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Dr. J.G. Tharpe (Bro. Jimmy, Mr. Baptist, Papa)

Shreveport, LA- On November 25th, Dr. Jimmy Tharpe heard the sweet, soft voice of the Lord saying "Come home, Jimmy, well done thy good and faithful servant."

Services celebrating the life of Dr. Jimmy G. Tharpe will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 29, 2008, at Baptist Tabernacle. Officiating will be Rev. Jon Isbell, pastor of the church, assisted by Bro. Bill Kincaid and Bro. Johnny Ramsey. Interment will follow in Forest Park West Cemetery assisted by Bro. Mike Landry. The family will receive friends and loved ones on Friday evening between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the church. Bro. Jimmy was born in Sibley, LA on May 12, 1930 to Lester and Fern Tharpe.

Bro. Jimmy was a giant for his family, church, and God. His main purpose in life was to bring lost souls to Christ. He never lost sight of his purpose. A visionary, his ministry began in 1952, organizing and pastoring Trinity Baptist in Doyline, LA. In 1956, he was called to Baptist Tabernacle where he served as a loving pastor for 47 years until retirement. He held 4 earned degrees and 10 honorary degrees including a PH.D from National Christian University. In 1978, he was inducted into the Preacher's Hall of Fame. Dr. Tharpe was the founder of Baptist Christian College, Baptist Christian Academy and Louisiana Baptist University. His vision was instrumental in sending out over 75 Baptist churches. He is a nationally known educator, pastor, and evangelist. With each achievement, his precious wife, Edith, was supporting him.

Dr. Tharpe was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dr. Edith Tharpe, his one true love; his parents and his little sister, Bonnie Lee. He is survived by his children, Kathy Martin and husband, Phil, Sharon Stevens and husband, Al, Jimmy G. Tharpe, Jr. and wife, Kim, Debbye Langley and husband, Greg, Roger Tharpe and wife, Karen, and Brenda Scott and husband, Paul; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and brothers, George N. Tharpe and wife, Darlene, and Jack D. Tharpe and wife, Barbara.

Serving as pallbearers will be his 10 grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Baptist Tabernacle.

Special thanks to Willis Knighton Hospice Care, Caddo Parish Sheriff's Dept. and Daddy's Dream Team, the special Angels who cared for him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to J.G. Tharpe Life Center at Baptist Tabernacle, 8501 E. Kingston Rd., Shreveport, LA 71118.

"How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel." Romans 10:15 Centuries Memorial

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2008.
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June 18, 2014
I found this site because I was looking up Lash LaRue on the internet and the entry described him as a "born again Christian," which I also am and my Wife. I saw Dr. Tharpe's name as the one who led Lash to Christ, and I just had to read about this man.

I am so glad I did. Reading just the entries on the first page made me want to sit at his feet and hear about Jesus, as all of these have done. What a blessing to have sat and learned. So many have left the faith and sit and listen with itching ears to the false messages being delivered now-a-days.
Frank Elliott
May 18, 2013
Rev Jimmy Its Been Many Years Since our last chat i was 9 and in a boys home not to far from your church we used to go to your church every sunday and hear the story of the bear that you had stuffed i always wanted to go back and see you but years rush by in a hurry.Every Church that i have been to since has had big shoes to fill.You will be missed but time Flies ill get to see you again some day.to the family he was a candle in my life a memory ill keep with me always
johnmichael bryant
April 1, 2013
Dear Tharpe Family,
I shall always be indebted to my preacher, Dr. Jimmy Tharpe. He was my friend and pastor. Please know that my prayers have been with you and that your dad is remembered.
Dr. Rene' Freret
Rene Freret
November 29, 2011

Dear Tharpe Family:

I am sure you will not remember me, but I wanted to share with you as I have received many messages of the same nature about my father. Dr. Tharpe was a giant in my eyes. Tho I had not seen him since 1968 when my daddy was associate pastor to Corbitt Mask at Twin Cities Baptist Church in Bossier City and went on to organize Bethel Baptist Temple in Benton, La under the authority of Baptist Tabernacle. My Daddy taught at BCC while pastoring at Bethel.
After pastoring a church in Fla., we moved to Oxford, MS where daddy started a church. In 1973, with advice and prayers from Dr. Tharpe, Daddy, Charles Mask,[who also pastored in Shreveport in the late 1960's] and Jim Jones started a school here in Oxford.
Our family has kept up with yours thru the years from James Camp. Not only was he and Ms Sue, by the way, she and daddy shared the same birthday, Bro. James was a convert of daddy,s while in Benton.
My Daddy left this world just one week before your daddy did in 2008.
When James Camp called and told us, my tho't was what a time Daddy, Dr. Tharpe, Corbitt Mask and Charles Mask must be having.
The main thing I wanted you to know, as I learned about my Daddy, your's touched lives in ways you will probably never know. What a testimony these great men have left, not for their glory, but for God's

May God continue to bless your family continually.
Ronnie Dickinson, Pastor College Hill Heights Baptist Church.
Dr. LeRoy Dickinson was my father.
January 27, 2009
Dear Tharpe Family,

May God comfort you with His special grace at this time in your life.
Brother Jimmy and your precious mother are now enjoying the heaven
he preached about so many years. I think about the wonderful time
they are having now !

