Berry Funeral Home


Ernest "Ernie" Lee Sharp

March 15, 1930October 11, 2020

Ernest Lee Sharp, age 90, of Knoxville, TN went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 11, 2020. "Ernie" was a member of Central Baptist Church, served as a deacon, enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school class. He was a 1948 Young High School Graduate and a member of the football and basketball teams. Ernie served our country in the United States Army and specialized in radio and field military equipment repair. He served as Journeyman, Foreman, Superintendent, Vice President and President of Broadway Electric Service/BESCO with his partners, Rodney Napier Sr. and Rodney Napier, Jr. He was a member of IBEW Local 270 and was an instructor for the Local Electrical Apprenticeship program. Ernie enjoyed coaching football and baseball at Inskip-Norwood Recreation Park. Ernie is preceded in death by loving wife, Clara Belle Miller Sharp; parents, Louis H. Sharp and Maxie G. Sharp; sisters, Louise and Patsy Sharp and brother, Jimmy Sharp. He is survived by, sons, Terry (Angela) Sharp, Steve Sharp; 7 grandchildren; a host of great grandchildren and many close friends. The family will receive friends Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 12:00-2:00pm in the parlors of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville and proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery, 4500 Woodlawn Pike, Knoxville for a 2:30pm Graveside Service officiated by Pastor Monty Walton. The family invites friends to share fond memories and sign the online guestbook at


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, October 15, 2020


Ernest "Ernie" Lee Sharp

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Sonja Burchfield

October 26, 2020

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.
He was a great mentor, co-worker and friend. He always had a smile on his face and could always put a smile on other's faces with his great stories he would share. He will be missed.

John & Diane Sharp

October 16, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Debbie Akers Davis

October 15, 2020

Terry and Steve I’m so very sorry in the loss of your sweet Dad. You are in my prayers.

Robin Pebley Setzer

October 15, 2020

Terry and Steve I’m so sorry for your loss.
I passed Lesa lane the other day and smiled wondering if you parents still lived there. Your Daddy was one of the sweetest men I knew growing up. I met him when I was 13 and became a member of Second Baptist Church. He always had a big smile on his face and a loving hug to go along with it. He was a pillar in the church. He loved the Lord. I bet he and Preacher Gatton are having a reunion in heaven . He sure loved you boys. I’m sure he loved those grandkids a whole lot. My thoughts and prayers are with you boys and your family’s. God Bless🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Kevin Smith

October 15, 2020

This is a sad time for the family, as well as for the IBEW and NECA. Ernie was one of the best, if not the best of all! His life and legacy will live on in all of those whose lives he has touched. Rest in Peace Ernie, and may God Bless your family. My heart and my prayers go out to all of you who have been left behind. Another light in the Brotherhood has gone out here on Earth, but now shines brightly in Heaven! We will all see him again when our time comes!

Phil James

October 15, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Ernie for many years. Prayers for the family. Heaven has gained a great warrior.

Andy Venable

October 14, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Ernie for over 20 years. A true gentleman in every aspect.

Randy Mays

October 14, 2020

Ernie was such a Godly man and a great boss. I remember when he retired and after some time came back to help with a project that Broadway was starting and needed that Ernie touch. Everyday he was such an inspiration to all of us and his testimony was the way he lived his life. Rest In Peace my friend. Heaven gained a great man.

Turner Wood

October 14, 2020

God blessed me with the opportunity work with Ernie on a daily basis for about a year. Seldom in life do we have the opportunity to enjoy somebody's company that can impact our lives. Its been about 15 years since working with Ernie and I still vividly remember many conversations . His optimism and positive attitude was something we all strive for. He was a very Godly man and didn't mind sharing his faith. To this very day, I cherish my time with Ernie.
Another one of God's children has found their way home.

Jack Funderburk

October 14, 2020

I think of Ernie often and miss our conversation. A kind and gentle person he was truly a mans man. Every morning around 9:00 he would buzz my office and say, “ you know the question of the day” meaning, where are we having lunch today? Marpet and I will be thinking of the family during this time, a loss for everyone and a sweet homecoming for our friend Ernie.


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