Golfers Stay on Track to Make Astonishing Gift to Memphis Foundation

For Immediate Release
Contact: Greg Wilson

Photo caption: Stuttering Foundation staffers Terri Jones (front row, second from left) and Patty Hamm (front row, third from left) with Shelby Railroad employees. Front row: Gina Hopkins, Terri Jones, Patty Hamm, and Ralph Parker. Back row: Kirk Tarver, James Lyons, Jim Bower, and John Tarver.


MEMPHIS (Oct. 28, 2013) — Kirk and John Tarver and their Memphis-based Shelby Railroad Services Inc. raised more than $10,000 for the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation.

Shelby Railroad held their annual fund-raising golf outing and dinner on Oct. 17 at Wedgewood Golf Club, in Olive Branch, Miss.

"Once again, it is with deep gratitude that we accept this gift from the Tarver family, Shelby Railroad, and all of their loyal friends and customers who contributed to a cause that is personal and dear to the Tarver family," said Terri Jones, CFO of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation. "Their  generous continued support has enabled us to move from awareness to action — and that is truly making a difference in the lives of those affected by stuttering here in Memphis and worldwide."

The golf outing honors Ruth McGuiness Tarver, the late mother of company president and founder John Tarver. Ruth stuttered from the time she was a young child.

"She was a great lady," Shelby Railroad Vice President Kirk Tarver said of his grandmother. "It didn’t matter to us, but it embarrassed her. Back in the ‘30s, there wasn’t any help."

The Stuttering Foundation closed its office early and the staff joined in the celebration.

The Stuttering Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those who stutter, their families and professionals in the field of speech. The Foundation’s Web sites, and, offer free downloadable resources and streaming video. The organization also maintains a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392.

Shelby Railroad Services Inc., 3021 Shelby Drive, was founded by John Tarver in August 1974. The family owned company is committed to providing the railroad industry with the highest quality materials and construction services in the mid-south and surrounding areas. Their services include design, new construction, maintenance, repair, and the supply of rail materials and equipment.


About the Foundation

Malcolm Fraser, a successful Memphis businessman who stuttered, went on to establish and endow the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation in 1947. The Stuttering Foundation provides a toll-free helpline, 800-992-9392, and free online resources on its Website,, including services, referrals and support to people who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. 

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