Summing up the short life of someone well-loved and cherished is almost as hard as catching his “essence.” It’s like trying to capture the sunshine on a beautiful day or the smell of ozone when it’s about to rain. The best we can do in a case like this is remember the stories that person brought into our lives and try to convey how much they meant, and how he touched so many lives.
Joey Tharp died tragically young, 19, in a fatal car accident on Highway 45 on a foggy Saturday night, March 23, 2003. Joey was quiet and kind of reserved, but soon came out of his shell once he got to know you. Joey excelled in everything he did, he worked hard in every aspect of his life whether it was academics, athletics, hunting, or helping his family. He did everything with that calm presence he always had around him almost like a soothing cloud that enveloped him.
Joey’s life lessons continue throughout each day, and his legacy lives on through his family and the Joey Lee Tharp Memorial Scholarship Fund. His scholarship is given to a student graduating from Richland Springs who exhibits Joey’s “essence.”
His quiet condence and dogged determination to do well at whatever he was given is part of the qualications, and the family knows that this doesn’t exist in just the students at Richland Springs, but they are in the surrounding communities as well. So this year the Tharp family wants to raise enough money to not just give one scholarship to a Richland student but to several students in the area. To keep this scholarship fund going the Tharps have held a fundraiser every year, and this one is going to be bigger than ever. On October 12th, at the Richland Springs Feedlot the festivities will start at 10 AM with Washers, 30$ per team, and carnival games for the kids. At 4:30, a brisket dinner with all the trimmings will begin until it is sold out and at 5:30 live music takes over. Jaeden Matthews, Southern Rustics, and The Remains will kick off the night. JB and the Moonshine Band will headline the night starting at 10PM. A silent auction will continue throughout the day with all kinds of things on which to bid. Remember to enjoy life. Cherish every moment with the ones you love and hold them close. The Joey Lee Tharp Memorial Scholarship is a great way to get out and enjoy the day while helping an amazing family raise money to support not just the students of Richland Springs but also the students in the surrounding communities.
Saturday, October 12th at the Richland Springs Feedlot. It’s a great time and for a GREAT cause. Any further question, please contact Jason Tharp at 325-205-2241.