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Erma L. Tarkenton

January 15, 2008

Manteo- Erma L. Tarkenton or “TOJO” as he was known by friends, departed to be borne in the arms of glory on January 15, 2008.  Thereabout the time of October 4, 1933 Tojo was born into creation.  He was raised in Roper, North Carolina by his father George Tarkenton and mother Ardeen Spruill Tarkenton.  Tojo had nine other brothers and sisters.

Upon coming to Manteo in his early years, he encountered many people along the way. They encouraged him in his pursuits and love of bicycles, “tape,” and pool.  He made his living by the “sweat of his brow.”  His waning years were spent at Britthaven Nursing Center in Nags Head.

His passing leaves a hole for the Bryants (Matthew and Aquilla) of Manteo, the care givers at Britthaven,  and “a family” that loved him. (Mt 25:45). Plans for a memorial  service are pending at this time. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. is assisting the family and condolences may be sent via the on-line register at