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O’Neil Sharpe, 83, once pastored here

Rev. Jacob O’Neil Sharpe, 83, of Lexington, SC died April 4, 2012 at Heartland Nursing Home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease for over five years. He spent most of his life up to this time in the service of the Lord, pastoring Baptist churches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, including First Baptist of Macclenny.

He was a loving and caring husband, Daddy, Papa, son, brother and friend. He enjoyed talking about times in years gone by. He loved people, spent many hours praying for everyone who came to mind, and was ready to go for anyone in need. He was predeceased by his parents Haston and Alice Sharpe and sister Mary Sharpe.

Rev. Sharpe graduated from Swansea High School and was valedictorian of his class, and the University of South Carolina. He attended Louisville Baptist Seminary in Kentucky and took classes at the Lutheran Seminary in Columbia.

He retired from full-time pastoring in 1993 but continued to pastor a mission church in Rolling Meadows Mobile Home Park for 17 years. He retired from Lexington school district II and Riverbanks Zoo after 14 years in 2009.

Survivors include devoted wife of 60 years Joyce Sharpe; daughters Vickie (Vic) Hickman, Terri (Ed) Barton, Tami (Harold) Galloway; special additions Kelly Alcorn and Kenneth (Robyn) Roberts son, Cory; six grandchildren; a brother, sisters and other relatives.

The funeral service was held April 7 at Trinity Baptist Church, Cayce, SC with Rev. Donald P. Davis officiating. Interment followed in Southland Memorial Gardens Cemetery in West Columbia.

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