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Funeral services for John Bill Sharp, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2012, in the Rose Chapel at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Mr. Sharp passed over Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the age of sixty-nine years, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born August 13, 1942, to Floyd and Doris Sams Sharp at their family home in Howell County, Missouri.  On December 26, 1968, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Paula Hoots.  Bill was a Christian and a faithful supporter of Spring Creek Congregational Church.

Bill graduated from West Plains High School with the class of 1960. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from SMSU and Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Secondary Education from SMSU (MSU). He earned his Master of Education from Drury University in Springfield, MO.

During Bill’s high school years he was an avid bull rider. He rode both in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas with his cousin and best friend Jim Mustion. Those events became a source of nostalgia for the two men during Bill’s illness. As did his enjoyable road trips with big brother, Don Sharp.

Mr. “Coach” Sharp’s  professional career included working as an educator, administrator and coach in area school districts, including Peace Valley School District, Richards School District and West Plains R-7 School District. After retirement he worked part time at Junction Hill School District. One of his proudest career accomplishments was being instrumental in starting the first girls’ Zizzer Cross-Country program in 1978 at West Plains High School. Under his leadership, in 1979, the girls’ team advanced to the State Meet in Jefferson City, Missouri. For some years he also worked as Assistant Director of White Oak Camp for under-privileged children.

Bill was a loving devoted husband, father, brother and friend. He enjoyed spending time with his family, remodeling houses, collecting antiques, gardening and writing songs.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Paula (Hoots) Sharp, of the family home; their daughter, Dr. Melonie Bunn, husband, Steve, West Plains, Missouri; one son, Ray Lynn Sharp-Hollingshad, wife, Sally; one brother, Don Sharp, Billings, Missouri; daughter in law, Shawn White; three grandchildren, Zach, Ethan and Amelia Hollingshad all of Springfield, Missouri; one niece, Allison Decker, husband, Greg; two nephews, Donnie Sharp, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Michael Sharp, Nixa, Missouri; one aunt, Mildred McKee, two uncles, Floyd Sams, wife, Eva, and Leonard Courtney; and many cousins including Jim & Sue Mustion, West Plains, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Coach Sharp to Richards School Foundation for an Endowment Scholarship Fund and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

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