Erma Jean Tharp

December 28, 1935October 1, 2020

Erma Jean Tharp, age 84, of Waynesburg, passed away Thursday, October 1, 2020, in Waynesburg Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

She was born December 28, 1935 on Hopewell Ridge, Center Township, Greene County, a daughter of William Ansel Tharp and Irene Toland Tharp. She attended West Greene High School.

Erma Jean worked as a switchboard operator for the South Penn Telephone Company in Waynesburg for over 20 years. She had also worked as the manager of High’s Grocery Store in Alexandria, Virginia.

On April 19, 1965, she became the first woman in Greene County to give birth to identical quadruplet boys, with Paul Eugene not surviving. The late Dr.’s Thomas Mering and Charles Huffman at the former Greene County Memorial Hospital in Waynesburg delivered them.

Surviving are a daughter, Robin M. Demaske (Nicholas Sr.) of Waynesburg, three sons, Robert Tharp of Jefferson, Scott Tharp (Tammy) of Mechanicsburg, and William Tharp of Etters; six grandchildren, Brandon and Colin Tharp of Mechanicsburg, Ava Tharp of Etters, Johnnalyn (Don) Davis of Teays Valley, WV, Nicholas Demaske Jr. of Uniontown, and Steve Demaske of Uniontown. Also surviving are four great-grandchildren, Jasmine Demaske and Nicholas Demaske III of Waynesburg, and Annamarie and Hayden Davis of Teays Valley, WV; one sister, Madelyn Crooker of Pentiss Township, ME; one brother, Harry (Carol) Tharp of Sycamore; and many nieces and nephews.

Deceased are two sisters, Margaret Johnson and Vaught Pettit; two brothers, Herbert and James Tharp; a brother-in-law, John Crooker; a sister-in-law, Sarah Tharp; and a granddaughter by marriage, Sharon Demaske.

When her health permitted, Erma Jean attended the Landmark Baptist Church in Waynesburg and volunteered for the food bank at the First Baptist Church in Waynesburg. She was a former social member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Waynesburg.

Her favorite past times where walking, solving crossword puzzles, assembling jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, and watching westerns of TV. She especially loved all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved talking with her sister Madelyn on the phone, and anytime a niece or nephew would visit, she really enjoyed their company.

She had a heart of gold and was always in your corner. Towards the end, she fought a hard battle. At the request of the deceased, here will be no viewing or services. Private burial will be in in Rosemont Cemetery in Rogersville, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to any local foodbank.


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Carol Patton

October 20, 2020

Aunt Erma Jean was a very hard worker and she loved her children and grandchildren very much. I fondly remember her getting her blue jeans on and going "berry picking"! She had a great smile and a great laugh and she was always willing and able to help anyone in need who had it just a little bit or in many cases a loss worse than her. Her life as a child and as an adult was not an easy one by any means but she she took the gifts God gave her, be they little most of the time and made the best of what she had to do good for others before herself. I think Aunt Erma Jean looked the most like my mother, her older sister Margaret. I am so thankful to have her as my Aunt Erma Jean. May her life be a blessing and we thank God for her and her dear and wonderful family.


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