of Benton, AR
July 7, 1930 - November 21, 2020
Dolores (Dee) Ethene Zeitler SharpOn July 7, 1930, a hot day in McCamey, Texas, Dolores was born to Gladys and Irvan Zeitler.The oldest of six, she developed a strong sense of responsibility that lasted throughout her life.Thirteen short months later came her brother Bill, her best friend and worst nightmare.They grew up as tight as siblings could, always trying to outdo and outwit the other.Bill gets full blame for her competitive spirit.In 1948, Dolores married Johnny Sharp, who was just off the boat after the war. They had fivegirls, and taught them by example to work hard, play hard and love deeply.At the age of 37, Dee started her college education. While running a home, raising daughters, and working, she obtained a Masters of Science degree in Education. Dee worked in Bryant Schools for19 years, making many dear friends and memories. She loved seeing her former students around town.After retirement, Dee filled her days caring for others. She played a huge role in raising seven grandchildren. Dolores was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. She organized Christmas for families in need, taught Sunday school, worked on the bereavement committee, volunteered at CJCOHN, and Saline Memorial Hospital. She seemed the happiest when in motion for a cause.For the last two years Dee's health had declined. She had cherished caregivers to help her along. Her last days were spent in Covid care. Her family was truly blessed to be able to bring her home, where she passed peacefully on the evening of November 21, 2020.She was preceded in death by, her parents: Irvan and Gladys Zeitler; her husband, John Stanford Sharp; her daughters; Nancy Ann and Debbie Kirk, brother; Bill Zeitler. Survivors include siblings; Dr. Irv Zeitler (Diane), Frank Zeitler (Mary), Joy Swetnam (Jerry), daughters; Susan Vaughn (Tim), Lynn Davis (Steve), Leslie Younts (Phillip), grandchildren; Ron Oliver (Audrey), Rhonda Hixon (Shane), Mark Pagan (Leann), Casey Younts (Ashley), Nathan Kirk (Karly), Lisa Bergren (Ryan), Keri Permenter (Colt), great-grandchildren; Michaela Robbins, Matthew Cooper, Jessie Oliver, Garret Oliver, Trevor Pagan, Kylee Pagan, Kinlee Pagan, Jack Younts, Wyatt Younts, Virginia Bergren, Jonathan Bergren, great-great grandchildren; Daisy Grace Robbins and Mattie Faye Cooper.Dolores' life was filled with love; her GOD, her family, and so many wonderful friends. She was truly blessed.A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, November 30, 2020 at the Arbor of Salem United Methodist Church. Service will be broadcast on radio FM 98.7. A private family graveside was held.Due to Covid-19 restrictions, face masks must be worn and social distancing must be practiced when in attendance.Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church,Dee Sharp Christmas Family Memorial Fund 1647 Salem Road, Benton, AR 72019Services provided by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501) 315-4047
I just saw the obituary about your Mom. You were so blessed to have had her that long. Every time I ever saw her she always had a big smile.
She was one of my favorites anytime I would see her in town she knew who I was even after all these years. She was such a great teacher
I am so sorry to hear about Dolores, I will always remember our days at New Hope Church, growing up, The great times on the lake with the Sharps and the Pedrons. She was a very fine lady, kind and loved everyone she met. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless Connie Pedron and Ron Pedron
Thanks Dee for being such an awesome friend to my momma. She is gonna miss you greatly. Wow at the special memories we have & will hold dear to our hearts...Susan, Lynn & Leslie we are thinking & praying for you & your families. So sorry we can't come today but we will be participating by listening to the memorial on the radio...May God bless you all...
Prayers for Each of you for peace, comfort, and strength in days ahead.. Enjoy your happy memories.. Sad to hear of your Mother's passing.. Sending you hugs..
