James Robert Tharp, 17, a Junior at Wren High, was fatally injured in a single vehicle accident on Wren School Road Friday afternoon. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Tharp had diabetes, which may have been a contributing factor in the wreck which happend less than a mile from the high school. Wren Fire Department and SC Highway Patrol responded to the accident.
Tharp was in the ROTC and the Culinary arts program at the Anderson School District 1 and 2 Careet and Technology Center.
District One Superintendent David Havird said, “Anderson School District One is deeply saddened and mourns with the Wren High School family with the loss of student James Tharp. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of this talented student killed in a tragic car accident.”
Wren High teacher Sallie Faust said, “James is one of the most respectful, polite young men you could hope to meet. I never heard him complain about anything…he was always ready with a smile and a warm response.”
“James has been at Anderson 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center in the Culinary Arts program for two years,” said Chris Moree, ACTC Culinary Arts Instructor. “He was a warm and welcoming young man, who was always first to say good morning. James’ excitement for the class was always evident and he went above and beyond every day. His positive attitude and smile will truly be missed, and we are all fortunate to have known him. He was one the finest young men I have had the pleasure of teaching. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”
“James was a very conscientious and well-liked student. He was kind and unselfish. He was one of the most interesting students with whom you would ever speak. James always did his assignments and volunteered to help in other areas. He will be greatly missed from our corps of cadets at Wren HS,” shared CAPT Tom Rossley, USN (retired)
Counselors were at the school Friday afternoon for students and teachers. The school district is on spring break this week but counselors will be available as needed for students, school officials said.