Barbara E. Tharpe of Lowell, MA

Feb 25, 1954 -
Jan 30, 2024



Tuesday February 6, 2024

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell MA 01851




Wednesday February 7, 2024

10:00 am


122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell MA 01851


Funeral Details



Barbara Elaine Tharpe, age 69, of Lowell, MA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones at home. She was born in Jasper, Alabama, the cherished daughter of Thomas Borom and Annie Hagler.

Barbara was united in marriage to the late Julius Tharpe in April 2014, and their love endured until his passing. She graduated from Dora High School in Sumiton, AL, with the Class of 1972.

Having retired as a civilian from Hanscom US Air Force Base in Bedford, MA, Barbara had a fulfilling career that spanned many years. Her commitment and hard work left a lasting impact on those she worked with, earning her the respect and admiration of colleagues.

A devout member of Bethel AME Church in Lowell, Barbara found solace and community in her faith. Her devotion to her spiritual life was evident in the warmth and kindness she extended to others.

Barbara was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a doting grandmother. Family was the cornerstone of her life, and she relished every moment spent with her grandchildren. Her nurturing spirit and unconditional love created a strong bond that will be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to be part of her family.

Beside hr beloved mother Annie Holmes, Barbara is survived by her son Richard Crockett and his wife Kerri of Columbia, SC, her daughter Leona Crockett of Lowell, MA; her brothers James Borom, Charles Hagler, Barry Hagler, and Christopher Holmes, all of Lowell, MA; her sisters Julia Hagler and Patricia Semprit and her husband, all of Lowell, MA; seven grandchildren Kwame, Shayla, Kailey, Kyndra, Marquis and his wife Jacaira, Maurice, and Tito; two great-grandchildren Landon and Emma; and numerous nieces, nephews and various grand nieces and nephews that she had special bonds with all of them.

She was the former wife of the late Leroy Crockett.

Barbara Elaine Tharpe will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace.



Barbara’s visiting hours will be Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 4 to 8PM at MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME, 122 PRINCETON BLVD, LOWELL, MA. Funeral Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 10AM at the funeral home. ARRANGEMENTS BY MORSE-BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME 978-458-6841. Guestbook at



17 responses to “Barbara E. Tharpe of Lowell, MA”

  1. Gloria Moore-Vaughn says:

    Barbara was a very loyal respectful and generous person and a good friend.She was a great mother and loving grandmother. And a faithful family person . Barbara was loved and respected by all.

  2. Kristine says:

    Barbara was an amazing woman when I was growing up may she rest in peace God bless her family.

  3. Mona Tyree says:

    Rest in the sweetest peace. You will be missed. Thank you for always checking on me and great conversations ?

  4. Stacy Vaughn-Wheeler says:

    Barbara was the sweetest. She was a very genuine person with a big heart. Her love for her family was amazing and she made sure you knew it!! Rest in Heaven Ms Barbara I will always remember us in my back yard just laughing and enjoying life. This summer won’t be the same without you. ?

  5. Natasha Morales says:

    She was my neighbor for many years growing up. She was always kind and smiling. My condolences to her family and friends.

  6. Roberta Menzies says:

    My deepest condolences and prayers go out to all her family and friends.? Barbara was one of a kind person. She showed love to all in her path. She was a beautiful soul. All who had the opportunity to know her were blessed by it. People as herself are few to come by. May she rest in paradise and May the Lord comfort all who loved her.
    Bobbie Menzies

  7. Barbara was a wonder lady. Full of love and joy….she was a great conversationalist and cared. Deeply about others….she will be missed

  8. Deb Campbell says:

    I met Barbara through her good friend, Chuck Murray. We became friends immediately and I adored her. She loved her family so much. I am sure she will missed by everyone who knew her. I know I will. May all your memories of her bring you peace. Rest in peace, Barbara.

  9. Sandra Henderson says:

    Barbara, and I would hang out on the weekends at times. We went to church together; we even ushered the same Sunday’s and talk all the time. I will miss her. I will keep the family in my prayers, and May she Rest in Peace. Man, we had some good times. You will be missed.

  10. Darryn says:

    I am very saddened to hear of Barbara’s passing. Please accept my most sincerest condolences

  11. Elise says:

    She is a wonderful lady and i’m gonna miss you so much Rest in peace Love always Elsie ❤️

  12. Bernice Shropshire says:

    Barbara had a kind, caring and loving spirit. The sweetest smile. She has touched many lives. Well done good and faithful servant. Keeping the family in our prayers.

  13. James Mitchell says:

    Barbara was truly one of a kind and I’m not just saying that, she was truly one of a kind. The way she carried herself the way she respected people and people respected her. She never had a negative thing to say about anyone she was truly a loving person. May she rest in peace. ??❤️

  14. BRENDA ORTEGA says:

    One of a kind my Sweet Barbabra she always called me daughter Rest in the sweetest paradise you are truly missed I will miss you big smile passing by my house on your way to the post office knocking on my door just to hug and say hi ? this hurts a lot….??

  15. Janice L Brown says:

    Just hearing about Barbara passing away. Worked with her at Hanscom. She truly was a nice person who loved her family deeply. May she rest in heavenly peace. My prayers and condolences to her family.

  16. Jill Sullivan says:

    To all Barbara’s Family,

    I am so sad to hear this terrible news I worked with Barbara for many years at Hanscom Air Force Base. I have not seen her since she retired. Had I known this, I would of gone to her service to pay my respects to you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I am sorry for your loss. She had so much faith. I am sure she is with the good Lord now. God Bless you all today and always!

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