Jean Gay

April 5, 1930 - February 9, 2021

Laura Jean Gay Sharp, age 90, of Florence, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Jean was known to those that loved her as a passionate, intelligent, and hardworking woman. She worked her way through college twice, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics Education from Florence State Teachers College, and her Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of North Alabama.

A retired high school science teacher from the Sheffield City School system, Jean enjoyed gardening with the women of the Lakeside Garden Club and the North Alabama Garden Club, where she served as an officer. She had a servant’s heart, and was an active member and volunteer at St James United Methodist Church, Circle of Hope, and United Methodist Women. In her spare time, she was an avid birdwatcher and seamstress.

She is preceded in death by her father Samuel Albert Gay, mother Nerva Williams Gay, brother Charles Gay, husband James Buford Sharp, and daughter Linda Sharp Norris. She is survived by her son William Paul Sharp, daughters Nancy Sharp Smith and Betty Ann Sharp, and grandchildren Samuel Braden McDonnell (Lori), Laura Gayle Smith Edwards (Trey), James Alexander Sharp, and Braden Paul Sharp, and great-granddaughter Caroline Faith McDonnell.

The visitation will be held at Williams Funeral Home on Sunday, February 14th, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., with the service to follow. Pastors Dean Bowers and Chris Weldon officiating. Pallbearers will be Samuel McDonnell, Braden Sharp, Trey Edwards, Alex Sharp, and Chris Weldon.

Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association at Particular appreciations are expressed to Comfort Care Hospice and Dr. David Brown.  Condolences may be left at


February 14, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Williams Funeral Home, Florence, AL


Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL 35630

February 14, 2021 1:00 pm

Get Directions


February 14, 2021
2:00 pm

Williams Funeral Home, Florence, AL


Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL 35630

February 14, 2021 2:00 pm

Get Directions

9 Comments on “Jean Gay Sharp”

  1. i am so sorry,nancy for your loss,my prayers are with you and your family,all my love,Sherry Hanback

  2. Nancy, I am saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember her and she was a hoot! Praying for you and your family m, and sending my deepest sympathy.

  3. I am so glad she is at peace finally! These are trying times and my love and thoughts are with all of you! I wish I had been able to help with all you have been through! She will be MISSED!

  4. Sorry for you he loss of a very kind sweet teacher at CVHS.
    She was an asset to our school.
    Hellen Rich Waldrep

  5. So sorry for the loss of your Mother but am sure she is at peace. She was truly a lovely, kind, smart, beautiful lady. I was also in Lakeside Garden Club for many years and always enjoyed her company. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Nancy your mom will be missed. We all will remember her for her knowledge of plants , biology and her spirit of kindness, grace. I am praying for your family during this time.

  7. Jean’s Family:
    I am very sorry for your loss. She was a remarkable lady. She and I taught together at Willson Middle School in Sheffield many years ago. I was younger and the “new kid” on the block. She was wonderful to me and encouraged me many times. We lost touch after I moved away from the area. I would ask the retired teachers when I spoke with them how she was doing.
    I am sure you have many good memories to sustain you during this very difficult time. May God bless you.
    Dr. Joanne Horton, Retired
    Panama City Beach, FL

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published.

No images listed.

Donations to the Family

We need to talk about donation portals to the families.

Send Flowers

Here is where we can preview the floral site and take orders directly.