202020212022ObituariesJoshua “Josh” Keith Tharpe

March 8, 2022by SealeUser46

April 8, 1979 ~ March 7, 2022

It is with sadness and a broken heart that I sit here; never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be writing this obituary for my son.

Josh was one of a kind, if you ever met him, you would never forget him! You would instantly fall in love with him. By no means was he perfect, but he was perfect for me!  God knew this when he brought Josh into my world and became part me on April 8, 1979.

Josh was many things to many people, loyal, kind, funny, supportive and if you ever needed him, he had your back 100% no matter what the consequences.

I sit here trying to figure out who his pallbearers were going to be. I kept adding names and adding names, finally I came to the conclusion I can’t list everyone: because all of you were considered his Best Friends. He genuinely loved everyone!

Love Mom, your “REAL” best friend


Josh was born on April 8, 1979, age of forty-two. He was born in Jackson, MS to Sadie K. Chutz and Brian K. Tharpe. When he was four months old, they moved to Denham Springs where he would spend his remaining days.

He attended Denham Springs High School and later went on to Mississippi Delta on a basketball scholarship. When he left college, he joined the U.S. Army and served two years.

Josh accomplished many achievements in his life, but his greatest achievement was being the best son, brother, uncle and friend anyone could ask for.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather: Sadie King Chutz and Clay Chutz, his brothers Billy Tharpe and wife Jenifer, and Chris Tharpe and fiancé Kristina Schubert, nieces; Taylor, Tori, Tinsley, Gracie, Haylee and Presly Tharpe; sister Corley Chutz and fiancé Tanner McDaniel and uncle/ grandfather, retired U.S. Army Colonel Loring Tharpe.

He was preceded in death by his father Brian K. Tharpe, maternal grandparents Frank and Grace King and paternal grandparents Percy and Judy Huggins.

Visitation will be held at Live Oak United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 10, 2022 beginning at 5:00pm. Dr. Mark Crosby will conduct funeral services at 8:00pm. A graveside service will be held at Beech Ridge Cemetery on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:00am. Pallbearers will be; Nick Harris, Dante Landry, Tony Jarreau, Mike Dougay, Ryan “Daddy” Scott Richards, Jared Bencaz, Cliff Almand, Blake Sequin, Brennon Vinet, Clem Sasso, James Horne, David Chambers, and Sage Brignac.

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Please sign the online guestbook at www.sealefuneral.com




  • Dante Landry

    April 12, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Fly High my brother, and I will see you again. Love you


  • Anna S Noel aka Lady Red

    March 30, 2022 at 2:20 am

    Ms Sadie, Billy and Chris, this Lady Red , I’m so sorry to hear this. Bron called me on today and asked me if I had heard from you all and I asked him why and he told me. You all have our deepest and sincere condolences. Josh, Billy and Chris were like brothers to Bron and Frog. They were ideal kids, he will truly be missed. I can vividly remember our last conversation that we had. RIP Josh😇.


  • Kris Jourdan

    March 20, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Josh, what an amazing human being.
    A one of a kind, genuine, 100% true person, no matter the time, place, the people present or what not.
    He was cut from a different cloth, one that isn’t made any longer and is rare to find.
    “You will truly be missed and thought of often. Rest easy my friend till we meet again. I sure am gonna miss those random phone calls and at the most perfect of times at that!”
    “Much Love To You.”


  • Tamara Mitchell

    March 13, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Josh…..Thank you for ALWAYS being there. We had so many praying times together and I always knew where your heart was. Now your heart is with HIM. You are imprinted in my heart for life 💔 With Love


  • Bryon Moorhouse

    March 12, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    I can’t think of any other person that was as genuine, funny and had as much excitement for life as Josh. From the first time I met him working at A&F, to the last time I saw him at the airport in New Orleans Josh would always greet me with a big brotherly hug. I can’t say enough good things about such an incredible individual. I’ll miss our random meet ups and know he’s watching down upon us all with a big smile.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


  • Jennifer Underwood

    March 12, 2022 at 5:21 am

    This is a hard one to wrap my head around. Josh…. you were loved and cared for by so many people. From Louisiana to Florida, and many other places, you brightened up the room as you walked in. Your upbeat and positive personality was one of a kind, by far. We had some fun times that I’ll never forget. Mrs. Sadie, Chris and Billy, my prayers are with each of you always. Relax in Gods arms Josh! 🙏🏼 💙💙


  • Shelia Levisee

    March 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Know he will be missed.Remembering the early years.Fly high Josh.Know he is Dancing in the sky.


