Allen Eugene Tharling

Allen Eugene Tharling, 79, of Port Lavaca, passed away May 3, 2022. He was born Sept. 17, 1942 in Houston to Charles and Gladys Tharling. 

Allen served in the United States Army from 1961-1964. He joined the Houston Police Department Oct. 6, 1969, Academy Class #42. During his tenure with the department, he was assigned to the Central, Northwest, and Robbery Divisions. Lieutenant Tharling retired July 30, 1994 after 24 years of service. He was the Chief of Police for Port Lavaca, and was the former mayor of the City of Port Lavaca serving two terms from 2002-2006. 

Allen was very active throughout the community. He was a past president of the Calhoun County United Way from 2003-2005, served on the senior citizens committee, the civic choir, rotary, and member of First United Methodist Church. 

In his down time, Allen enjoyed dancing, singing, spending time with his family and traveling.  He and Mary Lou were blessed to have visited all 50 states and 38 countries.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Tharling; daughter, Deanna Tharling-Alaniz (Max); son, Dwayne Tharling (Molli); stepsons, Michael James Munoz (Brenda) and Christopher Gilbert Munoz (Maribel); and three grandchildren, Zachary Tharling, Kayleigh Tharling and Michael Andrew Munoz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother, one half-sister and one half-brother.

A celebration of Allen’s life was held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 9, at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Houston Police Department, Port Lavaca Police Department and New Century Hospice.

Memorial donations may be made to New Century Hospice.

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