Lester D. Tarlton

December 8, 1955 ~ April 15, 2020 (age 64)

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Mt. Croghan, SC


          Mr. Lester D. Tarlton, age 64, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Graveside services will be 3:00 PM Friday, April 17, 2020 at White Oak Presbyterian Church Cemetery by Pastor Steven Tarlton and Rev. Troy Watkins with a memorial tribute at the conclusion of the service including Lester's own white pigeons. The service will be streamed live via Facebook on the Miller Rivers Caulder Funeral Home Facebook page.


          A viewing will be held from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Friday, April 17, 2020 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home under the guidelines set forth due to the COVID-19 restrictions.     


          Mr. Tarlton was born December 8, 1955 in Hartsville, SC a son of Margie Dean Tarlton and the late Lester Junior Tarlton. He was a retired employee of Caro-Knit and a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church, where he enjoyed worshipping his Lord and spending time with his church family. An avid outdoorsman, Lester enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising and flying his pigeons, and spending time building things with his grandchildren. His family was his world. From the grandkids coming over cracking the pigeon eggs against the tin building, to riding for hours looking for hawks, organizing a turkey hunt, or going to the sales, Lester was happiest spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.


          In addition to his father, Mr. Tarlton was also preceded in death by his brothers, Tommie D. Tarlton, Thomas E. “Ed” Tarlton, and infant brother, David Tarlton.


          He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, who was the “queen of his heart,” Susan Donahue Tarlton of the home; sons, Chris (Melonie) Tarlton of Mt. Croghan, SC, Dewayne (Melissa) Tarlton of Cassatt, SC, and Lee (Allison) Copeland of Jefferson, SC; daughters, Tabitha (Michael) Carnes of Jefferson, SC, and Shelly (Josh) Bailey of Lancaster, SC; mother, Margie D. Tarlton; grandchildren, Ashley Holman, Taylor Nannie, Britt Tarlton, Alex Tarlton, Devon Simpson, Hunter Tarlton, Elizabeth Oliver, Landon Oliver, Zoey Copeland, Ava Austin, Harlee Copeland, Kaleb Carnes, Chloe Carnes, Lily Bailey, and Jagur Bailey; siblings, Freddie (Barbara) Tarlton, Dianne Mangum both of Jefferson, SC, Faye (Rev. Troy) Watkins of Mt. Croghan, SC, Judy Tarlton (JR Taylor) Small of Peachland, NC, and Hope (Kenny) Barrett of Jefferson, SC; sisters-in-law, Annette Tarlton and Dolly Tarlton both of Mt. Croghan, SC as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


          The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Regency SouthernCare Hospice for their excellent care and support shown to Mr. Tarlton and the family during this time.


          Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home ( of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Tarlton family.






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April 17, 2020

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home
318 E Main Street
Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709

Graveside Service
April 17, 2020

3:00 PM
White Oak Presbyterian Church Cemetery

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