James Allen Tarver, 78, of Tecumseh, passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at home.

James Allen Tarver, 78, of Tecumseh, passed away on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at home.

He was born on July 6, 1941, to Lloyd and Eunice Tarver in Purcell, Oklahoma.

James lived in Purcell until his family moved to Oklahoma City where he attended Jackson Jr. High and Capitol Hill High School. He left school in the 10th grade and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1959. He served his country during the Vietnam War from 1959 to 1962.

James married Wanda Evans on Nov. 4, 1961, in Oklahoma City.

He was the owner and operator of Tarvers Carpet Service until retirement.

James attended Temple Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed all outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, riding four wheelers, camping, walking in the pasture, shooting guns, mowing the lawn, farming, including farm animals, and gardening. He also enjoyed time with friends at the Arrow Café, going to the casino, watching movies, and spending time with his grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons, Mathew Weger and Logan Deardorff; and brother, Lloyd Robert Jr.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife Wanda, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Bud Deardorff of Tecumseh; son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Robin Tarver of Shawnee; son, Bobby Tarver of Tecumseh; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Sharon Patterson of Oklahoma City and Patsy and Melvin Harder of Moore; brother and one sister-in-law, Charles and Pat Tarver of Shawnee; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; and many extended family and friends.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel in Tecumseh with Reverend Mike Craig officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.