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Tommy C. Tharp, 75, went on to his next adventure on Monday, March 11, 2019, surrounded by the love of his family.  Tommy was born on September 9, 1943 in Las Cruces, NM to James and Mildred Tharp.

He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1961.  He then joined the Air Force and was stationed in Del Rio, Texas, where he met the love of his life, Linda.  Honorably discharged in 1965, he and Linda moved to Las Cruces where they raised their family.

In 1988 Tommy and Linda moved to Elephant Butte where Tommy was very active in the community, especially, with fishing and golf.  Anyone that knew Tommy knows what a great presence and influence he had on everything he touched.  Tommy started or was a member of numerous fishing and golfing organizations where he wanted to make a difference, and he did.  Tommy never met a stranger.

Tommy was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred; father, James; and brother, Jimmy.  He is survived by his loving wife and soul-mate of 54 years, Linda; brother, Jerry “Jigger” Tharp and spouse, Barbara, of Las Cruces; daughters - Shelley Johnson and spouse, Todd, of Las Cruces, Lisa Shores, of Albuquerque and Caroline Smith and spouse, Joe, of Albuquerque; son, Jay Tharp of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren – Andy Johnson and Spencer Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bradley Johnson and spouse, Schanysa, of Elephant Butte, Ryan Johnson of Albuquerque, Garrett Tharp, Jamie Tharp and Christin Tharp of Port Angeles, Washington, Matt Tharp of Phoenix, Arizona, Alexis Shores and Hunter Shores of Albuquerque, Aiden Smith and Brandon Smith of Albuquerque; and great-grandchildren – Jonus Johnson and Scky Johnson of Elephant Butte.  Other significant family members – Kaylie Anderson, Keiana Carr, Moira Hughes, Jaime Sais and numerous nieces and nephews.

In his words, “I’ve had a great life, it’s been a lot of fun.”  He was excited to start his next adventure.

Tommy wished to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. at the Albert Lyon Event Center.

In lieu of flowers, Tommy wished for a donation to be made for Autism research to the New Mexico Autism Society ( or the Autism Society of America (; 4340 East West Hwy Suite 350, Bethesda, MD  20814; 800-328-8476.

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  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    so long Tommy Ken
    ~ kenneth Riedemann   t or c
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    I am sorry to hear that Tommy is gone. He was always kind and thoughtful to me and my family. I hope you find comfort and peace as you remember the life that Tommy lived. The world will be poorer without him. Peace to him and all of you. Chris
    ~ Chris McCants   Albuquerque, NM
  • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    Our warmest sympathies goes to you and yours in these difficult moments. May you find strength from the words of 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Monday, March 18, 2019
    Rest in peace old friend. I have wonderful memories of our days at LCHS, Class of '61.
  • Monday, March 18, 2019
    So sorry to hear about Tommy. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and the family.
    ~ June Capps   Las Cruces, NM
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Linda, I am a Las Cruces High School Classmate of Tommy. He was such a dear friend and provided us much laughter (his attendance to the last reunion will always be a treasure). Please know we lift you up in prayer for God to comfort
    ~ Nylla Womack Whitlow   Las Cruces, NM