Corporal James Marion Tarver, Sr.

Corporal James Marion Tarver, Sr.

Spalding County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 24, 1980

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James Marion Tarver, Sr.

Corporal James Tarver and a Georgia State Patrol officer(name unknown) were investigating an earlier accident and measuring skid marks on State Route 92 in Spalding County, Georgia. They were both on the northern side of a hill crest in the roadway when an 18 year old young man driving a small pickup truck north bound on highway 92 came over the hill and, not being able to see the officers in time, first struck the State Trooper who died on the scene, and then struck Corporal Tarver. Corporal Tarver died en route to the hospital.

The driver was not charged due to what was decided the officers' negligence for not warning oncoming drivers of their presence in the roadway.

Corporal Tarver was survived by three sons.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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You lived a violent life and unfortunately you died a violent death. You brought much unnecessary pain, suffering and physical, mental and emotional abuse into my life.
The scars you left behind run deep.
You left me with a lot of issues to overcome.
Forgiveness is a decision and a process and I choose to forgive you each and every day.
You had a sick twisted mind and you wreaked havoc in the lives of my Mother, my Brother and me.
God rest your soul.
You were a mean old mister.


January 11, 2013

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