William A. Sharpe
August 10, 1930 – October 6, 2016
William A. Sharpe (Bill), age 86, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Born in Wilmington, DE on August 10, 1930, he was the son of the late William John and Mildred Cecilia (Marsteller) Sharpe. A veteran of the Korean War, Bill served in the U.S. Army for 6 years. He continued his military career with the Delaware Army National Guard, retiring in 1990 as State Command Sergeant Major with over 37 years of dedicated service, and returned to active duty during Desert Storm. During his military career, Bill worked closely with former Governor Pierre DuPont, former Congressman Mike Castle, and current Vice President Joe Biden. In 1996, the Bethany Beach Training Site for the Delaware Army and Air National Guard was named in his honor as well as the Conference Center at the site. Bill was an NCO board member and proudly inducted into the Delaware Army National Guard NCO Hall of Fame.
Active in his community, Bill was a former president of the William Penn Football Boosters Club, served as an usher for the U of D for many years, and was a member of the Battery D Unit American Rifles. He will always be remembered as a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a dear friend to many.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Nellie (Morris) Sharpe, Bill was preceded in death by his son James Sharpe, his siblings, Margie Stewart, Paul Sharpe, and Donald Sharpe; son in law, James Morris, and daughter in law, Jean Sharpe. He is survived by his children, Robert Sharpe, Sr. (Barbara), Connie Morrell (Bob), Michael Sharpe, Raymond Sharpe, Sr. (Barbara), and Sharon Morris; his siblings, Fred Sharpe, George Sharpe, Harvey Sharpe, Jody Sharpe, Tommy (Tucker) Sharpe, Mary MacKinder, and Judy Sharpe; grandchildren, Robert Sharpe, Jr., James Sharpe, Steven Hance, Raymond Sharpe, Jr., and Tiffany Sharpe; and great grandchildren Robert Sharpe III, Hunter Hance, Conner Hance, Gabriel Haley, Anaya Pawlik, and Rhailyn Pawlik.
A visitation will be held from 6pm until 8 pm on Thursday evening, October 13, 2016, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE 19720. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday morning, October 14, 2016 at Immanuel Episcopal Church on the Green, Second and Harmony Streets, New Castle. Interment will follow in Glebe Cemetery, New Castle, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in William’s memory may be made to Delaware National Guard & Reserve Emergency Assistance Fund(DNGREAF), Attn: MG Vavala, 250 Airport Road, New Castle, DE 19720 or Delaware Kidney Fund, 1100 Lovering Avenue, Ste. 10-B, Wilmington, DE 19806.