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Samuel Quincy Tharpe

Samuel Quincy Tharpe

Saturday, May 21st, 1927 - Thursday, November 21st, 2019
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Samuel Quincy Tharpe, age 92 years of Pylesville, MD died at his home at 4:26 am on Thursday, November 21, 2019. He was the husband of the late Mary Louise (Wilson) Tharpe and at the time of her death in 2001 they had been married for 44 years.
Sam was born in Ronda, North Carolina on May 21, 1927 a son of the late William Freeland and Bretta Mae (Poplin) Tharpe.
He came to Harford County, MD, from Wilkes County, NC, as a teenager to work on his grandfather's farm. Before completing his formal schooling, he joined the Navy and served his country from 1947 - 1951. Upon his return to Harford County, he graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy in 1956. In 1963 he was awarded the Maryland State Police Alumni Association Trooper of the Year award. In June 1978, he retired after 26 years of service with the rank of Sergeant stationed at Bel Air Barrack “D.” Upon his retirement from the Maryland State Police he began a second career with the Philadelphia Electric Company. He was hired as the first Security Supervisor at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant, 20 minutes from his home, in near-by Delta, Pennsylvania. During his 11 year tenure at Peach Bottom he formed the first security team and was responsible for writing many policies and procedures for the newly formed department.
Sam became active in his community as a young man and served as the leader of a local 4-H club. He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Street, MD for over 60 years where he faithfully worshipped and, through his discipleship, served as elder, deacon and president of the trustees. He and his wife Mary Louise were instrumental in the restoration of the sanctuary and stained glass windows at Highland.
He was an active member of Esdraelon Lodge #176, A.F.&A.M, Cardiff, MD for over 50 years. Sam is a past president of the Mason-Dixon Lions Club and served on the board of the former Southern States Cooperative in Cardiff, MD.
Sam was always a farmer at heart and until recently still pitched in at his son Wilson's farm when needed. He was known for his beautiful flowers, notably the tulips and daffodils in the spring and the gladiolas in the summer.
Sam was named a Harford County Living Treasure in 2017.

He is survived by three children:

G. Wilson Tharpe (Claudia) of Street, MD
Samuel Quincy Tharpe, Jr. of Towson, MD
Nancy Jane Long (Robert) of Charleston, WV

He is also survived by four granddaughters, Zoe, Rachel, Elizabeth and Maggie Long all of Charleston, WV.

Three sisters:

Nancy Guiton of Greensboro, NC
Bretta Mae Hays of N. Wilkesboro, NC
Helen M. Porter of Ronda, NC

Two brothers:

Sheridan Dean Tharpe of Wilkesboro, NC
Felix H. Tharpe of Mt. Airy, NC

He was preceded in death by his siblings: Lorraine, David, Margaret and Loton.

A visitation will be held on Monday, November 25 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm at the Highland Presbyterian Church, 701 Highland Rd., Street, MD 21154

Funeral services will be held at the church on Tuesday, November 26 at 11 am with his pastor, Reverend Raymond R. Meute, Jr. and Pastor Emeritus, Reverend Dr. William J. Netting officiating.

Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery with U.S. Navy and Maryland State Police Honor Guards.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the church at the above address.

Active pallbearers are: Jim Rinehart, Glenn Gitschier, Robert W. Pruitt, John Estep, Jerry Skrzypiec and Nathan D. Wilson

Honorary bearers are: James H. Archer, Jr., James D. Lewis, Edwin Kuechler, Samuel J. Hensler, George W. Hensler, IV, Marlin L. Mills, Todd Holden, Robert Carlin, Bill Schilling and Jerry M. Scarborough.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Highland Presbyterian Church
    Address
    701 Highland Road
    STREET, MD 21154
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Highland Presbyterian Church
    Address
    701 Highland Road
    STREET, MD 21154
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Highland Presbyterian Church
    Address
    701 Highland Road
    STREET, MD 21154
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    Officiant
    Reverend Raymond R. Meute, Jr.
  • Interment

    Location
    Highland Cemetery
    Address
    701 Highland Road
    STREET, MD 21154
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  • Reception

    Location
    Highland Presbyterian Church
    Address
    701 Highland Road
    STREET, MD 21154
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Kristy Wood

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Helen,
I am so sorry to hear about your brother ! I hope you're doing ok ?
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Lynn and Steve Poole

Posted at 02:25pm
In Memory of Samuel Quincy Tharpe, a pillar amongst men. May you grow tall and strong and look over our earth for many years to come.
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Lynn Poole

Posted at 02:20pm
Although, I have only been part of the family for about 12 years, one person who always had a special place in my heart was "Uncle" Sam, as that is how he was introduced to me. The love and kindness was immediately apparent and he and I were instant friends who both shared a love for the lord as well as life. I am so sorry to say goodbye until we meet again in the heavenly realm. I know he is with my greatly missed mother-in-law, Gwynn Poole and I know they are in good hands!

My deepest condolences to the family for your great loss of a truly wonderful person. I am sure has touched many during his lifetime. You are truly blessed to have had him in your life.

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Stephen E. Burcham

Posted at 01:14pm
From one of Sam's first cousins, Steve Burcham, born of Jettie Iris Poplin Burcham in 1934, to the proud-but-grieving family of Samuel Quincy Tharpe:

I am proud of him too. My wife, Betty, and I were traveling up State Route #1, in 1959 with our two young sons, Larry, 8, and Robert, 5, from Bel Air, where I was employed as a barber, to Conowingo Baptist Church for Fall Revival services when what was a very nice 1958 Chevrolet, immediately after pulling off on the shoulder of the road to let following cars by, turned across the road, about 50-75 feet ahead, directly into our pathway. Our car struck the Chevy squarely at the passenger door. Later, Larry said to the doctor, " I was standing in the back and suddenly I was in the front."

In what seemed to be just a few minute, appearing out of the darkness of the cold Winter night, without fanfare and looking as tall and composed and confident as ever, was my first cousin, Sam Tharpe. Sam took care of things. This is who he was and this is what he did. And this is how he lived. And reading his obituary one realizes that this is a picture of an emotionally warm, self confident, man who bore always with him a sensitivity to all people and all things around him. I sat down to chat with him the day of Iris's funeral and as we talked I realized once more what a truly remarkable human being he was. In all sincerity I grieve with you today.

Respectfully,
Steve
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Philip and Nathan Poole

Posted at 11:26am
In honor of Uncle Sam from his "newphew" and "great nephew".
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