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The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.  A celebration of Paul's life will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Paul M. Thacker, 84, of Lynchburg, VA, joined his heavenly father on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at home surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife, June White Thacker of 65 years.

Born Sunday, October 3, 1937, in Amherst County, VA, Paul was a son of the late Wade H. Thacker, Sr., and the late Louise T. Thacker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Harold E. Thacker and Wade H. Thacker, Jr.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul Gregory Thacker, a daughter, Mechelle Thacker Jones (Ed), grandchildren, Gavin Edward Jones (Brooke) and Cameron Wade Thacker (Natalie), great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Jones, Grant Jones, and Peter Thacker, siblings Cecil Thacker (Jean), Barbara Zirkle (Bo), Raymond Thacker (Carolyn), Betty Thacker and sister in-law Chris Thacker.

Paul was a loving husband, father, and friend. He was a member of Randolph Memorial Baptist Church and attended Thomas Road Baptist Church. Paul worked for Mead Corporation for 18 years, and later was the owner and operator of Standard Gauge Engineering. He traveled many miles for new rail construction, where he had a real talent for operating heavy machinery. His favorite piece of equipment to run was his backhoe. His greatest hobby was his passion for hard work, whether at home or on the railroad tracks. Not only was he an avid UVA sports fan but enjoyed fast pitch softball and coaching baseball. While working with the Little League and Connie Mack Leagues were many of his rewarding accomplishments. Most of all, his family was everything.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692. Dallas, TX 75284, or your local youth sports organization.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.  A celebration of Paul’s life will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory.

The family would like to thank the staff of Centra Hospice for their love, care, and support.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Posted by:
Dennis Sprouse

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November 23, 2021

June, Greg and Mechelle; My heart hurts and I am so sorry to hear of Paul's passing. I know he was a great husband and father and inspiration to everyone he met. As a child growing up I always thought he was the one person who always seemed to have it together and someone who I admired greatly. I wished I could be there today to share in your grief and to tell you personally how much Paul meant to me. My sympathies are with you all today and again I'm so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all!

 

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