Samuel Quincy Tharpe, 92, of Pylesville, Md., died at his home at 4:26 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.
He was the husband of Mary Louise Wilson Tharpe and, at the time of her death in 2001, they had been married 44 years.
Sam was born in Ronda on May 21, 1927, the son of William Freeland and Bretta Mae Poplin Tharpe. He went to Harford County, Md., from Wilkes County as a teenager to work on his grandfather’s farm. Before completing his formal schooling, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country from 1947 to 1951.
Upon returning to Harford County, he graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy in 1956. In 1963, he was awarded the Maryland State Police Alumni Association Trooper of the Year Award. In June 1978, he retired after 26 years of service with the rank of sergeant.
Upon retirement from the MSP, he began a second career with the Philadelphia Electric Company. He was hired as the first security supervisor at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Plant.
He was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Street, Md., for over 60 years and served as elder, deacon and president of the church’s trustees. He was an active member of Esdraelon Lodge 176, AF&AM, in Cardiff, Md., for over 50 years. Sam was named a Harford County Living Treasure in 2017.
He is survived by three children, G. Wilson Tharpe (Claudia) of Street, Md., Samuel Quincy Tharpe Jr. of Towson, Md., and Nancy Jane Long (Robert) of Charleston, W.Va. He is also survived by four granddaughters, Zoe, Rachel, Elizabeth and Maggie Long; three sisters, Nancy Guiton of Greensboro, Bretta Mae Hayes of Wilkesboro and Helen M. Porter of Ronda; and two brothers, Sheridan Dean Tharpe of North Wilkesboro and Felix H. Tharpe of Elkin.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lorraine, David, Margaret and Loton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church, 701 Highland Road, Street, Md. 21154. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery, with U.S. Navy and Maryland State Police honor guards.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the
church at the above address.
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