Ann Elizabeth Gotschall Sharp
1950 - 2018
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Ann Elizabeth Gotschall Sharp

Cordova, TN

Ann Elizabeth (Gotschall) Sharp, 67, died peacefully at her home in Cordova, TN on June 9, 2018 after enduring the past two years with pancreatic cancer. Her family was at her bedside.

Ann was a devoted mother and wife. Her husband, Ed, and son, Charles will eternally cherish her loving voice in their hearts. Over the years, Ann helped many in her role as a school psychologist, and she brought joy and laughter to many more in her starring roles as a leading lady and singer in the Memphis theater community.

Born outside Washington D.C. in 1950 to Gerald Edward and Laura Jane Auld Gotschall, Ann's family moved to New Orleans when her father was reassigned as an FBI Special Agent. She graduated from Covington High School as a distinguished student, cheerleader and accomplished actress and singer in musical theater.

Ann moved to Memphis in 1968 to attend Rhodes College (then Southwestern) as a music and organ major where she met C Edward Sharp, her husband of 48 years.

Ann graduated in two and a half years and began work as a school psychologist following the historic integration of Memphis City Schools. She would later go on to get her Masters in Psychology from University of Memphis. Ann's career spanned nearly five decades, dealing with important issues from race relations and ensuring safe, drug-free schools to diagnosing autism and special needs.

She brought poise and grace to her starring roles as a leading lady and singer in 45 productions with Theatre Memphis, and to her countless other performances with Rhodes College McCoy, Circuit Playhouse and Playhouse On the Square. Ann also sang with the Rhodes College Master singers and Bartlett United Methodist Church, St Paul, and Christ United Methodist Church choirs. A few of Ann's most memorable roles were in productions of Sweeney Todd, Promises, Promises; Mame; Hello, Dolly! The Boys from Syracuse; Kiss Me, Kate; The King and I; The Music Man; Into the Woods and Follies. She also appeared in every annual benefit concert for her beloved Rhodes College from 1986 to 1997.

Along with husband Edward of Cordova, TN, Ann is survived by son, Charles Edward III of Venice, CA. She will be missed by her brothers and their families: The Bob Gotschall (d.) family of Houston, TX, Decatur, GA, and Tucson, AZ, the Dave Gotschall family of Houston, Magnolia and Chester, TX and Greenwich, CT and the Glenn Gotschall family of Houston, TX as well as many beloved relatives throughout the U.S.

Ann added so much to the lives around her. Her special kindness will be remembered and revered by her countless close friends in the theater community and elsewhere; she held each friendship as dear as the next.

Ann Sharp's Memorial / Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 7 at 1:30 pm at Seabrook Hall, Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117. Donations to Theatre Memphis ( / 901.682.8601) may be made in her honor in lieu of flowers.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jun. 17, 2018.
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August 8, 2018
We were cousins through her mother. I'm grateful I had a chance to see her last summer to share family memories. Annette Gauthier
Annette Gauthier
August 8, 2018
Annette Gauthier
July 11, 2018
I so enjoyed working with Ann in the MCS system for many years. She was a sweet, kind, funny woman whom I will always remember fondly. I was also the beneficiary of her marvelous singing voice and acting talent for many years at Theatre Memphis. A light has truly gone from the world with Ann's passing. I extend my sympathy to her family.
Martha Lander
July 8, 2018
Ann was such a pleasure to work with...we produced some radio commercials together and her talent and vibrant personality made it so easy. I know she is lighting up heaven right now.
L.B. D.
June 25, 2018
From one guy blessed to be in the TM orchestra pit "back in the day", the magic of her performance aura can only be matched by the warmth and genuiness of the "real life" Ann Sharp.
Philip Barnett
June 24, 2018
Ed, Charles and family
We send heartfelt love. Working with Ann at Frayser and later at the Title I Center bring such wonderful memories. Her gifts and talents continue to be remembered.
Earlene and Bob Earley
June 21, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Wishing Ed and all the family Gods special peace and healing love.
Jeanne Boyd
June 19, 2018
Sorry for your great loss, may God's loving kindness comfort and help you through this difficult time. Psalm 51:17
June 18, 2018
Please accept my condolences. As you remember her know that she is in God's memory and soon he will reunite you again in a peaceful earthly paradise. John 6:40
June 18, 2018
My sincere condolences for the loss of dear Ann. Such an accomplished woman, she will be missed. May GOD give peace and comfort to the Family and heal your broken hearts. Ps. 147:3.

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