OBITUARY

M. J. "Buddy" Tharp

October 30, 1929April 3, 2018
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M.J. "Buddy" Tharp, age 88, of South Knoxville, went to be with the Lord April 3, 2018 peacefully at his home. Buddy was a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church for 15 years where he served as a deacon and had a passion for visiting the hospitals and assisting the pastoral care ministries of Sevier Heights. He retired from Oak Ridge Y-12 with 38 years of service. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Shrine Temple and South Knoxville Masonic Lodge #728. Buddy was an avid Hockey Fan and held season tickets from the very beginning with the Knoxville Knights to the Ice Bears. Preceded in death by parents, Cota and Minnie "Lit" Tharp; wife Bobbie Tharp; grandson, Rick Haga; and sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Luke Madden. He is survived by daughter, Debbie Tharp; special friend, Ed Anderson; son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Rhonda Tharp; grandchildren, Aaron and wife Theresa Stallard, Brooke and husband Brandon Dutton, Megan and husband Chad Wiggins; great grandchildren, Cassie and husband Andrew Dailey, Madison Haga; great great grandchildren, Devan and Taylor Stallard, Paislee and Little T Dailey; special nephew, Tom Madden, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends 4-6 pm Saturday, April 7, 2018 with a Celebration of Life service to follow in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with Rev. Charlie McNutt officiating. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 1 pm for graveside services. Condolences may be offered at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Graveside Service Sunday, April 8, 2018
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M. J. "Buddy" Tharp

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Jack and Kathleen Hill

April 9, 2018

Buddy was one of the finest, friendliest, and forever smiling people we have ever met. Before he became unable to attend church, he always greeted us in practically the same place and in the same hallway every Sunday. He certainly is going to be missed. We extend our sympathy to his entire family and pray that they will know God's comfort, strength, and peace in the days ahead.

Debbie Turner

April 7, 2018

Debbie we are sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.I know how much you loved your Daddy.May the Lord comfort you at this time.
Love ,Debbie and Gene Turner

Donnie & Linda Huffaker

April 6, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Thomas & Libby Widgeon

April 6, 2018

Sorry For Your Loss!

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