Mary Lou Sharp, was born Aug. 1, 1929 in Morgantown, WV and entered heaven on June 14, 2017.
She passed away at her son Skip and daughter-in-law Joanne's house surrounded by her daughters Trina Bachman and Judi Terzotis and many other members of her loving family.
Mary Lou graduated from West Virginia University in 1951 with a bachelor-of-arts degree in English and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honorary Society and Pi Phi sorority. She continued her studies and received her Master's Degree in English.
She married Earl William "Bill" Sharp in 1951 in Morgantown. Sharp was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and deployed to South Korea where his son decades later served as the Commanding General of USFK. Mary Lou was a devoted army wife and volunteered extensively throughout her husband's 28 year military career.
Following Bill's retirement, the couple relocated to Hendersonville, Tennessee where they both obtained their real estate licenses. In 1983 they become partners in Coldwell Banker Lakeside Realty. She remained part owner up until her passing.
Mary Lou's love of children and the English language led her to volunteer for over two decades reading to elementary school classes at Wessington Place and St. John Vianney Elementary schools. She would often dress in costumes from the books to the delight of the students. The Sumner County Commission awarded her Volunteer of the Year in 2007 to honor her commitment to literacy.
She is preceded in death by her parents Bill and Mary Hart; her brothers Bill and Tom Hart; her husband Bill Sharp and daughter Mary Patricia Sinclair.
She is survived by son General (Ret) Walter "Skip" Sharp and wife Joanne, daughter Trina Bachman and husband Gary, daughter Judi Terzotis and husband Bob, son-in-law Chris Sinclair and wife Sylvia; grandchildren Elizabeth Weyrauch and husband Paul, Steven Sharp, Patrick and Kelly Sinclair, Kevin Sharp and wife Jenny, Tracey Bachman, Amy Bachman and husband Brandon, Trey McMinn and wife Abby; great grandchildren Evan, Jack and Carter Sinclair, Emma and Hartley Weyrauch.
Mary Lou never met a stranger that did not immediately become her friend. She brought joy and love to everyone in her life.
Her life will be honored at a visitation on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cunningham Turch Funeral Home at 811 Cameron St, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Funeral mass will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Post Chapel at Fort Myers, Virginia. Burial services to follow at Arlington National Cemetery where she'll be laid to rest next to her devoted husband Col (Ret) Bill Sharp.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. John Vianney Elementary School Library, Attn: Finance Office, 501 North Water Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066. Please indicate on memo line: Sharp - SJV Library Donation