Janice Hensley Sharp

August 1, 1920December 18, 2017
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Janice “Jan” Hensley Sharp, age 97, died December 18, 2017 at the Presbyterian Village, Summerville, SC. The daughter of James Kay and Verda M. Godsey Hensley, she was born August 1, 1920, Preble County, OH and attended Short High School in Liberty, IN graduating in 1938. She and Wilbur L Sharp were married on October 7, 1943.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Wilbur, the wonderful love of her life for 63 years, three brothers, George W. Hensley, James R. Hensley - both of Liberty, IN and Lt. Cdr. Jack K. Hensley, Richardson, TX and her sister Helen Kline, Liberty, IN. She is survived by two sons, Craig W Sharp and his wife Renee’, Provo, UT and Summerville, SC and Kent J. Sharp and his wife Maura, Acton, MA, six grandchildren, Leo R. Sharp, Summerville, SC, Cody K. Sharp, Provo, UT, Stephanie C. Sharp, Doha, Qatar, Brian H. Sharp, San Francisco, CA, Julie K. Sharp, Jamaica Plain, MA, and Kevin M. Sharp, Chicago, IL and one brother Robert L. Hensley, Laurel IN.

She worked at Richard Ross Insurance in Liberty and attended insurance school in Hartford, CT after which she was invited to work at Union Insurance Company in Indianapolis, IN. She then worked as a secretary at Allison Division of General Motors, Indianapolis, IN during World War II. Later she was the first Director of Finance for the City of Eaton, OH and was Ass’t Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Citizens State Bank, New Castle, IN where she worked until she retired. After retiring she and Wilbur lived in New Port Richey, FL and Roanoke, VA before she moved to Summerville, SC.

She had many hobbies, loved to travel and especially loved to play bridge. She was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, went to many tournaments and became a Life Master. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, IN.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fodsick Chapel, Liberty with Pastor John L. Miller of the First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, officiating. Interment will follow in West Point Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday where memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Liberty and the Presbyterian Village, 201 W. 9th North Street, Summerville, SC. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 27, 2017
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 28, 2017
  • Interment Thursday, December 28, 2017

Janice Hensley Sharp

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Alan Montgomery

January 8, 2018

Craig and Kent, I just want to say how sorry I was to read the recent Liberty Herald. Your mother was a staunch support in the Presbyterian Church, and I remember very well. I wish you well.

Terri (Sharp) & David Whetstone

December 27, 2017

We are sending a lot of love to you Kent and Craig, as well as to your families. I know this is an incredibly difficult time - and so I am holding you close in my thoughts and prayers.
I have a lot of fun and loving memories of times with my Aunt Jan and Uncle Wilbur. Our parents shared so many great travels together, and hearing their stories was such an inspiration to want to see the world.....Dad still reminisces regularly the special times spent with them. The brothers, and Mary Alice sure all had something special together - and we were all very blessed in turn for that.

Kathy Bultman Burns

December 26, 2017

I got to know Janice by being the daughter of Howard and Middy Bultman. They were close friends of Janice and Wilbur, and I was lucky enough to come along. She was so smart and so much fun to be around. My condolences to Craig and Kent and all her family.

Todd Smelser

December 23, 2017

Our deepest sympathies to Craig, Kent, and the rest of Jan's family. Janice and Wilbur were long-time friends of our family, and we share in your loss. I have now retired to Savannah and Mom, who is 96, is in an assisted living facility here. Todd Smelser

Gary Hensley

December 20, 2017

Loved our cousin, Jan. She was a grand lady who will be missed by all

Penny Stanley

December 19, 2017

Our deepest sympathies to all the family. Jan was a very special person, and I have such fond memories of their visits to us when we were growing up. Our condolences, with love, Ed & Penny (Sharp) Stanley