Ruth Stogner Sharp
Ruth Stogner Sharp
  • December 18, 1921 - January 5, 2017
  • Mississippi

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Mrs. Sharp passed away January 5, 2017 at her home. A native of Water Valley, MS, Mrs. Sharp graduated from Water Valley public schools, Belhaven College in Jackson, and did post-graduate work at Louisiana State University. Prior to coming to Corinth, she taught school at Yazoo City, Pearl River Junior College, and Ramer, TN. While teaching in Ramer, she established their first commercial department in l948. She moved to Corinth in l950 where she taught English and typewriting at Corinth High School for 35 years. During these years, she was selected Star Teacher numerous times by her students.
As an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, she taught Sunday school for 25 years, worked with the youth program, was a member of the Jo Anderson Bell Choir and the First Presbyterian Ladies Association.

In 2009, Mrs. Sharp was selected as the Junior Auxiliary's Citizen of the Year, and in 2011 was honored by the Corinth High School Alumni Association as their Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year.

Mrs. Sharp was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. R. L. Stogner, her husband of 55 years, Mr. Richard E. Sharp, and a sister, Mrs. Ann Carpenter.
Survivors include a son, R. Gary Sharp and wife, Jean, of Hendersonville, TN; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Bonnie McCarley, Memphis, TN and a brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Carpenter of Warner Robins, GA; and three nieces--Dr. Sandra Carpenter of Gadsden, AL; Mrs. Theresa Moneypenny of Warner Robins, GA; and Ms. Rebecca McPheters of New York City.

Mrs. Sharp had the following message for all of her former students. "Every student I ever taught was a blessing to me." She particularly wanted to express her appreciation to Dr. Leonard Pratt and his family for all their care and concern through the years. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 919 East Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834; French Academy, 1 Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745; American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; American Heart Association, P. O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements under the direction of McPeters Funeral Directors, Corinth, MS.