Dr. Joe Frank Sharp
September 22, 1938 – May 30, 2019
Dr. Joe Frank Sharp, age 80, of Wilsonville, Alabama passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019. He was born September 22, 1938 in Birmingham, Alabama to Frank and Virginia Irene (Smith) Sharp.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Virginia Sharp. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Francine Lee Moman Sharp; his sons, Jon Frank Sharp and Jason Eric Sharp (Misty); his brother, Jack Sharp; his grandsons, Todd Franklin Sharp and Parker Andrew Sharp; as well as extended family and many colleagues and friends.
Joe had an intense curiosity and loved to learn. After attending Auburn University for undergraduate, he worked as an electrical engineer for General Electric in New Jersey. In his late 20’s, Joe decided to go back to school and become a doctor. He completed his pre-med classes at Birmingham Southern College before attending UAB for medical school and residency.
Joe served as a pediatrician for 35 years and was passionate about his work. Pediatrics allowed Joe to utilize his great talents of service, empathy and patience in the care of children of all ages that needed his help. His patients would often run to hug him when he entered the waiting room because they, like his family, always knew he loved them. He leaves behind a legacy of many lives cured, healed, and saved and many hearts touched with his humility and compassion.
Joe was a Boy Scout Leader for his sons’ troops and a great lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed working on cars, tinkering, woodworking, taking care of his pets and making household repairs (with mixed success). Joe had a heart for others. Whether you called him Dr. Joe, Joe Frank, friend, husband, brother, father or pop, he treated us all with great love and an unending kindness that was uniquely his.
A celebratory gathering for Joe of family and friends will be held Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, 475 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, Alabama 35124. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe's memory may be made to the Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation at https://www.childrensal.org/donate-now.
- Francine Lee Sharp, Wife
- Jon Sharp, Son
- Jason Sharp (Misty), Son
- Jack Sharp, Brother
- Todd Franklin Sharp, Grandson
- Parker Andrew Sharp, Grandson
- Alabama Children's Hospital Foundation
- Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, June 6, 2019
Dr. Joe Frank Sharp
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June 4, 2019
Prayers for comfort at this time. Dr. Sharp was a great personality. He will be missed and remembered. The Carl Stapler Family
June 4, 2019
This man was a wonderful, caring doctor! I hated when he left Selma. Rest in peace, Dr. Sharp, you were a blessing to SO many! Praying for the family.
June 4, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Sharp's passing. I was the RN head of the nursery in Selma, Al. at New Vaughn Memorial Hospital when he came down and worked with Drs. Allison and Kenan. He was a wonderful Pediatrician and a great man. I remember when one of his sons was born in Selma. He had just made rounds in the nursery, and got away before I could ask him about another baby. I had the operator page him, trying to catch him before he left the hospital. He came running back to the nursery, afraid the call was about his son. He was mad at me for paging him at first, but then, I explained that I had told the operator to tell him it was not an emergency. He didn't get that part of the message before he got to me. We were fine after we talked. I often thought about Dr. Sharp. He was truly one of the best Pediatricians that I had the pleasure of working with. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
June 2, 2019
Joe once shared a story with us that amazed me. He had just landed from a flight, and was in the airport waiting for a connection. A young man ( it turns out,ironically was a medical student) approached Joe and asked him if he were a doctor. Joe was not wearing a stethoscope around his neck, or scrubs, or anything else that might have identified him as a medical doctor. But for whatever reason, the young man intuited it, and of course was correct.
He said his young daughter was in distress , and seemed to be in pain. It was her elbow. Joe looked at the little child, reached out and pushed on a part of her elbow that had become mis-aligned, an apparently somewhat common mishap in this age group. She immediately stopped crying, and was pain free.
To me, this so typified Dr. Joe Sharp. He was a very humble, kind and intelligent man who represented the best of humanity, and sought not power, or prestige, or wealth, but lived and loved to serve, with humility, grace and great skill.
A great man, who will be greatly missed.