Collier-Butler Funeral Home

824 Rainbow Drive, Gadsden, AL


Gene Sharpton

May 26, 1929September 4, 2019

Billy Gene Sharpton, age 90, went peacefully home to be with his wife Barbara, and his Lord and Savior, Wednesday September 4, 2019. Funeral service will be 12 pm Friday, September 6, at Collier Butler Chapel with visitation from 11 AM until the hour of service. Burial will be at Crestwood Cemetery. Collier Butler Funeral Home will direct services. Mr. Sharpton was preceded in death by his lovely wife Barbara of 63 years, whom he cared for the last 4 years of her life at her bedside, in their home. He is also preceded by his parents James and Frances Sharpton, sisters Lowell, Oneil, Louise, Jimmy, and Lucille; brother Wofford Sharpton; brothers in law Don Dutton and Pete Payne. He is survived by his very special adopted son, John David Sharpton; sisters in law Carlotta Payne, Pat Dutton, and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Sharpton, an Electrician, retired from Gulf States Steel where he daily gave his time and talent for 43 years, providing for his wife and son. He loved and enjoyed traveling with Barbara and John, as well as spending quality time with many of his close friends and church family. He was a life-long active member of Dwight Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, serving his Lord through singing in the Choir, teaching Sunday School, and giving of his time to anyone in need. He was cared for these past six years by his son, John. His son John would like to thank the Gadsden Regional Medical Center nurses, Aides, as well as Alacare Hospice's Kiley, Lori, Jessica, Mary, Karen, Elizabeth, CiCi, Bro. Whitt, Dr. Debra Reiland and many others who cared for "Dad". Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.collier-butler.com for the Sharpton family.


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019


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Melanie Payne

September 5, 2019

Much love to you John. We are here for you always. What a wonderful, loving son you have been. The earth lost one of its great men with integrity, your sweet daddy. I will miss him calling me "Sug." Please come visit when you can.

Melanie and Carlotta, Alexa and Jessica