James Ware Walker

M, b. 25 December 1873
FatherHenry Tabb Walker b. 13 Sep 1844, d. 1928
MotherBessie Ware
Last Edited26 Dec 2000
     James was born on 25 December 1873.1

Citations

  1. [S787] Source: http://www.penjaccphoto/walkerged/fam01358.htm. 26 Dec 00.

Bessie Ware Walker

F, b. 4 February 1884
FatherHenry Tabb Walker b. 13 Sep 1844, d. 1928
MotherBessie Ware
Last Edited26 Dec 2000
     Bessie was born on 4 February 1884.1

Citations

  1. [S787] Source: http://www.penjaccphoto/walkerged/fam01358.htm. 26 Dec 00.

Hayden Rudolph Tabb

M, b. 4 August 1954
FatherPerry Leonard Tabb b. 5 Aug 1905, d. 1 May 1983
MotherNettie Greene Jones b. 12 Oct 1917, d. Jul 1979
Last Edited26 Dec 2000
     Hayden was adopted. Evidently he was born out of wedlock and was adpoted and raised by Mr. and Mrs. Petty Tabb of Ft. Meade, FL. Source: http://mason.math.tntech.edu/newtown/d0001/g0000008.htm 26 Decenber 00. He married Virginia Ortiz.1 Hayden was born at Bartow, Polk County, Florida, on 4 August 1954.2 He married Karen Lynne Koon at Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, on 29 April 1978.2

Family 2

Karen Lynne Koon b. 27 Jan 1957
Children

Karen Lynne Koon

F, b. 27 January 1957
Last Edited27 Dec 2000
     Karen was born at Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, on 27 January 1957.1 She married Hayden Rudolph Tabb at Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, on 29 April 1978.2

Family

Hayden Rudolph Tabb b. 4 Aug 1954
Children

Justin Christopher Tabb1

M, b. 21 January 1981
FatherHayden Rudolph Tabb b. 4 Aug 1954
MotherKaren Lynne Koon b. 27 Jan 1957
Last Edited31 Dec 2013
     Justin was born at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, on 21 January 1981.2 He married Kelly Marie Tacey on 3 September 2005.

Family

Kelly Marie Tacey b. 5 Sep 1978
Children

Kristin Noelle Tabb1

F, b. 8 March 1984
FatherHayden Rudolph Tabb b. 4 Aug 1954
MotherKaren Lynne Koon b. 27 Jan 1957
Last Edited31 Dec 2013
     Kristin Noelle Tabb and John Thompson were divorced. Kristin Noelle Tabb married John Thompson. Kristin was born at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, on 8 March 1984.2

Jeannette Garvin Payne

F, b. 18 May 1888
Last Edited15 Jan 2012
     Jeannette was born on 18 May 1888.1 She married George Cary Tabb on 28 June 1924.1

Family

George Cary Tabb b. 3 Feb 1880, d. 6 Dec 1934

Eldon W. Gay

M
Last Edited28 Dec 2000
     He married Laura Anabelle Tabb.1 Eldon was born.

Martha Gay1

F
FatherEldon W. Gay
MotherLaura Anabelle Tabb b. 18 Jun 1916
Last Edited28 Dec 2000
     Martha was born.

Jane Elizabeth Gay1

F
FatherEldon W. Gay
MotherLaura Anabelle Tabb b. 18 Jun 1916
Last Edited28 Dec 2000
     Jane was born.

Ron Tad Gay1

M
FatherEldon W. Gay
MotherLaura Anabelle Tabb b. 18 Jun 1916
Last Edited28 Dec 2000
     Ron was born.

Rose May Hartley

F, b. 28 August 1920, d. October 1993
Last Edited25 Jan 2013
     She married William Ernest Tabb III.1 Rose was born on 28 August 1920. She died in October 1993 at age 73.

Family

William Ernest Tabb III b. 6 Jul 1918, d. 26 Jan 2000
Child

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

Sally Tabb1

F
FatherWilliam Ernest Tabb III b. 6 Jul 1918, d. 26 Jan 2000
MotherRose May Hartley b. 28 Aug 1920, d. Oct 1993
Last Edited14 Feb 2016
Sally Tabb Wilkerson
     Sally was born. She married James Wilkerson.1 She resided at Crewe, Nottoway County, Virginia, on 28 January 2000.

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

James Wilkerson

M
Last Edited14 Feb 2016
     He married Sally Tabb.1 James was born.

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

Mary E. Gilmore

F
Last Edited2 Jan 2001
     She married George Garland Tabb.1 Mary was born.

