James Douglas Sharp, 68, passed away March 29, 2014, following a battle with cancer at Pioneer Community Hospital of Scott in Oneida, with family and special friends by his side.
Born February 21, 1946, he was preceded in death by his parents, J.J. and Erie West Sharp; brothers: Jake (Dolores) Sharp, and Joe (Alene) Sharp; and sisters: Jean (Wesley) Riggins, Liz (Vernon) West, and Joyce Loy; and brother-in-law, Joe Purcell.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Linda Jeffers Sharp; son, Jackson (Dee-Dee) Sharp of Huntsville; daughter, Delenia (Brandon) Wray of Nevada; grandchildren: Myah Sharp, and Kyra, Arabelle, and Alex Wray; brother, Roger (Shirley) Sharp of Oak Ridge; sisters; Nancy (Bill) Johnson of Jamestown, Judy Purcell of Huntsville, and Helen Smith of Oak Ridge; special nephew, Deny Moyer; and many other relatives.
After graduating from Huntsville High in 1964, he attended Cumberland College where he received a BS degree in elementary and physical education. Later, he attended Tennessee Tech where he received two advanced degrees. He worked in education as a teacher, coach, or administrator for 42 years. His coaching career included either coaching or assisting many sports: football, basketball, baseball, softball, cross-country, track, soccer, and tennis. The NinetyñEighth General Assembly honored Coach Sharp and the 1992-93 Scott High Girlsí Basketball team for winning the district title, setting a school record for the most points scored in a game, 98, and setting a second school record for the highest average number of points per game, 68.5. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1994 and still holds the record as the coach with the most wins for girlsí basketball at Scott High School, 176. He accepted Christ as his savior in 1969 and was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church-Oneida.
The family was to have received friends at First United Methodist Church-Oneida on Wednesday, April 2, from 5 p.m. until time of celebration of life service at 8 p.m., with Bro. Kyle Keeton and Keith Knight officiating. Entombment will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at Carson Memorial Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church Food Bank, P.O. Box 4445, Oneida, TN 37841.
Arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.