Ethridge Tharp of Christopher, formerly of West Frankfort, celebrated his 105th birthday at family gathering at his home. He also received many cards from family and friends.
Mr. Tharp was born July 4, 1910, near Macedonia. He and his wife, Lola, have a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and George Buck, and a stepdaughter and her husband, Phyllis and Jerry Greenwood. They also have two granddaughters, three great-grandchildren and a nephew and his wife.
Mr. Tharp owned and operated Tharp's Variety Store in West Frankfort from 1946 to 1956. He is the oldest living graduate of Frankfort Community High School and rode in the King Coal Parade last year, representing his graduating class of 1931.