Services for Walter C. Sharp Sr, 80, a resident of Bokeelia, will be conducted Friday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church of Pine Island on Tipton Street at the Pine Island Center. He was saved and baptized at the age of 13 and a member of the Oakland Christian Church of Elmbille, Ky.
He died at home following complications from surgery on Feb. 27 with his wife, Virginia (Jenny), and granddaughter, Rachel, and grandson-in-law Roger Wilson by his side.
He had many accomplishments in his life. He was an electrician, plumber, heavy equipment operator and mechanic. He a had worked on Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. After returning to Kentucky, he worked for Frankfort Plant Board and owned and operated Sharps Sawmill on Old Louisville Road, Bridge Port, Ky., for several years. After coming to Bokeelia, he managed Bocilla Island Seaport Trailer Park and Pier and also ran the Fish House. He built a houseboat and shrimp boat and ran that business from 1978 until 1988. He and Jenny accepted the positions of manager for Mondongo Island for 15 years retiring in 2003. He then resumed his love of woodworking, making toys, clocks and various crafts. He then had great pleasure in mowing yards for friends and neighbors until July 2011, when he fell and was critically injured.
Walter C. Sharp Sr.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jessie (Purvis); father and 2 step-grandchildren, Richard Acevedo Sharp and Robert Beagle; and one great-grandchild, Taylor Wray.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia (Jenny); and five children, Robert Franklin, Darrel (Marie), Rick (Rosa), Walter Jr. (Kelly) of Frankfort Ky., one daughter, Luretta Williams-Sims of Bokeelia.
He has 10 grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one sister, Louise (Merle) Satterwhite, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the Frankfort, Ky., area.
Officiating the services will be Pastor Tommy Rickards with a fellowship luncheon immediately following at the church.