Special to The News
Travis and Linda Tarkington will celebrate 50 years together. They met at the Old Fiddler’s Reunion in Athens in 1961 and were married Nov. 10, 1961. They have five children: Carl Tarkington and Jenny of Terrapin Ridge; Selena Dalrymple and husband Billy Don of Aley; Connie Harrill and husband Rex of Canton, Neal Tarkington and wife Mandy of Arp; Bubba Yates and wife Lisa of Mabank. They have eight grandchildren: Brittany Fooks and husband Deandre of Arlington; Brandon Tarkington of Mansfield; Bobbi Higgins of Terrapin Ridge; PFC Daniel Higgins stationed at Ft Benning, GA; Dana Higgins of Scurry; Sydney Tarkington of Houston; Montana Tarkington of Arp and Nikki Yates of Mabank. They have five great-grandchildren: Brianna and Amaya of Arlington; Brailey and Ryder of Terrapin Ridge, and Cheyenne of Scurry. They also have an infinite number of family and close friends.
Mr. Tarkington was born to James Henry and Iphy Cheek Tarkington. He was raised in Terrapin Ridge where he roamed the Trinity River Bottoms. He has always been an avid horseman and is skilled at hunting, fishing and trapping as well as a multitude of other trades. His ability to relate to children has helped developed many young minds. He graduated from Malakoff and went on to Henderson County Junior College and then to Stephen F Austin University.
Mrs. Tarkington was born to Conley and Frankie Burden Scott. She was raised in Murchison and Black Jack. She is an incredible cook and is naturally skilled at realizing the needs of others and following through with excellent care giving. Her ability to find the “needle in the haystack” is well known. She has supported Travis in all of his many endeavors. She graduated from Brownsboro and attended Henderson County Junior College.
The couple will be honored at a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at Providence Baptist Church in Tool. All family and friends are invited to help celebrate this rare commitment.