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Chris Tharp

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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 …

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David Cook

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David Cook started in funeral service in May of 1974. He is married to Nicole Drew Cook and together they have six daughters, one son, four grandchildren, and three pet dogs. He is active in church and is a member of the Gideons International. David graduated from Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science in May of 1978. He is also a …

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Murrell W. Thornhill, IV

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Murrell W. Thornhill, IV is the Location Manager at our Lynchburg Funeral Home. He is a native of Lynchburg, where he graduated from Heritage High School in 1994. After his service in the United States Army, Murrell attended John Tyler Community College and became a licensed funeral director in 2003. He is married to Adrian Barbour Thornhill, and he has …

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Marla Meek

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Marla Meek is a native of Ohio and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. While in college, she was privileged to spend semester breaks traveling the world with a vocal ensemble representing the University. She earned her Associate degree in Mortuary Science at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio. Marla is …

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Maybe, Comfort Dog

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Here to offer families a calming, nurturing presence at Tharp Funeral Home, we welcome Maybe, the Comfort Dog. A sweet, two-year-old Goldendoodle puppy, Maybe has spent the last six months training to be a Comfort Dog through Shady Mountain Pet Retreat. This friendly little pup is ready to pet, cuddle, and provide our client families some love and affection during difficult times. “There …

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Jared Tucker

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Jared Tucker has been working full time as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Bedford since 2007. A Bedford native, Jared was a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School. After high school, he attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA and graduated in 2006. Jared worked in Georgia and North Carolina for surrounding funeral homes to later …

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Kay Rice

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Kay received a Certificate in Accounting from Central Virginia Community College, an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science, Magna Cum Laude, from John Tyler Community College, and has completed RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) training. She is a member of Timbrook Women’s Club, Women of the Moose Chapter 1335, is a committee member with the Heart of Virginia Branch of the QDMA, …

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Renetta “Renee” Townsel

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Renetta “Renee” Townsel is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated from James Madison High School in 1994. After graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Decatur (Atlanta) in 2005, she went on to serve as an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class (EM2) in the United States Navy from 2008 until 2014. Renee has two children; her son, …