NEW MADRID - Van H. Sharp Jr., 88, of New Madrid died Jan. 21, 2005, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Born Dec. 16, 1916, in Gideon, he was the son of the late Van H. Sharp Sr. and Mamie Maude Waltrip-Sharp.
On June 24, 1951, in Cadiz, Ky., he married Rebecca Della Hughes, who survives of the home.
Mr. Sharp obtained the rank of sergeant in the United States Army and served in the European Theater during World War II. Following his military service he earned a degree from the University of Missouri and was a lifelong supporter of his alma-mater.
Returning to Southeast Missouri Mr. Sharp entered public office and was elected clerk of the Circuit Court for New Madrid County. He served the people of New Madrid County for 48 years until retiring from public service in 1998.
He and his wife, Rebecca, owned and operated Rebecca Sharp Catering service for 51 years.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Sharp is survived by four children, Susan Sharp (Jere Robbins), Cindy Sharp-Amick (husband, Rand), Jennifer Sharp-Machiran (husband, Dan) and Van H Sharp III; one special friend, Lisa Stanley; and 10 grandchildren, Vanessa, Valerie, David, Victoria and Madeline Robbins; Allison, Clair and Ollivia Amick; and Nicholas and Jenna Machiran; and one great-grandson, Cullen Pearson.
Mr. Sharp was preceded in death by one grandson, Patrick Machiran; four brothers, Herb, James, Byron and Keith Sharp; and four sisters, Pricilla Donaho, Virginia Malcolm, Lucille Foushee and Wanda Graves.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Richards Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in New Madrid.
Pallbearers will be: Bill Sharp, Stephen Sharp, Dennis Sharp, Larry Sharp, Bob Foushee, Dave Foushee, Mickey Dickey, Jim Dickey, Allen Malcolm and Dennis Graves.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Walter Ivy, John Downing, Bo Wingo, Jay Blankenship, Sam Bodine, Charlie Spitler, Hal Hunter, Bud Cooper, Jerry Sermon and Curt Poore. Also the late Jimmy Joe Bloomfield will be honored as an honorary pallbearer.
Memorial donations may
be made to:
the American Heart
P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601 or
American Diabetes Association
P.O. Box 1132
Fairfax, VA 22038-1132
the First United Methodist Church of New Madrid
627 Mill St., New Madrid, MO 63869