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Wayne Sharpless

Wayne H. Sharpless

Saturday, March 16th, 1935 - Friday, October 9th, 2020
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Obituary

Wayne Hale Sharpless passed away Friday, October 9, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 14, at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home.

Wayne was born in New Garden Chester, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1935 to Norman and Ruth Sharpless.
Wayne joined the US Navy at the young age of 16.
Wayne was Retired Chief US Navy.

Wayne served on the following ships while in the Navy
USS Albany CA123--- 1952 –1956
USS Lake Champlain CVS39 ---1958-1962
USS EA Green DD711 ----1962-1964
USS Purdy DD734--- 1964-1965
USS Camp DER 251--- 1965- 1967
USS Power DD839 --- 1967-1971

He received the Purple Heart Medal, The Bronze Star Vietnam Service medal, The Efficiency Honor Fidelity Medal, Vietnam Service Medal

He served during the Korean War.
He served three tours in Vietnam including the
Brown Water Navy in Vietnam patrolling the Dasac River, Vinh Te Canal and supplied advance tactical support bases at Vinh Te and Vinh GHA
He will be greatly missed by his friends and family and all who knew him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Jeff Sharpless and Kenneth Sharpless, son Roger Wade Sharpless, daughter Edna Ruth Midkiff and his beloved
fur baby Scooter Sharpless.

He is survived by his wife Patricia Sharpless and his beloved fur baby Taz Sharpless. Sisters Nancy Sharpless, Norma and husband Hobe Wallace, daughters Sherry Vanwinkle and husband Eddie, Rhonda Miller and husband Wayne, Patti Molina and husband Mike, Kristy Helton and husband Brent.
Grandchildren Regina, Van, Kirby, Daniel, Ike, Harvey, Misty, Joe,Tay, Kourtney, Kaitlyn and Bradyn
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    Address
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Waco Memorial Park
    Address
    6623 South Interstate Hwy 35
    WACO, TX 76706
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    Officiant
    Pastor Tom Warnock
  • Interment

    Location
    Waco Memorial Park
    Address
    6623 South Interstate Hwy 35
    WACO, TX 76706
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Posted at 02:32pm
To Rhonda Miller and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the loss of your father, Wayne Hale Sharpless.

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Joy Adams

Posted at 12:49am
I learned today about my Dad passing away. He was actually my step-father but he was the only Dad I knew and he treated me like I was his own. We haven’t talked in years for reasons only he and I know, and it will remain that way. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War. I remember all too well the sadness of having to say bye when he had to go on his tours of duty and the PTSD that he returned with (at least that is what they are calling it now these days). I had a conversation with God a few days ago asking God to forgive him and let him in heaven’s door because I knew his health was failing. I hope to see him in heaven one day. I wasn’t mentioned in the obituary but I wanted everyone to know that Wayne H. Sharpless was also survived by daughter, Joy L. Adams. Rest In Peace Daddy, I wish I could have been a better daughter.
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Terry Driscoll

Posted at 12:50pm
I first met Chief Sharpless (Wayne was never his first name to me) in June 1971, when I first came aboard the USS Power in Mayport, Fla. I was his Division Officer. In true Navy tradition, a guy with 20 years' experience in 2 wars (him) reported to me, a boot Ensign with 15 minutes of Navy experience. Still we hit it off great and he was only too happy to teach this boot about his Navy. I know I became a better officer and man for his tutelage and guidance. We had so many laughs along the way throughout Africa and the Middle East. You can see that in the baseball game we played (with just a little beer drinking) in Bahrain, and the 1st Division (boatswain mates) party we had on an island in the Red Sea near Massawa Ethiopia.

He was one of the funniest guys I've ever known, but wise. He and I would often sit in Chief's Quarters on the ship (a coveted invitation for a young officer) drink Navy coffee and tell stories and I often was just doubled over with laughter. But I also learned how to handle the men in the division, and the skills of a boatswain's mate. All from him. Chief ultimately left the ship in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and retired in September 1971. We came back to the U.S. 3 months later. I finished my Navy career in 1973, got out and became an environmental engineer, and worked/traveled all over the world. In fact, several months ago I was back in Luanda Angola where the Chief and I went out for beers and shrimp in August 1971.

In the years since 1971, I often wondered what happened to the Chief. I remember asking him then if leaving the Navy meant he was never going to work again. He didn't answer, he just laughed. (He was 36 at the time). All I knew was that he was going to go back to Waco. When my wife Cynthia and I planned a trip to Hill Country and a Fixer Upper tour, I decided to see if I could find him. Using the magic of the internet, I found he and Pat. I wasn't sure he was a big e-mail guy, so I sent him a snail mail letter asking him if he was the real Chief Sharpless. I gave him my address, email and phone number and said to contact me any way he felt comfortable. About 3-4 days later, the phone rings, "Driscoll ?...Sharpless." Three hours later as I hung up, my wife said, "Wow, what a conversation. Did anybody breathe...or stop talking? So much laughing and bs ing." We caught up on careers, family and all the things that happened in the 45 years since we last saw each other in the Persian Gulf.

We made plans to meet when we came to Waco a few months later. While my wife was touring Fixer Upper land, we were back laughing and carrying on like it was still 1971 and we were back on that island in the Red Sea. I asked him if, given all his years in Waco, had he ever met Joanna Gaines. He said her father was his tire dealer. She drove him back to his ranch once while getting tires put on his trailer. I said, "So you met her? What was she like?" He said in his best drawl, "Taawks a lot. I think she got vaccinated with a phonograph needle." I couldn't breathe for 10 minutes. That was just him...unique.

Anyway, when he said that he didn't have much in the way of pictures or Navy memories, I decided to put together a book of memories and pictures from our 1971 cruise together. After he received it, I got a call from him, "Driscoll?...Sharpless. This book is great, I'm going to show this to my grandson." I hope you can all see it.

I've uploaded a few pictures from that book for all of you to see, as well as one from our visit together in 2018. He was a memorable guy, a patriot, and obviously a real influence on me. Thank you for sharing him. I'll miss him.

All the best

Terry Driscoll
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Ray Roberts

Posted at 07:34am
I am very sorry to hear about Wayne. He will be missed. He was a fine man, very friendly, and I always enjoyed talking to him. I have known Wayne for about 40 years and he was a good friend. The Family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Ray Roberts
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Posted at 09:38am
Rhonda Miller Sharpless and Family, please accept our heartfelt condolences.
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