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Sharon Wilson-Rooks


Sunrise: November 9, 1956

Sunset: July 3, 2021

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” Psalm 116:15

Elder Sharon Faye Wilson Rooks was “welcomed home” by her LORD and Savior Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. Due to failing health, Sharon temporarily relocated from Denver, Colorado to Atlanta to live with her sister, Jacquelyn Mills, to receive medical treatment at Emory Winship Cancer Institute.

Sharon was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on November 9, 1956, to the late Ethel Pearl Rooks Page and Frank Sudderth. As the first grandchild in the Rooks family, Sharon’s birth was marked by an instant and lasting bond of love.

Sharon was raised in Church at the Garden of Prayer Temple in Portsmouth, VA. (now Garden of Prayer Worship Center- Norfolk, VA) where she accepted Christ at an early age. She was a faithful Sunday School member and felt led to share and teach God’s Word, and she eventually became a Sunday School teacher. Sharon embraced and never abandoned the legacy of the love for God and family instilled in her at an early age.

Sharon was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1975. She was a varsity cheerleader, active in the band, and President of the 1975 Senior Class. Sharon attended Norfolk State College (now Norfolk State University), and shortly thereafter met and later married Navy Chief Luther R. Wilson. Their union produced two loving daughters: Ashleigh and Amber. After several military base stations, the Wilson Family settled in Denver, Colorado. Sharon joined and was a devoted member of For His Glory Christian Fellowship in Aurora, Colorado. There, she “served the Lord with gladness” on the Praise Team and lifted her melodious voice in the Choir. On October 22, 2017, Sharon was blessed to be ordained as an Elder in the Church under the leadership of her beloved Pastors, Thomas and Anitha Jones.

Sharon was employed at Empower/Great West Life Retirement Company where she worked in the Retirement Services Department for 15 years as a Lead team member, until health challenges prevented her from continuing in that capacity. Sharon was known for her fashionable and eloquent style. She had a passion for shopping and coordinating chic outfits for herself and others. Sharon enjoyed being with family and friends and possessed an engaging personality. She relaxed easily in the company of others and never met a stranger. She was always willing and ready to help and be a blessing to others.

Sharon deeply loved God, her family, her church and friends, and she knew that they loved and cared for her unselfishly as well. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Ethel Pearl Rooks Page, and her brother, Reginald Anthony Page. She leaves to cherish her memory: two loving daughters, Ashleigh Bell (Es’Jay) of Denver, CO and Amber Wilson, of Baltimore, MD; a caring father, Frank Sudderth of Virginia Beach, VA; two delightful grandchildren, Krimzin S. Wilson and Es’Jay Bell, Jr. of Denver, CO; one devoted sister, Jacquelyn Mills of Atlanta, GA; one loving brother, Marvin Page of Portsmouth, VA; one dedicated aunt, Eveline R. Garrett of Chesapeake, VA; three loving uncles, William Rooks (Beryl) of Chesapeake, VA; Alfred Rooks and Elder Alvin R. Rooks, Sr. of Portsmouth, VA and a host of cousins and friends.

Viewing Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, July 15, 2021 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Entombment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    Kenneth Lambert says

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time grievance. May God continue to bless your strength.

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      Chartashia Miller says

      Elder Sharon was such an inspiration at FHG1 Ministries. We prayed together, sang together, cried together, and just had a wonderful time in the Lord. A great soul gone too soon. My condolences to her family and I’ll always remember your special cards annually. I know God has made your space just for you. Until we meet again.

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    Belinda Anderson says

    My deepest prayers and condolences go out Sharon’s family and friends. May God provide you with the comfort and strength that you will need during this difficult time.

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    Delois Bond says

    My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    I’ll miss catching up with Sharon on what everyone is doing and having a good laugh in-between.

    You had a long year fighting
    Rest in eternal paradise.

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      Pamela Lee says

      I thank God for our short friendship! My sincere condolences to her loving family. She blessed my home in Texas.

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    Leslie Roth says

    Sharon was a wonderful lady and I enjoyed visiting with her at work and seeing what she’d wear today. She always had a smile and was so upbeat everyday. She will be truly missed. My condolences and prayers to her family and friends. Rest in peace my friend.

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    Charlotte D. Ayeni says

    I am going to truly miss you my friend. You always made me laugh so much.

    I will never forget the day we both discovered each other in Target, and you were following me around. I was so happy to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar place.

    I will always remember and cherish the good times you etched on my heart. Rest In Peace my friend. Love You!

    Sending love and comfort to the family and enormous pool of friends you left behind!

