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Tom Tarry

April 4, 1942 — February 8, 2017

On Wednesday, February 8, 2017 Thomas Tarry passed away at the age of 74. Tom, or "Skeeter" as many in his family knew him, was born April 4, 1942 in Lovington, New Mexico to Joe and Hazel Tarry. Hazel passed away when Tom was still an infant. His father passed away in 1984. Tom was the youngest of five children, his siblings are William Tarry, Helen Hare, Joe Tarry, and Margaret Livingston. In 1962, Tom married Joycie Blackledge at Jackson Avenue Baptist Church in Lovington. Together they had one child, Shane, in 1963. Tom was a proud member of the U.S. Army, serving from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1967. His civilian career began as an operator with Lea County Electric, later becoming an electrician at New Mexico Electric in Hobbs. In 1976 Tom joined Phillips Petroleum, a career that would take him and his family to Colorado, Alaska, and Wyoming. He later worked for Barrick Gold in Elko, Nevada. In 1989 his grandson, Drew, was born to Shane and his wife Maria. Tom and Joycie moved to Roswell in 2000 after his retirement. Joycie continued to work, retiring from Covenant Medical in 2012.

Tom is survived by his siblings and family.

Tom was an avid outdoorsman, a competition rifleman, and a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. But most of all he was a devoted lover of God.

The family would like to thank Dr. Reynaldo Martinez, his staff, and Gentiva Hospice for their attentive care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joe T. Tarry Family Scholarship Fund through the First Baptist Church of Lovington, P.O. Box 695, Lovington, NM 88260.

Visitation to be held at Ballard Funeral Home, Roswell on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 4 to 6pm. Service at Bethel Baptist Church, Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2pm.


Ballard Funeral Home
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Sunday, February 12, 2017
4:00 to 6:00 pm


Funeral Service

Bethel Baptist Church
2420 N. Garden
Roswell, NM  88201


Lovington City Cemetery
600 E Gum Ave
Lovington, NE  88260

Memorial Contributions

First Baptist Church of Lovington
PO Box 695
Lovington, NM  88260
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