Precious memories flood my soul when I think of your Dad and Mom.
I cherish the many times I was a guest in the Tharpe home during the
almost fifty years I knew them. They always made you feel so very
welcome and so loved.

I remember once your dad left his car for me at the airport because I
was arriving in Shreveport very late and needed a place to rest before
my next flight. He left the door of his home unlocked for me and I
was able to go straight to bed. I was so impressed with their kind

Once, after my wife, Jeannie, had died. He told me were the key to
his home was hidden and that I was welcome antime. I never took
him up on that offer but he knew what that would mean to me at that
time. He was a very compassionate person.

Brother Jimmy was the most giving person I ever knew. Once I was
visiting with him when I was attending Baptist Christian College and
he noticed I had a hole in the sole of my shoe. He insisted that we
go to the shoe store and get it fixed. The next thing I knew he had
bought me a new pair of shoes. Another time I was visiting in his
home and he presented me with a beautiful brand new suit. He knew
how much I needed that suit.

Once he and I had a two day meeting together at another church. He
discovered that I did not get enough offering for my plane ticket,
When we arrived at his home where I was spending the night, he put
a check in my pocket for the amount of the ticket. When I tried to
give it back, he said, "Don't rob me of a blessing." He loved giving
to others!

I had the great honor of being Brother Jimmy's music director when
I was attending college. I learned so much working with him and
enjoyed every moment of it. He had a way of making everyone feel
like they were his best friend.

Jim, Kathy, Buba, Sheron, Deb, and Brenda, Thank you for sharing
your dad and mom with all of us. Oh, how I loved them!

Tommy Drewett
Tommy Drewett
January 4, 2009
Dear Family,

My heart goes out to each one of you as you deal with your Daddy's homegoing. Your daddy and sweet mother hold a very special place in my heart. My family came to Missionary Baptist Tabernacle when I was 14 years old. My grandparents whom you knew so well had moved from Arkansas and joined "The Tabernacle". Mother, myself, Cynthia, Susan and Lynette were attending another church but I asked mother if she would please consider changing churches. She agreed to visit so she brought all of us to hear your daddy preach. I can see all five of us now on that church pew we sat on for many, many years. WOW! We all fell in love with your daddy's preaching! He was such a dynamic preacher! Hellfire and brimstone is how they described it back in those days. Your daddy was the greatest soulwinner I ever knew or heard of! That is who he was and was all about! The greatest compliment you could ever give him is to say how God was using him in this great and mighty way! Your sweet mother supported him in every aspect of his ministry. He could not have accomplished all that he did without your sweet mother's talent and ability to love people like she did. I count it a privilege to have had the honor to work for both of them. The schools as well as the church were such a great part of both of their lives and accomplishments. Only eternity will reveal the thousands of souls that were saved because of your parents' ministry. You may include mine and my daddy's souls in that number. I know each one of you are proud to be a Tharpe and I am proud to know each one of you. I count you as my friends and cherish each memory that I have of each and everyone of you. May God continue to bless your family as only He can do so you can continue to bless each life you touch!

Your friend in Christ
Fredia Stone
Fredia Stone
December 27, 2008
I have waited to write an entry into my Daddy's guestbook until I thought I could find the word's to adequately express my feelings. I still feel there are no words that can ever totally describe how I feel. I have felt so overwhelmed at the outpouring of love, prayers, phone calls, cards, and words from so many people's lives that this man of God touched. Our entire family have realized the magnitude of his outreach and how blessed we were from God to have been his children. We all believe God gave us the greatest, most unselfish parents in the world. They spent their life for others, and in the end, others have been here by our side to comfort us, and we are so grateful to all of you. To my precious Daddy: I have made it through Christmas and each day has been a task of just getting by trying to cherish each memory and just trying to stop the tears. The knowledge of you in Heaven with our Savior and our precious Mama is comforting, yet the vacancy in my heart is indescribable. I loved you more than anyone on this earth, and my adoration for you goes as far back as my memory can take me. You were the biggest, strongest man I knew, and always, always had the answer for everything, and it was the right answer. I know the only perfect man that ever walked this earth was Jesus, but I know before you died when we had some precious special moments together, I told you that I did not think you ever did anything wrong. You quickly corrected me, and said " Oh yes, I sure have, and we laughed, because I said, Well, not to me. You said to me " I love you to the moon and back " and we sort of argued about which one of us loved each other the most. I loved you so much I never thought you would die. Well, now I am just realizing that you are gone, and I must go on and find comfort in knowing that I will see you again, when I see Jesus and my Mama. Enjoy all that you worked for all your life Daddy, I cannot wait to see your mansion, your new legs ,your healthy body, and spend eternity with you. And oh by the way, as far as our last little debate on who loves each other the most; I know you always have the last word with everybody, as you did at your funeral, well.... I do now, and ... I love you most.
Your Daughter:
Debbye Langley
December 13, 2008

For all of us who ever played a down, hit a home run, sank a last second shot, or coached a game, we will never forget you. The vision you had for a sports program, or just the love of the game, gave us all a second chance and made all of us better men.

