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Robert “Buddy” Maxey, Jr.

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Robert “Buddy” Maxey, Jr. has been employed at Tharp Funeral Home since 2003. He is a graduate of Central Virginia Community College, Averett University, and John Tyler Community College where he received his degree in Funeral Service in 2008. Prior to beginning his career at Tharp Funeral Home, Buddy served as Sheriff of Campbell County for twenty years. Buddy has …

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Byrd Strain

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A native of Bedford County, Byrd is a graduate of Staunton River High School. She has worked in the healthcare industry since 1987 and is also a Board Certified Respiratory Therapist. Byrd is married to David Strain and has two children and two step-children. She attends Blue Ridge Community Church and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, …

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Malcolm Parker

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Malcolm Parker is a native of Bedford County, where he graduated from Liberty High School. After 29 years in the printing industry, Malcolm had the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a funeral director. Graduating summa cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Service from John Tyler Community College in 2004, he became licensed as a funeral …

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Sharon Cash

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Sharon is a native of Amherst County. She attended Amherst County High School, and later graduated from Central Virginia Community College. For sixteen and a half years, Sharon was the Director of the Lynchburg Area Food Bank, and later worked for nine years as the Director of Donations for Goodwill. Sharon then found a place in the Tharp family in …

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Patrick Hubble

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Patrick Lee Hubble originally from Los Angeles, California moved to Virginia and graduated from Appomattox County High School in 1987. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as a combat medic and dental technician, he was honorably discharged in 1992. Patrick then graduated from Cypress College in Los Angeles and became a licensed embalmer and funeral director in 1997. Patrick is …

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Nina Starsja

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Nina Starsja relocated from Richmond to Lynchburg in 2015 to proudly join the Tharp Funeral Home family. In 2014, she graduated Summa Cum Laude, earning her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service from John Tyler Community College. Prior to enrollment at John Tyler, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in environmental studies. Some of Nina’s favorite …

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Tom Lloyd

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Tom Lloyd was born in Chattanooga, but his family moved to Lynchburg at an early age. Tom graduated from Brookville High School in 2009 and from there he pursued an education in Architecture at Virginia Tech where he was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Regimental Band. After some schooling, Tom lived in Arkansas and worked as …

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Molly Shutt

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Molly is a native of Appomattox, VA, and proudly joined the Tharp Team in 2013. Molly graduated from mortuary school in 2015 at John Tyler Community College. Upon graduation, Molly remained in the Richmond area for three years and recently rejoined the Tharp Family in 2018. She is a trained facilitator for Kids Haven, a local organization for grieving children. …

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Sam Dyba

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A native of Bedford County, Sam is a graduate of Jefferson Forest High School. After high school, Sam attended John Tyler Community College where he received his Associates in Funeral Services. Sam joined the Tharp family in 2015. Sam lives in Forest and very active in his church, Mount Hermon Baptist Church where he is the choir director and leads …