OBITUARY

Sharon Elizabeth Wieser

April 1, 1954January 9, 2021
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Sharon Elizabeth Wieser was born on April 1, 1954, to William and Donna Ferguson in Little Rock, Arkansas. She died peacefully in her home on Saturday, January 9, 2021, after a three-year battle with brain cancer, her husband holding her hand and her youngest daughter singing in her ear. Given her initial prognosis and competitive spirit, she would most certainly have declared herself the victor in her fight with cancer, and rightfully so.

Sharon was raised in Clinton, Arkansas. Dubbed “Little Miss Sunshine” at an early age, she had an infectious smile that lit up every room she entered. After high school, Sharon attended Ouachita Baptist University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a charter member of the Ouachita Student Foundation. It was at Ouachita that Sharon—or more precisely her legs—caught the attention of a young football player named Kevin. The two fell in love, were married, and enjoyed 44 wonderful years together.

Sharon was a devoted wife and mother. As a minister’s wife, she provided Kevin the support needed to navigate the triumphs and trials of church work. As a mother, she loved her children unconditionally, while instilling in them the values that were so evident in her life: kindness, integrity, persistence, hard work, and many more.

Sharon was a middle school math teacher. Through her ever-encouraging and gentle instruction, she gave her students the confidence to achieve more than they dreamed and a life-long love of learning, if not math. She was adored by students and colleagues alike, and had the singular distinction of being named teacher of the year in two different Arkansas school districts.

Sharon hit her stride when she became Nanny to what would eventually total eight grandchildren. Nanny poured herself into her grandchildren, uniquely loving each in way that made them believe they were her favorite. She was always present in the big moments, rarely missing birthdays, ball games, recitals, or trips. But it was in the small moments that her love shone through. She will be deeply and painfully missed at all of the big and small moments to come.

Sharon was a believer, a child of God, and a committed member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. She loved to sing in the choir, play the piano, vacation on a Florida beach, sunbathe on the back deck, cultivate enduring friendships, play and watch basketball, and cheer on the Razorbacks. While Sharon will be missed by her family and friends, she is now healed, free of cancer, and dwells in the presence of God in His Eternal Kingdom. Bishop Charles Brent wrote, “Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and Death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” Sharon is now on the other side of the horizon just beyond our sight, and she joyfully worships God in the Father’s presence alongside those who have gone before her.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson, Baptist Hospital, UAMS, Charlotte’s Home Health, and Arkansas Hospice for their excellent care of Sharon.

Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Kevin Wieser; son, Jay Wieser (Beth) of Fort Worth, Texas and their children Allie Beth, Luke, and Emery; daughter, Jamie Cook (Kyle) of Bentonville, Arkansas and their children Sloan and Collins; daughter, Jill Franklin (Derek) of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and their children Eli, Ezra, and Ruby; mother, Donna Ferguson of Clinton, Arkansas; brother, Steve Ferguson (Diana) of Mount Pleasant, Texas and their children Will Ferguson and Heather Hines Teel; and mother-in-law, Joan Wieser of Bryant, Arkansas. Sharon was predeceased by her father, William Ferguson, and father-in-law, Deryl Wieser.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the music ministry at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. Donations can be made at https://gsfbc.org/give. In the memo box please specify in memory of Sharon Wieser. Visitation (1:00) and a memorial service (2:00) celebrating Sharon’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church, 12400 I-30, Little Rock, AR 72210. All are welcome. Bro. Dave Hughey will officiate.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kelly Wieser, Active Pallbearer
  • Steve Ferguson, Active Pallbearer
  • Kyle Cook, Active Pallbearer
  • Derek Franklin, Active Pallbearer
  • Will Ferguson, Active Pallbearer
  • Jay Wieser, Active Pallbearer
  • David Ball, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Kenny Raspberry, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Danny Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jon Skelley, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Memories

Sharon Elizabeth Wieser

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Mary DeArmond Winters

January 22, 2021

Kevin, I’m so sorry to hear about Sharon. I will always remember her friendliness and smile when we were at OBU and then again when we ran into each other at Southwestern Seminary. She was so full of fun and laughter. I am praying for you and your family, but I am really happy Sharon is no longer suffering.

Nancy Smith

January 13, 2021

I will always cherish the time I got to serve as greeter with Sharon at church. We had great fellowship there!

Jessica Dooley

January 13, 2021

Thank you for being a great teacher and great supporter of us as student athletes! Mostly thank you for sharing your love of Christ with your your children, who in turn, shared it with their friends like me!

Karen Turner

January 13, 2021

I’ve never met anyone quite like Sharon. She was almost perfect…so much love for the Lord and for others and we both loved singing in the choir! What a joy she will always be to me in my heart and mind. My husband Glenn says he loved and will miss her smile when she greeted us at the church door. She was and is so precious!I can’t imagine how much she will be missed by all of you, her family.

Camille Brown

January 13, 2021

Sharon and I lived around the corner from each other in Arkadelphia. We met at church in the choir and became walking buddies. Every morning at 5am or earlier we met at the corner stop sign. Nothing stopped us....maybe 20 degree weather and pouring down rain but not much more. We talked, laughed, cried, energized each other (although she didn’t need it-she was the energizer bunny), shared, prayed, and leaned on each other. We always teased that “what was said on the trail, stayed on the trail”! Kevin will tell you that’s true! She always had a smile no matter what! She, Kevin and their children were a huge influence on our kids. We both moved but stayed in touch. Even after diagnosed when I would come by to visit, she would say “ok let’s get the update on me out of the way so we can talk about you and your family”! She always cared and loved everyone around her! I will deeply miss her! What a tremendous Godly example she set!!

Katie Vestal

January 12, 2021

I have adored and admired Sharon since the day I met her - I'm going to miss her infectious smile, laughter and joyful spirit! Her life is in inspiration to me as a daughter, wife, sister, and mother. She will be so dearly missed.

Ron and Judy Harrison

January 12, 2021

God bless you all. Sharon was one of the first people Ron and I met at FBCA. She lit up any room she entered. With her great sense of humor, she quickly became a favorite (especially of Ron's). We will never forget her smile, her energy, her laugh, and her dancing (almost) in the choir. She was much loved and will be missed by many.

Janie Jones

January 12, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Sharon. She was a wonderful math teacher, wonderful mother, and loved by her students. Keeping all of you in my prayers.

Kristi Shaffer-Ingle

January 11, 2021

I was in the youth group at Del Norte Baptist Church and Kevin was our youth pastor. He told us about his girlfriend and soon to become his fiancé, Sharon. When we met Sharon we all wanted to be just like her! She showed Christ’s love to all of us. Her outward beauty only enhanced her inward beauty. I loved seeing her Testimony and in whom her hope is found. Kevin and Sharon came to recently to visit Albuquerque and to see the balloon fiesta. Such a special time. I know Sharon is singing in heaven!

MaryBeth Bailey

January 11, 2021

I had the great pleasure of teaching with Mrs Sharon at Bryant Middle School. Sharon had such an amazing passion for teaching. Her students loved her and she loved her students. This world has truly lost an amazing woman, confidant, teacher, and friend. Wieser family, I am praying for strength and comfort during this time.

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