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Dr Roland Paul Sharp, Sr
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Birth: 1907
Pocahontas County
West Virginia, USA
Death: Jul. 18, 2013
West Virginia, USA


Dr. Roland P. Sharp Sr., a rural practitioner in West Virginia for nearly six decades and founding president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, died peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the age of 105.
Dr. Sharp was born in 1907 to Odessa Jordan Sharp and Aaron Sharp on a small farm in Frost in Pocahontas County, where four generations of Sharps were raised.
He attended primary school at Cove Hill and Raywood, and graduated from Edray District (later Marlinton) High School in 1926. He completed his college degree in 1936 at what is now Concord University. Thereafter, he earned his masters in biology at West Virginia University and graduated in 1943 from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Missouri), now A.T. Still University.
He worked throughout the time he earned his degrees, initially as a school teacher and later as a professor of pathology and anatomy. His first 17 years in practice were spent serving miners and their families in Mullens. In 1962 he returned to serve the residents of Pocahontas County from his office in Greenbank until his retirement in 2001 at the age of 94.
From 1972 to 1978 he worked to establish WVSOM in order to train primary care physicians and served as its first president. His many accolades include Practitioner of the Year, the Distinguished Service Certificate, and Outstanding Medical Educator awarded by state and national osteopathic societies, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Humanitarian Service conferred by Concord.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Sharp raised polled Hereford cattle at his farm in Frost and was active in Rotary, loved music of all kinds and was a talented organist and piano player. His family and community are grateful for his wisdom, love and service and celebrate his remarkable life as they mourn his passing.
Dr. Sharp is survived by his wife, Thelma "Kit" Neal Sharp, who resides in Oak Hill, and her children Charles Lee Neal and Holly Burley; Lee's wife Francine (Davey), their son Charlie and daughter Morgan, her husband Jeremy Church and their sons Warren and Conrad; Holly's husband John, and their sons Paul Keith Gilkeson, his wife Jessie, and J.W. Gilkeson,along with his daughters Kendall and McKenna; Dr. Sharp's five grandchildren and their families: Sherry Weleski, her son Christopher, wife Melissa and their sons Hunter and Peyton; Paula Sharp Jones, her husband Ken, son Alexander and daughter Hannah; Melanie Sharp and her son Andrew; Suzanne Sharp Townsend, husband John, and sons Jeffrey and Richard; and Roland P. Sharp III, wife Tammy, daughter Megan and son Roland Paul Sharp IV; his grandchildren's parents Melva (Lilly) and John ("Jack") Sheehand; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his beloved assistant, Barbara McCarty.
Dr. Sharp was preceded in death by his son Roland Paul Sharp Jr., an osteopathic physician who practiced in Greenbank and Mullens before his death in 1963, and his first wife Opal Price Sharp, who died in 1978.
Family and friends may visit VanReenan's Funeral Home in Marlinton on Thursday, July 25 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held at Frost Methodist Church (Rts. 92 and 84) on Friday, July 26, at 11 a.m., followed by a Masonic rights graveside service at 3 p.m. at Athens Cemetery in Athens.

Family links: 
  Aaron A. Sharp (1881 - 1951)
  Odessa Jordan Sharp (1888 - 1987)
  Opal Price Sharp (1912 - 1978)
  Roland Paul Sharp (1932 - 1963)*
*Calculated relationship
Athens Cemetery
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
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Created by: Sue Lilley
Record added: Jul 24, 2013
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