    Charlotte Ayeni (HHI)

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    Jacque Kendall says

    Faye!! We go way back like Similac! You helped me discover Denver! The football games, the Resturants , mutual friends, and the church services! Who knew that my bestie attended your church. What a Easter surprise!! 🙂 Your Dad and my dad were besties too! We shared the same sister, Jackie…. You sure could make me laugh! Even during your illness you extended your condolences on the lost of my mom! What a great person! Told Yo it was a time for a visit! Never would imagine it would be this way! Dang!! Ash & Amber hold tight to the memories!! Every time you look in the mirror you’ll see and feel her presence! Love, Aunt Jacque

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    Donna Johnson says

    We have such a special bond that nothing can break…not even death. We will always have a connection in the spirit. I have never met anyone as special as Sharon. She called me mom and I called her my baby. I thank God that she was in my life. She will always be in my heart. I will always love and appreciated her.

    My love and condolences to Ashleigh, Amber and the rest of the family. You are in my prayers.

    We celebrate a life well lived to the glory and honor of God. She will never be forgotten.

    Mom Donna

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    Carrlette Parker (Coochie) says

    Such a lovely person, I can heard her laugh, can picture her in that cheering outfit and just being herself. Rest now, my friend. Your Father will provide all your needs.

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    Connie Megel Long says

    My deepest sympathy is with the family. I hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. I had the pleasure to work with Sharon for 15 years and she will be missed. I will never forget all the late nights we worked, benefits and checks. Thank you Sharon for all the good laughs and fashion tips.

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    Sabrina Rooks Thweatt says

    My cousin, my big Cousin…seeing this just made this really real 😭. Oh my, how I will miss you. I’m so grateful for the time we had together in my adult years. God knew what he was doing when he sent me on military assignment to Colorado for two years. We were able to bond in such a way that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I will miss our talks, your laugh, dimpled smile, your sassiness, your beautiful spirit. I love you ❤️

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    Cassandra Wagner says

    My deepest condolences to the Family of my dear friend Sharon. What a wonderful caring friend she was! I so enjoyed praising the Lord alongside of Sharon at FHG. Her love for God was evident in everything she did. You will be truly missed my friend but never forgotten. Rest in Heaven!

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    Sheila Veasley says

    My deepest condolences to the Wilson and Rooks family. I met Elder Sharon at FHG Ministries. She was very nice to me and we talked a lot as I tried to get her a job with the Federal Government. I will miss her smile, her kindness and our conversations. Rest in peace my dear friend in Christ!

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    JT Choate says

    In our four years of high school she always kept us laughing!
    May she now rest in eternal peace and continue to have a “heavenly smile”.
    Deepest condolences and prayers to the family during this time.

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    Matt Kaiser says

    My prayers are with family but it is my hope that we are all rejoicing in the fact that she is home with the Lord! I am sure her distinctive laugh is echoing throughout heaven!
    I had the pleasure of working with Sharon for many years and I enjoyed our conversations that quite often included our Lord Jesus and church activities. I always appreciated how she kept Jesus at the forefront of her life regardless of the tribulation she faced in this world. I look forward to seeing her again some day when the Lord takes me home.
    God bless.
    Matt Kaiser

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    Tatesha Rucker says

    My sincere condolences to your family! You will truly be missed! I will miss talking to you about how we make our Locs’s grow! You were full of life and such a wonderful person to talk too!
    I miss you!!

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    Arlene Booker says

    To the family of Sharon Faye Wilson Rooks: “Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.” Matt 5:4. May God grant you peace to feel comfort, strength to endure the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. It was a blessing to know Sharon and worship with her at our church, FHG1 Ministries. When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure! Heartfelt Condolences.

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    Reta Richardson says

    Condolences from the Richardson family on Portsmouth Boulevard. Billy,Reta, Lewis, Joyce, Melton,Lindwood, Sylvester, L’Kim and Marlon.

    Praying for your family.

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    Sharmaine norman-curry says

    My prayers are continually lifted for the ENTIRE family. I will miss your smile, style, opinions, singing and your class you ALWAYS showed. Thanks for all your style tips and confidence you gave me. I’m going to miss you terribly but know you’re leading songs of praise to God’s praise team. SIH (sing in heaven) my SISTER. Love peace and mercy FOREVER

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    Elder Nancy Jamerson FHG1 Ministries says

    Elder Sharon,you’re missed dearly, I told you I would stand with you until the end. Now, God has joined you back to Him in Heaven. We so appreciate your loving, caring and giving spirit. Ashleigh, Amber and Jackie and the family you remain in our prayers. Elder Sharon fought the good fight of faith, now she is with the Lord. We don’t grieve as those that have no hope but grieve because we miss her on this side. May God continue to give you strength for this journey. I love you, co-warrior in the faith, my friend and rejoice that you have made it Home. Weeping endure for a night but joy will come in the morning (Ps.30:5).

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