BCC Athletic Department

Blue and white her colors true
We shall er' defend
From her heights her glory waves
Forever to the end.

Phil Martin
Athletic Director

Jon Martin
Women's Basketball

Roger Tharpe

Al Stevens

Ed Hoffman

John Bachman

Billy Fowler

Robert Fowler

Chip Martin

Larry Bagley

C. L. Durbin
(In Memory Of)

Woodrow Turner
Physical Ed/Track
(In Memory Of)

You were the finest Christian man I have ever known. Your work and your example lives on in time forever. I was blessed and so proud to have you for my father-in-law.
Phil Martin
December 6, 2008
Dearest Tharpe Children,
This is my second attempt to write. Without a doubt, I did not save the first one before I tried to send it. However, after such beautiful notes have been written, what else can I add. My heart is overflowing with memories of the past with your mom and dad. The roots of your family are so deep rooted with the roots of mine, that binds us together for the rest of our lives. I remember when all of you called be Auntie Helen, and some of you still do. I love it. Steve and Kim have so many memories of all of you. We have been through hard times and great times together, and, tears and laughter. When my little boy, Robbie, passed away, Bro. Jimmy was in California leading a Bible conference and could not get home. I had condemned myself to give up. I would not eat or even get out of bed. I dind't even want to breath and they told me that my nails were turning blue from the lack of oxygen. Your daddy called me 4-5 times and I would not talk. Finially he called and demanded that I go to the phone. He told them to tell me "This is YOUR PASTOR. Come to the phone." He told me that he loved Robbie as his own and he loved us, but, he had to be my pastor at that moment. He, in no uncertain terms, told me to get out of that bed and tend to my other two children; that they were greiving and needed to be comforted too. That was the first moment that I had even thought about my other children. I threw down the phone and ran to my children, grabbed and hugged them, and we cried together. Brother Jimmy had so much wisdom as to what to say and when to say it. He was also the entertainment anywhere. At a resturant once with a group of church members, he asked, "Helen, can you believe that I have lost 50 lbs.?" I said, " Yes, Bro. Jimmy. You have lost about 1,000 since I have know you." He laughed so hard he nearly fell out of his chair. He loved to laugh and he loved to fellowship with his friends. What a wonderful addition there has been in heaven. I know he is so happy to be with Edith again. Don't feel he has left you. He is watching everything you do. You wear that Tharpe name well and be proud of what you have been taught. Just listen to your heart and you will feel his love all around you. Let me still be your "Auntie Helen" and be there for you just anytime you need someone just to sit and listen. We love each of you so much and those roots will just keep on growing.
Helen and Marshall Jones
December 5, 2008
I know how you are missing your Dad right now, I am so thankful for the day that my mother and dad heard of a wonderful Baptist preacher at Unity Baptist Church in the small town of Doyline La and they chose to attend there with me and my brother, because it was there they were baptized and began the most wonderful years for our family. Then moving to the Tabernacle in the year 1956 when our pastor moved to Shreveport our home town, it was there that my Pastor taught me once saved always saved, the importance of prayer and living a life devoted to the Lord, and a Christian home which my dad and mother enforced. Where would I be without Bro Jimmy's dedication to the Lords work and his strong delivery of God's word? I don't even want to imagine! I love all of you so much and for many years have considered you to be my "little brothers and sisters". We will miss him so much. No doubt my daddy helped to set up the banquet tables in Heaven right after the midnight hour on Nov.25th. God Bless You all in the days and months to come.
Trellis (Grafton)Jones
December 4, 2008
Christus Schumpert Wound Center
Barbara Barnes
December 4, 2008
Sharon, Kathy,Jim,Bubba,Debbie and Brenda: Just wanted to say I love you guys and my thoughts and prayers are with you. It is really hard for me to grasp that all these years have passed and we are having to deal with the death of our parents. I really feel like you are my extended brothers and sisters and when you ache so do I. I will keep in touch and whenever you want a vacation come to Tucson.. love you.. Becky Long
Becky Long
December 2, 2008
I will never forget spending time at the Tharpe's when my dad (Mike Patterson) would be in Shreveport preaching. He and dad would stay up til all hours of the night "fellowshipping" (really, they were solving the world's problems...). The next morning, around 6:30, Bro. Jimmy, already shaved, showered, and wearing a suit & tie, would wake dad up with a tap on the bedroom door, bringing dad his "first morning cup of coffee"!

