Proudly serving Central Virginia for nearly a century.

Our history began in 1933

Founder Glenn Tharp entered funeral service in Bedford, Virginia, serving families there until his retirement in the early 1990s. He passed his tradition of excellence on to his son, Willard D. “Skip” Tharp, and his grandson, Chris Tharp, who have furthered Glenn’s vision of providing the highest level of care to families in Lynchburg, Bedford, Smith Mountain Lake, and Madison Heights. That’s why we offer a price match guarantee, because we want you to receive the best service possible.

It is our honor and privilege to serve the families of Central Virginia. We want to offer a safe harbor for you and your family when a relative or friend has died. Let us show you the difference that local family ownership makes.

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Tharp Funeral Home is Family Owned & Operated

Skip Tharp, Chairman

Tharp Funeral Home Chairman "Skip" Tharp

Tharp Willard D. “Skip” Tharp is Chairman of Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory. Skip is a second generation funeral director following his father, Glenn W. Tharp, a career funeral director who served families of Central Virginia for over 62 years before his death in 1996.

Skip brings over 30 years of experience to our company. He has distinguished himself nationally as a leader and innovator in the funeral service profession. Skip proudly brings his experience and skills to this organization in the hopes of making it the best it can be.

Skip is active in civic and community projects, is former Mayor of the Bedford, and is a member of the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers. He shares leadership of Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory with his son, Christopher F. Tharp.


Chris Tharp, President, Owner

Tharp Funeral Home President Chris Tharp and his kids

Locally Family Owned for 3 Generations: Chris Tharp, Owner/Manager and his sons Teddy (left) and John (right)

Chris Tharp is a native of Bedford where he graduated from Liberty High School. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and graduate degrees from Brown University and the University of Virginia.

Chris is the 3rd generation of the Tharp family to enter funeral service following both his father and grandfather into the profession. Chris and his wife, Sarah, a special education teacher, enjoy chasing their young sons, John and Teddy, around the yard and working outside in their garden.

Chris stays active in our community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Virginia YMCA, the Academy of Fine Arts, and in coaching his sons’ youth soccer teams. It is with great pride that Chris is able to serve the public alongside his father, Skip, here at Tharp Funeral Home.


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