Jack Earl Tharp, 80, of Madison, died on February 27, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.   He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years,  Gladys Nell Tharp, mother, Pauline Rutland Tharp and his brother Don Tharp. He is survived by his son, Dr. Greg Tharp (Karen) his daughter, Penni Tharp Davis (Chris) and four beloved grandchildren Tara Tharp, Jack G. Tharp, Peyton Davis, and Jake Davis. He also survived by his sister Jerry Spangler and her husband Tom, of Dover, DE.  Jack was born in Mount Olive, MS on December 31, 1936. He fell in love with life on the MS Gulf Coast and excelled in mathematics and science at Gulfport High school. His academic prowess led to a West Point Academy appointment. He later travelled to Houston TX and also Atlanta GA pursuing career opportunities, but later moved back to MS. Jack worked in management at Presto Manufacturing Company. Funeral services were held March 2, 2017 at Lakewood Funeral Home followed by burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.