Funerals set for members of Tarpley family, who died in a murder-suicide

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Coleton Tarpley, 35, with Amanda Tarpley, 34, and children — Charlie, 6, and Coleton, 9 — were found dead in their home near King. Investigators say the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide.

Coleton Tarpley, 35, with Amanda Tarpley, 34, and children — Charlie, 6, and Coleton, 9 — were found dead in their home near King. Investigators say the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide.

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Funeral arrangements have been set for four Stokes County residents who died in a murder-suicide on Wednesday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The bodies of Coleton Tarpley, his wife, Amanda, and their two sons, Coleton and Charlie, were discovered when a Stokes County deputy went to their mobile home on Ralph Boyles Road, north of King off N.C. 66.

Mike Marshall, the sheriff of Stokes County, said it appears that the elder Tarpley, 35, shot his family and then himself.

Court records indicate there was strife within the marriage, with the couple separating last spring, setting off a custody dispute.

Bruce Palmer, the brother of Amanda Tarpley, said last week that the couple had gotten back together in the summer to try to work things out with counseling. Things seemed to have improved for a while, but her family heard more troubling accounts of the relationship in the weeks leading up to the deaths, he said.

Coleton Tarpley’s was operations manager of the field division of Stanleyville Paving. At the time of her death, Amanda Tarpley, 34, had nearly completed a one-year program in medical billing and coding at the Living Arts Institute on Stratford Road in Winston-Salem.

The younger Coleton, 9, was a third-grader at Poplar Springs Elementary School, and Charlie, 6, was a first-grader in the exceptional children’s program.

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