Bennie Thomas Tharp

Published 10:41 am Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Bennie Thomas Tharp


June 17, 2018


 Bennie Thomas Tharp, 71, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018.


The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Johns officiating.  Interment will be at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.


The family will receive friends at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel immediately following the service.  Online visitors may sign the guest register at  Memorial donations may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100 N, Bethesda, MD 20814.


Bennie was born October 15, 1946, in Bainbridge, the son of Thomas Alvin Tharp and Adele Barber Tharp.  He was a graduate of West Bainbridge High School and served in the U. S. Army.  He retired from the Maintenance Department at Shaw Industries.  He was of the Baptist faith and loved anything with a motor, including air boats, cars, and drag racing.


Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Betty Burk Tharp of Bainbridge, GA; his children, Danny Tharp of Thomasville, Ga., Gary Shepard (Michelle) of Kansas, Jimmy Shepard (Pam) of Panama City, Fla., Robert Kitchens (Loretta) of Iron City, Ga., and Mary Kitchens Loyd (David) of Jacksonville, Fla; his siblings, David Tharp of Bainbridge, Michael Tharp of Alabama, and Mary Blair of Bainbridge; his grandchildren, Phillip, Amanda, Dena, Daniel, Dee, Matthew, Phillip, Amber, and Elizabeth; and his great-grandchildren, Titus, Zoe, and Liem.