Tharen was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Harding Academy. He attended Memphis State University and began his career in funeral service in 1988. Serving as a managing funeral director, he has been a licensed funeral director since the 1990s. Tharen is a member of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association, Collierville Rotary Club and is a member of the Germantown Church of Christ. He lives in Collierville with his wife and 4 children.
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