Frances D. Sharman

April 3, 1923June 21, 2020

Sharman, Frances D., age 97 of Birmingham, AL, died Sunday, June 21, 2020. She was a long time member of Shades Mountain Baptist Church where she taught first grade Sunday school for 52 years. Her faith and remarkable character was evident in everything she did and even more in her family life.

She married James, the love of her life, on April 23, 1944. Together they loved and reared five children. They were married for 53 years.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James E. Sharman, great-grandson, Micah A. Brown, her parents, Arthur and Mildred Duke, and her sister, Betty Jean Lee.

She is survived by her five children, Cathy Kent of Pelham, Mike Sharman (Elaine) of Decatur, Carol Houston (Bruce) of Dothan, Sue Schwoebel (Brad) of Birmingham and Don Sharman (Michelle) of Snellville, GA; 11 grandchildren: Gena Kent Ledford (Stanley), Stacey Kent Demianenko (Justin), Jeremy Sharman, Josh Sharman (Logan), Dan Sharman (Stephanie), Lisa Houston Williams (Barry), David Houston (Emily), Scott Forester (Debby), Ryann Brown, Savannah Sharman Vicknair (Stephen) and Sam Sharman and 26 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Micah Brown Scholarship fund at Lifeline. Please practice social distancing during all services.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Elmwood Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow. Burial will be private for family. Funeral services will Livestreamed via Facebook.


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    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020


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Cathy Andrews Jones

June 24, 2020

Mrs. Sharman was my families neighbor for 15 or more years..She blessed me so much by opening her home to me as I was a friend of Cathy's. She and Coach were always loving and kind to me. She was like a mother to me, along with a couple of other neighbors mom's as well. I was a troubled child having been sexually molested from the 3rd grade on. .This was a secret that I never told anyone till I was 37 years old. So a loving accepting person meant so much to me! They took me to bible school at times and occasionally to church. As a lost, nonchurched girl.They took me to their church the day I publically gave my life to Christ and I was baptized that very night. My family was unwilling to come so it meant a lot to have the Sharmans there with me. Also, my husband, Larry Jones, was mentored by Coach Sharman at Samford for years. He was a PE major and Coach often helped him make life decisions as his family lived in another city. Larry went to Shades Mountain Baptist and worked with youth there. Coach was an extremely positive and influential man in my husband's life. It is just circumstantial that we both were hugely impacted by Mr and Mrs Sharman. God had a plan and brought us together. I can't thank God enough for Mr and Mrs Sharman and the love and concern they had in my and my husband's life! I know they are celebrating a reunion in heaven now! Mrs Sharman and Coach Sharman, thanks forthe memory! I'll never forget you!!!❤ I watched the service by live stream today with tears of gratitude falling down my eyes. Im praying for all the precious family members . May God comfort you all today and in the days to come. God bless you all.❤..Cathy

Edwina Forstman

June 24, 2020

Mrs Sharman was a pillar of faith at Shades Mountain Baptist. There is no telling the number of 1st graders her life and Bible teaching impacted. I am sure there are many who greeted her upon her arrival in heaven and our Lord Jesus Christ proclaiming 'Well done, My good and faithful servant. ' Love you, Mrs Sharman, Edwina Forstman.

Donna Blankenship

June 23, 2020

She was a beautiful, God loving woman. So happy that she is celebrating with Jesus now! Love you Sue.