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George Cecil Sharp

March 17, 1937 — March 8, 2023

George Cecil Sharp was born March 17, 1937, at home which was located on a small farm by Greasy Branch in Maury County Tennessee, not far from the city of Columbia. His parents were George Thomas and Mattie Emma Webb Sharp. He was one of 6 siblings, 5 boys and 1 girl. He was always everyone's special little boy, having a head full of kinky, curly hair.

He accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the tender age of ten during a summer revival at Central Presbyterian Church where he attended with his family growing up.

He attended Culleoka High School from grade one thru grade twelve, graduating in 1955. He was very active in sports and excelled playing high school basketball.

Growing up in rural Tennessee, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and swimming in Fountain Creek, which bordered the family farm. He helped on the farm with various chores, especially in vegetable crops and in the tobacco fields.

After high school he volunteered and served with the Tennessee National Guard to fulfill his military obligation. He was employed by Monsanto Chemical Co. in Columbia, Tennessee. George was married to Willa Ruth Bass in 1964 and resided in Pulaski, Tennessee. There he had two sons, Jeffrey Bass and David Alan. George continued employment with Monsanto, and in 1979 the family moved to Columbia, Tennessee to shorten the commute. George and his sons loved to play and spectate sports, especially golf, baseball and basketball. George and Ruth parted ways in 1983, and in 1986 he was transferred by Monsanto to Soda Springs, Idaho. There he worked as the operational supervisor in Department 10. The people that worked under him described him as he stood his ground, he was always fair, and he worked hard.

He met his Idaho sweetheart, Teresa Bennion, in late 1986. They were married August 22, 1988. He embraced Teresa's two children Curtis Lansberry and Briana Dawn. He spent a lot of time at the Soda Springs golf course where he made many friends that he still had until the day he left us. Golfing was his passion. He loved the game. He resided in Soda Springs, Idaho until he retired from Monsanto in 1997. They bought a house in Pensacola, Florida to retire and golf their life away. In 2003 they came back to Pocatello, Idaho where they resided until he passed away on March 8, 2023, of natural causes. His passing was sudden and very unexpected. He was always so kind, so loving, and so giving. He wasn't afraid to step in when needed, take somebody under his wing, and make them feel comfortable.

He is survived by his wife Teresa Bennion Sharp of Pocatello, Idaho; his sons Jeffery Bass Sharp (Rhonda) of Cookville, Tennessee and David Alan Sharp (Tracy) of Oakland, Tennessee; daughter Briana Dawn McBeth (Jeffrey) of Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada; brother Douglas Odell Sharp (Jane) of Tuscumbia, Alabama; sisters Brenda Dickman (Bob) from Pocatello, Idaho and Kathleen Bennion from Fresno, California; mother in law Gerry Bennion from Pocatello, Idaho; and daughter in law Millie Mathis (Ryan) from Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was fortunate to have Tennessee and Idaho grandchildren. His four Tennessee grandchildren are Kaylee Cook (Brian), Colton Sharp (Kristina), Ashley Sharp and Anise Sharp as well as two great-grandchildren Mason Cook and Everett Cook with a third on the way. George dearly loved and took pride in his Tennessee family and was affectionately known as Grandpa Sharp.

His Idaho grandchildren are Joshua Tanner Lansberry (Grace), Hope Elizabeth Lansberry, Jayden Alan George McBeth, Matthew Curtis McBeth, and Halle Dawn McBeth. He also had two great-grandchildren Bryson Lansberry and Hunter Lansberry. To them he was Grandpa George.  He loved all of his grandchildren fiercely and was so very proud of each and every one.

He is preceded in death by his father George Thomas Sharp and his mother Mattie Emma Webb Sharp; siblings Thomas Edward Sharp (who died young), Jesse Woodard Sharp, J. C. Sharp, Mary Emma Sharp Williams, and Douglas Roy Bennion; son Stephen Curtis Lansberry Jr., and grandson Tyson Andrew Lansberry.

We sincerely thank you for each and every comment, phone call, message, and visit. We feel all your love, support, and prayers. It is helping us through this very difficult time. We would like to let everyone know that we, as a family, have decided not to hold a viewing or funeral at this time. A celebration of life will be planned in the summer. In lieu of flowers, we would love for you to donate to a charity that is close to your heart, in his name. By giving, your contributions will continue his legacy of kindness, loyalty, and love.

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