He was the consummate host, and a great man for a young guy like me to look up to. Now, nearly 30 years later, I still hold him up as a hero, and as a great example of Godliness!
Bob Patterson
December 2, 2008
To all the Tharpe family,
My prayers are that you will be comforted deeply by the Lord during these days. I have great and fond memories of your dad and the other leaders at Baptist Christian Academy during my senior year there. May God bless you all with His peace and strength.
Brent Stephens
Brent Stephens
December 1, 2008
I was very young when I went to Baptist Christian, but it is a very strong memory in my mind. I will always have great memories of Dr. Tharpe preaching and making sure we never had the opportunity to close our eyes and take a nap, but then again who really wanted to. He brought some of the most memorable messages that i have ever heard. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, but we all have to remember we will all be together again someday. Dr. Tharpe you were a great man and a very big influence on many people including myself and i would just like to say thank you for everything. Love ya and see you soon.
Elaine Karen Decker (Ostrander)
December 1, 2008
Dear Folks,
I remember Brother Jimmy preaching when I was a child in the 60's. He ate many meals at my parents home in Ringgold where he preached revivals in small country churches in the Ringgold /Heflin area. I found Christ in the Methodist Church, but will always remember Brother Jimmy as a friend in Jesus and for that wonderful rich Southern Voice as he called us to worship. May God Bless and Keep You Ever Close.
Mary Pate-McMullen
December 1, 2008
To the Tharpe Family, there are no words that can express the sadness of losing a loved one, but I know that Bro Jimmy would not want us sad he would want us rejoicing because that is what he is doing right now. He is with his soulmate, Ms Edith and his savior Jesus. This year I had the honor and privilege to have 2 wonderful visits with him before he got too sick. The first visit was at his house in May. Jerry and I had a great time just talking with him about anything and everything. And yes, he even preached to us. In fact our visit was soo nice that we were late getting back to the church for sunday night service, but we felt it was ok cause we just had the best 2 hour sermon we could have ever had with Bro Jimmy. Our second visit was when he was down in Lafayette having surgery. I know it can be a lonely time in a hospital so far away from family and friends, but it was close to us. Bro Jimmy holds a special place in my heart. He led me to the Lord when I was 9yrs old and he was there with my mom and dad holding me as they signed the adoption papers. He was one of my dads best friends and hunting buddies. He even married Jerry and I, 30 yrs ago next May. The Tabernacle will not be the same without his AMEN ringing during a sermon or that deep laugh he had. He will be greatly missed, but leaves behind some great memories.

