March 6, 1950 – December 26, 2020
Ms. Few (1950-2020) passed away on December 26, 2020 in Springfield, Virginia. Born and reared in Dayton, Ohio; a member of Dunbar High School, Class of 1968.
Preceded in death by her parents, Richard Few and Helen Thomas Few; her former husband of 20 years, Clifford Rankin and four brothers.
Born a Buckeye but destined to travel the world. Sharon, Clifford, and their two loving children, Lishelle and Derrick, lived in many states. Her favorite adventure was living in Italy for nearly three years. She welcomed living among the local Italians in their neighborhood, learning the language, going to the beaches, and meeting lifelong friends. Sharon was athletic; she played volleyball and softball on several female military teams. A Colonel nicknamed her - Willie Mays. Sharon also loved the New York Yankees; she watched them play in Detroit and Boston. She was a bowler who participated in local and Vegas tournaments.
Her spiritual journey began in childhood. Later, she taught Sunday school while living in Italy, which gave her further insight into her relationship with God.
Her greatest loves were: God, her children, grandson, and advocating for children's rights as a Guardian ad Litem in court. She was a writer, poet, and storyteller. Sharon won two local story contest, and was a semi-finalist in Ebony's Annual Literary Contest, 2009. She was a member of Bailey's Senior Book Club. Her favorite poet was Poe; her most loved poem was "The Creation" by James Weldon Johnson.
Obtaining two college degrees in Criminal Justice and Paralegal, while loving and rearing her children in a military environment.
Our beloved mother loved music, dancing, and roller skating, especially, to the Sounds of Motown. The Temptations will always be her favorite group and "My Girl" her most loved song.
Sharon leaves to cherish her life: Lishelle and Derrick Rankin, her loving children; Grandson Jaden; six sisters, Teresa, Donna, Jewel, Dola, Zena, Benita; five brothers, Richard., Ashley, Louis, Anthony, Darrel; many cousins(Dana), nieces, nephews, special friends; Donna Pitts, Mary and Joe, members of Bailey's Seniors group, church members, every child who entered her life.
We wish to thank: Her doctors, Manpreet Singh, Michael Eblan; the staff from Vitas Healthcare; her Facebook family and friends.
Ms Few's message to her love ones: "Mourn me not for I am free; God is standing next to me."
In lieu of flowers the family request that you donate to the Multiple Myeloma Society
- Multiple Myeloma Society
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January 16, 2021
When I was younger and living on my own, Derrick I were the closest thing to brothers. Sharon or mom or ma as we both called her, was always there for us. Even when my own parents weren’t there, mom was there for me.
I remember her giving me a piece of her mind one time, her two cents if you will. (Mom would speak blunt if she knew you needed it and she thought it would make a difference in our lives.) She knew I had always planned to go in the Air Force and she also knew that there was always a chance, I’d change my mind. She shared with me that if I stayed in New Hampshire, I’d be selling myself short. The path could even lead to time incarcerated if I kept making bad choices.
Well mom, I listened. I left and never looked back. You were always checking in on me. You gave me strength to get uncomfortable and to grow. I will never forget our talks and the lessons you taught me.
Love you, your other son!
Paulina Hansborough White
January 8, 2021
Tribute to Sharon Few
Written by Paulina Hansborough White
Presented by Baileys Book Club
God looked down from heaven on His
Great wide world
He was searching for a home for His
Precious baby girl
He sent an Angel to check a home
And she liked what she saw, and away she flew
Thus, ending the search for a home for Sharon Few
I will lend you a little while a child of mine, He said
For you to love her while she lives
And to mourn when she is dead
Now will you give her all your love,
Nor think the labor in vain
Nor hate me when I come to call
To take her back again
Sharon was such a blessing to many
No matter the task
Whenever she saw the need, you did not have to ask
God saw that Sharon was in pain, and wanted to be free
So, on December 26, He whispered Sharon come home
And live with me
To some she will be forgotten, to others a part of the past
But to us who loved and lost her
Her memory will always last
January 2, 2021
My sister, Sharon, and I were fortunate to have enjoyed each others' company prior to her passing away. We recalled childhood memories and experiences, listened to some of those old Motown hits that we both still loved. So filled with excitement and the joy of being together, we just couldn't stop talking! It was a wonderful time that I will always cherish! Her military travels and my own departure from Dayton distanced us physically but never spiritually.
Sharon began loving literature at a young age. I recall that she took me to the library with her and encouraged me to read. I remember her rehearsing poems, repeatedly, until she knew them "by heart." It is to my big sister's credit that I bothered to read my first book in its entirety and that I too became a poet, following in her footsteps. I thank God that before she left us, I acknowledged and thanked her for this positive influence she had on me.