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Roland “Sonny” Pernay Tarlton Jr.

Roland “Sonny” Pernay Tarlton Jr., of Granville County passed away Monday, April 18,2022 at his home.

Sonny was born on April 15,1947 in Union County to the late Roland Pernay Tarlton Sr. and Julia Rebecca Stegall. He had a passion for motorcycles and owned Ancient Iron Cycle in Oxford for many years. Sonny was a loving and dedicated husband and father.

Services will be private.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of fifty-five years, Christa Hecker Tarleton; one daughter, Tina Tarlton Smith (Tony); two sons, Ronald Eric Tarlton (Lisa) and Bobby Lee Tarlton; four grandchildren, Jessica Smith Jones (Bryant), Daniel Smith, Dylan Tarlton and Jacob Tarlton; one great-granddaughter, Aubreigh Jones; six sisters, Judy Miles and Mary Ellen, Delores Hickey, Tammie Helms, Wendy Eldridge and Dorita Simpson and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathy Malone and Maxine Gay.


  • Kim and Steve Jernigan Posted April 21, 2022 1:57 am

    R.I.P. Our dear friend we would like to send our condolences to the family

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:12 am

      Thanks for much for all your kind words . It’s good friends that helps us all get thru times like this God Bless

  • Sandra Bare Posted April 21, 2022 12:02 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. When Crystal and my mom worked together and were friends, they came to my parents home quite regularly. He is an amazing person and will be missed. My prayers go out to the family. Rest in peace Sonny.

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:15 am

      Thanks so much sandra for your kind words . I’m sorry for your loss also . Getting old sure does make things harder to see them all go . But they are in a better place now . Love always

  • Gloria Chavis Posted April 21, 2022 1:44 pm

    Sending love and heartfelt sympathy to each of you. I love yall

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:17 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words Gloria . We all love you very much too . Getting older sure makes things harder doesnt it . I miss seeing you . Many huggs to you . I’m so appreciative to have good friends like you ! Daddy’s no longer in pain but my heart hurts so bad . I cnt believe he’s gone . God Bless you !

  • Marie Kimball Posted April 21, 2022 2:06 pm

    I know just exactly how much Roland will be missed, but you have a very close knit that will be there for you, they will help you through. R I P Roland you were loved and will be missed!

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:22 am

      Thanks nana so much snd thank you for the food yummy as always ! I was hoping daddy could have walked with Subreigh but he hurt so much . He loved her so much . Poor baby noticed he wasn’t there snd she keep pointing and blabbling somethings. I really think she was looking for him she keep turning snd looking around . Snd he thought she didn’t care for him . She did she noticed he wasn’t there broke my heart too . Love always and yes we have a very close family to help us get thru this it’s going be hard without daddy snd papa Al there

  • ernie averett Posted April 21, 2022 3:24 pm

    A fine fellow in every way. He was always willing to stop and weld broken farm equipment and get us going again. RIP old friend

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:24 am

      Thanks so much fir your kind words about daddy . He was a great welder too he was second generation sender my nephew is the third . I’m surely going miss my daddy . The pain in my heart hurts so much now . He cared for snd loved all the farmers in the community God Bless all of you .

  • Tammy Jackson Posted April 21, 2022 4:07 pm

    Roland was such a kind and caring person. He loved me, my husband and our kids unconditionally and we all loved him; he had such a positive impact on our life. We enjoyed sitting in the shop with him and Christa drinking coffee and talking after taking our kids to school, how we will miss those days. Rest easy you made it to Heaven and we will see you again someday. We will forever cherish the memories we have of you. You are always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.Prayers for the family and the days ahead., here for you Christa always and we love you. We will cherish all the memories we have of you. We all love you, Tammy, Jimmy, DJ , Summer & Laura

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:27 am

      Thanks Tammy daddy sure did love your family . Jimmy I know lives daddy a lot . I know all of you did . Daddy’s going be missed slot . I’m going hurt for a long time without my daddy my best friend too we was close . We were alike alot so much Tony called me a Roland jr . Lol God Bless all of you please come may 7 if you can to celebrate daddy’s life he would love it so much

  • Cassandra Deaver Posted April 21, 2022 4:48 pm

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. Prayers for strength during this difficult time.

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:29 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words . Daddy loved all of you so much . He was diffently a people person as he would say to me . He loved to talk with people . I Sam surely going miss him . God bless you

  • Jane and Gene Lloyd Posted April 21, 2022 10:36 pm

    So sorry to hear about Roland he was a good hard working person loved by many. Prayers for the family.

  • Kerry Gillette Posted April 21, 2022 11:12 pm

    Sad news! We’re thinking about you, Christa – we’re here if there’s anything you need. Roland and Pop are riding together again. Rest in peace, brother.

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 5:10 am

      Thanks so much they sure are riding together ! Daddy sure did love your daddy a lot . He snd Phil will surely be missed . Daddy lost alot of friends over the years and not only being in pain physical mental he was depressed missing all he’s friends being able to ride again .he was so appreciative of your dads friendship . Now they are both out of pain snd riding care free once again . May 7 we will be celebrating hes life please come if you can . It would be nice to see y’all once again . God bless each one of you .

  • Ben Currin Posted April 21, 2022 11:25 pm

    Always enjoyed my times spent with Roland, up at the Antient Iron Bike Shop, and especially “The Biker Church” that held services at the same location. Prayers to the family!!!!