  • Daniel Brister

    March 11, 2022 at 8:49 am

    It’s no doubt you had an impact on people’s lives. Having an older sister your age and having friends with older brothers that you hung out with me and my friends would always hear about the wild and fun times you, Sage, Joe, Jenks, Wayne, Mike, David, Bucket and the rest of the group would have and would mimic it with our lives and yall always had beautiful women for friends and GF’s. But no matter where I was or who I was with, if I knew you were there I knew I was safe and I know you made others feel the same way and I always had alot of respect for you for that reason. I appreciate it bro.


  • Crystal Rogers

    March 11, 2022 at 5:18 am

    Josh, never in a moment did I dream we would be here. I am in awww knowing you are with God and all our friends and family. You definitely left behind a hard role to follow there aren’t many like you. I know if you passed me on the road stranded you would be the first to show up and your Smile lit any room until we meet again brother rear easy Save us all room next to all you guys


  • Nicole pilley

    March 11, 2022 at 5:15 am

    Josh was always smiling and cheerful when I ran into him! He was such a beautiful soul! Now he is a true angel,my condolences to everyone who loves him! He will be missed,thats for sure!!!


  • Tiras & Stephanie Magee

    March 11, 2022 at 4:53 am

    Sending many prayers to the family! God bless!


  • Jerry Underwood

    March 11, 2022 at 2:50 am

    So so sorry to hear this and can’t imagine the pain all of you are experiencing . Please know that he never shied away from his love of God . You will see him again one fine day


  • Athena Marie

    March 11, 2022 at 1:58 am

    🙏🏼🤍💋, You were a truly remarkable man. Prayers to you and your family. Heaven gained a an amazing spirit.


  • Kristen Sheldon (aka) Nessie

    March 11, 2022 at 1:08 am

    Josh I have known you my whole life,I’ll never forget the day we met I was saddened by something that had happened to me and from the moment I met you I had a big smile on my face and you had me full of laughter😃💯 Thank you for that moment,I’ll never forget it nor you for that matter,Rest easy big boy. You surely will be missed!! My prayers are with you Mrs Sadie,
    R.I.P My friend ♥️🙏


  • Juanita Zachary

    March 10, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Sadie and Clay,

    I’m so sorry to hear about Josh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you…🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Roy and Juanita Zachary


  • Vickie Gunter

    March 10, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    My Heart and Prayers are with you all, so sorry for your loss.


  • Van and Iris Foster

    March 10, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Josh’s family and friends.


  • Mike Carter

    March 10, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Josh, I can honestly say you are the definition for “never have met a stranger”. You were everyone’s personal cheerleader and for That, thank you. You were the glue not only for your family and friends but for an entire community that you called home. Mrs. Sadie, my prayers go out to you Chris and Billy.


  • Jimmy Miley

    March 10, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Sadie, So sorry for your loss. I can only imagine what you must be going through. My prayers are with you and your family.


  • debra guilliams

    March 10, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    To The Thrope And Chutz Family,I Was Saddened And Shocked To Find Out That Josh Had Passed.He Grew Up With My Sons And Was Like A Son to Me.He Was One Of The Kindess Person I Knew. Always Had Smile And Glow In His Face.He Was Always Polite To Me And I Will Miss Him Very Much.I Know He Is With God And Got Every Body In Heaven Welcoming Him.My Prayers Are With All His Family And Friends.So Sorry For Yalls Loss.God Be With Yall.


  • Coach Marvin Willett

    March 10, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Dear Sadie, Chris and Billy, I have a hard time accepting the fact that Josh is gone. It was 3 weeks ago one night that I was going into my house and before I could get in the door I hear a deep Voice hollering, “Coach Willett, Coach Willett’!! I looked down my drive and it was Josh Tharpe, running up to me asking, ‘how are you doing and whats new with you!” Josh was always a high spirited personally.. It was always good to see my former 8ty grade basketball player. Most of all, I remember Josh being a smiling inspiration to all those he met. Josh was a friend to all and will be missed by all of us who knew him…


  • Sandra Murry

    March 10, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    My heart breaks for you, but God is merciful and I pray that he pours out peace over you and your family. You are loved by so many so take rest in the fact that many people, as I am, are praying for you. Love ❤️ you Big!!


  • Brandon Huggins

    March 10, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    It brings me tears to know this has happened. Especially since we haven’t seen each other in so long. Going to miss you buddy. Love you cuz. Rest easy.



    March 10, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Love and prayers for Sadie and the family during this difficult time. Josh will be greatly missed by so many people. He touched so many lives with his amazing smile, loving heart and charming personality. He will be greatly missed. Our loss was heavens gain.
    Much love to you Sadie,
    Ginger Martin


  • Tracy L Brown

    March 10, 2022 at 3:37 am

    My deepest condolences. Josh will be greatly missed by many. Prayers for peace for the family . May God be with you all during your time of sorrow. My heart goes out!