Family

George Garland Tabb b. 22 Oct 1936, d. 27 Nov 2006
Child

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

Robert Gary Tabb

M, b. 8 August 1967
FatherGeorge Garland Tabb b. 22 Oct 1936, d. 27 Nov 2006
MotherMary E. Gilmore
Last Edited2 Jan 2001
     Robert was born on 8 August 1967.1

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

Judy (---?---)

F
Last Edited2 Jan 2001
     She married George Garland Tabb.1 Judy was born.

Family

George Garland Tabb b. 22 Oct 1936, d. 27 Nov 2006

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

Troy Reeves

M
Last Edited2 Jan 2001
     He married Annette Tabb.1 Troy was born.

Family

Annette Tabb

Citations

  1. [S804] Obituary, The Hagerstown Harold-Mail, 28 January 2000.

Jesse Allen Wyatt1

M, b. 23 January 1924, d. 1 August 1998
Last Edited28 Oct 2013
     Jesse was born on 23 January 1924.2 He married Loyce Inez Tabb on 8 June 1951.2 Jesse died on 1 August 1998 at age 74.2 His body was interred in August 1998 at Abilene, Texas.2

Family

Loyce Inez Tabb b. 12 Aug 1932
Child

Citations

  1. [S1107] Research of Joyce Tabb, 1431 19th Street, Anson, Texas 79501.
  2. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Eleanor June Bailey

F, b. 28 October 1940
Last Edited12 Jan 2001
     Eleanor was born at Canton, Ohio, on 28 October 1940.1 She married Harold Loyd Tabb at Anson, Texas, on 30 August 1960.1

Family

Harold Loyd Tabb b. 8 Apr 1934
Children

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Jesse Allen Wyatt Jr.1

M, b. 21 February 1961
FatherJesse Allen Wyatt b. 23 Jan 1924, d. 1 Aug 1998
MotherLoyce Inez Tabb b. 12 Aug 1932
Last Edited28 Oct 2013
     Jesse was born at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas, on 21 February 1961.2,1 He married Tina Laverne Mathis at Abilene, Texas, in February 1979.2

Family

Tina Laverne Mathis b. 1960
Children

Citations

  1. [S1107] Research of Joyce Tabb, 1431 19th Street, Anson, Texas 79501.
  2. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Tina Laverne Mathis1

F, b. 1960
Last Edited29 Oct 2013
     Tina was born in 1960.1 She married Jesse Allen Wyatt Jr. at Abilene, Texas, in February 1979.2

Family

Jesse Allen Wyatt Jr. b. 21 Feb 1961
Children

Citations

  1. [S1107] Research of Joyce Tabb, 1431 19th Street, Anson, Texas 79501.
  2. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Michael David Tabb

M, b. 7 July 1961
FatherHarold Loyd Tabb b. 8 Apr 1934
MotherEleanor June Bailey b. 28 Oct 1940
Last Edited1 Oct 2016
Rev. Michael David Tabb at his court hearing.
     Michael was born at Stamford, Jones County, Texas, on 7 July 1961.1,2 He married Marla Dawn McCown at Beaumont, Texas, on 8 May 1998.1 Michael's occupation: Minister. Mike pled guilty in October 2003 to the murder of his wife, Marla. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison. on 12 January 2001.1 The Washington Times



August 19, 2002

Minister¹s arrest rocks small Texas community


Author: Hugh Aynesworth, THE WASHINGTON TIMES


Section: NATION

Page: A11

Dateline: TROUP, Texas












Article Text:

The killing of a minister¹s wife earlier this month has shocked the residents of this town of 1,800.



I refuse to believe that fine man did this,² Ossie Barnes said, but if he didn¹t, I guess it¹s even scarier.²


Mrs. Barnes was referring to the Rev. Mike Tabb, 41, charged with murder Wednesday in the brutal slaying of his wife Aug. 5 in the parsonage of Troup¹s First United Methodist Church.


The body of Marla Tabb, 35, was discovered lying in a pool of blood. Her husband said he had been to Tyler, about 15 miles northwest of the town and had returned home to discover his wife dead.


The Tabbs were relatively new in Troup, having moved here from Camp LeJeune, N.C., where Mr. Tabb had served as a chaplain. Mrs. Tabb had little contact with the community because of difficulties² stemming from a recent childbirth.


Initially, authorities believed an intruder was responsible for the killing, police officials said, but that theory faded as crime scene investigators found that there was no forced entry and that jewelry and other valuables were left untouched, though in plain sight.


The bedroom was a shambles, police said, proof that the victim struggled hard for her life. Blood spatters indicated that the killer would have had a considerable amount of blood all over him.


Mr. Tabb has said he had been waiting for friends at a restaurant in Tyler. When the friends did not appear, he drove to his parents¹ home and visited with them most of the afternoon on the day of the killing. The parents told police he had been with them.


