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Don Tally was born September 2, 1933 in Bryan County to Willis Eugene and Elva Morrison Tally. He passed from this life in the early morning hours of June 1, 2012. He lived his early years in and around Colbert and Calera and graduated from Calera High School in 1951. Don attended Southeastern State University and began a career in sales. He was a member of the Optimist Club in Denison, TX. The company he identified with most was Moorman Feed Company where he worked from 1968 until 1980, earning several high sales awards. Don was a lifelong member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He owned many horses over the years. The one he recalled most fondly was Old Sue, his first good roping horse. In later years he had an Australian Shepherd also named Sue, in memory of the horse. He enjoyed leatherwork and operated a saddle shop for many years. Don loved good conversation, ranching, and training horses. He had a special place in his heart for spending time with his family. Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother JE Tally; sister Ella Belle Tally Caldwell; and a grandson, Dustin Trammell. He is survived by his wife Claudine Campton Tally of Snow; son Donald W. Tally Jr. and wife Sabrina of Midland, TX; daughter D. Lyn Wallace and husband Bill of Longview, TX; stepdaughters Tammy Booker of Clayton; Toni Frizell and husband Jeff of Austin, TX, Terri Trammell and husband Shane of Gainesville, TX, Tonya Hannigan of Athens, TX; brother W E Tally Jr. of Midland, TX; Ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Mills & Coffey Chapel in Antlers with Harold Thompson officiating. Special Music was performed by Don Guy and piano by David Smith. Pallbearers included: Aaron Trammell, Tyler Frizell, Kyle Frizell, Zachary Martin, Farron Dill, Matthew Riddle, John Savage, & Randy Randell. Honorary Pallbearers included: Hardy Evans, Buddy Gaither, Jim Oâ€™Brien, and Don Guy. Interment followed at the Miller Cemetery in the Miller Community. Family and friends may send online condolences at www.millscoffey.com.
Funeral services conducted by Mills & Coffey Funeral Home of Antlers.