Edward Arthur “Art” Tamplin, 76, of Mooresville, N.C., originally from England and formerly of Highland, died on Friday, June 12, 2015.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, senior pastor, officiating.
He was born on Sept. 20, 1939 in Uxbridge, England, to Edwin and Winifred (Keeble) Tamplin. On Oct. 12, 1963, he married Pauline Antoinette Jones in Hillingdon, England. She preceded him in death July 25 , 2010.
Mr. Tamplin immigrated to Highland in 1959 and held the position of produce manager at the Highland IGA store for two years. He went back to England in 1962 but returned in 1965 with his wife Pauline, and their first-born son, Martin. He again took on the position of produce manager at Highland IGA and held it until 1971. He then managed the Vans Grocery store in Highland.
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He also lived in Mount Vernon and managed several grocery stores in the area before moving to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1987. He was hired as quality assurance manager for Parker-Davis Home Development Co. and also worked for them in Greenesboro, Huntersville and Charlotte, N.C., before his retirement.
He was a member of the Highland Rotary Club, Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce and The Trans-Atlantic Bride & Parents Association in Belleville. He was an avid bowler and was on many leagues in Highland and Mount Vernon. He also enjoyed gardening, and always had incredible gardens with fruits, vegetables and beautiful perennials.
He is survived by his sons, Martin (Jennifer) Tamplin of Cornelius, N.C., and Christopher (Wendy) Tamplin of Ashboro, N.C.; a grandson, Nathan Tamplin; sisters, June (Duane) Neier of Highland, Sylvia (Geoff) Webb, Shirley (Terry) Thurston, Margaret (Geoff) Felton and Wendy Munn of England; brothers, John Tamplin, David (Margaret) Tamplin and Roger (Heather) Tamplin, also of England; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; sisters, Joan (Tom) Browning and Edna Schramek; and two brothers, Stanley (Pat) Tamplin and Peter Tamplin, who died in infancy.