Richard Creston “Pete” Tharpe, Jr., age 74, of Drakes Branch, VA, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015. He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Gracie M. Tharpe; one daughter, Gracie Newcomb; one brother, Carroll Tharpe of Chester; and one sister, Sue Dunn of Keysville; seven grandchildren; two nephews; and one niece. He was preceded in death by two sons, David Edwards and Darrell Tharpe.
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Drakes Branch, VA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, Drakes Branch, VA. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of arrangements.