Born in New Jersey in 1915, Tarr fought his way into Carolina’s boxing history by posting an overall amateur and professional record of 75-4 during the 1930s. Career highlights include winning the Carolina Golden Gloves Open Division Championship in 1934 and 1936 as a 160-pounder.
Tarr served in the U.S. Army, including the Korean War. Devoting much of his life to public service, Tarr enjoyed a 30-year career with the Lincolnton Police Department. Prior to retiring from the force in 1978, he served as Chief of Police for 18 years.