Patricia Isbell Tharpe
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Shreveport, LA - Mrs. Pat Tharpe passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Frisco, TX. Family and friends will forever remember her southern hospitality, her quick witted sense of humor, her ability to listen to others, her patience and moral strength, love of church and church family and total devotion to God. Pat enjoyed reading the Bible daily and fellowship with friends. Pat was a loving mother to her two children: son, George Allen Tharpe, III and wife, Christine and daughter, Nancy Tharpe Pierson and husband, John; and her two grandchildren, Camille and Kate Tharpe.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at Osborn Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 15th, at First Baptist Church, Frost Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Jeff Raines and Dr. James Gillespie.
Born in Shreveport, LA on January 26, 1942, Pat was raised by two loving and devoted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Isbell. She graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA and received her Master's plus 30 at LSUS. She taught school for 43 years. On October 23, 1965, she married George Allen Tharpe, Jr. and enjoyed a blessed union of 44 years. She was an active and dedicated member of First Baptist Church and was on the Board of First Baptist Church School where she taught for 14 years. Pat also taught at Riverside Elementary where she was the teacher of the year numerous times. She received Alliance for Education grants every year, she received the 8(G) grant, she was a lifetime member of the Parent Teacher Association and a Channel 3 One Class at a Time recipient. Through her decades of educational service Pat touched many lives.
Mrs. Tharpe was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Peggy Cousins; her husband, George Allen Tharpe, Jr.; and numerous other relatives.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be J. J. Jangula, Al Cook, Tom Bundy, Bill Fleming, Doyle Williams, Wade Gilliam, Virgil Pittman and Dewain Hodge.
The family sends their immense gratitude to Faith Hospice in Frisco, TX and her network of close friends who cared for her daily.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103.
Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2012