07/13/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Bill Sharpe

William Howell Sharpe
(d. 11 July 2008)

Newport News High School Faculty

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
We have yet another Memorial Edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. 
Mr. Bill Sharpe, former Newport News High School teacher,  passed away in Newport News on Friday, July 11, 2008 following a three-year battle with cancer.

    From Johnnie Bateman ('67 / '70) of VA - 07/13/08 - "Death of Faculty Member":


I remember Mr. Sharpe taught at NNHS with his wife. I am not sure if this is the same one.



   It is, indeed.  Thank you for spotting this, Johnnie.

From the Daily Press - 07/13/08:   

                   William Howell Sharpe


NEWPORT NEWS - After a three-year, hard-fought battle with cancer, William 'Bill' Sharpe died peacefully at his home on Friday evening, July 11, 2008.

A native of Price, N.C., Bill later moved to Newport News where he began his career, spanning 40+ years in education.

Bill received his Bachelor's degree in Science from Lynchburg College, his Master's in Science from UVA, and his Master's in Education from the University of Georgia.

Bill worked for both Newport News and Williamsburg-James City County school systems in Education Administration, retiring from WJCC school system after 20 years of service.

Bill's passion for education continued at the College of the Albemarle, where he taught anatomy and physiology, biology, and the natural sciences. A talented and avid gardener and lover of nature, Bill worked several summers at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Is. and enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling to areas of interest. Always a 'teacher,' Bill shared his environmental knowledge with all who had an interest.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Thelma Sharpe.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Dorothy Sharpe; his son, Greg Sharpe of Kill Devil Hills; daughters, Alison Temple (Jason) and Lauren DelliCarpini; grandchildren, Brittany Sharpe, Caleb and Kyle Pittman and Elijah Eriksen; sister, Betty Pittman of Statesville, N.C.; brother, Larry Sharpe of Winston-Salem; and sister, Gale Boulware of Danville.

Bill will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Bill's wife and family wishes to thank Dr. David Powell and his staff at Va. Oncology for their many kindnesses and quality care.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; and to the Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/13/2008.
Guest Book



Dear Dorothy,

It was an honor to care for Bill these last couple of years. He was a wonderful man and I am sure that it was more your love and caring attention that gave him more time than all of our efforts. I was glad to have known him and you, even under these difficult circumstances. He faced his disease bravely and never gave up.

My best to you and your family,

Nurse Maureen
Maureen Connors, Yorktown, Virginia - Sunday, July 13, 2008
Mr. Sharpe was my biology teacher at Newport News High School in 1962. I enjoyed his teaching. Sorry to hear of your loss.
Fred Anspach, Newport News, Virginia - Sunday, July 13, 2008
To the Sharpe Family

I worked as Vocational Director in York County Schools when Bill was in WJCC. We attended many meetings and Conferences together. I lost touch with Bill after retirement. I'm very sorry for you loss.

Elvin Adams

Elvin Adams, Yorktown, Virginia - Sunday, July 13, 2008
Dear Dorothy and family----Please accept my deepest condolence at the loss of Bill. I worked with Bill for almost all of the 20 years he graced the WJCCPS with his presence and his contributions in so many areas to the teachers and students in our division. He was a wonderful friend and colleague and taught me much about how to work succesfully with his secondary counterparts. I enjoyed his friendship, intellect and wit for all those years and I can not express how much I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your loss
Joe Grebb
Joe Grebb, Hartfield, Virginia - Sunday, July 13, 2008
Dear Mrs. Sharpe and family,
Mr. Sharpe was my biology teacher at Newport News High School as well. He loved his job which made it loved by everyone around him. A good teacher. My prayers are with you at this sad time.
Linda Crayton, Hampton, Virginia - Sunday, July 13, 2008





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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Sharpe's family, friends and former students.

  From the Valedictorian of the Class of 1965, Charles Braslow of the Virgin Islands - 07/13/08:

Hi Carol,

In one of life's strange coincidences, I read an article about Darwin's "Origin of Species" only three days ago and remembered how my ninth grade biology class at NNHS in 1961 was assigned to read it by Mr. William Sharpe.  I found it too difficult to read but clearly remember my surprise at being assigned such an advanced and controversial work at a public school in the conservative Southland.  I've always considered it emblematic of the very fine education I received at NNHS.  Now, reading of Mr. Sharpe's passing, I would like his family to know that his impact has been positive and lasting.  (To be completely honest, I didn't really like Mr. Sharpe very much personally because he gave me a B in first semester biology!)

Carol, thanks for all your toil on the website.  Eight years of keeping us connected with our roots - a very nice thing.

All the best,

Charles Braslow

   Thank you so much, Charles.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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