Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and many others said they were saddened by the passing of one of the city's longtime community leaders this week. Jim Sharp, who passed away Monday morning, was a …
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland and many others said they were saddened by the passing of one of the city's longtime community leaders this week.
Jim Sharp, who passed away Monday morning, was a former educator and more recently a noted developer in the Cleveland/Bradley County area.
He received many recognitions over the years, and served on multiple boards and organizations in the community.
"Sandra and I were saddened to learn of the passing of our friend," said Rowland. "Jim has left a tremendous footprint on our community that will forever be with us. Jim touched our education community, the business community through the Chamber of Commerce, and his unique designs for numerous subdivisions in our city."
The mayor pointed out that Sharp served on the original Cleveland Airport Authority and was a valuable asset in developing the community's Jetport.
"He was influential with state and national leaders, bringing about many assets to our city and county," the mayor continued. "Sandra and I offer prayers of comfort to Jim's family and many friends"
A Remembrance of Life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, with Pastor Allan Lockerman, Pastor Jim Gibson and Pastor Jeff Lovingood officiating.
The interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens on North Lee Highway. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. service time at the church.
Sharp is survived by his wife, Alma Sue Redmond Sharp; daughter, Judy Lee Williams (Dick); step-grandson, Andy Williams, of Brentwood; son, Circuit Court Judge James Michael Sharp (Melanie); two grandchildren, Sarah Anne Wangaard (Elias) of Hoover, Ala., and James Matthew Sharp (Laura); and four great-grandchildren, Leah Caroline Wangaad, Avery Kate Wangaard, James Miles Sharp, and Grayson Lee Sharp.
He served on the Industrial Development Council (chairman from 1984-87), was finance chairman for 30 counties under Gov. Winfield Dunn, finance chairman for Gov. Don Sundquist in Bradley County, assisted Lee College in the closing of Church Street in 1988, was on the committee for building Cleveland's Museum in Five Points, assisted in the relocation of the Chamber of Commerce, assisted in Westmore Church of God's purchase of the Rollings Hills Golf Course, and a member of several First Baptist Church committees.
Sharp served on the Cleveland Tree Board, Tax Equalization Board, First National Bank Board, was a Chamber of Commerce director and onetime president, was named to the Tennessee Department of Economic Growth and Community Development, was a recipient of the M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award, was in the Hall of Christian Excellence presented by the 62nd General Assembly of the Church of God, a recipient of the Presidential Celebration Award from Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, and received the Better Business Bureau's 2009 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.
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