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1410 E Bowman Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
Phone: (575) 526-2419
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William Tharp

William Coleman Tharp

December 28, 1937 - May 13, 2021
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William “Bill” C. Tharp, 83, of Las Cruces, NM passed away peacefully in the early morning hour of May 13, 2021 at 12:20AM from his battle with Dementia/Alzheimer.
William was born in El Paso, Tx on December 28, 1937 to Claud and Avalene Tharp. He graduated from Las Cruces High School then continued his education received a degree in Accounting from The University of New Mexico. He was a” life loyal member” of Sigma Chi Beta Xi Chapter at UNM and served as the Quaestor. William was also in the Army Reserves and was Honorably Discharged after six years.
He was a cotton merchant and President of Rountree Cotton Company, a family-owned business, for many years. He was involved in many organizations in the cotton industries such as New Mexico Cotton Ginner’s Association, the National Cotton Council Association and President of the American Cotton Shippers Association. He also served on the board of director at First National Bank, Zion Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. He was a Trustee and Deacon at First Baptist Church in Las Cruces, NM where he also served as a Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a caring, loving man who loved working with numbers, never met a stranger and was always willing to help someone in need. William was a Godly man who served by going on many missionary trips to Thailand, Taiwan and Mexico and donated time and money to help improve the community. He was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.
William is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Sible; two sons, John Tharp of Las Cruces, and William Glenn Tharp (Arcy) of Miami, FL; One daughter, Edie Tharp (Jigger) of Sacramento, NM. He is also survived by his brother Charles Tharp (Linda) of Las Cruces, NM, his sister Claudia Keith of Albuquerque, NM, Five grandchildren, Four great- grandchildren, and several nieces and nephew. William was preceded in death by his parents Claud and Avalene Tharp, his first wife Glenda Tharp and his brother-in-law Joe Keith.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at First Baptist Church, 4201 North Sonoma Ranch Boulevard, Las Cruces, NM.
In Lieu of flowers, the charities of our choice: Cowboys for Caner Research PO Box 202 Dona Ana, NM 88032 or Alzheimer/Dementia Research Hilarity for Charity Or A charity of your choosing.
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Grace Sandoval

Posted at 09:00pm
I am so sorry Sible for your loss. William was a great man. I had the honor of working with him for 15 years. I would like to send my deepest condolences to John and Glen as well. May you be comforted by knowing that he is suffering no more. Loving you always

Frank Garnier

Posted at 04:44pm
To Sible, and the family...A very sad day when I read about Bill's passing. We had been friends and associates in the cotton business for so many years, I have forgotten how long ago it was. Dora and I want to express our sincere condolences to all the family.
We shall always remember the times together in Dallas, Las Crues, and the mountain cabin. May Bill forever rest in peace.

Frank & Dora Garnier
Eden North Carolina

Paul and Jolene

Posted at 10:27am
We loved William dearly and had some great times together doing mission work in Thailand, China and Taiwan. We thank our Lord that He allowed our paths to cross.

Joanne Stevens Dalton

Posted at 10:26am
My heartfelt sympathy reaches out to all of the Tharp family. Sending my love and keeping you in my prayers. Joanne Stevens Dalton

byron and carolyn alexander

Posted at 07:30pm
William was like a brother to me in high school and was best friends with my husband, Byron Alexander. William was best man at our wedding and we have kept in touch ever since high school, with visits back and forth. He was the sweetest man, and was quite successful in his career but more importantly he had a deep faith which grounded him so well in this life. We spent a weekend in Branson with Sible and William just two years ago, along with the Pearces (Nell and Dave )and the Cards (Dutchie and Lewis) and it was wonderful. Our prayers are with you Sible and the family. We loved William! Carolyn Alexander

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