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Marcus Tharpe

October 30, 1977 ~ February 5, 2022 (age 44)

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Obituary

Marcus Deshaun Tharpe, affectionately known as “Pichaman”, was born to Ronnie Cole and Fortune Tharpe, in Hollow Rock, Tennessee, on October 30, 1977. He attended high school at Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School and graduated with the class of 1995. He later obtained his Associate’s degree from Sanford Brown College, located in St. Peters, MO, in 2009. He was a man of many creative passions but was most renowned for his love of photography.

Marcus marveled at God’s creation. He was so intrigued by nature that it sparked his fascination for photography. Whether shooting with a cell phone or through a professional lens, he captured landscapes from Lake Guntersville, to Noccalula Falls, and cityscapes in between.

His passion for portraiture emerged at New Destiny Christian Church. As Marcus grew in wisdom and stature spiritually, so did his gift. From Sunday morning worship to Phenomenal Woman galas, “Pichaman” did not just capture ministry milestones; he captured members’ hearts.

Marcus was faithful to make room for his gift, and God faithfully allowed his gift to make room for him. His noteworthy works of art have been featured on billboards, print ads, social justice websites, books, greeting cards, album covers, brochures, signage, social media, and even in Gadsden’s own museum of art.

Marcus married his “good thing’’, Vonda Settles, also known as “Curvy Boss Lady”, on December 29, 2010. They nurtured their family with laughter, love, a strong work ethic, and a legacy of faith. Together, they founded All Roads Lead to Christ Media.

Marcus was a mentor to many who put the “hood” in brotherhood. He had jokes for days and was as real as they come. As a husband and father, he was a protector and provider. As a creative, his prowess and skills were unmatched. As a friend, he had a way of making you feel seen, celebrated, and significant. As a photographer, he made you feel like you already were what you were hoping to become. As a chef, his food filled your stomach while satisfying your soul.

Marcus is survived by his wife - Vonda; his four children – Kiasia Williams, Cabe Sala (Darcelle), Isaac Whitely, and Brandon Cooper; stepdaughter – Taylor Dortch; grandson – Xavier Sala (Cabe and Darcelle); his parents – Ronnie Cole and Fortune Russell (Greg); siblings – Juan Spencer and Tierra Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, church members, and clients. Though we will miss his physical presence on the earth, his body of work will live on in our hearts.

 

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Services

Open Viewing
Saturday
February 12, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
New Destiny Christian Church
201 Goldenrod Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901

Celebration of Life
Saturday
February 12, 2022

1:00 PM
New Destiny Christian Church
201 Goldenrod Avenue
Gadsden, AL 35901

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