Deacon James King Sharpe (Jimmy Sharpe), 78, of Sniders, entered into eternal rest Tuesday morning, December 14, 2021 at Columbia Prisma Health Baptist Hospital, after a long battle with dementia. He often, and proudly proclaimed, that he was Bud Maloney’s Grandson!
About the Grandfather: PJ Maloney (Peter Jackson) also known as “Bud” Maloney was the son of Robert Maloney and Mary Walker Maloney. Bud Maloney’s siblings were: Amanda Givens, Margaret Maloney, Mary Martha Warren, William Jesse “Pink” Maloney, Charles Robert (Uncle Doc) Maloney, Henry David Maloney, and Cornelius Maloney. Bud was born in February 1882, in the area of Ritter, SC. That’s also the area where Jimmy’s Great, Great Granddaddy, Lewis Sharp was born.
Many of the Maloney’s moved North to Philadelphia, PA for work in places like “the Brickyard.” Bud moved North too, then returned and settled in Colleton County. Jimmy’s biological grand-mother was Josephine Hay (Bud’s 1st wife), however, Jimmy, Peter (Cecil), Joseph (Joe), Val, Evelyn, and Audrey - were raised by Bud Maloney and his second wife, Lulu Stewart. They were married in late December 1920. He spoke highly of those times, and always said that “Mama LuLu was a Mother to Us.” He was very fond of her. Jimmy thought highly of both grandparents, particularly Bud Maloney. In his lifetime, he would often ask, “Do you know who I am?” The response, “I am Bud Maloney’s Grandson. Bud Maloney was a man!”
About the Grandson: James K. Sharpe, son of Moses James Sharp and Augustine Maloney Sharp-Crosby was born January 17, 1943. He attended Colleton County High School, and worked at the J.P Stevens/CCX plant for many years in Walterboro, SC. At an early age, he joined Deep Creek Baptist Church. He was united in Holy Matrimony on December 17, 1963 to Mary Ella Lawton. This union was blessed with three children. Mary passed in 2005, and Jimmy married Allean Fennel Venning. Jimmy Sharpe received his Deacon Ordination on April 14 th , 2013, an achievement he was proud of – and longed for, for many years.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Allean Sharpe; two Sons, James Edward Sharpe, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Christopher Alcinda Sharpe (Kim) of Jacksonville, Florida; and one daughter, Val Verlita Hewwing (Rodney), of Ruffin, SC.; one daughter-in-law, Antionette Manning Sharpe, Chesapeake Virginia; two Step children – Shawn Venning, Tameka Mitchell (David); Sister, Mae Ethel Gordon of Walterboro, SC; Brother, Allen T. Crosby of Walterboro, SC; Sisters-in-law, Bertha Akins Sharpe, of Walterboro, SC, Lynda Crosby of North Charleston, SC, Debra “Debbie” Sharp of Ashville, NC; Jeannette Gardner, Thelma Broomer, Gertrude Hamilton, Beverlyn Loadholt (Stacey), Selena Robertson (Buster); Brother-in-laws: Talbert Glover, Herbert Lee Fennel (Mary Ann), Michael Fennel (Karen). Six grandchildren, three great grands; ten step-grandchildren, and two step-great grands; and a host of nieces, nephews, numerous cousins and friends. FIVE sisters (Linda Sharp Simuel, Valeria Sharp Darby, Evelyn Sharp Bellanger, Barbara Sharp and Gail Sharp) and FOUR brothers (Rev. Joseph Raleigh “Joe” Sharpe, Sr., Peter Moses “Cecil” Sharpe, Richard “Brother” Crosby and Ricardo “Ricky” Sharp) have preceded him in death. Jimmy is the last sibling of Moses and Gustine’s children.
Jimmy could cook. He made some of the best perlo rice this side of the country! You always knew where you stood with Jimmy. His reputation proceeded him. If he liked you, you had a friend for life. If he didn’t, watch out! Above all though, he didn’t wish any ill-will on anyone. A God-fearing man, Jimmy was strong in the word and found his passion for Christ in his later years.
Uncle Jimmy, Cousin Jimmy, Red, Beast, Jimmy – he was loved by many, and he will be dearly missed.
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