Arnett R. Tharp (“Art”) died September 21, 2012, at home surrounded by family. He was born September 21, 1934, in Wainville, West Virginia, son of the late Harvey and Rosa Tharp. He graduated from Saint Leo University and served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years. He retired in August 1975, as a CWO3. He was a past president of the Virginia Life Underwriter’s Association, a financial advisor with Anderson & Strudwick, and the owner and operator of Valley Railroad Model Trains. He was a model railroad enthusiast, and a member of the Tidewater Model Railroad Club in Virginia Beach.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vonda Friend Tharp; a son, Bruce Tharp and wife Randee of Oakland, MD; a daughter, Debbie Fisher and husband Dick, and a son, Dan Tharp and wife Cheryl of Powhatan, VA; and a daughter Kelley Lachance and husband Paul, of Waldorf, MD. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Taylor, Tess and Tanner Tharp, Charlie and Sam Fisher, Ryan, Katie, Lauren, Spencer and Lindsay Tharp, Chelsa and Joseph Lachance; and four step-grandchildren, Zach Fisher, Sally Fisher McClellan, Daniel and Casey Adams. He is also survived by a brother, Donald Tharp and wife, Connie, of Reedsville, WV, and a sister, Lenora Mehaulic and husband Tom, of Uniontown, PA. He was preceded in death by his brother Lenard Tharp and wife Theresa of Morgantown, WV.
Services will be held at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach. The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 24, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 26, at Sand Spring Cemetery in Friendsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=53087&pg=personal&px=6472067.
The family is especially grateful for the wonderful care provided by Heartland Hospice and the many friends who have been so supportive during his illness.
Online condolences may be made via the Online Guestbook.
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