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© The Enid News and Eagle
August 16, 2022
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

James E. Tharp, Sr.

James E. Tharp, Sr.
August 13, 1937 ~ August 15, 2022

A Celebration of Life Graveside for James E. Tharp, Sr., age 85, of Yukon, formerly of Enid and Hardesty, OK, will be Friday, August 19th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hartville Cemetery, Hardesty, OK, with Pastor Tony Aton officiating. The family will receive friends at the Henson-Novak Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, Enid OK.

James was born August 13, 1937, in Hardesty, OK, to James H. and Gladys (Smart) Tharp and passed away August 15, 2022, in the Maple Lawn Manor in Hydro, OK.

James grew up in the Hardesty community, where he attended and graduated from Hardesty High School in 1955. He married Marie "Kay" Claycomb on August 21, 1957. James started working along with his partner Ed Parsley at Guymon Carpet Store. James and Kay later opened Panhandle Carpet and Tile. They moved to Enid in 1988 where he started his second career as an insurance agent. James was a former member of Davis Park Christian Church, where he served as an elder. In 2009, they moved to Piedmont and later to Yukon. He attended the First Baptist Church in Piedmont.

James enjoyed watching his children and later grandchildren in all there sporting events.

James is survived by his wife Kay of the home; children, Debra Hillman and husband Tracy Hillman of Boise, Idaho, Jet Tharp and wife Paula of Custer City, OK, Jeffery Tharp of Yukon, OK, Dena Wiegand and husband Jim Wiegand of Fenton, Michigan, and Jeremy Tharp and wife Lori of Hydro, OK; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sisters, Joy Briggs and husband Ronald of Ulysses, KS, and Dixie Tharp of Ulysses, KS; brother, Marvin Tharp and wife Diana of Hardesty, OK; sisters-in-law, JoAnn Tharp of Hardesty, Barbara Tharp of Austin, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Gerald, Melvin, Don and Darell Tharp.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home, 2800 N. Van Buren, Enid, OK, 73703, serving as custodian of the funds.

Condolences may be made online and the service can be viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com. 

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