Freddie Ray Tharp
Freddie Ray Tharp, 70, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Broken Arrow after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer.
A celebration of his life will be held at 10am, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the First Assembly of God located on highway 51 on the west side of Yale, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Underwood Cemetery, Yale, Oklahoma. Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Yale, Oklahoma.
Freddie was born on April 30, 1948 in Yale, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of four children of Fred Eugene Tharp & Nellie Faye (West) Tharp. His older siblings are Barbara Gray, Myrna Miller & Russell Tharp.
He grew up on a farm south of Yale that his ancestors homesteaded during the Oklahoma Land Run. He was able to acquire additional acreage south of where he grew up. He continued to reside here until his illness.
Freddie graduated from Yale High School in 1966.
He was a proud member of the Future Farmers of America & held the office of President. He continued to support the organization throughout his life.
Freddie was active in the local public school system & events. He held a seat on the Yale Public Schools Board, as well as attending numerous events such as the local, county & state livestock shows & athletic sporting events.
Freddie was a respected & successful business man. He established his own business, Tharps Dozer Service in 1967. He purchased his first bulldozer at the age of 19. He had a love & respect for the land, conservation & improvement.
He never considered his business as a job. He would say that he looked forward to climbing onto his dozer at day break to play in the dirt.
Freddie was busy with his farming & ranching operations when he wasnt operating equipment.
July 31, 1972, Freddie married Roberta June Morton in Cushing, Oklahoma. This marriage included a bonus daughter, Jinnie, who he later adopted & treasured as his own. This marriage brought forth three children, Wendie, Thomas & Jesse. The marriage ended in divorce.
May 8, 1992, Freddie married Phyllis Ann Sharp Lantz in Mannford, Oklahoma. This union made his life complete. He welcomed Phyllis three daughters Stacey, Kerri & Kelly into his family.
He always had a list of chores to be done when one of his children would comment on how bored they were or that there was nothing to do. The task might be anything from painting the pipe corral fence, hauling square bales, feeding cows or splitting wood for the winter.
He led by example which taught his children a strong work ethic & to do a job that youd be proud of. He was a quiet man that had a profound impact on more lives than he ever knew, a dedicated husband, Dad, & Papa.
Freddie enjoyed his time playing in the dirt but was most passionate about his family. The smile on his face & his laughter said it all.
He loved to travel, whether going for a week to ski in New Mexico or a weekend getaway to Branson. He was ready to go as soon as the idea was suggested. The tea cup ride at Disney World might not have been his cup of tea but he was always ready to ride the rides, even roller coasters.
Freddie is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Eugene Tharp (09/15/1908-03/28/1986) and Nellie Faye (West) Tharp (12/14/1916-10/21/2006).
Freddie is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis, of the home. Children Jinnie (Tony) Potts, Stillwater, OK; Wendie (Stephen) Oestmann, temporarily of Moline, Illinois; Stacey (Ralph) Jerome, Mannford, OK; Thomas (Melinda) Tharp, Stillwater, OK; Kerri (Craig) Bowman, Jenks, OK; Jesse Tharp, Drumright, OK; Kelly (Troy) Elliott, Mannford, OK; and 14 grandchildren. Siblings Barbara Gray, Oklahoma; Myrna Miller, Michigan; Russell Tharp, New Mexico and numerous nieces & nephews, as well as many, many friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in his honor to the XI Delta PI Childrens Christmas Fund, Attention: Tammy Huff, 306 North E St., Yale, Oklahoma 74085.
Published on November 19, 2018

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