Joe Henderson Sharpe, 78, of Hoge St. in Pembroke, departed this life Wednesday evening February 20, 2008 at Giles Memorial Hospital in Pearisburg after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Ivanhoe in Wythe County on March 1, 1929 he was a son of the late Earl. C. Sharpe, Sr. and Annie Smith Sharpe. Joe was a veteran of the U S Army, Korean War Era, a retired Celanese Celco Plant employee, the senior volunteer at Celco Federal Credit Union, and enjoyed golfing and outdoor activities both in Virginia and Florida. He was preceded in death by two brothers Earl Jr. and John David Sharpe.
He leaves to cherish and love his memory his wife of 57 years Charlene Amelong Sharpe; his children and their spouses Emily and Tom Johnston of Richmond, VA, Glenn and Vickie Sharpe of Bonnyman, KY, Annette and Scott Widrig of Pembroke and Hobe Sound, Florida; grandchildren Jennifer Barnett, Crystal and Daryn Pigmann of Bonnyman, KY, Joseph Widreg of Pembroke and Hobe Sound, Florida; great-grandchildren Dawson and Emma; a brother Sam Sharpe of Roanoke; sisters Pauline Dehart of Peterstown, WV, Aline Conn of Powhatan, Nancy Williams of Pearisburg, and Mildred Ward of Greensboro, NC.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2:00 PM in The Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with burial in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. There will be no graveside services. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to Giles County Relay For Life Team, American Cancer Society, 215 Bowens Road, Pembroke, VA 24136.. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com