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ELDEN SHARP Obituary
SHARP Mr. Elden Leslie Sharp, 86, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013. He was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather and caring friend to all who knew him. Elden was born on May 1, 1927 in Straight Fork, TN to the late Ernest and Zora Sharp. He is preceded in death by his loving wives Patricia McDermott Sharp and Eleanor Taylor Sharp. Elden grew up in Detroit, MI and raised his family here in Jacksonville, FL. He was known to many as Coach Sharp; volunteering his time and passion coaching in the Justina Baseball and Rebel Football leagues for over 10 years in the late 60 s and early 70 s. Elden was a World War II veteran. As a member of the U.S. Army, he was training as a tank driver for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. With the help of the GI bill, Elden graduated from Detroit Business College where he played basketball and was very proud of the fact that he never finished a game...fouling-out every single time! Elden became a very successful businessman. Early in his career, he worked for the railroad and then moved into the tire business with U.S. Rubber; later owning Dixon Tire Company in Jacksonville. He then spent his last 25 years with Atlantic National Bank, which then merged with First Union, serving as an Operations Center manager in Jacksonville, Gainesville and Pensacola. Elden was admired as a fair and hard-working manager who was a mentor to many, always putting his people first. In retirement, Mr. Sharp was very involved in the Colonial Point Condominium Association, serving on the Board for many years. It is there that he created a new family of friends. He enjoyed his remaining years traveling the country with his son Chip, fishing with his son Mike and attending his grandsons endless football and baseball games. He is survived by his two sons, Chip Sharp of Jacksonville and Mike Sharp of Mooresville, NC, his daughter-in-law Teresa Sharp and two grandsons David & Nathan Sharp and many dear friends who thought and admired him as family , including his faithful companion and confidant, a beautiful little dachshund named Rusty, who was by his side when he passed. The family will receive friends at Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32211, on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 for a visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the service to follow at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make your tax deductible donations to Stewards of the Game, P.O.BOX 1345, Huntersville, NC, 28070. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com


Published in the Florida Times-Union from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2013
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