Farming Rural 21

Bernard "Bud" J. Tharp

April 11, 1940 ~ September 20, 2021 (age 81)


Bernard “Bud” J. Tharp, of Zanesville, died at 9:37P.M. Monday, September 20, 2021 at his home.  He was born April 11, 1940, in Zanesville, a son of the late Ronald and Velvie Severance Tharp.  He was the owner and operator of Bud’s Auto Parts, Bud’s Auto Sales in Zanesville and McConnelsville, and B&R Furniture in McConnelsville.  

Bud was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who loved nature, sports and all Ohio State teams and all teams that family attended, whether it was youth sports or college sports.  He loved to golf and was a very good basketball player and athlete.   He was a craftsman and If something was broken Bud knew how to fix it.  Bud also enjoyed every opportunity to talk with his many, many customers and friends he made during his lifetime.   Above all, he loved his animals, his family and especially cherished all of his grandchildren. 

Surviving are his wife of  29 years,  Marjorie Woodrow Tharp; six children, Julie (Travis) Sterling, David (Elizabeth) Tharp, Jeff Tharp, Todd (Diane) Woodrow, Jason (Jennifer) Woodrow, Megan (Sean) Horne; grandchildren,  Nicholas (Taylor) Roberts, Ben (Lyndsee) Baldwin, Erin Woodrow, Brit  Woodrow, Jacob Horne, Grace Horne, Mia Sterling, Catie Woodrow, Lexi Woodrow, Derek Sullivan, Jenna Sullivan, Jessica (Ryan) Binning, Adalyn and Ravyn Binning, Dustin (Shelby) Weaver; three great grandchildren, Piper, Colbie and Tucker Roberts. A sister, Viola Lynn, a nephew, Pat (Annette) Lynn, a niece, Cindy (Jim) Davis.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the

affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the

betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to

leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a

redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because

you lived here.  This is to have succeeded.”      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friends and family may call on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the BOLIN-DIERKES FUNERAL HOME, 1271 BLUE AVENUE, ZANESVILLE, where a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Tim Hopkins officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make memorial donations in Bud’s name to your own local animal shelter or local youth athletic programs.

BOLIN-DIERKES FUNERAL HOME, 1271 BLUE AVENUE, ZANESVILLE entrusted with all arrangements.

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October 2, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home
1271 Blue Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701

Celebration of Life
October 2, 2021

1:00 PM
Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home
1271 Blue Avenue
Zanesville, OH 43701

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