Sheriff¹s investigators have been questioning those who knew the Tabbs in North Carolina for potential clues about their relationship but said Friday, We still don¹t have a motive.²


They also don¹t have a weapon. Forensics specialists say Mrs. Tabb was beaten to death by either a baseball bat or a chair leg. A kitchen table leg is missing.


What the police do have, sources close to the investigation say, are elements of Mrs. Tabb¹s blood on Mr. Tabb¹s shoelaces and between the sole and upper leather of his shoes, though they had been cleaned recently. Similarly, blood was found in Mr. Tabb¹s vehicle.


Blood was in the rear of the truck, and there were attempts made to clean it,² Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith said.


The community initially responded to the young minister¹s family - the Tabbs have two young sons - with pity and concern, but the mood changed as the investigation moved forward, and rumors and facts emerged.


Methodists in particular began to discuss a similar situation that occurred in Dallas about 15 years ago.


It¹s pretty natural to remember Peggy Railey,² said Bessie Goree, a Troup housewife. That one just won¹t go away.²


Like Mr. Tabb, the Rev. Walker Railey was an enigmatic young minister. He was the head preacher at Dallas¹ prestigious United Methodist Church when someone attacked his wife, Peggy, and left her for dead in the couple¹s garage.


Mr. Railey was charged with attempted murder, and though he won a not-guilty verdict in Dallas, he was stripped of his robes and ostracized by the community because of sexual misconduct and a less-than-religious lifestyle. Today, he lives in the Los Angeles area.


Sheriff Smith said the killing of Mrs. Tabb was driven by rage.²


The autopsy indicated that the victim died of blunt-force trauma and strangulation.


After briefly answering authorities¹ questions, Mr. Tabb quit talking and hired one of the area¹s top defense lawyers, F.R. Buck² Files Jr.


As he left the Smith County courthouse Wednesday with Mr. Files, the suspect was silent. His parents had bailed him out for $50,000.


I¹d love to visit with you about this case,² Mr. Files told reporters, but this is a pending case and I don¹t comment about pending cases.²






Copyright 2002 News World Communications, Inc.
Record Number: 200208191011300001


A Troup minister who months ago slashed his throat to avoid a court date concerning his wife's murder, pleaded guilty Monday to the slaying and was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Mike Tabb, 42, showed little emotion as Marla Tabb's sister faced him in court and told him she and her family are "haunted by thoughts and images of what you did to Marla."

"Did she suffer? You mutilated her so badly that we did not have the chance to look at her beautiful face one more time," a teary-eyed Melanie Owen told Tabb during a victim impact statement in court.

"The district attorney's office has pictures of you at a topless bar five days after you murdered Marla, and we won't go into evidence about your hotel visits," Mrs. Owen continued.

At his trial scheduled for next month, prosecutors had planned to show proof Tabb was at the Time Out gentlemen's club a day after his wife's funeral. They said witnesses would have testified about a secret life Tabb tried to keep from her.

In lieu of the trial, Tabb admitted in court Monday morning to strangling and bludgeoning his wife, and state District Judge Cynthia Kent accepted a plea bargain for the 55-year prison term.

Prosecutors and the victim's family speculated Tabb agreed to the punishment, which effectively is two years less than a life sentence, to avoid revelations during a trial about the dark side of his marriage and his secret liaisons.

Tabb's lawyer, F.R. "Buck" Files, said, "some cases should be resolved without a trial and this was one of them.

"Mr. Tabb made the decision that he wanted to spare his parents and Marla's parents the pain of a trial and, more importantly, he never wanted his children to read about such a trial," Files added. "There was never a question whether Mike killed Marla. It was only why. I agree with his decision."

The Tabbs' children, 3-year-old Jonathan and David, 15 months, are happy and living with family in an undisclosed location, relatives said.

Tabb will be eligible for parole in 27-1/2 years. According to Texas prison guidelines, he would be eligible for parole in 30 years if he had received the maximum life sentence.

Mrs. Tabb, 35, was killed last Aug. 5 in the couple's parsonage home in Troup, where they had just moved after Tabb accepted a position as a Methodist Church pastor.

Authorities said he strangled his wife and beat her beyond recognition with a table leg, then left her body in the house with their newborn baby while he disposed of evidence.

Mrs. Owen said she wonders if Jonathan saw "his father beat his mommy to a pulp."

In May, Tabb was free on bond when prosecutors said he set up a plea bargain for a 50-year prison term, then failed to show for court. Instead, he walked from his parents' Tyler home to The University of Texas at Tyler campus, slashed his throat and tossed the knife into a pond on the campus.

