William Stanley "Bill" Tharp, Sr.

Inducted: 1997

WILLIAM STANLEY “BILL” THARP, SR. (1914-1996) was a well-known and respected journalist in Oklahoma for more than 40 years. After working as a teacher and coach, he joined the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance in 1954. Later, as associate editor of The Oklahoma Journal, his “Top O’ the Mornin” column showed his gentle humor, sense of nostalgia and keen insight into human nature. He wrote a weekly column for the Midwest City Sun until 1995, when ill health intervened.