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Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Hawkins Funeral Chapel in Bridgeport with burial in Chico Cemetery.
Rev. Larry Potts will officiate. Pallbearers includes Jerry Biff Starr, Ryan Tenberg, Shunte Hall, Blake Martindale, Frank Barkley, Shane Sterett, Naamon Barkley, Jimmy Don Newbrough, Joseph Barkley, Brace Hill, Tammy Bury, Sarah Barkley Perez, Colton Lusk, and Brandon Hernandez.
Mary was born May 5, 1927, to Samuel Thomas and Mary Frances (Ward) Tharp in Ingold, North Carolina. She married Paul Haskett August 1, 1943, in York, South Carolina.
Paul Haskett preceded her in death along with her grandson, Kenneth Joe Barkley; her great-grandson, Jarod Martindale; 3 sisters, Ethel Floyd, Elma Rooks, and Frances Eline Tharp; 2 brothers, Elvis Jack Tharp, and Samuel Thomas "Bob" Tharp, Jr.
Mary grew up in Garland, North Carolina where she was active in school singing in the Glee Club and playing basketball. Growing up, she attended the Methodist Church and was active in their youth group. She enjoyed square dancing, skating and going to youth parties at the church. When she left school, she went to work in a war plant run by the U.S. Navy in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she met her husband who was a paratrooper stationed at Camp McCall.
Mary was a member of the First Baptist Church in Chico, the WMU and the Friendship Club. In her later years, she enjoyed visiting shut-ins, going out to eat with her friends, being visited by her family, and going shopping.
Those left behind to cherish her memory are 4 daughters, Linda Felder of Cheyenne, Oklahoma; Mary Shurtz of Savanah, Texas, Barbara Barkley of Chico, and Teresa Brewer of Norman, Oklahoma; 8 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; her sister, Thelma Lane of North Carolina; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Hawkins Funeral Home Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Texas, 940-683-2211, www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com
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