Vernon Terrell Tamplin, Jr, 69, died June 21, 2020 at his home in Madison.
At his request, no service was held. A small graveside memorial was held for family and close friends.
Terry was born February 15, 1951 in Morgan County to Vernon and Waddie Tamplin.
From a very young age, Terry loved tractors. He loved farming which is what he was fortunate enough to do for most of his life and career.
Terry was known as a loyal and dedicated man. He was the first to reach out and lend a helping hand to those in need.
His loyalty to family and friends was never questioned. Those closest to Terry knew he could be called upon at any time.
For Terry, loyalty and trust were clearly defined.
The love Terry had for his companion and dog, Remi, was a true testament of his character.
Whether in the fields on the farm, in the backyard or in his easy chair, Remi would be found at his side.
Although Terry never had children of his own, his step children became a vital part of his life.
He was dedicated to them – teaching them, instilling in them valuable life lessons, and loving them as his own.
Terry is survived by his loyal canine companion, Remi; mother, Waddie Tamplin; sister, Ruth Porter (Eric); step-children Donna Prior (Billy), Sharon Brownlee, Vickie Morris, and Garrett Knight; grandchildren Joshua Phillips (Tori), Annie Copelan (CM), Makenzi Greenway (Tyler), Alivia Ballard (Dakota), Anna Kate Martin (Austin) and Callie Waters; and great-grandchildren Charlie and Miles Copelan, and Hadley and Jessie Phillips; as well as lifelong friends John, Ronnie and Joe.
Terry was preceded in death by his father Vernon Tamplin Sr; Dorothy (Dotte) Tamplin, wife of almost 30 years; and step-son Timothy Phillips. He was also married to the late Karin Matheson Tamplin for three years.