Thara A. Fontelroy

Thara A. Fontelroy

 Thara A. Fontelroy, 56, of Parsons, passed away at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at his home.

Thara Anderson Fontelroy was born on March 13, 1965, in Parsons. He was one of 15 children born to Walter H. Fontelroy Sr. and Claretha E. (Ponds) Fontelroy. He grew up in Parsons and attended McKinley and Guthridge grade schools, Parsons Junior High School and graduated from Parsons High School in 1983.

Following high school, Thara attended Labette Community College and worked at the Katy Station. He eventually moved to Lawrence, where he realized his passion for the culinary arts. Thara moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he sharpened his culinary skills, working as a sous chef. His talent and preparation gave him the opportunity to work as a chef at Chateau Elan Resort and Winery in Atlanta. Due to illness, he returned to Parsons in 2000 to be closer to his family.

Thara grew up as a church boy. He was a member of the Pleas Chapel Church of God in Christ, now Watson Memorial, in Parsons. He accepted salvation at a very early age and was active in Sunday school and YPWW.

Loving all things sports, Thara was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and a Kansas University Jayhawks fan. Football season will not be the same without him.

Thara was a great son, father, brother and very special uncle. Among the many good things Thara did in life, his ultimate purpose was to spread love, laughs and happiness. He was always positive, giving and always offered a smile. Even though his illness left his body with limitations, his eyes and smile still offered his gift to the end.

“To God be the Glory for his Life!”

Survivors include a daughter, Tiera Cochran of Atlanta, Georgia; two grandchildren, Rosie and Danyul; his mother,  Claretha Fontelroy of the home; five brothers, Ronald Fontelroy of Houston, Texas, Dennis Fontelroy and his wife, Tietha, of Wichita, A. Joseph Fontelroy of Parsons, Mark Fontelroy and his wife, Carol, of Gulf Port, Mississippi, and David Fontelroy of Parsons; five sisters, Retha Davis and her husband, Gary, of Pomona, California, Michelle Fontelroy of Parsons, Evangeline Fontelroy of Parsons, Beatrice Fontelroy of Parsons and Christine Hill and her husband, Ed, of Parsons; and 24 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Fontelroy Sr.; and four brothers, Walter Fontelroy Jr., Carl Fontelroy, Michael Fontelroy and Phares Fontelroy.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call to sign the register from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

In concern due to COVID-19, seating will be limited and the family is asking masks be worn. The service will be livestreamed and the link can be found under Thara’s obituary at

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