William E. ?Bill? Tarrants, the son of the late John L. and Linnie Bruce Tarrants, was born in Canalou on April 12, 1914 and died at the Sells Nursing Home in Matthews, on July 2, 2002 at the age of 88. Mr. Tarrants had lived in Raymondville, the past 10 years and had spent most of his life in the Canalou, Matthews, and Morehouse communities. He had worked as a farmer, operated a planer at Himmelberger-Harrison Manufacturing in Morehouse, was a member of the Faith General Baptist Church in Morehouse and was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II. On October 11, 1934, he was married to Opal Mae Lacy in Canalou, she preceded him in death on March 26, 1966. Surviving are two daughters; Donna Curry of Morehouse, and Marilyn Ceplina of Raymondville, three sons; Johnny Tarrants of Festus, Billy Tarrants of Houston, Michael Tarrants of Fenton, many grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two brothers; Harold Tarrants of Morehouse and John S. Tarrants of Hartville, three sisters; Mary Appleton of Morehouse, Myrtle Donnaley of Peveley, and Uneita Tarrants of Ellwood, Ind. He was preceded in death by one daughter; Lavada Greer. Visitation will be held Thursday July 4, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Morehouse. Funeral Services will be held on Friday July 5, at 9 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Morehouse, with the Rev. Jerry Adams of Sikeston officiating. Interment will follow in the Matthews Cemetery with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Morehouse in charge of arrangements.