Jim Tharp LeClair

September 22, 1955April 6, 2019

Jim Tharp “Bubba” LeClair Born September 22, 1955 in Little Rock, Arkansas His watch ended on April 6, 2019 He was a graduate of Hall High School, Marine Corps Bootcamp MCRD San Diego, and UALR His passions were his family, hunting, fishing, animals - including penguins, and airplanes He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edgar LeClair and Kathleen Linton LeClair, a sister, Tammy, and his furbabies, Jethro, Browning, Ranger, Jasmine, Lady, Poncho and Rascall Jim served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1973-1977 as a member Marine Corps Airwing. After leaving the active service and graduating UALR, he began a 30+ year career at Dassault Falcon Jet. He loved and was loved by his surviving family including wife, Margaret, sons, Benjamin James (Elizabeth), and William Ryan, and grandpuppy, Leia, along with nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Two services for Jim will be held. The first will be on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Griffin Legget on 12th Street in Little Rock, AR. The second service will be held at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Wounded Warriors and Humane Society of Pulaski County Rest well and Godspeed, Devil Dog. You earned it!


  • Wounded Warriors
  • Humane Society of Pulaski County


  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019

Jim Tharp LeClair

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Martha Thomas

April 15, 2019

I worked with Jim @ Dassault Falcon Jet for several years. He always spoke and had the kindest & softest spoken words of anyone I'd ever met. God bless this family as they go on with their lives, missing Jim but knowing they will see Jim in Heaven one day. Prayers for each of you every day. Martha Thomas, Mabelvale, AR

Richard Hegele

April 13, 2019

Jim and I served in the Marine Corps together. We met in 73, at MCAS El Toro, just after I had returned from overseas and he was a rookie. He was always the baby in our group. Full of energy and always so upbeat. We enjoyed many camping trips to Big Bear. After the Marine Corps and college for both of us, we reconnected and maintained our friendship until he left us. Several of us that served together have been discussing our memories of our fellow Marine. He will be missed. He was a Good Marine.

Semper Fi Devil Dog,


Suzanne Shivers

April 13, 2019

Margaret, Ben and Ryan,

I love you all and loved Jim too.
He was the very best neighbor I could have had, always there if I needed something.
When KT and I were living alone I felt more secure just knowing he was next door. Later, during the period of break-ins we experienced, he made sure I had his phone number and would be there in minutes if I called, and he was.

I loved having he and his wonderful father next door then he brought you and the boys into our lives. I remember the wedding and was blessed to have such wonderful friends right at my back door. I’ll never forget those precious Ryan hugs when I got out of the car at home after work. They were healing.

I grieve your loss of such a wonderful husband and father. I will never forget him.

Love you all,
Suzanne Choate Shivers

James Joy

April 12, 2019

I first met Jim back in 1997 at Dassault Falcon Jet Service Center. It was always a good conversation between us. Even though he's a Marine and I was Army we had mutual respect for one another. May the Lord bless you and your Family at this difficult time.

Harry McDermott

April 11, 2019

I think about Tharp every time I reach for a staple remover. In the 5th grade Tharp in Ms. Johnson’s class, showed me a staple remover and asked me, “Have you ever seen a nose grabber before?” To this day that moment makes me laugh. He also let me take over his paper route while he was on vacation. As a result, at 5:30 in the morning, he and I ate the best donuts I have ever eaten.
Love you Tharp. See you in heaven.

Aaron Cochran

April 10, 2019

I worked with Jim on Flightline for about a year and a half and we ate lunch together almost everyday. His sarcasm was always humorous throughout the day. RIP Jim.

Robert Perry

April 10, 2019

Jim was an awesome guy to talk to, in addition to being a fellow Marine like myself. We were both in Marine Aviation, and we shared those experiences when I started at Falcon Jet in 1998. He was the first Avionics Lead to train me back in those days, and it was a pleasure to know and work with him. RIP, Jim, and Semper Fi!

Jim Smallwood

April 10, 2019

Jim was a coworker for many years at Dassault Falcon Jet. He was a dedicated employee and always strived to do the right thing. Our deepest condolences to your family. May God comfort you and give you peace as you grieve.

Sharon & Larry Pettibone

April 10, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Larry and I ate lunch with Jim every day at Dassault Falcon Jet. We've shared many stories and laughs during those years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Jim Harris

April 9, 2019

I have known Tharp since 1971. Both of us knew each other's family. We attended Hall High School and U.A.L.R. Arkansas always provided us with various adventures from the Little Maumelle via canoe, conquering Mt.. Pinnacle and scuba-diving Greers Ferry Lake. We camped at Lake Sylvia, Lake Ouachita, the blue Ouachita mountains and the razorback twin drive-in. Tharp owned a Yamaha 250 and I was the owner of a Suzuki 100 stinger. He enjoyed his motorcycle. He rode his Yamaha 400 in the snow to go to work at Falcon jet. Tharp loved the USMC. We also liked to drive and set our sights on possum grape, oil trough and mountain view. He also drove his Mother's Ford pinto up a very rugged mountain road. We liked adventure. Tharp had a heart of gold and was a life-time friend. My wife got to know Tharp for 32 years and our son 25 years. The last time my family was in Little Rock approx. 9 months ago we had lunch with Tharp. I expressed to him that he was my brother and told him I love him. Jim, Cindy, and Stevie Harris