Tapley McCune, age 76, of Bowling Green, Missouri, passed away at Hannibal Regional Hospital at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 4, 2015, due to complications of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Curryville Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mike Lewton and Elder Mary Waddell officiating.
Burial will be in the Curryville Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, July 6 at the Bibb-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Tapley was born in Hannibal on December 7, 1938, the son of J.D. and Elizabeth Reading McCune. He grew up on the family farm in Curryville. Tapley attended Gentle Rural School, Curryville Elementary School, White Sulphur Springs Elementary School in Montana (1948) and completed his secondary education at Bowling Green High School, Class of 1956. On March 29, 1959 he married Charlene Davis McCune at her rural family home in Bowling Green.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Linn McCune, parents, J.D. and Elizabeth McCune, brother, J.R. McCune, in-laws, Charles and Eleanor Davis, and sister-in-law, Shirley Forgy.
Pursuing his dream of becoming a major league baseball pitcher, Tapley attended several try-out camps.
Although he was offered a minor league contract, he decided to return home and play baseball for the University of Missouri under head coach John “Hi” Simmons and assistant coach Norm Stewart.
After entering the banking industry, Tapley graduated from the Memphis School of Banking in Memphis, Tenn.
In November 1960, Tapley became an employee of the Community State Bank where he continued to serve the financial needs of his community for 45 years.
He began his career as a Teller and advanced to Assistant Cashier, Assistant Vice President, Vice President, and in 1987 was named Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer until his retirement in 2006.
He was an active member of the bank’s Board of Directors until his death.
Tapley was always very devoted to his community and dedicated his time and energy to many groups and clubs.
He served as President and member of the Bowling Green R-1 School Board, past President of Bowling Green Lions Club, cabinet Secretary of Lions Club 26C, charter member of the Bowing Green Jaycees, past Director and Treasurer of the Pike County Fair Association, past President of Pike County Agency for Developmental Disabilities, and Treasurer of the Curryville, Mt. Air and Spencerburg Cemetery Associations. He served as director of the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the board of directors of state banking boards for the Missouri Banker’s Association and the Missouri Independent Bankers Association. Tapley was an active, long time member and Elder in the Curryville Presbyterian Church. He was proud to be a resident of Pike County and deeply supported agricultural and local business endeavors in the community.
His family heritage was a source of pride and inspiration for Tapley.
The McCune family farm, located north of Curryville has been in the McCune family name for almost 200 years. His daughter, Meredith, is the ninth generation of McCunes to reside in Pike County.
In addition to baseball, Tapley’s other passions were his registered Hereford Heifer cattle, travel, and country music.
Although a diehard Cardinals fan, Tapley also closely followed the Braves organization, from Boston, to Milwaukee to Atlanta.
His family was his greatest joy and nothing made him happier than being surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
The grandchildren loved to be “fluffed up” by their beloved Papa Tap.
He is survived by his spouse, Charlene Davis McCune of Bowling Green. Daughters, Margaret (Beth) Elizabeth McCune Whitaker, wife of Todd Whitaker of Terre Haute, Indiana, Victoria (Tori) McCune Grove, wife of Jeff Grove of Ellicott City, Md., and Meredith McCune of Bowling Green. Grandchildren, Katherine Dorrel Whitaker of Kansas City, Madeline Elizabeth Whitaker of Columbia, Harrison McCune Whitaker of Terre Haute, Ind., Carter Elizabeth Grove of Ellicott City, Md. and Kendall Victoria Grove of Ellicott City, Md. Sister-in-law Mary Gladys McCune of Pacific, Brother-in-law, Charles Forgy of Vandalia. Nieces and nephew: Robin McCune of Ballwin, Dawne McCune Trokey (Fred) of Labadie, and Jeff McCune (Kelly) of Wildwood. Also several cousins and great nieces and a great nephew.
Serving as pallbearers are:Paul Hill, Mark Goodin, Jeff McCune, Eric Hood, Wayne Morris, Jeff Miller, David Waddell, and Travis Hearn.
Honorary pallbearers are:Rodes Hood, Bill McIlroy, John McIlroy, Margaret Goodin, Dorothy Brown, John Waddell, and Frank Fanning.
Memorials may be made to the Curryville Presbyterian Church and the Bowling Green High School Alumni Association.