George Irvin Sharp LUBBOCK- The kind and gentle spirit that embodied George Irvin Sharp passed from this life on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, at First Christian Church. Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 3 at Lake Ridge Chapel, 6025-82nd Street from 6 to 8 p.m. A tribute of Mr. Sharp may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family. George was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 19, 1934, to Esther and Maurice Sharp.After graduating from Lincoln High School, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps, serving from 1954 to 1957. After his military service, George returned to Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in agronomy. He married Shirley Bernard on August 10, 1955, in Omaha, Nebraska, and they made their first home in 29 Palms, California. They are the proud parents of two children, Scott W. Sharp and Kim Sharp King and three grandchildren. In 1960, George and Shirley moved their family to Lubbock where he began a career in the seed business, including DeKalb, Northrup-King and Funk Seed. George lived his life aware of being God's hands in the world. He was very active in service at First Christian Church where he was an elder, taught Sunday school and served in a variety of ministries. Like his grandfather, he was an avid woodworker, an interest he cultivated in both of his grandsons. After retirement, he used his skills as a carpenter to make home repairs for elderly people in his church family. George's woodworking hobby also led to a side business as a craftsman of beautiful wooden pens, often made from wood with sentimental significance. He enjoyed giving his friends and family a piece of his craftsmanship and himself, to carry in their pockets. George especially enjoyed his Mah Jongg and bridge groups, where friendships were valued more than the game. He was slow to anger, quick with a smile and had a gentle spirit which will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Sharp; son, Scott and wife Nancy of Lubbock; daughter, Kim King and husband Ron of Albuquerque; grandson, Travis Sharp and fianc e Cathy Wilson of Lubbock; granddaughter, Sara Sharp and husband Jason Harner of Dallas; and grandson, Tanner King of Albuquerque. He is also survived by one brother, Roger and wife Peg of Lincoln, Nebraska, and a sister-in-law, Bobbi Bernard of Lubbock. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or First Christian Church.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Apr. 3, 2012