May the Lord Bless each of you and surround you with his comforting grace.
Love you all
Robin (Scott) Shabel
December 1, 2008
Our hearts go out to your family. I know you will miss your Daddy. We will pray for you now and in the days ahead. My family has such fond memories of our days at Baptist Christian Academy. May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Tracey Stephens Aaron
Tracey Aaron
December 1, 2008
Brother Jimmy had a great impact on my life during my youth. That is when I first met the Lord and my first memories of what it is like to belong to a church family. He was my pastor for many years and I have very fond memories of Baptist Tabernacle. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I lost my husband a year ago and I know how hard it is for the family and how much prayer means to them. I pray that the Lord will be with you and help you through this time. Brother Jimmy was a very special person.
Christy Nail-Spurgeon
November 30, 2008
I would like to take this moment to let the Tharpe family know how much I love them and are praying for them. Dr. Tharpe, his Wife, and all of the family mean more to me than you will ever know. I love you all very much, and will miss Dr. Tharpe very much, but am also rejoicing for him. Keeping the faith.
Dennis Decker
November 30, 2008
What can I say? It is hard to properly grieve for you when I know the joy you recieved when you crossed chilly Jordan. You were the center of Tharpe Hill and it will never be the same without you. I am so thankful for every memory I have. You are not only tucked away in my heart but I pray daily that the faith and love you instilled in me will shine through. You told me a few days ago that love was unique and PaPa your love was as unique as they come. Again, thank you for everything you were. Please give DeDe a hug and kiss for me and just remember that your mansion better be big enough to house the whole Tharpe clan!
Britany Lorick
November 30, 2008
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Tharpe family. We obviously do not grieve for Bro. Jimmy, he's home at last. It was thirty three years ago this week that I trusted Christ as my Saviour at Baptist Christian. I was allowed to live in the college dorm as a high school student because of the graciousness and big heart of Dr. Tharpe. God called me to preach there as well. Thanks Bro. Tharpe for your compassion and influence. See you in a little while!
Pastor Ed and Melody (Brown) Decker
Ed Decker
November 30, 2008
i have fond memories of bro tharpe when i was a student a baptist christian college from 1967-1970 where i really heard the gospel for the first time in my life.
wesley wheless
November 30, 2008
"In My Father's house there are many mansions and I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me." What a wonderful promise and I know Papa and Dede are there.
I will always be so thankful for the impact Papa had on my son Greg's life.
Carol Kegans
November 30, 2008
I believe every person that ever met my dad was blessed. So many stories people have told about him and so many precious words have been spoken about him, and I am so proud of him and the man he was. I know that he was chosen of God to do a great work on this earth and was so blessed to have found my mother who was equally as great. Daddy always put God and His work first and sometimes that was hard for us to understand as children. But as adults we know that it was his calling and to see his accomplishments and all the lives that were touched through knowing him is now so easy to understand. When he lost my mother he lost part of himself, but he fought through the lonliness and still held to his strong faith that pulled him through till he could give no more. Till the very end, his faith could not have been stronger, his love for his family could not have been greater. After taking my mom home, God gave him to us for a little longer and we have so many precious memories with him in his last few weeks. After nine weeks in the hospital he longed to be at home. He said "If i can just get home I will be a winner either way... home with my family or home with the Lord." Our family joined together and was able to grant him that last wish for which we will be forever grateful. Daddy, I miss you and mama so much and I smile when I think that you two will get to have six children again as we one day will join you. Until then I will honor and cherish the sweetest memories I had with you both. Sharon
Sharon Tharpe Stevens
November 29, 2008
my prayers go out to the family and may God be with all of you.
also the love and kindness mr. tharpe gave my grandson trace.
wilma and don causey
November 29, 2008
Dear Uncle Jimmy and all of the rest...you were there for us when Daddy died and we never forgot you for that....you are always in our hearts until we shall meet again...say hello to "Bubs" I know he'll be waiting for you there.......With all of our love, Sheri
Tharpe, Bubba Tharpe, & Carla Tharpe....
Sheri Tharpe
November 29, 2008
"Weep not, weep not, he is not dead. He is asleep. He is resting in the Loving arms of Jesus." He had a direct and profound effect on my conversion. Dr and Mrs Tharpe were some of the first people I made a point to tell of my salvation.
Miles Britt
November 29, 2008
My thoughts are with the Tharpe family. Bro. Jimmy meant so much to my family, the Joiners, Annie, my mother, Marvin, my brother and my niece, Connie Landry, and Mike Landry. We loved both him and Edith. I know there is a wonderful meeting in Heaven. Ruby Joiner DeMoss.
Ruby Joiner DeMoss
November 29, 2008
Brother Jimmy was a great man. I have so much respect for the way he lived his life and testimony he left for us to follow. I was saved when I was 8 years old because of his preaching. We had spent the previous week at the Boggs Springs youth encamptment where many young people were saved. I had felt the Lord calling me to be saved but had resisted. The very next Sunday morning service Brother Jimmy preached one of his powerful sermons and I was saved that day. That day is still vivid in my memory. He baptized me soon after. I am so thankful for having such a great man of God in my life at such an early age.
John Paul
November 29, 2008
Jim was a very compassionate man & seem to love even his enemies,I talk with him a few months ago and he could remember the friendship of myself and my dad Henry Morris,we are praying for the family. Buddy
Dr.James(buddy)&Mary Morris
November 29, 2008
Our condolences to Dr. Tharpe's family during this time. Our memories of Bro. Jimmy and the work he has done are a continual blessing. To remember him as a preacher, a hunter, a fellowshipper, etc. are very precious memories. He was always looking for the bright side of whatever situation and was a constant encouragement to those around him. May God bless his memory to those of us who had the privilege of knowing him.
Jim and Pat (Guy) Brown
November 29, 2008
Papa,the greatest man i ever new.He loved people for who they were,not what he thought they should be.You have the made a major impact on my life for ever.You used to tell me that the only thing you leave on this earth is,the impact you make on other peoples life,i see now how true that is.Papa i love and will miss you,but i will do what you told me you would do when started getting sad thinking about DeeDee,just read the last two chapters of revelations.Your now at the place you spent your life preaching about,it's payday time for you my awsome friend.You and DeeDee and all your family and friends that are there have fun,i will someday see you at the gates of heaven saying,come on in here boy welcome home sit down and have a cup of coffee as, you call for DeeDee.Love Greg
greg griffin
November 28, 2008
Words can not express the positive impact Brother Jimmy had on so many members of my family. He was a wonderful preacher and will not be forgotten.
Nancy Adams Megas
November 28, 2008
I grieve with you over the loss of one so loved. Huey Sr. and I have so many memories of Br. Tharpe and your family. I also rejoice in knowing that he is now in the presence of Jesus, his family and many friends including Huey Sr. We regret that due to the weather we will not be able to attend the services. We will be remembering all of the family in our prayers. We love you all. Evelyn Hammontree & Family.
Evelyn Hammontree
November 28, 2008
Bro. Tharpe, leaves behind a bunch of people with sad hearts and happy memories. When i was in nursery school at Baptist Christian it never mattered what kind of dress clothes he had on, or if I was playing in the sand or coloring he always would pick me up. Even after I was grown and moved away and we would see him and Mrs Tharpe out he would always stop and talk to me and my parents. I will miss him greatly, but know that he is better off now in heaven with Mrs. Tharpe, my dad and so many others who loved him so, but who now has eternal healing.

His memory will live on in all the people that he touched at and away from Baptist Christian school and church.

