Funeral services celebrating the life of George Norman Tharpe, born August 29, 1932, will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Minden Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10 a.m. Officiating will be lifelong friend, Rev. John Duke, assisting will be Regional Hospice Chaplain Karlos Adams. Burial will be at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Sibley. Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 19, 2013) at Rose-Neath Funeral Home.
George was an active member of the church and community as long as health allowed. He was a charter member of Baptist Tabernacle Church. He built and pastored three churches in Bossier City area before moving back to Sibley where he served as Alderman three terms and Mayor two terms. George was a builder and owned Tharpe Used Cars for 20 years. He loved being with people and lived a happy fun filled life. George loved his church and his church family.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Fern Crump Tharpe; sister, Bonnie Lee Tharpe; and brother, Rev. Jimmy G. Tharpe.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 37 years, Mary Darlene Tharpe of Sibley; brother ,Jack Donald Tharpe and wife, Barbara of Sibley; children. Dennis Tharpe and wife, Wanda of Waskom, Texas, Rebecca Swain and husband, Eddy of Doyline, Mark Tharpe and wife, Dee of Minden, Bonnie Blake and husband, Terry of Heflin and Ron Dunigan Tharpe and wife, Tina of Shreveport; a special aunt, Jessie Crump of Sibley; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends that loved him dearly.
Special thank you to Sue Rock, Jerry Hollowell family, Don Hollowell family, Dr. Max Stell his doctor and friend, Regional Hospice Staff, his special nurse Julie Vail for taking excellent care of him and the family. Thank you all for helping make his last years better ones.
Honoring him as pallbearers are: Kyle Swain, Chris Tharpe, John Shamburger, Jim Tharpe, Jr., Don Tharpe, and Mike Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Hollowell, Don Hollowell, Denton McEachern, L.T. Chelette, Al Smith and Pop Willis.