Benjamin Spencer Tharp - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Benjamin Spencer Tharp

Born July 14, 1935

Benjamin Spencer Tharp, age 80, of Delaware City, DE, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 30, 2016.

A lifelong Delawarean, Mr. Tharp was born in Middletown on July 14, 1935, and was a son of the late Spencer D. and Margaret J. (Clough) Tharp. He made his career as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for many years and worked for several area companies including Boyer and Cruchley, Seaways and Finnegan Construction.

Mr. Tharp was a farming enthusiast and raised livestock for many years on his property. Those who knew him understood his cows were considered family pets and he lovingly cared for each of them. An avid baseball fan, Mr. Tharp looked forward to cheering on the Philadelphia Phillies every season. He adored his family and looked forward to spending time with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Tharp was preceded in death by his siblings, Levi and Nanette and a son, Benjamin Spencer Tharp, Jr. He is survived by his daughter, Marge Turner of Perryville, MD; sons, Tim Tharp and Joe Tharp, both of Delaware City, DE; and grandsons, Benjamin and Joseph, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday morning, June 4, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE, where a visitation will be held from 10 am until 11 am. Interment will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Port Penn Road, Port Penn, DE.


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  • Margie Tim Joe I am so sorry for the loss of your father I am sure he will be greatly missed by all sending prayers to all please let me know if you need anything I love you all


  • I’m so sorry for the loss of your father.

  • To Margie Timmy Joe so sorry for the loss of your father I’m sending my prayers and love to you guys in your time of need

  • Margie, Tim, and Joe….I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was a great guy that always kept me laughing. My thoughts are with you !!

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Ben has been a wonderful neighbor of ours for more than 20 years and he will be greatly missed. We will miss our “over the fence talks” that we would have with him … just chatting about all those simple things “country people” discuss. He truly loved his farm and we appreciated his love of animals. Couldn’t have asked for a better person to live next door to. Our hearts go out to the friends and family members who loved him. Terry and Wanda

  • Very sorry for your loss

  • So sorry for your loss DJ and I will keep you and your family in our prayers

  • Birdena, Joey, Timmy & Marge,
    So very sorry to hear of the passing of Benny. May all your memories be happy.
    Much love to you all.
    Jodie & Ed Quinn

  • Margie so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

  • Our sincere condolences to you Joe,a great friend,and to your family on the loss of your father.We apologize for not being able to attend the viewing but believe me Joe your are in our thoughts.Hope to see you soon so we can give you the hug a friend deserves.We love you brother.Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.RIP Mr.Tharp.