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Leicester - Marvin Ben Sharpe, 78, of Leicester, died on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at St. Joseph's Campus, Mission Hospitals.
A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late Came and Mary Ward Sharpe. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Winfred, Douglas, and Cecil Sharpe.
Mr. Sharpe was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Western Chapel United Methodist Church, and of VFW Post#891.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene L. Sharpe; daughter, Nancy Sharpe Smith and husband Leo, of Asheville; son, Alan Sharpe, of Leicester; grandchildren, Kyle Smith and Zane Smith; sisters, Bessie Sams, Mabel Ball and her husband Dennis, Margie Sharpe, and Charlotte Sharpe; and a brother, Homer Sharpe and his wife Diana.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Revs. Ed Worley, Fred Sibley, and Brian Buckner officiating. Interment with Military Honors provided by the National Guard will follow at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain.
His family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A special thanks to Dr. James Hoer and the staff of Carolina Internal Medicine, Dr. Charles Bryan and the staff of Cancer Center, and to the staff at SeCu Cancer Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda McIntosh, P.O. Box 1657, Leicester, NC 28748, and/or to the Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Marlene Weaver, 373 North Turkey Creek Rd., Leicester, NC 28748.
The online register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on May 22, 2012