Kennedy Hudson Sharpe, 88, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, Iowa.
Kennedy was born April 17, 1930, in Hiddenite, son of Ransom and Leila (Bogle) Sharpe.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Sharpe of Fontanelle, Iowa; daughters, Ruth Ghoja (David) of Elkmont, Alabama, Betty Kibble (Kent) of Lodi, California, and Kay Ayre of Bridge City, Texas; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Surviving family members from Shirley’s family include, Vince (Genny) Villa of Oceanside, California, Cheryl Wilson (Bill Winterstein) of Creston, Iowa, Mary Francis (Art) May of Des Moines, Iowa, and Andra Wages (Darrell Ewing) of Ankeny, Iowa; 14 step-grandchildren; 21 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sons-in-law, Sam Ayre and C. Wayne Wilson; step-granddaughter, Jyl Zimmerline; and step-great-grandson, Jarrod Cline.
Kennedy grew up in North Carolina, graduating from Hiddenite High School in 1948. He began his working life as a farmer and eventually became a life insurance underwriter and investment counselor, as well as a real estate broker.
He was elected in 1972 to serve the 23rd district in the North Carolina State Senate. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America for many years, becoming an Eagle Scout and earning the Silver Beaver Award for community service. He was a charter member of the Alexander County, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Directors. He volunteered with SCORE, mentoring people as they started small businesses. He was active with Rotary International, Hiddenite United Methodist Church, and supported St. Jude Hospital for Children, Disabled American Veterans, and the Wounded Warrior Project.
He profoundly believed in America and was very proud of his family heritage as settlers in the Colony of Carolina and their roles in the Revolutionary War.
The family wishes to express gratitude for all acts of kindness shown to them in their time of sorrow and they wish to acknowledge the extraordinary care provided by Dr. Tiwari, Dr. Mouser, all of the very special nurses and caregivers of Greater Regional Hospice Home, the staff at Adair County Hospital and the Greenfield Manor.
The family will gather to greet friends in the Community Room at Summerset Estates, in Fontanelle, Iowa following burial.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield, Iowa with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. The family will greet friends one hour prior to services at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. A luncheon will follow the burial at the Summerset Estates in Fontanelle. Father James Ahenkora will officiate the service.
The Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of the professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.
Memorials may be directed to the Greater Regional Hospice Home-HCI Hospice Care Services or to the St. Jude’s Hospital Wounded Warrior Project.