Mr. William Howell Sharpe

b. - Price, NC
d. 11 July 2008 - Newport News, VA

Lynchburg College, B.S.: Science
University of Virginia: M.S.: Science from UVA
University of Georgia
: M.Ed.

General Science, Biology

1962 Anchor, p. 29


I remember Mr. Sharpe taught at NNHS with his wife. I am not sure if this is the same one.

- Johnnie
Bateman ('67 / '70) of VA - 07/13/08

It is, indeed.  Thank you for spotting this, Johnnie.

William Howell Sharpe

NEWPORT NEWS - After a three-year, hard-fought battle with cancer, William 'Bill' Sharpe died peacefully at his home on Friday evening, July 11, 2008.

A native of Price, N.C., Bill later moved to Newport News where he began his career, spanning 40+ years in education.

Bill received his Bachelor's degree in Science from Lynchburg College, his Master's in Science from UVA, and his Master's in Education from the University of Georgia.

Bill worked for both Newport News and Williamsburg-James City County school systems in Education Administration, retiring from WJCC school system after 20 years of service.

Bill's passion for education continued at the College of the Albemarle, where he taught anatomy and physiology, biology, and the natural sciences. A talented and avid gardener and lover of nature, Bill worked several summers at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Is. and enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling to areas of interest. Always a 'teacher,' Bill shared his environmental knowledge with all who had an interest.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Thelma Sharpe.

He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Dorothy Sharpe; his son, Greg Sharpe of Kill Devil Hills; daughters, Alison Temple (Jason) and Lauren DelliCarpini; grandchildren, Brittany Sharpe, Caleb and Kyle Pittman and Elijah Eriksen; sister, Betty Pittman of Statesville, N.C.; brother, Larry Sharpe of Winston-Salem; and sister, Gale Boulware of Danville.

Bill will be missed by all.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Bill's wife and family wishes to thank Dr. David Powell and his staff at Va. Oncology for their many kindnesses and quality care.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; and to the Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 7/13/2008.
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Hi Carol,

In one of life's strange coincidences, I read an article about Darwin's "Origin of Species" only three days ago and remembered how my ninth grade biology class at NNHS in 1961 was assigned to read it by Mr. William Sharpe.  I found it too difficult to read but clearly remember my surprise at being assigned such an advanced and controversial work at a public school in the conservative Southland.  I've always considered it emblematic of the very fine education I received at NNHS.  Now, reading of Mr. Sharpe's passing, I would like his family to know that his impact has been positive and lasting.  (To be completely honest, I didn't really like Mr. Sharpe very much personally because he gave me a B in first semester biology!)

Carol, thanks for all your toil on the website.  Eight years of keeping us connected with our roots - a very nice thing.

All the best,

- Charles Braslow, Valedictorian of the Class of 1965, of the Virgin Islands - 07/13/08

Thank you so much, Charles.


Bill Sharpe's first wife, who also taught at NNHS, was Betty Sharpe.  I taught with her for several years at Ferguson High School. 

- Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/14/08

Thank you, Judy. I'll be creating her page soon.

"Talk to the Animals" midi courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/10/03
Thanks, Dave!

Biology clip art courtesy of - 12/04/03

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