Emma L. Sharp
Minister Emma Lee Sharp, 74, of Palatka, peacefully entered eternal rest Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center in Palatka.
A native of Wilson, N.C., she was the daughter of Henry Allen and Annie Laura Taylor and was born Thursday, July 6, 1944. Her early education was in the Wilson County, N.C., School District. After her family relocated to Hastings, she enrolled in the St. Johns County School District, graduating in the Walter E. Harris High School in Hastings, class of 1962. She relocated to Hillsborough County and while residing there, earned certifications in business administration and computers. Over the course of her working career, she worked in housekeeping, insurance and dry cleaning. She experienced her most joyful moments during her employment at Whetstone Chocolate in St. Augustine and as a retired homemaker.
Since Oct. 14, 2008, she was a faithful member and associate minister at Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church, where she served on the Minister’s Council and in evangelism. Minister Sharp was initially licensed and ordained into the gospel ministry at Church of God by Faith in East Palatka under the leadership of Elder Ezekiel Johnson. Afterward, she became one of four founding members of the Holy Temple of God Church in East Palatka, under the leadership of Bishop Walter Camps Sr. and Pastor Mamie Bryant. She later served at To God Be the Glory Holiness Church under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Lowe-Reaves. Minister Sharp was a longtime radio ministry co-host with Pastor Mamie Bryant and also led countless outreach efforts through street ministry, homebound prayer meetings, prison ministry, and hospital and nursing home ministry. In her leisure, she enjoyed reading, playing the guitar, listening to gospel music, sewing (she made all of her daughters’ childhood clothes) and watching karate movies starring Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. She was a very patient, giving and loyal servant of God, to the church, community and her family.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in eternal rest by her husband, Deacon Eddie L. Sharp Sr., and brother, James Harris Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memories her devoted children, Melody Evans of Palatka, Laura (Thomas) Brown of Jacksonville, Emma (Shad) Sharp-Schendorf of Palm Coast and Eddie (Virginia) Sharp Jr. of Macon, Ga.; mother, Annie Braddy of Palatka; stepfather, Joseph Braddy of Bronson; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Ella Mae Holmes of Apopka and Retha Davis of Palatka; brother, Walter Harris of Orange Mills; sister-in-law, Lula Harris of Apopka; and a host of other caring relatives and friends.
Visitation of family and friends is 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 at Flagg’s Chapel of Serenity. The homegoing celebration will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church, 4909 St. Johns Ave. in Palatka. The Rev. Karl N. Flagg, senior pastor, is the eulogist. Interment will be in Oak Hill East Cemetery. Sharp family condolences can be sent to www.flaggserenitychapel.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Karl N. Flagg Serenity Memorial Chapel, 2400 Madison St. in Palatka.