Murrel "Hopper" Tharp

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Murrel "Hopper" Tharp, 75, of Hodgenville, drove a John Deere tractor through the gates of Heaven on his birthday, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
He was a former employee of Dixie Farm Store in Elizabethtown and Farmers Supply in Hodgenville, a lifelong farmer, a member of Buffalo Baptist Church and an avid University of Louisville basketball fan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Eugenia VanCleave; and a sister, Charlotte Poulter.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda Hutcherson Tharp; a daughter, Vicki (Tommy) Melton of Hodgenville; a son, Cale (Tracy) Tharp of Hodgenville; seven grandchildren, Amanda (Erik) Clifford, Clinton Melton, Aletha (Blake) Bault, Dustin "Doc" Tharp, Calea Tharp, Brookellen Tharp and Ethan Tharp; one great-grandchild, Jade Clifford; and two step-grandchildren, Allie Perkins and Chase Watson. He is also survived by his dog, Blackie.
The funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Rust-Wright Funeral Home, 612 N. Lincoln Blvd., Hodgenville, with Reverends Mick Bowen, Roger Pepper and Paul Richey officiating. Burial will follow in South Fork Cemetery.
Visitation is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Published in The Larue County Herald News on Aug. 21, 2013
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William R. Rust Funeral Home-Hodgenville Chapel
612 North Lincoln Boulevard Hodgenville, KY 42748
(502) 358-3552
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