TULSA, Okla. — Chaplain Dr. Charles Eugene Sharp, age 77, of Tulsa, Okla., died Feb. 28, 2013, from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was born January 7, 1937, in Roswell, N.M., to Oran and Darlene Sharp. He is married to Peggie Anne Brewer Sharp.
Charles graduated from Texarkana High School. He attended Texarkana College, Ouachita Baptist University and graduated with a degree in Music Education from Henderson University. He received a Master of Education degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music/Education from East Texas State University.
Charles taught in public schools in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma, as well as Decatur Baptist College, East Texas Baptist College and Mobile College. While teaching, he served churches as a part-time Minister of Music/Education. He was pastor of Bellwood Baptist Church in North Syracuse, N.Y. Charles went on to serve as the Director of Church Training/Church Music /Church Architecture with the Northern Plains Baptist Convention. He then became Director of Church Music/Church Training for the Colorado Baptist Convention. Later he became the Executive Director and led the Colorado Baptist Convention. Next he became the Director of Missions for the Western Kansas Baptist Association, then Director of Missions for the Bartholomew Baptist Association in Warren, Ark.
While in Arkansas he also pastored several churches. He taught in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Russia and Romania. During the trips to Russia and Romania, Charles taught himself to read Russian and Romanian. Charles also was an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Charles joined Civil Air Patrol in 1993. He served as Garden City, Kansas Chaplain, Deputy Wing and then Wing Chaplain for the Kansas Wing. Charles also served as the Aerospace Education Officer in the Garden City Squadron. After a move, he became the Wing Chaplain and Director of Aerospace Education for the Arkansas Wing. He served as the Deputy Director for two North Central Region Chaplain Service Staff Colleges and Registrar of the Southwestern Region Chaplain Service Staff College and on staff of the National Staff College for Civil Air Patrol. Charles developed a cooperative agreement between the Civil Air Patrol and the Kansas Army National Guard, as well as the Civil Air Patrol and the Arkansas National Guard. Charles then served as the National Chief of Chaplains for the Civil Air Patrol where he reached the rank of Colonel. While working with the Civil Air Patrol, Charles was awarded numerous prestigious awards.
Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggie; children: Cindy (Tim) Timmerman, Lori (Steve) Brown, Jason (Shannon) Sharp; grandchildren: Lindsey (Philip) Herron, Kayla, Breanna and Joshua Sharp and Jeremy and Emily Kelley; one great grandchild: Zoe Herron; 3 brothers: Stanley (Jann), Harold and Darrell Sharp. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary.
A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery, 10851 Highway 63 South, Pine Bluff, Arkansas on March 4, 2013 at 10:30 am. Ralph Robinson Funeral Pine Bluff, Ark., and Johnson Funeral Home, Sperry, Oklahoma will be taking care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his name to any Alzheimer’s Association.
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