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Charles (Rodney) Sharpe, age 65, of Husser, Louisiana, died September 17, 2011 in Bethel, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Quincy, Illinois to Charles Norval Sharpe Jr. and Wanda Fern Walker Sharpe on May 18, 1946. He was predeceased by his Mother. Rodney grew up in Lewistown, Missouri where he loved spending time with his grandparents Charles Norval Sharpe, Sr., Lois Atha Sharpe, James Elwin Walker, and Hazel Fern Walker, and where he graduated from Lewistown High School. Through his responsibilities at Ozark National Life, Rodney lived in several states including Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, and Arizona.
He permanently moved to Husser, Louisiana following his September 2, 2006 marriage to Myra Jenkins Sharpe. Rodney enjoyed planning events so his seven children could spend time together, playing golf with his sons and sons-in-law, watching sports and keeping up with politics. Rodney’s idea of a formal black-tie event was having pizza with his family at Fun House in Kansas City. A lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, he was still discussing the controversial call in the sixth game of the 1985 World Series on the day he passed away. “Papa,” as he was known to his 12 grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, loved spending time with all of them and spoiling them all equally.
In addition to his wife Myra, Rodney is survived by his father, Charles Norval Sharpe, Jr. and his step-mother of almost 22 years, Laurie Emerson Sharpe. His seven devoted children, who love him unconditionally despite the fact that he became a Louisiana State University fan late in life, are: sons Charles Norval Sharpe III and his wife Jennifer Rousseau Sharpe of Dallas, TX; Charles Rodney Sharpe II of Phoenix, AZ; David Michael Sharpe and his wife Elizabeth Rutherford of Bethel, Missouri; and his daughters Rhonda Sue Lofton and her husband, Scott Jeffrey Lofton of Macomb, MI; Lori Ann Day and her husband, Mark Leonard Day of Brentwood, TN; Christy Ann Alvarado and her husband, David Michael Alvarado of Phoenix, AZ; Lynda Jo Campos and her husband, Charles Campos of Phoenix, AZ; and step-daughters, Elizabeth Morel Dunnington and her husband, Bendel Hendon Dunnington of Loranger, LA and Amanda (Mandy) Gail Morel of Denham Springs, LA. He also is survived by his two loving sisters; Linda Diane Patchin and her husband Robert Patchin of Ewing, MO and Carol Elaine Boone and her husband, Willard Boone of Lee’s Summit, MO. Surviving him are his ex-wives who remained close friends throughout his life; Karen Sue Spratt Sharpe of Nashville, TN and Jodi Ann Sheahan of Phoenix, AZ. In addition to leaving behind numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, Rodney is survived by his Aunts; Dorothy Beatrice Moore, Lucille Bevill Sharpe, Verda Wear; and uncles; James Walker and Earl Walker.
In celebrating Rodney’s life, Thursday September 22, funeral services were at 2:00pm at Heartland Christian Academy Church at 101 Nations Boulevard, Bethel, MO. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rodney’s memory can be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network at 4813 St. Elmo Avenue; Bethesda, MD 20814 or Heartland Academy Community Church, 6417 Shelby 150, Bethel, MO 63434.