January 24, 1942 – January 19, 2022
Robert Jerry Tarrants
(Husband, Daddy and Pappaw)
Survived by his wife of 63 years, Carolyn Elaine Tarrants
A son, Mike Tarrants (Debbie)
A daughter, Tish Fallis (Dale)
Two grandsons, Blake Vickers (Ashley) and Dustin Tarrants
One granddaughter, Erin Stanton (John Eric)
The VIP list-Saylor Vickers, Vivian Vickers, John Brayden Stanton, Keelan Stanton, Everly Stanton (his lil buddy) ,Jayden Riley and Avery Rain
I’ll answer the question that everyone has. We don’t know what happened to him. In the matter of a day, the tables turned on his health and he declined rapidly. We are a bit dazed and confused as a family. A week or so ago he was enjoying homemade chocolate chip cookies and a Coke. Today, he’s gone. This should remind us to love “hard” what’s important. Momma, Mike, Dale and I were with him when he passed. That’s it. Well, that and the God winks that were around us throughout his decline.
One example, for two days he welcomed each of them with a hug! Yes, the physical motion of putting his arms in the air, hands touching at the top of the circle formed, in a hug like motion….over and over and over again. I told a friend I don’t know who all is here but this room is full of souls waiting to take Daddy home. They did just that in the literal blink of Dad’s eyes the gates of Heaven opened and he left.
There were more God winks! We have faith in our Savior and his promise to us.
I’ve decided not to talk about where he went to school, where he worked and all the fancy stuff but rather stay in the now and realness of Daddy. With that, allow me to fill you in. June of 2021, four days apart, Momma and Daddy both had an acute need for Nursing Care. We didn’t really talk about it but rather worked towards finding our new normal, quietly, as a family. So, those of you that knew our parents, might see things clearer now. The obvious inactivity around their home. Daddy not at the post office every morning at 9 (because that’s when they put the new mail out). They are residents at Heritage Living Center in Conway where they lived, as a couple, in a made to resemble their home, living space.
Dad’s top priority was and has always been Momma. He loved her to the core, 63 years of love and commitment to be exact. They set the bar really really high! We are proud of our parents and that achievement. Pray for Momma, she’s going to be lost without him and until she finds her new normal. He loved family. Grandkids were life, then great grandchildren came along, it was life super charged. His connection to the children an obvious bright light in a dimmed mental world. Dementia is a four letter word and I won’t give it any more attention than that, here.
Along his (dash) Daddy was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish, bow hunt, tinker in his shed, carve knife handles, build bird houses, tend to burn piles and piddle. Piddle, that’s a funny word and he loved to piddle.
Many have asked, no service is planned.
Everyone’s next question has been, what can we do to help? There are three things we’d like you to consider:
Pray us through this. (We need you.)
Send a card to Mom: (she would love this)
Heritage Living Center
C/O Carolyn Elaine Tarrants
1175 Morningside Drive
Conway, AR 72034
At the time of their June move to Conway, they both asked “what will happen to Little Bit” (their beloved, rescue cat that couldn’t relocate with them)? I was referred to a great organization who immediately stepped in to re-home their precious baby and calm their hearts around having to leave her. At that time, they made me promise to bless the organization wherever and whenever I could. You might consider, in Memory of Jerry Tarrants making a tax deductible donation to the following 501c3 organization. Daddy would smile.
There are two ways to donate.
Mail a check to:
P.O. Box 8414
Jacksonville, AR 72078
Or online contribution at the link below:
A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 W. Main Street, Jacksonville, AR is in charge of all our needs.