Funeral services celebrating Shirley’s life were held on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at De Leon First United Methodist Church with interment following in De Leon Cemetery. Pastor John Woodard officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Boyd Sharp, Cade Sharp, Canon Sharp, Jackson Sharp, Larry Simpson Jr. and Larry Simpson. Honorary pallbearers were Bodie Weaver, Howard ‘Red’ Weatherly and Landon Sharp.
She was born on June 27, 1936 just outside of Panhandle, where she grew up.
After graduating from Panhandle High School in 1954, she attended West Texas State University. She graduated in 1958 with a degree in Education. On Feb. 15, 1964, Shirley married Grady ‘Buddy’ Sharp. She was a Kindergarten, Second Grade and Special Education teacher in the Texas school systems for 29 years and helped countless children learn to read – many of which had learning disabilities. Being the wife of a high school football and track coach, they moved often and lived in many Texas cities including Olton, Sunray, Dalhart, De Leon, Clarendon, Cisco and Morton.
Shirley loved gardening, shopping, traveling, reading, volunteering and loving on her five grandchildren. She watched more football games, basketball games and track meets than anyone should have to, but she was always there rain, shine, sleet or snow. Shirley and Buddy enjoyed the mountains and the outdoors – specifically Ruidoso, N.M., and Lake City, Colo. She had the ability to see beauty in everything and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her father, Luther ‘Dick’ Boles Weatherly; her mother, Beta Knapp Weatherly; son, Trigg Hamilton Sharp; and daughter, Elizabeth Anne Sharp.
She is survived by her brother, Howard ‘Red’ Weatherly; husband of 55 years, Buddy; two sons, Trent Sharp and wife Shannon and Clay Sharp and wife Jennifer; five grandchildren, Jackson, Cade, Caroline, Canon and Landon; and numerous nieces and nephews.