Funeral services will be held Monday, April 11, 2016, at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Chaplain Tom Kalliokoski officiating.
Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Mr. Tharpe, son of the late Bueren Eugene and Minnie Lee Tanner Tharpe, was born in Wrightsville, GA. He retired as production manager from Southern Beverage and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, DeAnna Lee Tharpe; his brother, Leon Tharpe; and his sister, Myra Reid.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Donald Tharpe, of Keysville, GA, and Michael E. Tharpe, Sr., of Hephzibah; his grandchildren, Michael E. Tharpe, Jr., Kasie Tharpe, and Candice Tharpe Tucker; his great grandchild, Madison Tucker; and his sisters, Barbara Jean Hall, of Hephzibah, Shirley Chavous, of Augusta, and Linda Jessop, also of Hephzibah.
Pallbearers will be Michael E. Tharpe, Jr., Johnny Gamble, Terry Young, Scott Tharpe, Shawn Tharpe, Matt Poole, and Jacob Wallace.
The family will receive friends Sunday, April 10, 2016, from 3:00 until 5:00 PM at the funeral home.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, GA, 30906.