Former local pastor Charlie Abner Tharp died on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 at his
home in Lawrenceville, Ga. He was 87.
He was born Sept. 23, 1923, in Humble, Texas to the late Charles Abner and
Pearl Emina Johnson. An Army Veteran of WWII, he married Dorothy Marjorie
Rimbey on March 11, 1946, at Newton, Kan. They enjoyed over 46 years of
marriage together prior to her death 18 years ago.
Rev. Tharp was a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft.
Worth, Texas. Serving for many years as a Southern Baptist Minister, he was
the former pastor of Briar East Baptist Church in Hammond; Westchester
Baptist Church in Chesterton; New Hope Baptist Church in Peace Valley, Mo.;
and Second Baptist Church, West Plains, Mo.
He is survived by his sister Juanita (husband V.E.) McNeese; sons Terry
(wife Carmelita) Tharp, David (Candy) Tharp of Chesterton, and Kenneth
(Viola) Tharp; three daughters Dianne (Rick) Hall, Anita (Robert) Paarlberg,
and Carol (David) Caudell; 16 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and
many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; his parents; two brothers,
Owen and Wilburn; three sisters, Ada Mae Tucker, Ula Fay Landry and Earl
Bernice Garrett; daughter-in-law, Theresa; and several nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 at Carter
Funeral Home, 1316 Porter Wagoner Blvd., West Plains, Missouri. Interment
will follow at Howell Memorial Park, 5604 Hwy. 63, Pomona, Missouri. The
family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at
Carter Funeral Home.