Remembering J. Harold Tharrington

J. Harold TharringtonThe staff at Tharrington Smith expresses their profound grief over the loss of J. Harold Tharrington, a co-founder of the firm. Harold and his UNC Chapel Hill classmate, Wade Smith, opened the doors of Tharrington Smith in 1964, only one year after they graduated from law school. Harold quickly became one of the most respected Family Law attorneys in the state, and he retired from the legal profession in 1995. Wade Smith shares a few words about his friend and colleague:


I am heartbroken over the loss of my great friend and partner, Harold Tharrington. It was with him that I set out on the journey to found Tharrington Smith law firm.  He was the perfect companion in this great endeavor. He was a brilliant thinker, meticulous in examining every potential decision with great skill and devotion. At the end of the first year, we paid all of our bills, and we each made twenty-seven dollars. We raised a glass in celebration and joyfully entered upon a second year.


Harold had a basketball goal at his house near North Hills. We had rough and fierce neighborhood games at his house. He was a good player and he was a wonderful friend. I miss him. I know that all of us in the law firm miss him. He meant the world to all of us. I know and love his family, each member. I will never forget him and I will never get over the loss of this great man.”


Harold’s passion for art and travel, his dedication to his work and his family, and his infectious positivity will be fondly remembered by all. Tharrington Smith extends its warmest sympathy to Bonne, Harold’s widow, as well as his children, step-children, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren. Please take a moment to read Harold’s obituary, and join us in remembering the life and work of a great lawyer and an even greater friend.