Evelyn Bruce Sharp, age 97, died Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Trinity Personal Care in Columbus. Graveside services will be held Friday, February 01, 2013, at 11:00 AM at Friendship Cemetery with Rev. James Black officiating. Mrs. Sharp was born September 21, 1915, in Meridian, MS to the late William Floyd and Lillian Fulcher Bruce. Since 1934, she had been an active member of First Baptist Church, Columbus, where she enjoyed being in the Triple L, WMU, and the Senior Adult Choir. She was also a member of the DAR, UDC, and the Garden Club. Evelyn was a graduate of S.D. Lee High School and attended MSCW, now MUW. For twenty-five years, she worked as a civil service employee in the accounting finance office at Columbus Air Force Base. She traveled extensively with John Robert Arnold Tours and loved traveling with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Howard Lafayette Sharp, Sr.; her brother, William Floyd “Sonny” Bruce; and her son-in-law, James Easom. Survivors include her two daughters, Lillian Sharp Easom, Brandon, MS and Patsy Sharp Marshall (Jack), Columbus, MS; two sons, Howard L. Sharp, Jr. (Juliaette), Columbus, MS and Buford Stoney Sharp (Margaret), Columbus, MS; sister-in-law, Bonnie Backstrom Bruce, Vicksburg, MS; niece, Barbara Applebaum, Vicksburg, MS; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Marshall, Sr., Jack Marshall,Jr., Bruce Marshall, Stoney Sharp, Louis Sharp, Ashley Sansing, Daniel Waldrep, Jason Horn, Dennis Meador, and Jeff Ainsworth. Her family gives special thanks to her caregivers at Trinity Personal Care. Her legacy includes a deep love for her family and a profound faith in Jesus Christ. She was and will always be our most precious treasure. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 829, Columbus, MS 39703 or Piney Grove United Methodist Church, 2145 Steens-Vernon Road, Steens, MS 39766.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on January 31, 2013
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