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David H. Quarles Jr.


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David H. Quarles, Jr.

Memphis, TN

David 'Davy' H. Quarles, Jr. was born on March 28, 1940 to the late Davy Herbert Quarles and Janie Seay Quarles in Somerville, TN. He departed this life on Sunday, August 13, 2017. Preceding him in death are his sisters Willie Mack Davis, Lillie Hayslett (Earnest), Myrtle Rice (Tee Russell), and brother Richard Quarles.

He confessed to hope in Christ at an early age at Mt. Olive CME Church in Somerville, TN. He was educated at Fayette County Training School in Somerville, TN. David was united in holy matrimony December 22, 1961 to the late Gwendolyn Deloris Jones Quarles, and to this union four children were born.

David was a very successful entrepreneur who along with his wife started Quarles Building Maintenance Janitorial Services in 1966, employing hundreds to thousands of Memphians over 51 years. He also had other business ventures over the years.

In 1966, David Quarles organized a small company known as Quarles Janitorial Service. In the beginning the clientele was both residential and commercial. The company quickly became known in commercial circles as an A-1 company that performed excellent work. In 1973, Quarles Janitorial Service was incorporated in the State of Tennessee into Quarles Building maintenance, Inc. Mr Quarles continued with his philosophy of providing quality service at a fair price, but shifted his emphasis to commercial accounts only. With leadership, hard work, and the dedication of his employees and family, the company grew tremendously from ten employees and four accounts to over 500 employees through the 80's and over 350 Commercial accounts. Throughout the 70's and 80's through his leadership and determination won numerous awards and recognition, and is still a fabric in the community after 51 years today.

He leaves to cherish his memory; four sons: David Dewayne Quarles (Wanda), Delester J. Quarles, Daryl R. Quarles (Crystal), Carlos (Holloway) Quarles, his daughter Elaine Morgan of Bolivar, TN, his oldest brother Charlie Quarles of Somerville, TN and sister Dorothy Clement (Ted) of Cordova, TN., 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends who loved him dearly.

Services will be Saturday, August 19 at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 905 Ayers Street, Memphis, TN. 38107. Viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. with the funeral following at 11 a.m.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 17, 2017
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