Leck Fayrene Tharp

Leck Fayrene Tharp, of Clifton, Texas, entered her eternal home in heaven on January 13, 2020 after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Clifton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Lanes Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

She was 95 years old. A long-time resident of Clifton and a faithful member of the United Methodist Church, she had many friends and acquaintances in the area. Fayrene was born on October 2, 1924, in the Lanes Chapel community to Freddie and Joseph Sowell Cox. She attended Mosheim School and 4 C Business College in Waco, Texas. Upon a visit to her family’s home, she was introduced to William Harold Tharp by her aunt and uncle. Young Mr. Tharp asked her to go to church with him and a courtship followed. She married William Harold Tharp on June 26, 1943. The early years of marriage were lean times and Fayrene recalled cooking on a wood stove and using apple crates for kitchen cabinets. The couple soon prospered and they had one son, Lynn, who was her joy. Fayrene’s bookkeeping skills were excellent and she worked many years for E. E. Stewart Ford and later at the Chevrolet dealership in Clifton. She possessed a sharp mind and kept meticulous household records up until her death. She read the newspaper each morning and could discuss any current event with accuracy.

Fayrene was preceded in death by her husband, William Harold Tharp, and her only child, Lynn. She is survived by her sister, Lorene White of Texarkana and her brother, Doyle Cox of Clifton. She leaves one grandson, Jason Tharp, his wife, Stephanie, and great-grandchildren Ivy and Elias, as well as several nieces and nephews. Her good friend, Sheila Hohertz, deserves much gratitude for her years of devotion and caring for Fayrene.

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