Patty Sharp of Arkadelphia passed from this life on January 19 to be with her savior in heaven. She was 82. Patty is survived by her sons Frank and Keith, her granddaughters Colleen and Kimberly, and her sister, Patricia Perrien. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Gerry Sharp, her parents, Franklin and Ruby Fehr, her four brothers, Franklin (Buddy), Roy, Charles and Jeffie Fehr, and her sisters Dorothy (Dotty) Hammond, Juanita Francis, and Betty Boyd.
Patty listened to people. She paid close attention to others in what they said and what they needed. She offered neither advice nor judgment and spoke little, she just heard you. Behind that kindness though was a fierce determination. Once she decided to do something, she could out stubborn a mule. One way to get her to decide to do something was to tell her she could not do it. There is a story about one guy getting beaten in drag race by Patty in a ’64 GTO, because he told her she couldn’t drive.
Patty was raised in Watson, Arkansas on a farm. They got electricity when she was fifteen and she talked about sometimes riding a mule with her sisters to get to school when it was too muddy. Her father died when she was sixteen and her mother Ruby raised the 9 kids. Ruby must have passed to Patty that same quiet, gentle, toughness. When a new boy came to school in the 11th grade, she was intrigued. She married Gerry right out of high school. He joined the Air Force and they moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico and a couple of years later they had both Keith and Frank to add to their family.
Patty had a wanderlust and loved to go places. She led family vacations to Florida, the Smokies, California, New Orleans, Nevada, and other places. She and Gerry got to go to Hawaii, Britain, Germany, and Brussels, so not bad for a country girl.
Most people in Arkadelphia know Patty from her 35 years working for Dr. Blackmon. She helped (and listened to) a lot of people there and loved working in a medical field like most of her sisters. Before that she had worked in Simmons Bank and in a cotton company in Pine Bluff.
Visitation will be at Third Street Baptist Church on Friday evening Jan 27 from 5 to 7 pm.
Funeral services will be held at Third Street Baptist Church in Arkadelphia at 10:00 am on Sat Jan 28.
Interment will be a Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.
After the burial, the family would like to invite friends and family to join them in a lunch afterwards back in the Blackmon Building Fellowship area at Third Street.
In lieu of flowers the family asks to please consider a donation to Third Street Baptist Church.