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Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home Collection

Identifier: 2017.034

Scope and Contents

The Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home Collection was donated to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library. The collection contains photocopied funeral reports dating back to September 1925 to July 1932, March 1937 to May 1957, and 1970 to 1977. Indices for 1980 through 1988 are also housed in this collection.


  • 1925 - 1988

Conditions Governing Access

Access is restricted to the Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home Collection due to the presence of personal identifiable information.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

John Boone Tarpley (b. April 14, 1878, d. December 31, 1960) is listed in the 1910 Census record as an embalmer lodging alongside a funeral company bookkeeper, two funeral company coachmen, and a marble yard employee at 222 North 6th Avenue in Clarksville. By 1917, Tarply was operating as an undertaker and renting a house at 312 Franklin Street. In the 1930 Census, Tarpley's daughter Elizabeth is working as the bookkeeper for the family-owned undertaking business at 335 Franklin Street and his son Lynnwood is listed as the proprietor of a florist store next door at 331 Franklin Street. The 1940 Census record shows Lynnwood now working as an embalmer, which indicates he was involved in all aspects of the funeral home business.

The 1929 Clarksville City Directory lists Tarpley's Florists & Funeral Directors at 335 Franklin Street with John B. Tarpley as the manager and Lynnwood J. Tarpley as assistant manager. John B. Tarpley died on Decembe 31, 1960. The business continues to appear in the city directories through the 1980s. Lynnwood Tarpley eventually opened Tarpley's Florist shop at 1460 Madison Street. The renamed Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home first appears in the 1985 City Directory. Current funeral director Miker Parchman worked under former owners Lonnie and Judy Neal before taking over as owner and operator. The Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home's website makes note that Parchman is related to the Tarpley family.


2.085 Linear Feet

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Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home Collection of 23 items (photocopied funeral home record books), dating from 1925 to 1988, arranged into 5 boxes


Arranged in chronological order.

Processing Information

The photocopied funeral home reports were originally bound with rubber bands. The reports were seperated into folders based on pagination. Duplicate copies of reports were weeded from the collection.

Neal-Tarpley Funeral Home Collection
Jenna Stout
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Repository Details

Part of the Montgomery County Archives Repository

350 Pageant Lane
Suite 101D
Clarksville Tennessee 30741 United States