Charles Tharpe, Jr. “Junior” “JR” of Mays Landing, NJ went home to be with the Lord on December 17, 2019 at the age of 77 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by friends and family. Born on November 8, 1942, he was predeceased by his father Walter, mother Mildred, and siblings Rosie, Willard, and Leroy in heaven.
He is survived by siblings Stella, Emma, and Bobby; and his beloved children whom he had treasured: daughter Christina “Tina” Tharpe-Ferraro (Alfredo), his son “Charles “Chuck” Tharpe (Stacey) and their mother MarieElena; his daughter Cara Tharpe and her mother Sandi; his beloved grandchildren: Christina, Sophia, Alfredo G., and Francesca Ferraro; sisters-in-law Joann, Lisa, and Brenda; nieces and nephews: Kimberly Kelly, Kevin, Erica, Erin, Alexa and amongst many others. Kimberly Tharpe-Wixted (Dr. William Wixted) whom were by Jr’s side from the beginning of his illness as well as some of his close friends Donald Davis, Wayne Kalai, Thomas Caucci, Ed Paugh, and Chris Einwechter.
JR was known as the legendary landscaper of Atlantic County. He took pride in his business, JR’S Landscaping & Irrigation for over 50 years where he became friends with all clients through his likable personality. He will always be remembered for his baby blue eyes, infectious smile, hats, turtlenecks, sense of humor, heart of gold, and his love for helping others in any way he could. Also touching the lives that all that knew him and leaving behind many stories that he told them all. JR had many hobbies but had a passion for cards and gambling. Amongst them were fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and especially his Famous Tractor the Bobcat which was his toy. Wawa was his second home which anyone that knew him would know his 20 oz. coffee would be 10/10.
JR cherished every moment with his family and friends. There were no strangers with JR. If you didn’t know JR, you weren’t from Mays Landing, Egg Harbor City, or Hammonton.
JR will be deeply missed by all of those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Please join us in celebrating JR’s life and legacy at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, on December 23, 2019 where a viewing will be held on from 9-11 AM and a service at 11 AM. Burial will be private.