OBITUARY

Benny Hugh Sharp

January 23, 1935July 13, 2013

Benny Hugh Sharp of Oklahoma City, returned to his Lord and Savior on July 13, 2013, following a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born on January 23, 1935, in Stonewall, OK. He spent his formative years in Ada, a place he always held close to his heart. While as a teen, his family moved to Oklahoma City where he graduated from Classen High School. As a proud Comet, he was a highly decorated varsity athlete, finishing the runner-up in the state wrestling championships during his senior year.

Following graduation, Benny joined the US Navy and served proudly and honorably in the Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk Naval Station. Upon returning, he married the love of his life, Judith Ann Harris. By the early 1960s, he had joined Western Electric's Oklahoma City works (later known as Lucent Technologies) to spend a remarkable career that lasted more than three and a half decades. His work as an engineer and inventor earned numerous company and industry awards. Moreover, his inventions garnered multiple US patents. Throughout his career, he made presentations at engineering conferences throughout the US and numerous international locations.

Throughout his life he was a passionate fan of Oklahoma Sooners football and enjoyed woodworking. As a committed student of the Bible, he spent much of his time in study and teaching Sunday School classes at Metropolitan Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ann, and two sons, Jeffery of State College, PA, and Wesley, of Mustang, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bobby, of Prescott AZ.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 7201 W. Britton Road, Oklahoma City, OK.

Memorial gifts may be made to Metropolitan Baptist Church in lieu of flowers.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, July 19, 2013
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Mark Winters

July 20, 2013

I had the privilege of working with Benny early in my career. Always the teacher and gentleman, he made time to share his knowledge or lend a kind word of support. He touched my life and all those who knew him. A man whose faith was always in action.

- Mark Winters

Rex Statser

July 19, 2013

Jeff, sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Bruce Davis

July 19, 2013

The world has lost a great man, as the Lord has called one of his beloved to his side. Benny was a mentor to me both professionally and spiritually. I spent many hours with him discussing engineering issues, and Biblical principals. My thoughts are with Ann, Wes, and the rest of the family.

Bob & Judy Henry

July 18, 2013

Ann, your family is in our prayers and thoughts. Benny & you were such great neighbors.

July 18, 2013

Remembering those great Folkstone days.....our deepest sympathy, Vicky.
Bill & Stevie Martin, Dallas

John Doddy

July 17, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Sharp family. I was very fortunate to work with Benny as a young engineer. He was an exceptional Engineer and person.

Keith Jones

July 17, 2013

Benny Sharp was a good and Godly man. I always enjoyed working with him during the years we were members together at Metropolitan Baptist Church. The state of Oklahoma has lost an outstanding citizen and the Sooner Nation has lost a big fan.

Cheryl + Gordon Handte

July 17, 2013

He must have been a remarkable man to have raised such a fine and Godly man as Jeff Sharp. Our deepest sympathy.

July 17, 2013

Mr. Sharp was a great engineer. He taught me how much I did not know. Everyone who knew him will sorely miss him. Melvin Blackwell

July 17, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Vicki Norman Larkin and Vanoice
Norman (Jim Norman Family)