KINGSPORT – Betty Ruth Sharp, 75, died peacefully on July 10, 2022 at her home in Kingsport, Tennessee.
She was born on November 14, 1946 in Jellico, Tennessee, the daughter of J. Will Sharp and Nola Marcina (Lay) Sharp.
She graduated from Whitley County High School and then Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY with a degree in music, then earned her teaching certificate. She moved to Church Hill, Tennessee, where she spent more than 35 years teaching elementary and middle school students. “Miss Betty” was a gifted teacher who quickly became a beloved member of the community. She was an accomplished musician and enjoyed sharing her love of music by teaching piano and voice lessons for many years before her retirement.
Betty was predeceased by her parents, J. Will on November 24, 1989 and Nola on May 31, 2017.
She is survived by her long-time companion, Dr. Don Stanfill, and her granddaughters, Anna Slaughter, Abigail Slaughter and Alison Slaughter, and two great-grandchildren; his brother, Billy Wayne Sharp and his wife, Jennie Sharp, of Eatonton, Georgia; his niece, Stephanie Sharp Hamilton, and her husband, Todd Hamilton of Suwanee, Georgia, and their children, Lindsay Hamilton and William Hamilton; and his nephew, Wayne Sharp, and his wife, Tammy Sharp, of Belton, Texas, and their children, Michael Sharp, Sarah Sharp, and Anna Grace Gainey; very special caregivers, Annett Blackman, Janet Gamble and Lisa Poore.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Church Hill, Tennessee. The funeral will follow at 6:00 p.m. presided over by Reverend Gary Gerhardt and Reverend Dustin Jessee. Music will be provided by the Reverend Garry Stuart. Funeral services will be held the following day, July 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Park Croley Addition Cemetery in Williamsburg, KY.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to First Baptist Church in Church Hill.
Johnson-Arrowood Funeral Home of Church Hill, TN and Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg, KY are honored to serve the Sharp family.