With a permanent scar on his neck, Tabb was discharged from a local hospital days later and booked into Smith County Jail.

District Attorney Jack Skeen Jr. called the escapade a poor attempt by Tabb to convince authorities he was the victim of a mugging. Skeen had withdrawn his offer of a plea bargain until recently when he talked to Mrs. Tabb's family about the 55-year term.

"It was very important for our family for Mike to show up, confess that he murdered Marla," Mrs. Owen testified during Monday's hearing. "We didn't want him to proclaim his innocence. We wanted him to stand up before everyone and admit he murdered her."

Later, Mrs. Owen said she was disappointed that Tabb showed no remorse in the courtroom.

"It was difficult to see him, to know what he had done," Mrs. Owen said after Monday's court proceeding. "I had to do this for Marla. I saw no emotion from him, no tears, nothing."

She said her sister never complained of violence toward her during the six-year marriage and Tabb was a welcome member of their family. But, Mrs. Owen said, days before her death, her sister and the defendant had some heated verbal altercations as Mrs. Tabb began to discover his "secret life."

Before that, it appeared Marla Tabb, who grew up singing in church, had found the perfect husband.

"He stayed at our house and just nine days before he killed Marla, it was mom's birthday and we all got together at mom's," Mrs. Owen said, recalling the Tabbs had just moved to Texas after living in North Carolina. "We always liked Mike. We certainly never thought he'd be capable of anything like this."

Mrs. Owen, who lives in the Houston area near her parents, said the family planned for monthly get-togethers and looked forward to their children growing up together.

The victim's father, Gene McCown, described his daughter as "a righteous woman."

"I was proud to be her father," McCown said. "When they slam those prison doors on Mike, evil cannot claim victory here."

Anne Wright covers Smith County government and courts. She can be reached at 903.596.6284. e-mail: news@tylerpaper.com


©Tyler Morning Telegraph 2003.

Family

Marla Dawn McCown b. 25 Apr 1967, d. 5 Aug 2002
Children

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).
  2. [S1107] Research of Joyce Tabb, 1431 19th Street, Anson, Texas 79501.

Marla Dawn McCown

F, b. 25 April 1967, d. 5 August 2002
Last Edited10 Jun 2016
Marla Dawn McCown
     Marla was born at Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, on 25 April 1967.1 She married Michael David Tabb at Beaumont, Texas, on 8 May 1998.1 Marla died on 5 August 2002 at Troup, Texas, at age 35. She was buried after 5 August 2002 at Wood Cemetery, San Augustine County, Texas.

Family

Michael David Tabb b. 7 Jul 1961
Children

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Jeffrey Don Tabb

M, b. 20 September 1962
FatherHarold Loyd Tabb b. 8 Apr 1934
MotherEleanor June Bailey b. 28 Oct 1940
Last Edited28 Oct 2013
     Jeffrey was born at Anson, Jones County, Texas, on 20 September 1962.1,2 He married Amber (---?---) on 31 March 2001.1

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).
  2. [S1107] Research of Joyce Tabb, 1431 19th Street, Anson, Texas 79501.

Amber (---?---)

F
Last Edited12 Jan 2001
     Amber was born. She married Jeffrey Don Tabb on 31 March 2001.1

Family

Jeffrey Don Tabb b. 20 Sep 1962

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Daniel Wade Tabb

M, b. 7 October 1968
FatherHarold Loyd Tabb b. 8 Apr 1934
MotherEleanor June Bailey b. 28 Oct 1940
Last Edited28 Oct 2013
     Daniel was born at Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, on 7 October 1968.1,2 He married Cheryl Dixon in August 1998.1

Family

Cheryl Dixon
Child

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).
  2. [S1107] Research of Joyce Tabb, 1431 19th Street, Anson, Texas 79501.

Cheryl Dixon

F
Last Edited12 Jan 2001
     Cheryl was born. She married Daniel Wade Tabb in August 1998.1

Family

Daniel Wade Tabb b. 7 Oct 1968
Child

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Jonathan Daniel Tabb

M, b. 25 April 2000
FatherMichael David Tabb b. 7 Jul 1961
MotherMarla Dawn McCown b. 25 Apr 1967, d. 5 Aug 2002
Last Edited1 Nov 2002
     Jonathan was born at Beaumont, Texas, on 25 April 2000.1

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).

Travis Keith Tabb

M, b. 19 February 2000
FatherDaniel Wade Tabb b. 7 Oct 1968
MotherCheryl Dixon
Last Edited12 Jan 2001
     Travis was born at Guatemala City, Guatemala, on 19 February 2000.1

Citations

  1. [S806] Source: Email dated 10 January 2001 from Michael D. Tabb, (Lieutenant with the US Marine Corps).