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Frances Tharp Bennett

Frances Tharp Bennett, 77, passed away Friday morning, October 17, 2014. Born on April 11, 1937 in Darlington, SC; she was the daughter of the late John Hulon Tharp and Josephine Covington Tharp.

Frances retired as a much loved and dedicated elementary school teacher, teaching 2nd-5th grade at AV Baucom Elementary School for 31 years. She had a passion for painting and art and loved teaching square dancing, double-dutch jump rope and was an AVID Tar Heels fan, especially their football and basketball teams.

She is survived by her daughter: Bekki Bennet, of Apex; and two brothers: John Tharp and wife Brenda, of the Villages in FL and Lewis Tharp and wife Peggy, of Virginia Beach.

Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6-8 pm at Apex Funeral Home, with Funeral Services to be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 3 pm in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Apex Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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