James F. Sharp

Sunrise: April 27, 1940

Sunset: March 21, 2020

James F. Sharp (affectionately known as Jitterbug by the family) was born on April 27,1940 in Norfolk Va to the late Lillian Sharp Foskey . On the morning of Saturday March 21st 2020, he returned to his eternal home in heaven after living for almost 80 years. He was predeceased by his siblings Luther E. Sharp, and William A. Sharp (Vivian). His remaining living sibling is Sarah Diane Brown who was his devoted caregiver.

During James’ early education he attended St. Joseph Catholic School, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk VA in 1958. He played the saxophone as a proud member of the infamous Booker T. Washington Marching Band. James was very active in his Booker T. Washington’s class of ’58 activities. They traveled together and participated in many activities over the years.

After graduating from high school he earned an associate degree from Norfolk State University. He served in the US Army as a tank inspector and mechanic from 1963-1969. He retired from the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority as a Housing Inspector and Construction Specialist working 29 years of service. Other employment included IBM in Bristol Tennessee where he built and repaired computers, the Naval Supply Center, a truck driver, mechanic, warehouseman, and electrician.

James joined Queen Street Baptist Church at the age of four where he currently holds his membership. He served in the Holland Missionary Circle, and as a Deacon for 20 years. He has been a member for over 75 years. He resigned from all his volunteer activities at the church to take care of his mother. He truly loved serving the Lord, and he loved talking about the WORD of God. In May 2019 James received an award for 50 years of service in the Masonic Lodge-Excelsior #87. He also served over 50 years in the Alpha & Omega Consistory #9 (Shriners).

James possessed a kind, humble, and generous spirit. Always willing to help whoever he could. He was a mentor to many. His extracurricular activities also included fishing, crabbing, photography, playing pool, he was a techie who was computer savvy, and could fix anything. Traveling was one of his passions. All he needed was a road map and he would arrive to your destination like a walking GPS. He was very supportive, caring, and encouraging. That was consistently displayed in his love for his family and friends. He was a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan. He enjoyed his remaining retirement years traveling with his Booker T. high school graduation class, personal trips, and intentional quality time on family trips with his nieces & nephews from Atlanta Georgia for the past few years.
James also left several nieces & nephews who loved him dearly: Freida Burton Sharp, Andrea Sharp, Roger Brown (Charlotte), Donnie Sharp (Yvonne), Kimberly Sharp-Calhoun, Kiesharra Corbette-Crudup (flowers), and William, Jr. ( Taisha).

He is also is survived by a host of great grandnieces and grand nephews: Richard James, Roshawn Sharp, Rasheika Sharp, David Burton, Daveon Burton, Troyce Sharp (deceased), Ariel Okunowo, Shamika Whitehead (Gerald), Rakia Jackson(Dominick), Deonte Armstrong (Sharee), Jermaine Carter, Ciara Sharp, and Joseph, Blaine, & Schuyler (Britany) Calhoun, Travon Bing, Kenadi Sharp, and Kayla Sharp, and a host of great great nieces and nephews whom he spent quality time with, and a host of relatives and friends.

Special Acknowledgements to his Family members; Rudolph Keeling, Alma Marie Walker, and Jean Saunders. Also Special Acknowledgements to his dearest friends; George Sparrow, Janie Benson, Sandra Fenner, William L. Selden, and Carrie Louise Collins.

Viewing Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, March 27, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    George Sparrow says

    On behalf of The Sparrow Family Cousins (Becky, Emma, George III & Keonte Gilliard) we would like to express our prayers and condolences to our extended family. We loved cousin James and will always be mindful of every Christmas as cousins going around his house exchanging gifts, celebrating his birthday, sitting outside in his backyard, his faithful service to his church as well as his loving spirit he embodied like his mother. Last but not least his love for family, friends, sports and technology.

    You fought a long and hard battle with your illness and We loved you cousin James but God loved you best!

    Thank you for all the memories and for being apart of our lives.

    Love Always Cousins (Becky, Emma, George III & Keonte)

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    Emma Coleman (Sparrow) says

    Our dearest cousin James will forever be edged in our hearts. The memories are priceless even up to his last days. I am thankful for so many memories from my childhood and adulthood. My childhood memories are special holidays, kind and gentle smile. You always referring to my deceased mom as “Marie”. Our talks about us sharing common ground in the Army. Also, how you loved my mother and father and cherished the relationships. As a child, I can see you now serving communion at church with a graceful and kind-hearted smile. Certainly, cousin Lilian( your mother) and Christ lived in you. I take comfort in knowing the extraordinary example you leave behind in a Christ-like manner. Rest on cousin James.
    Love, Emma
    and on behalf of my father George Lee Sparrow, Jr.

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    Jeneen Selden /Lewis Selden says

    To Ms. Diane and all those that loved Mr. Sharp,

    Words cannot describe what you are feeling right now, just know that we are here for you and love you. Mr. Sharp is one of my father’s closest best friends from childhood. He will truly be missed. May he rest in eternal peace. God bless you all. ❤️🙏🏽

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