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.

Active in civic and community projects, he was the former Mayor of the City of Bedford and a former member of the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers. Skip is proud to have passed the day to day leadership of the company on to his son, Chris Tharp, the 3rd generation of Tharp’s local family ownership!