
On December 26th, 1968 he married the love of his life, Sibyl Bargsley in Crane, TX. They just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on December 26th, 2019. They had one son, Lenwood Tarpley Jr, born September 14, 1969 and two grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Tarpley and Kaleb Len Tarpley.
Lenwood loved fishing, woodworking, playing with and spoiling his grandchildren, walking his dogs, and writing poetry.
Lenwood was proceeded in death by his parents, Leonard and Lavern Tarpley and siblings Lou Ann Kennedy and Ronald Tarpley. He is survived by his wife Sibyl Tarpley, son and daughter-in-law Lenwood Jr and Lorri Tarpley, grandchildren Lauren and Kaleb Tarpley and several step grandchildren. He is also survived by brother, Leon and wife Peggy Tarpley, brother, Leonard and wife Toni Tarpley, sister Barbara and husband Walter Leach, sister Pamela Tarpley, Brother in law, Kim and wife Connie Bargsley and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Crane County Cemetery. Services are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.