John McArthur Sharpe Sr.,71, passed away Friday, February 17, 2023.

John was born October 30, 1951, to the late Chress Sharpe and Mary Whitworth. He started working at an early age. He had a career in plumbing and worked hard everyday of this life. He was known as an honest and hardworking person. John was known by many people through his flea market years. He was well known for buying what someone else would consider junk and antiques and selling it as a treasure.

He is preceded in death by his adopted father, Paul Carico; son, John McArthur Sharpe Jr.; and brothers, Frank Kenneth Carico and JC Smith.

John is survived by his mother, Mary Carico; sons, Randy Sharpe (Cissy), Frank Sharpe ( Sherry) and Quentin Sharpe; daughters, Trina Dillard (Kenneth) and Patricia Lautt; granddaughters, Makayla Brown (Paul), Francesca Martinez , Madeline Lautt and Jacelyn; grandsons; Zachery Dillard and Josh King; great grandson, Braxton King; and sisters, Loretta Slaton, Margaret King and Teena Rupard (Don).

A visitation will be held Wednesday on February 22, 2023, at Nicholson Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be held Thursday, February 23, 2023, at New Life Community Baptist Church with burial to follow at Friendly Chapel Cemetery. A reception will be held after burial at the Dillard temporary residence, 320 Grassy Knob Road, Union Grove, NC 28689.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be made to New life Community Baptist Church, 496 Jennings Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.