Dr James Vance “Kits” Sharp

Dr James Vance “Kits” Sharp

Birth
Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Death 21 Feb 2011 (aged 86)
Burial Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 66076191 · View Source
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James Vance Sharp, "Kits", was born July 17, 1924 in Reidsville, N.C. to Annie Britt Blackwell Sharp and James Merrite Sharp.
In high school he enjoyed musical studies on the clarinet and piano, played baseball and football, and earned the BCA rank of Eagle Scout. He attended N.C. State College in Raleigh but was drafted in 1942 to the US Navy Reserve.
He entered the Navy Reserve Active Duty and the Navy V-12 program at Duke University later completing his medical training at Wake Forest University's Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1948. After subsequent surgical training, he entered private practice in Reidsville, N.C.
He married Gwen on 21 December 1954 in Forsyth County, N.C.
James was 30 and Gwen was 26 years old.
In 1964 he entered the United States Navy.
His duty stations included St. Albans, N.Y; Viet Nam as Commander of 1st Medical Battalion where he achieved the rank of Captain, and at Naval Hospital Jacksonville as chief of surgery.
Between 1969 and 1975 he had the honor of serving on and leading the NASA DOD Emergency Surgical Team. This group of highly trained medical specialists was assigned to handle any medical emergencies that might occur during the launches of the Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz missions.
This duty earned him the Joint Service Commendation Medal. Other assignments included Chief of Surgery and Director of Clinical Services at the USN Hospital in Naples, Italy (1975-78) and Thoracic Surgeon and Chief of Surgery at the USN Hospital, Charleston, S.C. (1978-85).
A Veteran of three wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam), he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V".
Upon retiring from the Navy in 1985, he continued his surgical practice as Chief of Surgery for the VA Hospital in Lake City, Florida and as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Florida's College of Medicine.
From there, he and his family settled in a home on the St. Johns River in Green Cove Springs.
At every location, he sought and enjoyed the fellowship of other musicians and the opportunity to perform.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gwen Roberts Sharp, and four children.
A passionate believer in the blessings of strong family values, his love and leadership will be sorely missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 25, 2011 in the Broadus-Raines Chapel with Rev. Pearl Boles officiating. Visitation will be in the chapel one hour prior to the service. Following the service, the family will receive friends at the Village Improvement Association, 17 Palmetto Ave., Green Cove Springs.
Interment with military honors will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2011 at Jacksonville National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to: Florida United Methodist Children's Home 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL. Arrangements are under the care of Broadus-Raines Funeral Home, 501 Spring St., Green Cove Springs, Florida.
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Florida Times Union, Feb. 24, 2011
Clay Today, March 2, 2011



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  • Find a Grave Memorial 66076191
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr James Vance “Kits” Sharp (17 Jul 1924–21 Feb 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66076191, citing Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .