Jeffrey Thomas Tarkington

Born on July 19, 1970

Departed on February 15, 2007 and resided in Nashville, TN

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TARKINGTON, Jeffrey-Age 36 of Nashville died February 15, 2007. Preceded in death by his mother, Ione Jenkins Tarkington. Survived by his father, Owen Tarkington; life partner, Todd Turina; sister, Theresa Tarkington-Kersey Wayne. Jeff will be fondly remembered for his rapier wit, encyclopedic knowledge of television and his passion for butter. Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 404 BNA Dr. Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37217, Nashville Cares, 501 Brick Church Park Dr. Nashville TN 37207 or Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203. Visitation will be Saturday 3-5 p.m. at
HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, 646-9292

9 Comments to Jeffrey Thomas Tarkington

  1. Chuck and Susan Shockley
    February 16, 2007 12:00 am

    I truly believe that Jeff’s spirit lives on in all of us who know and love him. I can’t tell you how many times we quote a funny story from him…or relate a time that we were down and he lifted our spirits. He was a good soul…IS a good soul…and that soul lives on!

    To Todd, Jeff’s dad and Theresa, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Much love,

    Chuck and Susan Shockley friends from CMT

  2. Stacey, Greg, Sam & Ben Hagewood
    February 16, 2007 12:00 am

    Todd, Theresa and Mr. Tarkington –

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Jeff was truly one of the best friends I have ever had…his sense of humor was absolutely incredible. I’m a tough laugh, but Jeffrey T. had such a gift, he always had me rolling!

    I shall miss him very much, but I have so many wonderful memories to keep me laughing for a long time!

    Much love to you all –

    Stacey Hagewood & Family

  3. Suzanne Norman
    February 16, 2007 12:00 am

    Dear Todd:

    I left you a voicemail in case you are not checking your email. I wanted to let you know that Suzanne Norman and Brian Philips have requested that each episode of CMT’s Top Twenty count down next week be dedicated to Jeff honoring his memory. I’m very sorry for your loss and please let us know if there is anything you or the family need in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The CMT Top 20 show airs:

    Thursdays 3pm CT
    Fridays 11am CT
    Saturday 11am CT
    Sunday 11:30am CT

    Leeanne H. Lisk

    Brian Philips Office


    330 Commerce Street

    Nashville, TN 37201

  4. Katie Cook
    February 18, 2007 12:00 am

    Jeff was such a dear soul. I enjoyed working with him so much. He always made me laugh and kept the mood light even when things were stressful. I learned a lot from him and his vast knowledge of entertainment.I also loved all his funny names and phrases. It’s because of Jeff that I call myself “Fatty McButter” when my pants feel tight! I always laugh and think of him when I say it.
    I will miss him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who were closest to him. May God keep you strong in this difficult time.

  5. Gail Fitzgerald
    February 19, 2007 12:00 am

    To the Family of Jeff, God is an Awesome God. To have given you Jeff, for 36 years, is one of the Greatest things God has given to you all. I am praying for you all to receive the fullness of his life. Always, remember the joy, of which he shared with each of you. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.2 Cor. 5:8 In knowing that the Lord has him, and there is no more sickness, or sad days, and he is at peace. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Phi.4:7

  6. Jody Reichenbaugh Watts
    February 20, 2007 12:00 am

    I went to EMU with Jeff and will always remember his spot-on impressions and razor wit. Peace to his family, you will be in my thoughts.

  7. Deb
    February 20, 2007 12:00 am

    I was saddend to hear the news of Jeff’s passing. I had recently sent him and email and he told me of his battle but he did not express how ill he was. He spoke fondly of his life partner. I was the secretary at the Eastern Echo when Jeff was a student there. Many many fond memories of him. God Bless you all. Deb Tulppo Lyte

  8. Tracy Johnson
    February 22, 2007 12:00 am

    I met Jeff years ago when I first moved to Chicago. He was my “boss” at my first job making documentaries. My very first day at work, he and I went to the suburbs to a new age fair to film massage therapists, crystal power people, various oddballs and the subject of our doc- spiritualists. I doubt that anyone ever has had such a humorous and delightful intro to their new job and new boss as I did that day!
    Since that first day, his incredible talent, enthusiasm and warmth impressed me, and I considered him not just a mentor, but a friend. I am deeply saddened to hear that he is now gone. I wish I had been in touch these last few years in Tennessee so I could have let him know how much he meant to me. My love to Todd and the family. Tracy Johnson

  9. Amanda McNally Koeller
    October 24, 2007 12:00 am

    We were coming up on our 20th High School Reunion, and I was planning to see Jeff there next summer and catch up. I haven’t seen him in 10+ years, when he came to visit me in Phoenix. I have so many memories and good times with Jeff aka Franny. I am so so sorry that I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye to such a great guy. I hope he knew how much I loved him and how many lives he touched. Life passes way too quickly. May God Bless you, Jeff. You’ll always be my Franny.