James Franklin Tarleton, 64, of Raleigh, NC, passed on April 28, 2013, surrounded, by his loving family at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh due to complications from a car accident and a heroic battle with cancer. Born in Raleigh in 1948, Jim was the son of Curtis Franklin Tarleton and Mary Kate Kornegay Tarleton. He graduated from Broughton High School in 1967 and earned the status of Eagle Scout. He then graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972, following enlistment in the U. S. Army National Guard.
Jim began his practice as a certified public accountant with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland in Raleigh and then Hilton Head Island before returning to Raleigh, where he operated his own accounting practice, and became part owner and treasurer of Elk Electric, Inc. In his later career, Jim worked as director and consultant with Ivy House Publishing Group, and as one of the developers of Windmill Pointe in Oriental, NC. He was also an active member of the Rotary Club of Capital City.
Jim enjoyed spending long weekends at Ocean Isle Beach in the house he shared with his wife, Judith Ann Livernois. These peaceful weekends were always accompanied by their dear companions – Maverick, Libbit, and Sydney. The time was filled with the elements of life that Jim so enjoyed; the food that he cooked, the crossword puzzles that he completed, the sun light and ocean breeze that he absorbed, and the pelicans that completed his view.
In addition to his loving wife and best friend, Judi, Jim is survived by two sons: John Morgan Blair Tarleton of Astoria, NY; and Matthew James Lee Tarleton and his fiancé, Amy Fay Stinson, of Atlanta, GA; a brother, Allan Ray Tarleton and wife, Donna DiPrisco Tarleton, of Asheville, NC; nephew, Penn Merriman Tarleton, of Asheville, NC; a brother-in-law Raymond Livernois, Jr and wife Helena Livernois, of Charlestown, RI, and several nieces. Jim is also survived by many wonderful and supportive friends that frequently gathered at CWC's in Raleigh and Sharky's in Ocean Isle. His impact will be felt by the many strangers, friends, and family that he made smile on a daily basis. Jim and his family thank his friends and health care providers for the care and support they afforded.
The family will receive friends at Brown Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary's Street in Raleigh, Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A memorial service will be held on the beach at Ocean Isle on Saturday, May 4th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue, Paws-Ability, the ASPCA, or the
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