Prayers hugs and love Tonya Knight
She was my third grade teacher, the first teacher I had at Bryant after my family moved there in 1971. I can still smell her coffee. I used to stand in the metal trash can by her desk and compact the trash down with my feet. (Yes, I was a weird child.) Standing there as she graded papers, the aroma of the coffee was unmissable. She was so kind to me. (Hey, she let me stand in her trash can!) She seemed to see something in me that few others did. But I would bet that most of the students in the class probably felt the same way. She had a natural way of helping students feel seen and loved. I ran across her several times as an adult, and whenever I did, the years melted away. She always knew me and was eager to know what was going on in my life. I’ve dealt with depression most of my life, from my teens onward. During dark times, I often thought back to times when I felt especially loved and appreciated, and memories of having Mrs. Sharp as a teacher were always among the things that got me through. Although she may be gone now, the mark she made on my life will stay with me. My condolences to her family and friends and to all of those whose lives she touched.
Lynn and Leslie, I was fortunate and learned toknow your mother. Her smiling face and absolute willingness to help is beyond words. Ms. Dee’s smile and positive attitude was catching and made me think of others. She is now an angel walking on streets of gold and is on Christ’s right side.
So very sorry for your loss,our prayers are with you.
We truly loved MawMaw and will miss her dearly. She was the kindest and most loving person I have ever known. She was a great inspiration and example to all who knew her.
My favorite faculty member at Bryant. She always had a smile on her face. She loved everyone the same. I can say without a doubt heaven gained another angel for sure. She will be missed by many.Thoughts and prayer are with her family and friends.
I am very saddened to here of Mrs. Dolores Sharp's passing. My condolences to her surviving family. Mrs. Sharp was a terrific & caring 3rd grade teacher for classmates and myself @ Bryant Elementary in 1972 (I think that was her initial year @ Bryant). Mrs. Sharp was a tremendous and kind lady. My life was enriched from knowing her!
Mrs. Dee was one of a kind. Such a sweet spirit. I loved talking with her at Saline Memorial. I am blessed to have known her. She will be missed. Until next time Mrs. Dee... Love always
She was such a sweet lady. Im going to miss my Domino partner. Y'all are in my prayers.
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. May God place his comforting arms around you today and in the days to follow. Your mom was a very sweet lady, with a heart of gold. 🙏❤️
So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to give you strength, peace and understanding at this time. ❤
We're thinking about you and we'll miss her
There truely are no words to describe this woman of God. In addition to knowing her my entire life, she was my favorite teacher. We were read a Bible story EVERY day. She treated each student the same but giving each one the exact attention they needed. My heart is sad that this beautiful lady is no longer with us in body. But she lives with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dee really made Sunday school interesting, I can not imagine going to Sunday School and her not being there. I will also miss the fig tree.
Dee was such a Sweet, Kind and Loving person. She spent a lot of time over the years volunteering here in the Radiology Dept at Saline Memorial Hospital. She never meet a stranger and She took such great care of all of us. She will defiantly be missed by so many people, We all loved her dearly. Your all in our Thoughts and Prayers.
Mrs. Sharp was a nice lady and good person. She Kept our daughter after school for a couple of years. It helped us out a lot. Johnny McMahan
Knowing this lady’s youngest sibling, Joy Swetnam, and having read the obituary just now, I have no doubt that I have missed a major blessing in not having known Ms. Dee. Joy, you are in my thoughts and prayers.May God grant peace and comfort to all of Ms. Dee’s family and friends, and may others in her town step up to try to fill her many roles of service.
I have nothing but great childhood memories of her...she was always so kind and loving....my prayers for those she leaves behind are for comfort and peace in knowing she is walking on the streets of gold and will welcome us there when the time comes!
I am sadden deeply by the loss of Granny Sharp. She was such a wonderful, loving, and caring person. I enjoyed every moment I got to be around her and Paw Sharp. Be comforted know that she is in heaven now with her savior and family. My prayers go out to all of the family.
So sorry for your loss! Ms. Dee was a bright light in our lives. She will be missed by all. We know she was welcomed by a host of angels and our Lord and Savior, with the words Well dong good and faithful servant!
SHE WILL BE MISSED BY SO MANY PEOPLE.
To Lynn and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your mom and whole family and have so many great memories. Lynn, I wish I could hug you and shed a tear with you. I love you and will always cherish our friendship. I know your mom has reached her highest goal in life. What more could you ask for her.
I worked with Mrs Sharp at Salem school. Was the sweetiest lady. Lol She always had a smile where ever you would see her in town or yardsales.