Joseph Tabarlet

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Joseph Odell Tabarlet

Mayor of Jonesboro
Jackson Parish, Louisiana
In office
In office
1948 – May 27, 1951

Born November 4, 1900
Avoyelles Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died May 27, 1951
Resting place Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Mamman Mallette Tabarlet (married 1926)
Children Bobby Eugene Tabarlet

Leah Marye Blythe

Religion Methodist

Joseph Odell Tabarlet (November 4, 1900 – May 27, 1951) was a Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana who served two stints, one full term and three partial terms, as the mayor of Jonesboro, the seat of government for Jackson Parish.

Tabarlet was born to Adolph Rueben Tabarlet (1885-1945) and the former Evelyn Marie Laborde (1880-1946)[1] in Marksville in Avoyelles Parish. He was educated in Marksville public schools and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then known as Southwestern Louisiana Institute. During World War I, he served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the United States Marine Corps.[2] 

Tabarlet and his father became partners in a bakery business in Glenmora in south Rapides Parish and in Jonesboro. On June 5, 1926, Tabarlet married the former Mamman Mallette of Glenmora, daughter of Julius Gibson Mallette (1886-1934) and Daisy Belle Johnson (1890-1973) of Longleaf in western Rapides Parish. The couple had two children, Bobby Eugene Tabarlet (1927–1999), an educator in Shreveport, and Leah Marye Blythe (born 1942)[1] of Farmerville in Union Parish.

Tabarlet ran unsuccessfully for the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1936, losing to L. L. Kilpatrick. Tabarlet was first elected mayor of Jonesboro in 1938 and was re-elected in 1942. He resigned the office in 1944, midway in his second term, to serve as the home service representative of the American Red Cross and thereafter as the veterans' service officer for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. He returned to the office of mayor in 1948, when his successor died in office. He was elected to a full term in 1950 but served less than a year thereafter because of his death at the age of fifty.[2]

He was affiliated with the Methodist Church, the Masonic lodge, the American Legion, and the Lions International. The Tabarlets are interred at Greenwood Memorial Park in Pineville in Rapides Parish. Tabarlet Street in Jonesboro bears his name.[2]

His namesake grandson, Joseph "Joey" Tabarlet (born 1959), who was reared in Shreveport, is a communications professor and department chairman at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Joseph Odell Tabarlet. Retrieved on September 27, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Tabarlet, Joseph Odell", A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Louisiana Historical Association.
  3. Profiles: Dr. Joseph Tabarlet. Retrieved on September 27, 2017.