Lemuel (Lem) Sharp
1929 - 2020
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Lemuel (Lem) Sharp, Jr. of Jacksonville, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2020. E.O.W. 2:58 PM.
Lem was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 21, 1929, to Lemuel and Reba Sharp.
Lem graduated from Andrew Jackson High School Class of 1948 and then enrolled at the University of Florida. After his second year, he left U.F. and went to work for the Jacksonville police department as a Fingerprint Technician.
After one year, he became a police officer, graduating from the Police Academy in 1950. Lem was then assigned to the Juvenile Section, then transferred to the Missing Person's section of the Detective Division.
Lem then moved on to the traffic division, riding a three-wheeled motorcycle in downtown Jacksonville for two years, then he rode a solo motorcycle on the southside for three years.
After ten years of service, he was promoted to sergeant and was assigned to work in the School Boy Patrol Safety Division with Captain Beattie and his fellow sergeant Kelly. During this period, he escorted over 4,000 boys and girls to Washington, D.C. on an annual trip to teach future generations about our government, our culture, and its importance in our free society.
After three years, he was promoted to lieutenant, and upon the retirement of Captain Beattie, he was appointed Director of the School Safety Division.
With the advent of consolidation in 1968, he was transferred to purchasing and supply, which also oversaw the operation of the city jail. After one year, he once again transferred to the Records, Review, and Printing Division. Here he remained until his retirement in 1972.
In addition to his police career, LEM served in the Florida national guard for four years, 124th infantry, 48th division, headquarters company.
Lem was a 32nd-degree Mason, Ezra lodge, Morroco Temple Shrine and was a member of the Exchange Club of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Elks Lodge #221, Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5-30, and also The National Association of Retired Cops (NARC) where he was unanimously elected to serve as chapter president for the past ten years.
Lem was an avid member of the Jacksonville police bowling team and also the softball team. He also loved to play golf with his son, Lemuel III. Lem was a "die-hard" Gator in all sports.
Lem was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lem Sr. And Reba Sharp, and also his sister Lillian Stringfield.
He is survived by his brother Lewis Thomas Sharp, four children, Lemuel III, (wife Johnna), daughter Leslie Sharp, daughter Marcia (husband Otto Weigel), and his adopted son Clay Sharp.
His six grandchildren include Lemuel Ralph, Sydney Ralph, Lindsey Sharp Heiger (husband Matt), Kendall Sharp Tucker (husband Geoff) Heidi Gardner, and DeAnna Sharp.
His eight great-grandchildren include Sadie and Lilah Heiger, Tenley, Harlyn and Knox Tucker, Coco Gardner, Addison, and Alexys Sharp.
He is also survived by great friends, Mike DeSanto, Bob, and Beverly Clayton, Rhonda Herndon, Jay Severance, Jim, and Julia Hurst, Bob Morgan, Bill, and Jean Johnson, Phil, and Melissa Talamo, and all members of N.A.R.C and the Fraternal Order of Police.
CDC COVID recommendations currently restrict us to graveside funeral services for immediate family only and will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 N. Main street at 2:30 PM, Police Chaplain, Clarence Jarrell officiating. Jacksonville Police Honor Guard will perform funeral rites.
We are looking forward to a public "Celebration of Life" Memorial Service for Lem's many friends and co-workers once the CDC pandemic restrictions for larger gatherings are lifted.
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Published in Florida Times-Union from Nov. 21 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 23, 2020
I’m so very sorry for your loss. I met Lem when he was doing some work in a building downtown. He was such a good man, fun and always had a smile. It was always just a pleasure to see him. I was so blessed to have had Lem as a friend.
May prayers and your special memories help comfort you during this time.

Anne Coley-Mcclenaghan
November 23, 2020
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! Mr. Sharp was a great man with a huge heart!
Mark and Shana Harvey
November 22, 2020
I remember Officet Sharp fondly. I was one of those young boys in the school boy patrols that he escorted to Washington DC in 1966.
Michael Edwards
November 22, 2020
Thank you, Sir, for your dedicated and exemplary service to the citizens of Jacksonville, Florida. May you rest in sweet peace, and may God comfort your family and friends as only He can.
November 22, 2020
Dear Marcia, Leslie and Lem,
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. You are all in my prayers.
Barbara Nikitas
November 22, 2020
Lem Recruited me and both my Brothers, Moon and Farris to work for W G Mills . We worked together for 19 years . A Better man I have never met . He was so Proud of his Family ! A Brother Mason as Well . We shared a lot of time together and he would share stories of his Younger Days on the Force .....And his Time working the Airport . The Ladies were quite fond of him , And he of them . He told stories of his youth splitting wood and the work he and his Dad accomplished together . To say he lived the Gators ! Is an understatement ! He is sorely missed by the Lester Family . They Broke the Mold . A True Citizen !
Randall Lester
November 21, 2020
It has been one of the greatest blessings in my life to have known Mr. Lem and to have him call me ‘friend’. He was one of the kindest men anyone could ever know. This earth’s loss was most certainly heaven’s gain.
Mr. Lem will always hold a very special place in my heart.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family he loved so very much.
Rhonda Herndon
November 21, 2020
He was loved by all, a kind sole, was a policeman with him and enjoyed him being the president of our NARC.
George R Thomas
November 21, 2020
My condolences to Lem's family and many friends. First met Lem when I was a Patrol Boy in 1958. Later encountered him when I joined JSO in 1970 and at NARC meetings after retirement. He was always friendly and genuine. I vaguely remember a nickname of "Smiley".
Godspeed Lem.
John Britt
November 21, 2020
Rest in peace brother. You will be greatly missed at the FOP/NARC meetings. It will not be the same without you.
Chuck Wilson
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