Dudley Ballard Tharp

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Dudley Ballard Tharp, 71, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at his home with his beloved wife by his bedside. Dudley was born on January 27, 1947 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky to the late Brack and Miley (Walters) Tharp. He faithfully served his country in the United States Army including a tour in Vietnam followed by serving in The National Guard for eight years. Dudley retired from American Greeting as a semi-truck driver. He was of the Baptist faith. Dudley enjoyed fishing, bowling, Nascar and Indy car racing and was a huge University of Kentucky and University of Georgia fan. He could do anything working with his hands. Dudley was a great husband, father and friend, who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Dudley is preceded in death by a son, Derick Tharp and four brothers, Louis Tharp, Ansel Tharp, Clyde Tharp and Norman Dale Tharp. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 29 years, Shirlye (Tingle) Tharp of Warner Robins, GA; his son, Douglas (Shannon) Tharp of Wilmington, NC and his bonus children, son, Chris (Sherri) Duvall of Raywick, KY, and three daughters, La Chelle Duvall of Warner Robins, Georgia, Robyn (Gerald) Hobby of Delta, AL and Martie (Doug) Riggs of Gulf Breeze, FL; three sisters, Mary Tharp and Velma (Dwight) Sanders of Harrodsburg, KY, Lois Taylor of Danville, KY; six grandchildren, Kelly, Spencer, Linsey, Bryce, Shelby and Cameron. There will be a Memorial Service at 1 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville.   Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.  Military honors will be provided by the Caswell-Saufley American Legion Post # 18.  Visitation will be 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Friday prior to the service at the funeral home. Visitation:  12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Friday prior to the service at the funeral home Memorial Service:  1 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 at Stith Funeral Home in Danville Burial:  Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, KY

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  1. Dudley you came in to my life , at a very low time for me. From our first date and running in to your brother , we were never apart. It truly was love at first sight for both of us. You told me I made you feel alive again, I will always love and miss you. I know you are with the lord. Good night my lov. Your loving wife,

  2. Dudley – I am so grateful to our Lord that I had you as a wonderful, caring ,and thoughtful brother. You are at peace now with our Lord, and no pain or worries — you are happy!! One of the best brothers ever, and I will also love and remember you(especially our growing up days) on the farm! Shirley you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you too, and I know the days and months ahead are going to be tough!! We know Dudley is in a better place! Our brain knows this, but our heart wishes he was here with us!

  3. We greatly miss Dudley\’s heartfelt smiles. Enjoyed our talks in the neighborhood, while they went for walks & miss the waves we always received! Our thoughts and prayers will continue for the family. Barney & Vicki Chandler (Springdale neighbor)

  4. I only met dudley once in ga. I rode with his sister Velma and her husband my brother Dwight from my place fl we stopped meet him .he was nice man.Velma so happy see him for she lives Kentucky then I rode on up to Velma and Dwight\’s place. I always heard good things about him .he was vet and he was fighter in his illness .everyone misses him.see you up yonder someday soon.

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