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Frazier Eugene THARPE


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Frazier Eugene THARPE Obituary
THARPE, Frazier Eugene Frazier "Gene" Tharpe, 76, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully in his home of forty-four years on Friday, December 29th, 2017. He was born in Panama City, Florida on January 10th, 1941 to Clayton and Maggie Tharpe. His Panhandle roots ran deep, tracing back through working people and hardscrabble communities from at least before the Civil War. But Gene had a special gift, along with a calling to explore the larger world. In 1959, after graduating from Bay County High School, he left for Nashville on full scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he would earn a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1963. After some time in the Army Reserve and short stints with several news outlets, Gene landed a position with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1969 where he eventually earned a spot in the editorial department. His years on the editorial team were among his favorite, as he was able to write on a wide variety of subjects including Georgia politics, his love of the natural world and his baby daughter, Jessica. He later ran the AJC's consumer protection column, Helpline, and continued to write in some capacity for the paper until his retirement in 2002. Gene was married to his sweetheart, "Babs," for over 46 years, and never faltered from his special brand of nonsense, tender-heartedness and unending loyalty to family and home. Gene was known for his love of animals and always joked that his best friends were dogs and cats. He had countless pets over the years, but his forever dog was a high-strung, ornery cocker spaniel named Joe that never met a friend, except for Gene. He also loved baseball and spent years pacing the outfield fences watching his son, Wesley, play little league on the Brooks ball fields. Gene is survived by his wife, Barbara Tharpe; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Michael Wall; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Melonie Tharpe; three grandchildren, Lanie, Lavin and Abbott Wall; sister-in-law, Sharon Hembree; nephew Matt Moseley; and his favorite cousins, George and Mokey McCormick. A private service will be held for family, with Dr. Sam R. Matthews officiating. To honor Gene's memory, please make expressions of sympathy in the form of donations to Fayette County's Humane Society at http://fayettehumane.org/how-to-donate/ or mail donations to PO Box 244, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Dec. 31, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018
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