A native of Pine Hill, he grew up in Thomasville, graduated from Livingston State College (now the University of West Alabama) and earned masters and AA degrees from the University of Alabama.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, served in Korea and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves after a 20-year career.
He taught and coached at Jackson High School before moving to Tuscaloosa where he earned statewide acclaim as a coach, winning state championships in basketball and golf at Tuscaloosa High and Tuscaloosa Academy. He was named coach of the year on several occasions and was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1991.
He wrote a book, “Tips and Ideas for Winning Basketball,” that became a must read for coaches.
He also served as an administrator for the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.
An active civic leader, he was involved with the American Heart Association and West Alabama Rehabilitation Services. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa and was a member of the Lee class.
Memorial services were 3 p.m. Monday, April 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa with Rev. Ken Dunivant officiating.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel M. Tarleton.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Tarleton of Tuscaloosa; two daughters, Lisa (David) Pike of Tuscaloosa and Jo Del (Dexter) Hambaugh of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Tarleton (Ashley) Pike and Callie Pike both of Tuscaloosa; great-grandson, Tate Pike of Tuscaloosa.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to The Rise School, P.O. Box 870305, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 or the First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa.
Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directed.