Virginia Ingle Sharp was born on July 17, 1917, in Knoxville, the daughter of Frederick Oren and Annie (Beintema) Davis. Virginia was raised in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1936. She was united in marriage to Walter Winfield Sharp on May 27, 1936, in Ottumwa. Virginia helped out on the farm, and also was a cook at Shamrock Café, Park Lane Cafe, DeJongs Nursing Home and at the V.A. Hospital. She retired in 1979.
Virginia was a member of the Methodist Women’s Society and the Federal Workers Union. She enjoyed cooking and traveling. Most of all, she loved being with her family and giving out hugs. She had a strong will and believed in working hard.
Virginia passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Knoxville Hospital at the age of 96 years. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter in 1961; children, Leonard Sharp and Shirley Barber; and siblings, Bertha Koopman, Maye Speed, Nora Smith, Elmer Davis and Maxine Wynn; and grandson, David Sharp.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Leland (June) Sharp of Modesto, Calif., Eloise (Chester) Bricker of Green Valley, Ariz., Deloris Breuklander of Knoxville, Mary (Robert) Pinegar of Marysville and Robin (Skip) Hicks of Port Angeles, Wash.; daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Sharp of Knoxville; 19 grandchildren, Lee Sharp, Bonnie Stalzer, Kristi Dursky, Lela McKinney, Jeff Sharp, John Fedro, Joan Fedro, Karen Ewens, Kathleen Sharp, John Breuklander, Walter Barber, Scott Barber, Monte Pinegar, Angela Bakalar, Sharon Keegel, Heidi Hicks, Jessica Hicks, Holly Wilkinson and Shawn Hicks; 20 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchild.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville with Rev. Vickie Steffes officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery in Pershing. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church.