Gerald Ray (Gabby) Sharp, 65, of rural Perry, Missouri, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born May 30, 1947, at South Fork, Missouri, in Monroe County, to William Paul and Erma Pauline (Polly) Greening Sharp.
He was raised near Florida, Missouri, where he attended Poage and South Fork schools. He graduated from Paris High School with the class of 1965. Gerald made his living as a diesel mechanic and a farmer. He loved to travel and would go anywhere, especially anywhere there were mountains. He mostly enjoyed time spent with his family, especially camping trips and traveling together.
He was a founding member of the Perry Lions Club, past member of Perry Jaycees and past president of the Perry Rural Fire Association. He was a Methodist by faith and was a member of the Florida Methodist Church.
He married Carol Usai December 19, 1992, and she survives of the home.
Also surviving are two sons, Todd Sharp and Travis Sharp and wife, Jody; two daughters, Tracey (Sharp) Carman and husband, Michael, and Dannielle Sharp; grandchildren who he adored very much, Kyndra, Jarret and Makynzie Sharp, Cade Carman and Ayden and Bristol Sharp; two sisters, Verda Haiducek and Lois Olivas; and one brother, Arnold Sharp.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Florida Methodist Church, Florida, Missouri. Mr. Bobby Fischer will officiate, with burial at the South Fork Cemetery, Monroe County, Missouri.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Garner Funeral Home, Monroe City, Missouri.
Pallbearers will be Todd Sharp, Travis Sharp, Michael Carman, Gary Hodges, Danny Scroggins and Brian Hodges.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gabby’s grandchildren.
Memorials have been suggested to the Florida Methodist Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home and Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri.
Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.