Edward A. Tarratus Jr.
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TARRATUS Dr. Edward A. Tarratus Jr., 77, passed away Monday, February 2, 2009. Edward was born in Jacksonville, FL, May 7, 1931 to E. Arthur Tarratus, Sr. and Grace Jones Tarratus. Raised in the northside, in a hardworking, close-knit family pushing through the lean Great Depression years, Edward developed his encompassing concern for providing people with opportunities for betterment - his overarching sense of public service. Coupled with his passion for playing music, both classical and jazz, Edward lived his life in academia and the public arts. He began his career, after graduation from the University of Florida (B.AE., and M.Ed.), as a music teacher at P.K. Yonge School, in Gainesville. Subsequently he taught at Carson Newman College, The Ohio State University (from which he earned his PhD), Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA, Albany Junior College/Darton College in Albany, GA, and The Dublin Center in Dublin, GA. Even though he moved into the administrative side of academia, he never gave up his love for the classroom and continued teaching until retirement in 1994. He was a member of many honor societies, served on accreditation committees, and chaired several academic committees through the University System of Georgia. He especially loved the opportunities that community colleges afforded people for learning and career growth. He hosted radio programs of classical music, moderated TV programs of civic affairs, and was especially proud to serve as Chairman of the B.O.D, and to help organize the Christian Counseling Center in Albany, GA. Musically, he began by forming his own dance-band as a student at Andrew Jackson High School. His main instruments were oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and saxophone. He subsequently performed with the 101st Army Division Band, the Knoxville, TN, Colombus, OH, and Shreveport, LA Symphony Orchestras. He is Conductor Emeritus of The Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Dublin (GA) Jazz Band, and the Recycles Orchestra (Jacksonville). He also found time to direct music at several churches and maintained private instruction for individual students. He loved music - from the standards of the American Songbook to modernist classical composers, from Glen Miller to Glen Gould, and brought that joy to all his music projects. Survivors include: his wife Vivian H. Tarratus; three children, Pamela Grace Fraticelli (husband Frank), E. Arthur Tarratus III, Penney Lynn Adair (husband Harry); grandchildren Jason Francisco Fraticelli, Sarah Grace Fraticelli, Chad Harrison Adair, and Stephen Aaron Adair; sister Mrs. Charlotte Depew (husband Bill). He is predeceased by granddaughter Hannah Camille Adair. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M., with a funeral service at 2:00 P.M., Friday, February 6, 2009, both in the sanctuary of Ortega Presbyterian Church, 4406 Longfellow St., Jacksonville, FL 32210. Graveside service will be at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 Main St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 following services at the church. Pastor David L. Burke is the officiating minister, assisted by Roger Barr. Lee Turner will provide music. Pallbearers are Chad Adair, Stephen Adair, Roland Fagan, Jason Fraticelli, Andy McDaniel, Alex Schweizer, with Honorary Pallbearers Matthew McDaniel, and Zachary Schweizer. Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 South Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville 904-388-2711 is serving the Tarratus Family. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Feb. 5, 2009.
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February 12, 2009
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. I too knew Ed through the Dublin Jazz Band in the late 1990s.
John Cornacchione
February 12, 2009
I retired in 2007 from what is now called the Georgia Big Band but what was formally known as the Dublin Jazz Band. I was the last original member of the group. Ed was our organizer, leader, front man, and a fine clarinet and alto sax player. My best memories with the band were those days, not too long ago, when he was here with us. My heart is saddened at his passing. I pray that the Lord will life the burden of sorry from Vivian and his family in the absolute knowledge that this good man is now with his maker.
Emmett H. Young, Jr.
February 11, 2009
Dear Vivian,
We are so saddened to hear of Ed's passing. All of us who were members of the Dublin Jazz Band truly loved him and I know I was blessed to know him and to be able to make music with him.
Rick Kimmel
February 11, 2009
Vivian and family,

Ed was such a wonderful musican and teacher. Just as importantly, he was a fine person and gentleman who cared so deeply for those around him. For decades, no matter where he went, HE MADE A DIFFERENCE!

I was saddened to hear just last night (2/10) of his passing. The Lord just got another fine one for His orchestra!

He is so fondly remembered here in the Dublin, GA area where he impacted the lives of so many in such a positive way.

We miss you both around here!

Margaret and I will be in prayer for you and the entire family in this sad time.

In His Love,

Tom and Margaret Turner, Dublin
Tom Turner
February 9, 2009
I was a Fraternity Brother of Ed and remember him fondly. He was friendly, kind, and a real gentleman.
UF SPE '52
Jim Shofner
February 7, 2009
So many fond memories of Eddie from our days and years together in the Andrew Jackson High School Band, Jacksonville, FL. Such talent and I am sure he is and will be missed by his wonderful family. I am so sorry I did not get to know all of you but I will be praying for you.
Barbara (Allen) Williams
February 6, 2009
Dear Tarratus Family
I worked for Dr Tarratus when employed at Albany Jr. College. He was a mentor that I always remembered because of his positive attitude, support and encouragement to always do better.
Prayers are with you and family. Dr. Tarratus was a great mentor.
John Bowsman
February 5, 2009
Dear Vivian, Pam, Arthur and Penney,

The Lanes (Tim and Barbara) share in your sorrow and pray for God's grace to be real in this time of loss. May you grieve, remember and give thanks for God's goodness as you reflect on your husband's and father's life. It may be encouraging to know that back in 1980, your dad taught a class at First Baptist Albany, GA. In that room of about 50 people, a new 18 year old Christian (me) was present. Your dad introduced me to a Christian writer and thinker that changed the course of my Christian life and growth in grace. He probably never knew that but I am thankful that he taught that class and that God used your dad in my life in a significant way. We are praying for you.

With gratitude,

Tim and Barbara Lane
Tim Lane
February 5, 2009
Vivian and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ed is most likely already in the
process of forming a band up there.
Agnes & Earl Green
February 5, 2009
Dear Vivian,

I have thought about you and Ed and wondered how you are and where you are. Ed was such a wonderful teacher for me at Carson Newman. He was so patient in his teaching and showed a real caring attitude of helping students succeed.
Love and Prayers,
Gene Fuqua Class of 1960 CN
Gene Fuqua
February 5, 2009
We are saddened to learn of Eddie's passing. He was a great musician and we both enjoyed many good times with him in the Andrew Jackson High School Band, JoAnn (Edison) McElhaney, baritone sax, and Kerry McElhaney, oboe. Our prayers are with family and friends.
William Kerry McElhaney
February 5, 2009
Especially thinking of Vivian and Charlotte with special love and so many fond memories. Sincere condolences to all of the family. Love, Anne (Howell) and Jim Kitchens
Anne Kitchens
February 5, 2009
Carl H. (Skip) Barr III
February 5, 2009
Ed will surely be missed and I know that he was a blessing to you all. I have been keeping you all lifted up to God for strength and peace.
Marrilynn Samuelson
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