Dorothy requested memorials be made to the Oklahoma Heart Association via
Visitation will be held on Thursday and Friday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home, the family will be present Friday evening from 6-8 PM to greet friends
Services to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Shartel Church of God 11600 S. Western Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73170
Dorothy J. Sharp, 92, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord & Savior on January 15, 2023. Dorothy was born in her parent’s home at 4001 S. Shields in Oklahoma City on January 14, 1931 to Dennis Burl & Velma Gertrude (Wilson) Penix. Dorothy would spend her life in the community of South Oklahoma City where she attended Lafayette grade school, Capitol Hill Junior High and graduating from Capitol Hill High School in 1948.
As a faithful follower of Jesus Christ, she was a longtime member of Capitol Hill Church of God, where she married the love of her life Reeves P. Sharp on September 4, 1953. To this union were born three sons: David, Dale and Gary. Dorothy & Reeves were involved in many aspects of their boys’ lives. Including school activities, sports, and making sure that each holiday, birthday or special occasion were celebrated together. Most importantly of all the things that Reeves and Dorothy would provide to their family would be a Christian home and to be parents who would exemplify Christ in their daily lives.
Today their legacy lives on in the lives of their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and countless numbers of those who would bear witness to their faithful and steadfast Christian walk.
After graduation, Dorothy went to work at the State Capitol Department of Public Welfare in September of 1948. In March of 1951, she worked at Tinker AFB until her reason for leaving was … “Maternity.” She then became dedicated as a full-time housewife, mother, Cub Leader, PTA President, and the usual extracurricular chauffeur. As the boys were getting older, she worked in The Oklahoma City Public school system to be off work when they were out of school. In 1970, she worked as a Library Clerk & Registrar at the Capitol Hill High School Library. In 1974 she started a long career in the Trucking Industry with H.J. Jeffries Truck Line.
Sadly, on May 3, 1983, her life changed drastically when Reeves passed away suddenly. They were in the middle of building a new home where she moved in January 1, 1984 and resided until her passing. Dorothy was just 52, looking forward to celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. The following years were difficult for her to accept not having Reeves who always was there for her whom she loved and admired. He was the rock she adored in life. To this day her wallet always had a tucked away picture of a young, “handsome” Reeves.
During this difficult time, she remained a loving mother and grandmother to her family. As Dorothy’s family began to grow, she tried diverse jobs which was also during the oil bust of the mid ’80’s. However, she entered the trucking industry again beginning at Pacific Inland in May of 1988, until they sold, followed by a brief stay at CRST Trucking. Swift Transportation opened new offices in Oklahoma City and she was then recruited and hired in July of 1991. She worked as a Swift recruiter until her full retirement in December 2000.
Dorothy’s church family was also very important in her life. In 1990, she along with a host of family began worshiping at Shartel Church of God, where she was active in many ministries of the church. She rarely missed attending weekly services or the Joy-Aires gatherings. She was able to travel with not only her family, but also many of her church family on numerous occasions to Branson, Eureka Springs, cruises, and even youth conventions as a sponsor. Along with many day trips too numerous to mention. She was a joy to be around & loved her church family.
The last real turning point in her life was a severe pelvis injury she received in a family auto accident Thanksgiving Day 2015, returning home from an extended day to celebrate her brother, Denny’s 90th birthday. She was persistent in her recovery and recovered bravely. Eventually she began her normal routine again. Especially making sure she went to aerobic pools where ever she could.
Dorothy will always be remembered for being young at heart, her smile, her infectious laugh and the many stories she could tell. She was also a loving grandmother to her grandchildren and attended and supported as many of their events, shows, graduations and ball games that she could. She was blessed with a long and full life. As a family, we all rejoice in her home going and know that there is a great reunion in heaven today!
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Dennis & Velma Penix husband Reeves, grandson Austin Reeves Sharp; brother Dennis “Denny” Penix & sister-in-law Alberta Penix
She is survived by sons, David Sharp & wife Robin their children Matthew, Angela & Kayla Sharp;
Dale Sharp his daughter Audrey Sharp;
Gary Sharp & wife Tammy, their children Nathan Sharp & his wife Heidi, Sara Sharp, Ashley Knobloch & her husband Blain & Joseph Reeves Sharp;
Great grandchildren: Axton Sharp, Jovi Sharp & Clara Knobloch.