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“Dear Diane and Family, Such sweet memories I have of the stories you told at the office about your dad, your love for him and his love of his family...Read More »
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“I would like to express my sincere condolences to the daughters of Bert Sharp, and to their families. I hope you will take some consolulation in...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Katonah - Boca Raton, FL

“We remember with joy the camping trips and visits we had with Bert and our dear sister, Clair, and rejoice in knowing they are together again. We...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Mia Katonah - Pompano Beach, FL

“Diane, You are definitely in our thoughts today. Your dad was quite the man and I learned even more about him from the history you wrote! You're...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Diana Wiggins - Alto, NM - friend

“Beautiful obituary, DeeDee. I learned some new things about Grandpa reading it. I love that he valued education so highly and I'm glad you noted his...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Lilly - Tallahassee, FL

“Diane, I enjoyed reading your dad's obituary, and smiled at the reference to his being a walking encyclopedia to all things historic at family...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Kathryn Miller - Austin, TX

“Diane, our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. May you have many fond memories. chuck ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Chuck Vogt - Austin, TX - friend


Bert Marvin Sharp PhD

Loving husband and father, Bert Sharp, died in Cedar Park, TX on January 21, 2013. A native Texan, born in Dallas on September 21, 1925, he was the older of two children of Ethel Smith Sharp and Willie Atres Sharp. He attended Forest Avenue High School (now known as James Madison High School) and graduated from Crozier Technical High School in 1943. He entered the military and served as a combat infantry soldier in Belgium and Germany during World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, as a gunner on an automatic rifle team, carrying the Browning Automatic Rifle.

Upon returning from Europe, he entered Southern Methodist University, later transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) from which he graduated with a B.A. in English. He later received an M.A. and PhD in American History from Michigan State University. Some of his experiences while serving in the latter days of his army service were later useful in the writing of his PhD dissertation, entitled "Bringing the Boys Home – Demobilization of the Armed Forces after World War II. "

After working for two years for an aircraft company, he began teaching school, first as a junior high teacher, later high school, and then at the university level. He taught high school in Illinois, Michigan and Texas, and university at Indiana State. His last teaching assignment was at Robstown High School from 1978-1988. He retired from teaching in 1988.

Bert was an avid reader, book collector, and Rangers baseball fan. He had an incredible intellect, great wit, excellent memory, and served as a walking encyclopedia to all things historic during family discussions and political arguments.
He is preceded in death by his younger brother Edward Lee, who died at the age of 7, later by his parents Ethel and Willie Sharp, and his first wife of 32 years, Clara Frasco Sharp, who died in 1981.

He is survived by his wife Norma Ester Sharp of Brownsville, his daughters Diane Sharp McCullough, Elizabeth Flagg, and Andrea Sharp, son-in-laws Dan McCullough and Eric Palmer. Also survived by nine grandchildren: Gregg Rockwell, Lilly Rockwell, Claire McCullough, Patrick McCullough, Laura Flagg, Marina Flagg, Nelson Flagg, Phillip Flagg, and Ethan Flagg and one great-grandchild, Cheyenne Rockwell.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cedar Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center for their loving care of Bert, as well as the staff of Heart to Heart Hospice. They would also like to thank Norma's family, for their loving care of her when Bert was no longer able to care for Norma, including Sonya, Normita, Connie, Bobby and Walter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Austin Catholic Church in Austin, TX on Saturday January 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the church. Burial at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown TX.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown, TX. You may share a message or memory in the memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.

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