Mr. Earnest Carter Sharpe Jr., 70, was born in Iredell County, N.C., on February 29, 1952, to the late Earnest Carter Sharpe Sr. and Mattie Parker Sharpe. He departed this life on Friday, December 2, 2022, at his home.

He attended Iredell County Schools and graduated from South Iredell High School. He was a devoted member of the Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, where he was a Trustee. He worked for the Iredell County School System as a custodian.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Carter Sharpe Sr. and Mattie Parker Sharpe.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life his wife Sarah Gardin Sharpe; two sons, Ryan Sharpe of the home, and Joshua Sharpe of Statesville; one daughter, Ashley Sharpe of Elmwood Park, N.J.; one brother, Rickey (Doretha) Young of Statesville; brother-in-law, Frank Gardin of Morganton, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Gardin, Mary Collette (Joe), and Thelma Gardin, all of Morganton, N.C., and Linda Gardin of Elmwood Park, N.J.; two sisters, Dorothy (Roman) Cuthbertson of Cleveland, Ohio, and Sheryl (Robert) Harrison of Wayne, Pa.; aunts and uncles, Ferman Sharpe (Esther), Kenny Sharpe, Lucy Mills, Paul Parker (Mary), Dave Parker, and Mary Parker; grandchild, Diana Culbertson of Cleveland, Ohio; two great nieces, Desirea Culbertson and Destiny Davis; and a host of nieces and nephews, other family members, church family, and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 12 noon at the Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, N.C. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the church.

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