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.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Sharpe at

Rutledge and Bigham is serving the Sharpe family.

8 thoughts on “Earnest Carter Sharpe Jr.

  1. I am heartbroken. I worked with Mr. Sharpe at North Iredell Middle School. Always a professional. You will be missed.

    • Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and give you strength to endure. I attended church with Mr. Carter years ago and remember the family. Helen Smyre Byers

    • I worked many years with Sr. at Stateville City School. Jr. was a chip off the block.
      So sad. Both were fine Men.

  2. Brenda R Wallace says:

    Sarah, I pray for the Holy Spirit to give your strength during this difficult season. Earnest was always a joy, full of laughter and testimony for the Lord. I always enjoyed seeing his smiling face.

  3. Barbara H Williams says:

    I was saddened to see Earnest’s obituary. I was fortunate to work with Earnest and Sarah at North Middle; they are both fine people and dear friends. Prayers for comfort and strength.

  4. Toni S Bostian says:

    Such a tragedy. I am so sorry, Sarah, for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Earnest was a fine man. I know he will be missed.

  5. Penny Ledbetter says:

    Sarah, I am so saddened to learn of Earnest’s passing. I always found him to be a kind and thoughtful soul at Oakwood Jr. High and North Iredell Middle. My heart hurts for you and your family. I pray you will find comfort and peace knowing that our Lord is always with you.

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