Mary “Sue” Tharpe Dunn, age 76, of Keysville passed away on July 28, 2023, after courageously fighting her battle with cancer.

She was the daughter of the late Richard Creston Tharpe, Sr and Bertha Hudson Tharpe of Drakes Branch, VA. Sue was preceded in death by her two brothers, Richard “Pete” Tharpe, Jr. and Carroll Lee Tharpe.

She was best known as the driver of #37 Charlotte County Public School Bus for close to 40 years. She loved her job and all her kids that rode her bus. She made sure she delivered each one to school and back home safely each day. She was always full of life. She loved to be around people and always kept a positive attitude.

Sue is survived by her son, Chuck and wife Susan Dunn of Keysville; daughter, Sheryl and husband Kris Newcomb of Drakes Branch; grandchildren, Brad and Chelle Dunn, Marc and Megan Hall, Matthew and Kelly Newcomb; great-grandchildren, Madileigh and Emerilynn Dunn. She is also survived by her side kick, best friend and sister-in-law, Gracie Tharpe of Drakes Branch; two great nephews she loved very much Nick & TJ Tharpe and families; sisters-in-law, Betty Gryder of Keysville, Debbie Epperson and husband Richard of Farmville, Alice Dunn of Culpepper; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friend Beverly Fitz of Keysville.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Sue Dunn.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Centra Hospice of Farmville, Barksdale Cancer Foundation, local fire departments and Charlotte County Rescue Squad. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville is in charge of arrangements.


Condolence Messages

  1. Noblin family

    28 July 2023 11 months ago

    John Henry and I are so sorry of the passing of Sue she was always a sweet friend she was loved by many and she will truly be missed may God comfort the family and friends during this difficult time RIP Sue

  2. Wanda Coleman

    28 July 2023 11 months ago

    Sheryl my deepest condolences to you and your family .

  3. Conni & Randy Claybrook

    28 July 2023 11 months ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sue was such a wonderful person and made such an impact on everyone she met. She will be missed.❤️

  4. Lisa and Roger Daniel

    28 July 2023 11 months ago

    Will miss her smile and always happy self. To know her was to love her. Fly high Sue.

  5. Carolyn Hamilton

    29 July 2023 11 months ago

    Sue was one of the most loving, caring and kind hearted friend!
    She did love her bus children and her family was her world!
    Know our Sue will be missed!
    Dunn Family you are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Always know how much the transportation team loved our bus 37 driver(Sue)!
    Sending hugs to each one of you!

  6. Terri Covington

    29 July 2023 11 months ago

    My prayers go out to Sheryl, Chuck and her entire family and to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be greatly missed by so many ❤️

  7. Brenda Brinkley

    29 July 2023 11 months ago

    So sorry to hear about Sue. Such a sweet lady and co-worker. Sweetest bus driver I knew.

  8. Ruby Scott

    29 July 2023 11 months ago

    Chuck and Sheryl so sorry for the loss of your mother. I truly loved your mother. Praying that you will have peace.

  9. Kaye Tuck Burke

    29 July 2023 11 months ago

    My love and condolences to Sue’s family and friends. A dear first cousin with whom I spent many happy childhood, family times with. Aunt Bertha’s precious baby is in her arms again. Sue, I feel your smile and hear your wonderful laugh. God bless.

  10. Bill Mayhew

    30 July 2023 11 months ago

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I really enjoyed being around Sue. She was always smiling and happy. We will miss her dearly.

  11. Barbara Whitehead Agnew

    30 July 2023 11 months ago

    My sincere Condolences to the Tharpe an Dunn Families, I’ve known Mrs Sue twenty plus years, she was a very sweet lady, always smiling always happy spirited, she will truely be missed, Rest In Heaven …..

  12. Teresa Francis

    30 July 2023 11 months ago

    We Are So Sorry For Your Loss. Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With All Of You. Sue And I Worked Together For 16 Years,When I Drove The School Bus.She Was Always Happy And A Caring Person.
    God Got Another Angel In Heaven ❤
    Malcolm And Teresa Francis

  13. Katherine Distler

    30 July 2023 11 months ago

    I am so sorry to hear the passing of Sue. She was loved by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be missed and not seeing her drive #37 will not be the same anymore. Fly High may you RIP.


    31 July 2023 11 months ago


  15. Rosa Friend

    31 July 2023 11 months ago

    My condolences and prayers goes goes to Chuck and entire family of Ms.Dunn.
    Sorry for your loss.

    Look To The Hills Which Your Help Cometh

  16. Peggy Scott Claytor

    31 July 2023 11 months ago

    Prayers for peace for the family. Keep your faith and take comfort in knowing she is smiling in the arms of Jesus.

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