Lorena T. Tharpe, age 98, of Drakes Branch, VA, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Nelson and Mary Tharpe of Saxe, VA.

Lorena was the widow of David L. “Dick” Tharpe; she was also preceded in death by a son, David Irving Tharpe; three sisters, Pauline Tharpe (Bill), Gladys Crutchfield, and Lillian Langford; and one brother, Irving “Puss” Tharpe.

She is survived by three sons, Larry Tharpe of Keswick, VA, Jerry Tharpe of Drakes Branch, VA, George Tharpe (Marsha) of Randolph, VA; two sisters, Grace Hall of Drakes Branch, VA, Nancy Adams of Saxe, VA; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Lorena was an active member of Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 27, 2020, at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery, Drakes Branch, VA. Due to COVID-19 restrictions mask and social distancing is required. The family will receive friends at the home at all times.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Calvary Cemetery Foundation, c/o George Tharpe, P. O. Box 36, Drakes Branch, VA 23937. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.



Condolence Messages

  1. Rebecca May

    21 December 2020 2 years ago

    Lorena has been such a force in our community. She will be sorely and always missed. She is part of the fabric of Mt. Calvary UMC, and will ever be remembered for her kindness and help to all. Sympathy and loving thoughts to all other friends and to family.

  2. Carl Jones

    22 December 2020 2 years ago

    George sorry to hear about your mother.

    DAVID Jones

  3. Wayne Adams

    22 December 2020 2 years ago

    Lorena was like a mother and grandmother to so many children around Drakes Branch through the years. She always had a kind word and a hug for me whenever I would see her. Prayers lifted up for Larry, Jerry and George.

  4. Robbie Hudson

    22 December 2020 2 years ago

    She always had a kind sweet word and smiles for everyone. She was a beautiful lady with a such a wonderful sweet soul. Prayers for Larry, George, and Jerry.

  5. Beth and Randy Hall

    22 December 2020 2 years ago

    Lorena will be so missed. Randy and I both will miss her so much! Words do not do justice to the beautiful soul that she embodied. Many prayers that her family will find peace knowing that she now has hers with those who went before. What a great reunion in heaven!

  6. Rita Robinette

    22 December 2020 2 years ago

    She will be greatly missed. Always a kind words to everyone.

  7. Jayson Dix & Family

    27 December 2020 2 years ago

    Lorena was such a sweet lady. Many thoughts and prayers for your family during this very difficult time. She will surly be missed!

  8. Clara Elder

    31 December 2020 2 years ago

    Lorena was such a sweet lady. Beautiful smile and always positive thoughts. She was an active member of Mt Calvary Methodist church and kept the cemetery beautiful. She will me missed.

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