Ex-Jerry Lee Drummer Morris “Tarp” Tarrant Gets Boots from First Baptist Church WATCH Jerry Lee 'Southern Roots' Outtake - Tarp on Drums (Huey Meaux Producer)
VALDOSTA — Morris “Tarp” Tarrant arrived barefoot at First Baptist Church for a meal. He left with boots, clean feet and a smile on his face.
“God has blessed me with a brand new pair of boots,” Tarrant said. “These wonderful Christian folks have put their arms around me and loved me with all of their heart, and I appreciate it.”
Jared Green, pastor of students at First Baptist Church, gave Tarrant a pair of boots and washed his feet at First Baptist Church Thursday.
Tarrant, 72, was the former drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis, and served in Vietnam.
“I was there, and I entertained and played for the troops in Vietnam,” Tarrant said.
“Not only did you receive a meal, but you received shoes for your feet,” said Chad Harrison of First Baptist Church.
“Thank you, sir. A brand new pair of Georgia Boots from Jesus Christ, and I thank the Lord for this day. The sun is shining pretty, and I want to thank Valdosta for opening their hearts to me.”
Tarrant is originally from Adel, but lives in Valdosta.
“All you have to do is let go and let God do what you can’t do for yourself,” Tarrant said.
First Baptist Church fed members of the community Thursday at its church, giving meals to those who walked up. Volunteers also drove meals to other places such as the Daniel Ashley House, to ensure people who couldn’t leave home could get a hot meal anyway.