Earl Milburn Sharp
Earl Milburn Sharp, 82, of Roanoke, Virginia, died October 3, 2006, after an extended illness.
Born March 30, 1924, Mr. Sharp was the second oldest of 14 children born to the late Charles J. and Ora Thompson Sharp, of Marlinton.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army Medical Corps in the European Theatre.ﾠ In 1954, he received the Carnegie Medal of Honor for Heroism in recognition of his willingness to sacrifice everything to save the life of a drowning woman.ﾠ ﾠﾠﾠ
Mr. Sharp retired from the Greyhound Bus Company in 1985 after 34 years of service.
He loved the outdoors and was a talented hunter and fisherman, and told tales of growing up in Pocahontas County.ﾠ In the 31 years since it began, Earl missed only one of the infamous Sharp Famiy Reunions held annually in Marlinton.ﾠ
In additionﾠ to his parents, Mr. Sharp was preceded in death by a son, Stanley R. Sharp, and two brothers, Jack A. Sharp and Charles H. ﾓHubﾔ Sharp.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Mildred Kirkpatrick Sharp; one daughter, Phyllis A. Wilbur; two sons, Gregory H.Sharp, and Timothy W. Sharp; seven brothers, Lew Sharp, Dempsey ﾓDickﾔ Sharp, Craig Sharp, Don Sharp, Tom Sharp, and Doug Sharp; five sisters, Catherine ﾓSisﾔ Baechtel, Patricia Lamoureax, Brenda ﾓCookieﾔ Doss, Charlotte Slagle, and Kay Burke; nine grandchildren, three great-granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 26, in the Simpson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ivey Adams officiating.ﾠ A graveside service with military honors followed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ora T. Sharp Scholarship Fund, c/o Pendleton County Bank, Marlinton, WVﾠ 24954.