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Thomas Tharp

Thomas Jefferson Tharp Jr.

Sunday, December 12th, 1926 - Monday, September 30th, 2019
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Thomas Jefferson Tharp, Jr. of Cost, Texas went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the age of 92. He was born on December 12, 1926 in Gonzales County to Thomas Tharp, Sr. and Lydia (Bennet) Tharp. Thomas married Bernell Parsley and shared 56 loving years with her, until she passed. He then went on to marry Margaret Vanek Plunkett on April 19, 2012 in Gonzales, Texas.
Thomas quit school early on to go help his father on the family farm. A few years later, Thomas served his country as a machine gun crewman in the Marine Corps. Shortly after, he went to work for the Highway Department. He started out driving a maintainer, then went on to be a foreman. Thomas retired after 35 years.
Even before retiring, Thomas really dove into his hobbies. He loved to garden, and always had beautiful flowers and an abundance of vegetables. He also did some cattle work, but what he was most passionate about were antique radios. He had a big collection and loved to see if he could get them up and running again. One of the many unique traits Mr. Tharp had was he taught himself how to play the keyboard and guitar. Even though Bernell would not allow him to play in the house, he didn’t let that stop him from learning.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Margaret, brother Horace Tharp and wife Margie of Gonzales, grandchild Rebecca Lowery, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Bernell, brother Leslie Tharp, and an infant sister. Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5 until 7 P.M. at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home in Gonzales. A graveside service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, October 4, 2019 in the Wrightsboro Cemetery. Funeral services will follow at 11 A.M. at the Memorial Heights Baptist Church in Gonzales. Pallbearers include: Roger Singleton, Mark Singleton, Mike Singleton, Michael Gurleski, Bobby Gurleski, and Steve Hellinger. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Friends are invited to sign the guestbook by visiting Arrangements are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, Gonzales.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Seydler-Hill Funeral Home
    906 St. Paul Street
    GONZALES, TX 78629
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  • Service

    Friday, October 4th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, October 4th, 2019 11:00am
    Memorial Heights Baptist Church
    1330 N College Street
    Gonzales, TX 78629
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  • Interment

    Wrightsboro Cemetery
    FM 108
    Graveside services will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, October 4, 2019, PRIOR to the funeral services at Memorial Heights Baptist Church.


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Posted at 06:43pm
Thomas was a great guy. He told me stories about his father being a share cropper and how he worked so hard. We also shared a love for piano. I studied professionally and he was self taught. That amazed me about him. He showed me that if you want something enough you can achieve it just as he self taught himself piano. He was an inspiration and will be missed by many I'm sure. Rest in peace my friend. Robb

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