Beatrice E. Sharpe

August 22, 1922September 2, 2020

LITTLE MOUNTAIN - Beatrice E. Sharpe was born August 22, 1922 in Honolulu, Hawaii and passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. She was the wife of the late Rufus C. Sharpe.

Growing up in Hawaii, she was a teenager during the Pearl Harbor Bombings. Beatrice worked as a telephone operator for Hawaiian Bell. Beatrice shared many vivid memories from fielding emergency telephone calls on the day of the bombings. Going where her husband and the US Navy took her, she moved to South Carolina in 1967. Mrs. Sharpe retired as a switchboard operator for South Carolina National Bank. She was also a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chapin.

She was the daughter of the late JaCinto and Dorthea Estrella. Mrs. Sharpe is survived by daughters, Pamela S. Chick (John) of Little Mountain, SC, Mary “Tweedy” Knef (Andrew) of Stuttgardt, Germany and sons, Michael C. Sharpe of Little Mountain, SC, Christopher Sharpe (Martha) of Boling, TX, and Peter M. Sharpe (Farrah) of Sasebo City, Japan. She also is survived by her sister, Rose Marie Ha’o of Aiea, HA. Mrs. Sharpe had many many grandchildren and great grands. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Mann, Beverly Kraus and brothers-in-law, Edward Sharpe and Gerry Wayne Sharpe.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 pm Tuesday, September 8th, at Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia. Visitation will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel from 9:30 to 11:30 am prior to the service. A memorial service will be held at 9:00 am Wednesday, September 9th, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Services may be viewed via livestream on the Caughman Harman Funeral Home- Chapin Chapel Facebook Page. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements and encourages all patrons to practice the use of masks and social distancing while attending services.


  • Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020


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Hope Rowlett

September 6, 2020

I got the pleasure of meeting Bea when we lived in Germany when she came to visit Tweedy and her family. She was the sweetest and kindest person that I have ever met. She had that personality that just made you smile when ever you were around her. I see where Tweedy gets her personality from. God couldn’t have blessed me more then when I got to meet Bea. She’s at home with our Heavenly Father now not a better place to be.

Elliott Archer

September 5, 2020

I didn't know Mrs. B, but I know her daughter Pam. What a blessing she is. The saying, "Acorns don't fall far from the tree." tells me that Mrs. B must have been a very sweet kind and gracious lady.

Retta Yandle

September 5, 2020

Bea the sweetest lady I've know. She had a unique voice and loved to sing and dance. I remember going to a Bible study in her home with Pam. She new what is important in life to love as much as you can. She was a light wherever she went. You will be missed. Until we meet again one day soon.

Konni Smith

September 5, 2020

Pam and family, I want to thank you for the honor and privilege in allowing me one of the most incredible opportunities of getting to know and love “Mrs B.”
When I visited her she would open the door with a huge smile and say “please come on in!”
Such an incredibly amazing woman.
Her made for movie- life stories will forever be ingrained in my mind forever-
Mrs B would tell me just how grateful she was to have the family she had because could not have lived her strong and willful life as long as she did.
Mrs B showed me that “as long as you live a good Christian life -everything was ok.
I am so very sorry for your loss- But you can bet- when we all see her again she ll have on that huge smile and say “please come on in- I have a few stories to tell.....
Your friend and neighbor, Konni Smith


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