A Salute To Our Service, Fire & Police Personnel - June 2017  

U.S. ARMY, World War II

Nelson Irving Tharpe, was born and raised in Charlotte County on 1 May 1924; the son of Nelson E. and Mary Daniel Tharpe. He was educated in the Charlotte County school system.

Nelson enlisted in the army on 26 April 1943 in Richmond, Virginia as a Private; and was assigned to a Rifle Infantry Combat Division, where he saw action in France, and other areas of the European Theatre as well as in Scotland. He served his country well and was honorably discharged at Fort Meade, Maryland on the 12 of January 1946.


Nelson returned to his native Charlotte and married Bessie Thelma Lankford on 29 November 1952, a union which lasted 54 years.


Nelson died on 2 September 2006 and was laid to rest in the cemetery of Lebanon United Methodist Church where he was a lifelong member.