Lawrence E. "Gene" Sharum Sr.

November 4, 1928May 21, 2018
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Lawrence E. "Gene" Sharum was born on November 4, 1928 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and passed away on May 21, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas


  • Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church or St. Mary's Cemetery Fund


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Rosary Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 24, 2018

Lawrence E. "Gene" Sharum Sr.

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Alex Sylvester

May 24, 2018

My condolences to the Sharum family.
My prayers are with you.

Paul Rye

May 22, 2018

Frank and family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you will have wonderful memories of your dad and your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Patrick Burnham

May 22, 2018

Frank, Larry and Linda,

We had some great times growing up at that house on Massard rd. Your Mom and Dad had some of the best food in town and Gene set the bar for his work ethic. He was the hardest working man I have ever seen! My thoughts and prayers are with you guys during this time.


Pat Burnham

Kelly Davis

May 22, 2018

Frank and Family - Thinking of you during this time as you look back at a wonderful life given to family and friends. Prayers to all.



Lawrence E. Sharum (Gene) Sr. 89 of Fort Smith passed away Monday, May 21, 2018. He was born November 4, 1928 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Lawrence A. Sharum and Margaret (Von Hatten) Sharum. He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred A. Sharum and one sister, Margaret Ann Lafoon.
He is survived by his three children, Larry Sharum and wife Roselyn of Central City, Frank Sharum and his wife Jana of Fort Smith, Linda Ross and her husband Larry of Manhattan Kansas; five grandchildren, Alicia Gregory and her husband Jamie of Clarksville, Jeff Sharum and his wife Falone of Greenwood, Greg Sharum and his wife Cassie of Greenwood, Layton Sharum of Tulsa, Lynley Grace Sharum of Fort Smith; five great grandchildren, McKenzie and Emma Gregory, Nashton and Aniston Sharum, and Eli Sharum. One Sister, Evangeline Werner, one niece and one nephew.
Gene lived his life on the Massard Prairie. He worked with his dad L. A. Sharum on the truck farm which later developed into the Sharum Nursery. Mildred, Gene and the entire family worked to build the nursery business into one of the largest nurseries in Arkansas. He was also a mail carrier for the US Post Office, and milked dairy cows with the farm duties. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Barling, Knights of Columbus, and graduate of St. Anne’s High School. Gene was famous for his “Sweet Tea” (and it was Sweet!!!)
Visitation will be Wednesday at Fentress Mortuary, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm with Rosary service following at 7:15 pm. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Thursday, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1301 Frank Street, Barling, Arkansas. Burial will be at Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery in Fort Chaffee.
Pallbearers will be Layton Sharum, Greg Sharum, Jeff Sharum, Jamie Gregory, Leo Lafoon, and Joe Bob Wise.
The family would like to extend special Thanks to the Methodist Nursing Home West Wing Staff for their Loving Care of Our Father Gene Sharum.
Memorials can be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery Fund, 1301 Frank Street, Barling, AR 72923.