Love Missy Hammontree-Whitham
mary (mssy) hammontree-whitham
November 28, 2008
You and De made such a positive place in my life...Without your Grandson Jonathan, I would never had had the chance to have Trace (the most wonderful, giving, selfless child a mother could ever DREAM of! It is because of you that Trace is in my life. I will miss you dearly and will always remember ALL the kind things you told me about me being a perfect mom (although Im not so sure about that sometimes) and raising a great kid. I am so fortunate to have had you in my life! I will dearly miss you and know you will be watching over me and Trace always. I guess the best memories of you for me are sitting in your office one on one and crying on your shoulder about all my mistakes and shortness's but now I know they were just me growing up and learning. Thank you for being there for me and Trace and I will miss you dearly but know you are only a prayer away....
Kristie N Trace Causey Martin
November 28, 2008
Bro Jimmy,
I am going to miss you so much. Even though I have only known you for 12 years....it seems like you have been in my heart many more. David always talked about you and has a twinkle in his eye when he does. He absolutely loved taking you hunting and he is going to miss you terribly. You have been such a blessing to know and I know that you are with DeeDee right now. Please tell her I love her and miss her and we will see each other again one day.
Amanda Knotts
November 28, 2008
Dear Lord, but there is a party going on at the throne of the Most High!!!
A precious man is now with his Lord!
My tears are not for Brother Jimmy (I know he wouldn't wanna come back!), but because my heart is breaking for those he left behind that loved him and miss him so terribly.
I spent many hours in the Tharpe home, as well as at Missionary Baptist Tabernacle, having been teenage friends with his daughter, Kathy. Those memories are so precious to me.
But, not nearly as precious as the memory of that day when the Lord moved Kathy to gently prod me out into the aisle toward her daddy.
Brother Jimmy cried right along with me as he led me to the Lord.
What an example he was for so many...I loved him dearly.
I have had the Tharpe family in my thoughts and prayers throughout the years and will always will.
God bless you all...and we will see Bro. Jimmy again...and oh, what a day that will be!!!
Sandy (Insley) Guidry
November 28, 2008
Such an array of memories are in my heart from the years my family spent at the Tabernacle. How I remember Dr Tharpe, and Don Chelette, and Johnnie Ramsey, and Dr Hyles, Harold Sightler, R G Lee, and so many others we were blessed to hear share the Word with us. At the center of it all was Dr. Tharpe, my boss, my friend and the one who helped me understand the Word more than anyone I've ever known. I treasure the years I spent there with him and Mrs. Tharpe. Though I've been away from the Shreveport area a number of years, Dr Tharpe was often on my mind and has always been in my heart. I'll miss just knowing he's there - and will then let my heart rejoice that he is already where we will be. I can just see him tapping the side of the pew where he sat on the rostrum while the Tabernacle Trio sang way back in the 70's. I can hear his hearty "Well, glory!" when his heart had been blessed and I'll always be so thankful for the never-ending work he did to see souls brought to the Savior. I remember how he loved the song, "On Zion's Hill," and while I'm thankful for the life he lived, I'm also thankful that he's there - on Zion's hill. Watch for us, Dr. Tharpe! We'll join you soon. Melinda Waller
Melinda Waller
November 28, 2008
When starting out in evangelistic work, (about 25 years ago) Dr. Jimmy G. Tharpe availed himself to me personally. I thank God for his counsel, wisdom and graciousness demonstrated to this "green" evangelist at the time. He was thoughtful and such a great blessing to me and my wife. I know that he is with his dear and precious Saviour and has been re-united with his loving wife. He would not come back to this "earth" now for anything in this world. He is in the very presence of the ONE, he gave in service his life for. May God bless all of his precious loved ones, and Christian brothers & sisters who he will see in the "GLORIES" above is my earnest prayer during this "great man of God's" home-going celebration! Evangelist G. Marc Cheney Psa. 40:1-3
G. Marc Cheney
November 28, 2008
"He fought a good fight; He finished his course; He kept the Faith!" What a remarkable man; what a faithful servant; what a fruitful ministry for the Saviour. Bro. Jimmy you will be missed but never forgotten.
Gerald Cheney
November 28, 2008
I am sorry to hear of Brother Jimmys passing, you are all in my prayers. He was my Pastor in the early 70's.
I am sure he would not want anyone to morn for him, this is the day he has waited for, to behold our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ face to face.

God Bless each of you.
Cindy Anderson Wheless
November 28, 2008
Still lingering in my mind are so many memories of Bro. Jimmy; and they are all different, from the sermons he preached which still mark my Bible to the childhood memories of playing hiding go seek at the Tabernacle, he would let us sneak in the back door and cut thru his office laughing and promising not to tell the child following us. The memories I have, I cherish most is how he loved his congregation and strived to increase the family of God teaching God's Word and the importance of it in each of our lives. We spent several years under the guidance of Bro Jimmy's teaching, mom as his secretary, and dad on staff. There is so much he taught during those years, that has kept us striving to continue in the faith (2 Timothy 3:14-15 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.) This scripture preceeds one that he encouraged us to learn, however this scripture always marked him for me. He taught us from the scriptures so that we can be wise unto salvation through faith! We are blessed to have had Bro Jimmmy a teacher of the Word! Thank you to each of you who shared his life with me!
Michelle Waller Dillahunty
November 28, 2008
I have been in this family for 50 yrs. as an in-law,but treated by everyone as a member of the family Bro. Jimmy and Edith had a big influence on my life. I miss them already so much. A big part of me is missing.
Aunt Geralene
Aunt Geralene Hogg
November 28, 2008
Words cannot describe the true marks that you left on my life as well as countless others. Thank you for always being there for me, in my eyes you are the greatest man I've ever known. My cousin Michele couldn't have said it better, now you've finally made it to your final destination. I will miss you so much and thanks to you, I know I'll see you again one day. I am at peace. I love you and tell DeeDee I love her too.
Love Always,
Your Grandson, Bryan
Bryan Paul
November 28, 2008
He is the one

