Thomas Martin Tharp
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SHERIDAN  -    Tom Tharp was born in Sheridan on July 8, 1912.  He left with God on March 25, 2008 from Sheridan.  It was a good ride.He grew up in McMinnville on Three Mile Lane when it was a gravel road.  He went to McMinnville schools through the ninth grade, quit and went to work as a farm hand.  His occupations were all connected with the outdoors.  He was a logger, rancher, cowboy and trapper.  He and his wife and children moved to Pedee in 1945 where he owned a ranch and became a logger.  In about 1957, he was hired as the Polk County trapper, a job he loved.  He could be in the woods all day and became acquainted with people all over the county.  He retired in 1972.  He was also a charter member of the Phil Sheridan Rodeo Association.  He was a member of the Dallas Sportsman Club and the First Christian Church in Dallas.  He loved God, his family, talking to people, telling his old stories, hunting, fishing, food and music.  He married Hazel Shaw in 1931, they were later divorced and he married Sadie Lynn in 1941.  They were married 63 years.He leaves behind three children, William Tharp (Bill or Buck) of Dallas, Mary Phillips and husband Frank of Sheridan, and Steven Tharp and wife Charlotte of Rickreall along with 13 grandchildren, 27 great grand children and four great great grandchildren.  There is one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild on the way.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie; two baby daughters; granddaughter, Dianna; sister, Lela; and parents, Ralph and Lucy Tharp.  Viewing will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thurs., March 27, 2008 in the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.  A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Fri., March 28, 2008 in the Masonic Cemetery in McMinnville.  Memorials are suggested to the Dallas First Christian Church.  A potluck will follow the graveside service at the Bethel Baptist Church at 325 NW Baker Creek Rd., McMinnville.   To leave an on-line condolence for the family go to www.dallastribute.com. 


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Published in The Statesman Journal on Mar. 27, 2008.