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:44 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words daddy snd mams both surely loved starting that bikers church . It saved him . Jesus came finding him in a big way . I’m So appreciative of it . God Bless you

  • Hollie Compton Wilson Posted April 23, 2022 2:12 pm

    I’m sorry to hear the sad news of Roland passing. I was just thinking about all of you the other week. May the Lord give you strength and comfort.

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:37 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words . Daddy loved all he’s friends . We are so appreciative for your friend ship . God bless you . Snd please come may 7 to celebrate daddy’s life at daddy’s home I will post more on Facebook probably going be around 1pm til there will be a rolling thunder ride one last time for daddy in hrs memory to the house . Patriot guards I’ll be there to honor him as s soldier too . God bless

  • Carolyn Baird Posted April 23, 2022 11:44 pm

    Ronald and Lisa I did not know about the passing of your father, so sorry, hugs and love

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 5:12 am

      He was so appreciative all all of he’s friends . Thanks for your kind words . Daddy is no longe in pain snd is laying at the foot of Jesus now . My heart aches for him but I remind myself not to be selfish snd let him go pain free . He was a great daddy who I respected a lot .

  • Tina Tarlton Smith Posted April 25, 2022 6:23 pm

    My daddy was a living caring man who found Jesus snd asked fir forgiveness fir hes sims , He was saved and asked Jesus to take him home he was in so much pain . Now he can rest snd feel no more pain daddy . All who knew you loved you . I loved you the moment I was born snd I will love you always in eternity . Til we see es h other again daddy stay by my side protect me snd our family keep us safe . Ask Jesus and the angels to guide us into hes faith teach us to love him and honor he’s name . In Jesus name we pray forever my daddy always my heart . I love you to the moon and back daddy . Your last words to me was I love you too sweet heart . Walk into the light and be with Jesus daddy he will guide you . You are reborn again daddy no more pain . Never forgotten daddy thank you for all you did for us . I am forever thankful daddy . Rest easy . Thanks everyone for your kind words and all your condolences

    • Tina Smith Posted April 25, 2022 6:24 pm

      That’s loving daddy not living sorry typo

  • Bud Mayse Posted April 27, 2022 3:13 pm

    He was my best freind the last 20+ years. His shop was one of my hang out cause he and his family were the best of poeple

    • Tina Smith Posted April 29, 2022 10:05 am

      Thanks ! ❤️🙏

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:34 am

      Daddy sure did love talking with you buddy . He was so appreciative of your help snd your long talks y’all had together . You were a great friend to daddy and we will never forget it . God knows you cared for him a lot . Wish we had more time with him but God has a plan in mind . Love always

  • Dave and Susan Marks Posted April 29, 2022 2:14 pm

    Roland was an original,there won’t be another one like him.We were lucky enough for Mrs.Christa to invite us for a an authentic German meal and we still talk about how good her cooking is.That was many years ago,so sorry that he had been in pain.Our condolences and love to the family.He was a family man,with Christa always by his side.He lived a good life to have family who love him so much.Love,David and Susan Marks

    • Tina Smith Posted April 30, 2022 4:03 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words . Daddy will surely be missed by all of us so much . I hate hes life ended in so much pain but he’s in the hands of Jesus now no more pain . But my heart is surely in pain now as we say good bye to my daddy who I loved so dearly . I just wish I could have dine more for hes pain . The va surely needs improvement for soldiers who need care . My daddy was a sergeant in the army who deserved more care than he got .

  • Big Al & Paula Tilley Posted April 30, 2022 12:55 pm

    So very sorry to hear of our friend’s passing. We all
    Sure had some good times together leaving us with great memories to cherish. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Tina Smith Posted May 1, 2022 11:57 pm

      Thanks so much . Yes daddy sure did hsve some good times at lake Mickey . Thanks for the memories he loved all of you so much ! He sure was lucky in that punch board wasnt he?? Lol

  • Tina Smith Posted May 2, 2022 12:00 am

    No services but mayb7 mana daddy’s home one more run fir daddy .
    3695 memory lane rd
    Kittrell Nc 27544
    Please all come whether you ride or not 12:30 rushing eaters church in Oxford Nc bikers meet up at 12:30 1:30-2 see them arrive at the home csrd please park on the side of each side of the gravel rd bikes park at the yard please leave yard fir bikes snd family members n people helping out fir service

  • Tina Smith Posted May 2, 2022 12:02 am

    Rushing waters church in Oxford Nc sorry typo meet you for bikers to leave on the run to daddy’s home

  • Tig Posted May 6, 2022 7:49 pm

    Tina I met your dad when your family first moved to butner. I know all you guys and have had some good times with Roland he was a friend an will be missed. Rip big time.

    • Tina Smith Posted May 12, 2022 3:44 am

      Terry Garrett ? Is that who you are James johnnys brother ? Daddy missed all he’s friends he was in such bad shape with bad medical help I couldn’t get him to go no where but the va hospital and it was a bad experience . Daddy was hard headed lol but I respected he’s wishes but this time I wish I made him go . That last phone call to him he’s last words to me was I love you too sweetheart . I had a bad feeling it was our last words to each other then he passed away that same night . Dear daddy rip I love you to the moon and back . Thank you for your condolences he was a good man loved life loved he’s bikes and he’s fast cars . Loved life to the fullest !

  • Tig Posted May 14, 2022 6:13 pm

    Tina ask Ronald or your mom who Tig is.

    • Tina smith Posted May 26, 2022 4:06 am

      Oh yes I know who he is now ! Thanks ! God Bless !

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