Carl Talley

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DOUGLASVILLE, GA. — Mr. Carl Junior Talley, age 84, of Douglasville, GA passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

There are happy times, there are sad times, there are uplifting times, and there are devastating times. In the beginning there was happiness, for new life had been given to the world. A baby boy under the name of Carl Junior Talley was born to his mother and father, Irene and Carl Talley on October 24, 1929 in the city of Elwood, Indiana. Eventually, this baby boy turned into a man, who turned into a husband, who turned into a father, who turned into a grandfather, and, finally, who turned into a hero. These were the happy times, and it is only through the passing of long years that we come to the saddest part of it all. There comes a time that we never wanted to face. A time that we always knew to be true, yet rejected until reality became greater than fantasy. On Wednesday December 4, 2013 at home, this son, father, husband, grandfather, this hero has finally passed on to something greater, something he could not be on this Earth, something he always was. Surely, the remembrance of Carl J. Talley will be a somber one at first, but the legacy he leaves behind and how he lived his life fully is what we all will celebrate. For you see, there was a time when Carl met a beautiful woman. Her name was Nancy Moyer and with her he built a family. Three children were born to them. First came Sandy, who married Conrad Golias and they have five children, Ryan, Carly, Eva, Yeni, and Holly. Second came Steve, who married Regina Eller and they have four children: Matthew, Melissa, Jason, and Jeremy. Lastly came David, who married Kathy Boultinghouse and bore three children with her: Grace, CJ and Shane. Here we have the legacy that began with the love between two beautiful souls. Through Carl and Nancy Talley the world has been given several lights which will illuminate the darkness in honor of such a man, of such a hero. Carl is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Norma Shrider and a brother, Larry. Phyllis Ann, a sister, died in childhood.

In his earlier years Carl moved from his hometown of Elwood, Indiana to Lima, Ohio. Here he attended and graduated from Lima South High School. He then went to work on the railroad and married Nancy. Shortly after they wed, Carl was drafted and served proudly in the U. S. Army for two years. Upon his return, Carl continued his career at Norfolk & Western, as well as Norfolk Southern. He furthered his education by studying Business at Penn State University. In the novice stages of his career he began working on the signal gangs. In time, however, Carl's hard work and dedication granted him the ability to excel in his job, and as a result he was promoted several times. Though the responsibilities were greater, Carl Talley did not falter in his ability to set an example and always get the job done. By his retirement, after a total of 40 years devoted to his work, Carl had gone all the way from working on the signal gangs to becoming the Director of Engineering Signals, a noteworthy and renowned title. Throughout the entirety of Carl's career he was able to find joy in many things. Primarily, however, there was nothing that Carl loved more than his family and golfing. This can be said because when he was not working, he was a father, he was golfing, or he was both. In his retirement Carl could frequently be found teeing off at Pine Lakes Country Club. Here is where he found his peace. The rolling hills of green, the smacking of club against ball, the calm that was brought over him by the steady breeze abound, these are the things he loved. Yet, these are only the tiny details of Carl Talley. The underlying truth is that there was something much deeper to the man, something much more brilliant and undeniably royal. There was a sense of unconditional care that could be felt just by the very presence of him, and even then, there was more. There was love, there was light, there was heaven, there was an angel.

Yes, Carl J. Talley certainly had his happy times and it would be foolish to leave out all the sad ones as well. And while we would initially like to believe that his loss to this world is devastating and beyond the bearable abilities of human kind, we must realize that this is no devastating loss at all. This is a time of uplifting nature. It is a time that we have all dreaded, or perhaps even disdainfully scorned, but it is a time where a man has become one with the perfect. It is a time when sons and daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, when all must mourn for a great man passed. Yet, he is passed to a greater greatness, and he is only passed, not lost. Through this passing, through this departure from the mundane, we find him even more abundantly than we had before. He is one with the great snowy peaks, with the vast, powerful oceans, with the colossal, burning sun. He is in the air, he whispers with the trees, he walks amongst the stars, and he plays golf with the Lord. Carl J. Talley is in you, he is in me, and he is in the hearts of everyone he has ever touched, and it is because of all this that now is a time of profound, uplifting, and unbridled joy.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 2-4 PM with his funeral service following at 4:00 PM in the Rosehaven Chapel with Deacon Ron St. Michel officiating.

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Arrangements by: Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, GA 30134, 770-942-4246

Published in The Lima News from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2013
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