W. E. "Gene" Tarpley died Friday, February 27, 2009. Mr. Tarpley was born on November 27, 1920 in Henry County. He served his country in the U. S. Navy during World War II as Radioman 1st class and retired from General Paper Goods. He was a member of Belvedere United Methodist Church for 55 years. Mr. Tarpley is survived by his wife of 58 years Sallie B. Tarpley; sister, Louise H. Piper of Oxford, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Eileen T. and Joe George; son and daughter-in-law, Warren B. and Elizabeth J. Tarpley; grandchildren, David and wife Tracy George, Matthew Tarpley and Stephanie Tarpley; great grandchildren, Kaylee and Tyler George and Aubrey Tarpley; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, March 2nd at 1:00 P.M. in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons with Dr. Jesse C. Walter officiating. Interment will be at Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at A. S. Turner & Sons.