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 currently serves as Mayor of the City of 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.