Kennedy Sharpe, 88, of Fontanelle died Monday, June 11, 2018, at Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Steen Funeral Home, 525 Maple St., in Fontanelle with burial in Greenfield Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the burial in the community room at the Summerset Estates in Fontanelle. The Rev. James Ahenkora will officiate the service. Visitation with family present will be one hour prior to services Tuesday. Memorials may be directed to Greater Regional Hospice Home-HCI Hospice Care Services or St. Jude’s Hospital Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left at www.steenfunerals.com.
Kennedy Hudson Sharpe, son of Ransom and Leila (Bogle) Sharpe, was born April 17, 1930, in Hiddenite, North Carolina. Kennedy grew up in North Carolina, graduating from Hiddenite High School in 1948. He began his working life as a farmer, and eventually became a life insurance underwriter and investment counselor, as well as a real estate broker. He was elected in 1972 to serve the 23rd district in the North Carolina State Senate.
Kennedy was active with Boy Scouts of America for many years, becoming an Eagle Scout and earning the Silver Beaver Award for community service. He was a charter member of the Alexander County, North Carolina, Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors. He volunteered with SCORE, mentoring people as they started small businesses. He was active with Rotary International, Hiddenite United Methodist Church and supported St. Jude Hospital for Children, Disabled American Veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Kennedy is survived by his wife Shirley Sharpe of Fontanelle; daughters, Ruth (David) Ghoja of Elkmont, Alabama, Betty (Kent) Kibble of Lodi, California, and Kay (Kent) Ayre of Bridge City, Texas; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; Vince (Genny) Villa of Oceanside, California, Cheryl Wilson (Bill Winterstein) of Creston, Mary Francis (Art) May of Des Moines and Andra Wages (Darrell Ewing) of Ankeny; 14 step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Kennedy was preceded in death by his parents; sons-in-law, Sam Ayre and C. Wayne Wilson; step-granddaughter Jyl Zimmerline and step-great-grandson Jarrod Cline.