He is the one who taught us about Jesus

He is the one who prayed with us every Christmas

He is the one who taught us how to hunt

He is the one who opened his home to each and every one of us in our time of need

He is the one who incorporated faith into each lesson he taught

He is the one who taught us how to appreciate life and love

He is the one who loved his wife so much it gave each of us an example of how true love really works

He is the one who’s laughter lit up a room and smile warmed your heart

He is the one who taught us how to be strong

He is the one who would always tell us they call us grandchildren because they are grand when they come and grand when they leave, yet he never wanted us to go

He is the one who obtained all the degrees but the best education was from his example as a person…

He is the one all forty four of us are proud to call OUR PAPA

You will be missed by everyone of us. We are so thankful you have reunited with De De and reached your lifetime destination. You made your mark on everyone in this family. Thank you for everything. We will continue to follow your example and have peace in our hearts knowing we will see you again one day. There is something mighty sweet about the Lord!!!!!
Love, your grandchildren
Michele Dauzat
November 28, 2008
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.


Bro. Jimmy was such a wonderful man and I feel blessed to have known him for so many years. He and Dr. Edith touched the lives of so many, and they will always hold a very special place in my heart.
Denise Meacham-Cannon
November 28, 2008
I thank God for Dr.J.G Tharpe! If you look up the word "Visionary" in the dictionary you'll find a picture of Bro.Jimmy next to the definition! I am priviledged to have had him as my Pastor and friend....To his children....I thank you for sharing not just your Dad but your Mom as well....they both touched millions of lives for the cause of Christ.
I ask God to bless each of you at this time......Tracy
Tracy Grimmett
November 28, 2008
When I stop and think of all the things you were, one thing sets you aside from all. Of all your God given gifts, Your greatest to me was compassion and trust in others. You could find the small speck of hope in all of us, and build on that, instead of our many flaws. I never heard you say a negative thing about anyone, but instead, lift up our small accomplishments and somehow make us believe that we could do anything with Gods help. Of coarse I will never forget your visions and that you had done more on accident than I will ever do on purpose. I had the privilege of calling you father-in-law but most of all you were my friend.
Al Stevens
November 27, 2008
November 27, 2008
Dear Tharpe family, please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. How precious Bro. Jimmy is to my heart. He is such a part of my childhood, so many special memories growing up at Baptist Tabernacle. To know where he is and who he is with brings a smile to my face...I know someone very special who I know was in the long line to welcome him!! Love you all dearly
Sherry Maxwell Free
November 27, 2008
My prayers are with all the family. Brother Jimmy was my preacher since I was areoung 7 years old. He was a wonderful man.
Lester Anderson
November 27, 2008

Today at the Tharpe Thanksgiving gathering there was such a void without you and DeDe but yet I could feel both of your spirits with us. Mom did such a good a job on the dressing that Dede would have been so proud. Papa I miss you so much but I have a wonderful peace about this because I know that Heaven is where you wanted to be and because of your dedication to making sure everyone in the family has Jesus in thier heart I know that one day I will see you and Dede again. So rest high on your mountain Papa I love you