  • John Bentley

    March 10, 2022 at 2:29 am

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Josh’s passing. We didn’t cross paths often after graduating but when we did he was always friendly, cheerful, and just all-around easy to get along with.


  • Deb (Boudreau) Bears

    March 10, 2022 at 2:19 am

    There are no words that can even begin to comfort you right now. I pray God’s Grace and Peace be yours now and in the days to come. I will be there in spirit. Much love to you and your family. Know you are truly loved.


  • Rebecca Hatley

    March 10, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I still can’t believe this. I will forever remember our elementary and middle school days. We were everywhere together in elementary with great child hood memories.
    I will continue to keep y’all in my prayers. I am so sorry I am not able to be there.
    God Bless🙏


  • Cindy McClure

    March 9, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    My dearest Sadie. My heart is truly broken for you! I did not know your son unfortunately but knowing you he had to be an awesome human being. Please know you are and will be in my thoughts and prayers! Love ya girl!


  • Terri Lynn McAdams

    March 9, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


  • David King

    March 9, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Sadie I am so sorry for your loss . He is now soring in heaven with our Lord and savior.i never got around to showing him how to build something. I will always regret that our love and prayers are with you and your family Jo Ann and David King


  • Michelle Netterville

    March 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Josh was definitely one of a kind. His heart was the only thing bigger than him! He was fiercely loyal and loved wholly. I miss him so much already! Sadie, Billy, Chris and girls I love y’all all so much. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers.


  • Erica Page

    March 9, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Mrs Sadie, Chris & Billy,

    I am so incredibly heartbroken for y’all.
    The loss of Josh’s presence will forever be missed. He could light up a room like no other.
    His sincere love & loyalty, especially for his family, was larger than life.
    To know him was to love him.
    May your memories bring you peace in the coming days.
    I will be missing him with each of you.
    Love & prayers, Erica


  • Jon Fowler

    March 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    My deepest condolences to you Sadie. Josh was a special person and touched so many people in a positive way. All the best to you, Chris and Billy.


  • Livvy Anne Sheppard

    March 9, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    It still doesn’t seem real! He was a great guy! I love yall! He will be truly missed! I wish I could be there with yall!


  • Sherri Smith

    March 9, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Sadie, we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

    Colin & Sherri Smith & Family


  • Lorraine Chavers

    March 9, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Sadie, Clay and family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Josh was a great young man. He was very outgoing and friendly. He had the most beautiful smile. He had a huge heart for children. I’m praying for you in this season. He will be missed. God is near to the broken hearted, lean into Him and let Him give you comfort!
    He is our only Hope. I love you all and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers…


  • Melanie Breaud Daisey

    March 9, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Sadie and family I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.


  • Jeffery Mitchell

    March 9, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family. Josh will truly be missed.


  • Parish Eshkoftegi

    March 9, 2022 at 4:10 am

    I miss and love u so much. U said we are so much alike And i argued we wasnt. I never said this but that’s because, I think your so much better. U are a huge person big on in heart big in size big in personality
    ,Just a huge force to reckon with. Your momma blessed the earth the day u were born I’m gonna miss u so much. Start wearing them down up there for me. Atleast I got u to be waiting on me when I get there.


  • holly rains

    March 9, 2022 at 4:05 am

    Ms Sadie,Chris and Billy.. absolutely heartbreaking to hear this news..keeping y’all in my prayers..I know this will be a eyptyness in y’all’s family.Some of my best memories the with him..He was so special .Words can’t explain how sorry I am for your family..Holly Rains


  • April Achord

    March 9, 2022 at 1:29 am

    We went to school together, lived in the same neighborhood for years way back when, same age. Just unbelievable. My heart hurts for Josh’s family and close friends. His life was cut short, but man, what a life he lived while here.
    He was loved by so many.


  • Joyce Ross

    March 9, 2022 at 12:28 am

    🕊️🙏🕊️Sadie my heart hurts for you and the family. We have known y’all many years. All your boys grew into handsome fellas. I know this is hard on the family and all I have read everyone is in shock😥 Sending prayers and hugs to you and the family and may Josh R. I. P and know he will be missed by many🕊️🙏🕊️



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  • Cindi Shepard

    March 8, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    So terribly sorry for your loss. Cannot imagine t pain you are feeling. I will be praying for you and your family. Please let me know if I can do anything to help. I can do a portrait or any other kind of art for you.
    Love you.

    Cindi Constant Shepard


  • Charles Dougay

    March 8, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Josh, I will miss that always present smile and bear hugs. You touched a lot of people in your 42 years. I will always remember that little boy that I met so many years ago. Rest easy Big Guy. Love you


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