FRANCIS RAYMOND SHARP, a long-time resident of the Spring and Pasadena, TX, areas, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, March 7, 2014, at the age of 73. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 6, 1940 to his late parents, Walter Russell Sharp Sr. and Alice Raymond Sharp. Francis was a veteran of the US Air Force where he served as Airman 1st Class. He then enjoyed a successful more-than-50-year career in the Maritime Industry, working for Biehl & Company and some of its subsidiaries, including Young & Company, Fairway Terminal Corporation and Texas Mooring. He worked his way up from the mailroom to Vice-President to his last position as Chairman of Texas Mooring. He was also elected to the Board of Signal Mutual Indemnity Association in 1987 where he served as Chairman from 1995-1998 and was a current Member Director.
He is predeceased by his parents; wife of 35 years, Phyllis Joy Sharp; and brother, Walter Russell Sharp Jr. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Dianne K Frederick; sister, Kathy Healy; daughter, Debbie Sharp Gaudin and husband David and son Jadon; daughter, Jamie Sharp Coleman and husband Michael and sons Michael Jr, Stephen & Wesley; daughter, Stacey Sharp Lewis and husband Chris and sons Kyle & Bayley; son, John David Frederick and wife Tina and son Sean; son, Gordon Frederick; son, James Frederick and wife Lynn and sons A.J. & Andrew; son, Joey Frederick and wife Shannon and daughters Camryn, Misty Haren, son Gregory Hanes; 3 great-grandchildren; numerous loving nieces, nephews, friends and family who will miss his sense of humor, tremendous laugh, wise counsel and love and support.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Klein Funeral Home, Champions, with a short service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Spring with interment immediately following at Klein Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Michael Coleman, Jr., Stephen Coleman, Wesley Coleman, Kyle Lewis, Bayley Lewis and Jadon Gaudin. Honorary pallbearers are John Springer, Joe Roach, Bill Henry and T.J. Merka. Please feel free to join the family in honoring who Francis really was by wearing Texas casual attire.
In lieu of flowers, Francis requested that donations be made to St. Paul's Catholic School Alumni Association, 917 South Jahncke Ave, Covington, LA 70433.
Klein Funeral Home - Champion Forest
16131 Champion Forest Drive Spring, TX 77379
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 13, 2014