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Fisher Spencer Tarrant

Obituary of Rev. Edward William Tarrant, Bryan, Texas.

The death of Rev. E. W. Tarrant, best known as an educator, occurred at Bryan, Tex., November 19, 1921.

He was a son of the late Capt. Edward C. Tarrant, and was born in Jefferson County, Ala., September 14, 1842. His early education was at his father's training school at Taylorsville, Ala., near Tuscaloosa, from which he entered the University of Alabama in 1859. In April, 1861, he enlisted with the Warrior Guards (afterwards the 5th Alabama Infantry); was wounded in July, and after a brief furlough, he reenlisted for service with Lumsden's battery; later he was transferred to his father's (Tarrant's) battery, with which he served as second lieutenant until the close of the war.

Through life he clung steadfastly to his patriotic ideals, took much interest in the U. C. V. organization, attending reunions and sometimes serving in an official capacity. A loyal member of the Methodist Church from early youth, his long life was spent for the betterment of humanity. As minister of the gospel, as soldier, as educator his works will live as enduring monuments to his memory.

In December, 1869, he was married to Miss Annie E. Spencer, at Tuscaloosa, Ala. She died at Brenham, Tex., in 1896; of their eight children, six survive, two sons and four daughters.

There are eighteen grandchildren, also a sister and brother surviving him. His second wife, who was Miss Emma Fisher, died in 1912.

Having retired from active work, he had lived with his children, for the past three years his home being with his youngest daughter, Mrs. Bradley, at Bryan, Tex. She accompanied him to the reunion in Chattanooga last October, and on the return trip they visited at the old Tarrant home near Tuscaloosa, Ala., and while there he became alarmingly ill, so they hurried back to the Texas home, where, two weeks later, he quietly passed away.

After services in the church at Bryan, his body was escorted by Knights Templar to Brenham, and he was laid beside his wife and son "to rest under the shade."

A man of sterling character, of deeply religious convictions, courageous, calm, and undismayed, his end was peice as he answered the roll call "up yonder."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1922.

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