UTICA — Floyd E. Tharp left his earthly home Dec. 27, 2018, to join his heavenly family and friends. Floyd passed away at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center in Chesterville.
Floyd was born Dec. 20, 1925, to Howard and Hanna (Elkins) Tharp in Croton. Floyd was 93 years old.
Floyd graduated from Utica High School in 1943. He played football, basketball and baseball, although he excelled in basketball getting state honors his senior year. He was a member of the 1943 team who had 26 straight wins. Floyd is one of the original members of the Utica Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduating he enlisted in the Navy in WWII and saw action in the Pacific campaign and returned home to Utica in 1946. Floyd was also a founding member of the Newton Township Volunteer Fire Department in 1955. Floyd worked for and retired from Cooper Bessemer in Mount Vernon.
After moving to Florida in the early ’80s, he drove a school bus and did maintenance for the Lakeland School System, and retired again.
Floyd was blessed with not one but two wonderful wives. Eloise (Smith), the mother of his children who passed in 1979, and Naomi (Mortimer), who he was currently married.
Floyd is survived by his sons, Terry (Jacqueline) Tharp of Newark, Ted (Cheryl) Tharp of Nashport, and Timothy (Vickie) Tharp of Newark. Floyd had nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Floyd is also survived by four step-children. Becky (Dennis) Creamer of Mansfield, Stan (deceased) and Maggie Mortimer of South Carolina, Connie Lee of Florida, and Suzie (Jim) Braddock of Fredericktown. Floyd had seven step grandchildren and 10 step great-grandchildren. Floyd also has many nieces and nephews.
Floyd was preceded in death by his father and mother, Howard and Hanna Tharp; his loving wife, Eloise; daughter Teena (Steve Rauch); brother Harold; and sisters, Mildred McLaughlin and Laura Mathias.
Calling hours are Wednesday Jan. 2, 2019, from 3-7 p.m. at the Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica.
Military honors service will be conducted by the Licking Co. Veteran’s Alliance prior to calling hours. Private grave side services will be at Newark Memorial Gardens at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Morrow County, 22 South St., Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338 in Floyd’s name.
To sign an online guest book, visit www.law-bakerfuneralhome.com.
Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica is assisting the family with arrangements.