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Mr. Gene Bryson Tarr, 60, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 13, 2011 and entered into rest with the Lord. Gene touched the lives of many people, all of whom are witnesses to his compassion, loyalty, courage, and persistence. He loved Jesus, and he led his family to love and serve the Lord. Gene was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
After college, Gene led the Winslow Memorial Nursing Home in Elizabeth City, NC as administrator. He deeply cared for the residents and employees, but his passion was for the law. While still serving as administrator, he attended Campbell Law School, finishing second in his 1983 class. From there, Gene and the family moved west to Yadkin County, and he began his legal practice with what was then known as the firm of House, Blanco, & Osborn. Gene continued to practice with the firm for the next 28 years. He practiced law with integrity and with respect for his fellow attorneys. Gene diligently represented each of his clients and often provided his service for free to those who needed representation the most.
He also gave his time to service in numerous committees of the NC Bar Association, including serving as chair of the NC Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section. Community was also important to Gene, and he touched the lives of many young men in Yadkin County, as he coached football, basketball, and baseball for many years.
Although he was committed to his legal practice and community, his greatest treasure was his family. He never went a day without telling them he loved them and his sacrificial attitude demonstrated the depth of his love. Gene is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Cindy; two sons, Andy Tarr and wife, Jill, and Jeff Tarr and wife, Danielle; five grandchildren, Bryson, Caden, Nathan, Kendall, and Bennett Tarr; mother, Dorothy Dickey Tarr; father, Donald Tarr; a sister, Cara Sanderson, and husband, Robert; two brothers, Bill Tarr and wife, Connie, and Jim Tarr and wife, Michelle; and four nieces and nephews, Katie, Evan, Erica, and Adam. Gene is and always will be deeply missed, but we rejoice in the fact that he is at peace now with God. The words of 2 Timothy 4:7 were never more appropriate than for Gene: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Online condolences may be made at