Jennifer ( grandaughter)
Jennifer Carey
November 27, 2008
On behalf of the Central Baptist of Lafayette, LA our prayers are with the family of Dr. Tharpe a great man of God.
Bob Nolan
November 27, 2008
My sincere condolences to all of Bro Tharpe's family. May Heaven seem closer to you now that Dr and Mrs Tharpe are with the Lord.
Dawn McNally
November 27, 2008
My Papa, I love you so very much!!! You have been in my life since my parents were blessed with me. You have been there for my dad and mom since I can remember, and I thank God for you and your family. You are in Heaven with DiDi now, and that's where you wanted to be, up with God and all the loved ones that went before you. You are making the angels laugh, while we are down here on Earth mourning your loss. I know what you have always said at funerals: "Don't cry for the ones you lose, for they are happy and in a better place, with no pain, no sorrows, no needs or wants." But we will still mourn for you and miss you terribly. You and Papa Louie are having the time of your lives while we are still here in these old bodies with pain and suffering. May God bless your family and watch over them until the come and join you. I am praying for everyone that they may come through this loss stronger than before. I love the whole family.
DJ Williamson (Kincaid)
November 27, 2008
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU . LOVE,YOUR DREAM TEAM KARLA
November 27, 2008
Our hearts go out to all of you. We know how much you will miss Papa. He is with Jesus and DeeDee now. I feel such peace knowing that is where he is in Heaven. We are thinking of you all and will keep you in our prayers...love Donna and Sam Vanni
Donna Vanni
November 27, 2008
It is because of you I am confident knowing that I am a child of God and I will one day see you and Dede again. Today I have peace in my heart and trust God that you are exactly where you should be. On this Thanksgiving day, I am giving thanks for all the giving you did for us all. I love you, your oldest grandaughter
Rachel Griffin
November 27, 2008
I will never forget the joy and hearty laughter Bro. Jimmy brought into my life. I enjoyed begin around the family so much- I still have his famous spaghetti recipe. He has now lay down his sweet and weary head-
Melanie McLeod
November 27, 2008
Dear Family, What can I say, I am sorry for your loss, but it is Heaven's gain! He is with Mrs. Edith, Mrs. House, Dr. Chelet, and his Mom and Dad, Papa Louie and many more. When my family talks about our time at the Baptist Tabernacle it is with fond memories of the Tharpe family. I pray that God will bless all of you and comfort your hearts as only He can. I will be thinking of you all Saturday morning. Love ya, Lynn Grimmett McEntire
Lynn Grimmett-McEntire
November 27, 2008
Our sincere condolences to Bro. Jimmy's family. He was a dear friend to our whole family. It was my honor to have been on his staff over the years. I can see him, Edith, Don and Doris House sitting there in heaven talking together and Bro. Jimmy calling out to Edith to get him a cup of Coffee. We are praying for the family and looking forward to the day when we all rejoice together in heaven. May God bless you all.
John, Debbie, Susan and Christopher Adams
John Adams
November 27, 2008
James and I met Bro. Jimmy when he held a Revival in Longview, Texas, where we were living. In 1964, we moved to Shreveport and there was no question as to where we would go to Church. This is where we went until 1989, when we reitred and moved away--we still kept in contact with Bro. Jimmy and Edith.
Bro. Jimmy was with us during good times and bad, which included the sudden death of our young daughter shortly after we moved to Shreveport. I can remember him saying, numerous times, when he passed on to his reward, he wanted there to be a "Big Party"--I am sure there is great rejoicing in Heaven at this time. This is a bittersweet time for all of you, but he and Edith are together again.
Our prayers are with you --James and Delores Kay
Delores Sparks Kay
November 27, 2008
Brother Jimmy was the kind of man who would give you the very shirt off his back. He was indeed a unique Christian! Dr. Rudolph Gordon
Rudolph Gordon
November 27, 2008
Dear Family of Brother Jimmy,
Words cannot be penned or found to express the heart-felt sadness for the absence of such a great Man of God, a friend, a dynamic soul-winner, a fellow preacher and pastor, a stalwart educator, an old college-mate, a Brother in Christ, an exemplary family man, a Christian counselor who always took the time and possessed an open ear for anybody's burdens, and a staunch believer and teacher of Biblical precepts and standards that never varied. Praise God for the life of Jimmy Tharpe and his witness for Jesus Christ!
Scripture says there is joy in Heaven over one soul that repenteth. To be with Brother Jimmy when that soul repented, was truly an earthly experience of that Heavenly vision.
There is shouting and Praise offered to the Lamb of God in Heaven for Jimmy's Homecoming. May we offer thanks to God for letting all of us who knew Brother Jimmy share a portion of his life. The joy of his presence is only a memory now, but how much greater it will be when our "Joy comes in the morning" and we are united with him and all those who have gone on before and await our arrival in Heaven. Then we will be Glorified, possessing new, perfect, immortal bodies, where pain, tears, and sickness are gone forever. We will then sit at Jesus' feet as the Family of God.
Our prayers are with you in these difficult times. Lean on Jesus and the faith that Brother Jimmy taught, preached, and lived and is now seeing manifested in Glory. May you continue to enjoy and share the memories of this precous saint as long as you live. Trust me, we will.
In Christ,
Brother Bob & Joyce Brown
Phil. 3:7-10
Pastor, Salem Baptist Church
Plain Dealing, La.
2657 Vanceville Rd.
Bossier City, La. 71111
Robert W. Brown
November 27, 2008
Bro. Jimmy and Edith were special friends. Edith's Dad worked with my Dad as a Locomotive Engineer for KCS Railroad. I moved to Shreveport and became a member of Baptist Tabernacle (then on Hollywood Ave.) and was there until I moved to Jena in 1994. Bro. Jimmy and Edith held me up (spiritually) through the loss of three family members. If I used one word to describe the two, I would say "LOVE". Two weeks ago as I sat by Bro. Jimmy's bedside his daughter Kathy asked him,"Daddy if you could change one thing in your life right now what would it be?" Immediately he said "I would love more." This is the story of his life - Loving God, Family, Church and Who- So- Ever. Early Nov. 25, 2008 Bro. Jimmy answered Gods call, To Be Absent From The Body-Present With The Lord. To God Be All Glory! Phil. 1:21
Bettye Lawrence
November 27, 2008
Bro. Jimmy had a tremendous impact on me during my young teenage Christian years. He was truly a blessing and inspiration. He will be missed by many.
Jerry McMenis
November 27, 2008
KK, Pop, Jonathan, Rachel and Paul,
I can just see him now standing strong and whole and "Faster than Phil." Papa was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. Our loss is heavens gain! I love all of you.
Jacki Martin
November 27, 2008
I'll never forget Jimmy. His faith was without limit. He will be sorely missed. "The one who leaves is happier than those he leaves behind"
Snellings, ThD Eugene
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