Tomashie Violetta Parker Sharpe, beloved daughter of the late Clarence Seymour and Maggie Violetta Parker, was born in Accomack County, Virginia on December 1, 1941. She departed this life on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
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Tomashie, also known as "Maishe” and “Mate," attended Accomack County Public Schools. She recently retired from Perdue Farms, Inc. after more than forty-seven years. When she was not working, she loved cooking; she was best known for her yeast rolls and fried chicken. She also loved working in her garden. Everyone knew she was not to be disturbed, while watching her favorite soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
Tomashie was united in Holy Matrimony with Clarence P. Sharp for over sixty years. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Wardtown, Virginia, where she served as a Deaconess.
She was preceded in death by her four sisters, Lena Mae Parker, Celestine “Lestine” Collins, Jeanette “Sis” Colona, and Shirley Boldin and five brothers, Seymour “Lil Seymour” Parker, Jr., John Lee Parker, Esley Thomas Parker, Clinton “Snoop” Parker, and William “Pee-Wee” Parker.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence P. Sharp; five children, William P. Sharpe, Sr. (Anette) of Panama City, FL, Anthony M. Sharpe, Sr. (Lorrie) of Del Valle (Austin), TX, Keith O. Sharpe (Mae, “Frances”) of Killeen, TX, Tanya N. Sharpe and Bryan E. Sharpe, both of Austin, TX; twelve grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold and Calvin Parker, both of Yonkers, NY; one sister, Evetta Foster of Richmond, VA; three sisters-in-law, Jean Parker of Painter, VA, Vera Sharp Linden, and Francine “Annette” Sharp, both of Mount Vernon, NY; one brother-in-law, Ken Sharp of Lawton, OK; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
TRIBUTE TO “MA”
“Ma, you raised us and taught us the
Things we needed to learn
You kept us feeling safe and loved
With all of your warm concern
You have been a source of faith and
Hope to us our whole life through
And we feel Blessed to have
Had a Mother like you.”
Love you always
William “Purnell,” Anthony, Keith, Tanya “Tan,” and Bryan
TRIBUTE TO “GRANDMA”
Our Grandma kept a garden,
a garden of the heart;
She planted all the good things
that gave our lives its start.
We are our Grandma's garden.
We are her legacy.
We Love you Grandma.
TRIBUTE TO OUR SISTER
In loving memory of our sister,
may she eternally rest in Heaven
Brothers, Harold and Calvin
TRIBUTE TO OUR AUNT
An Aunt Like You
You meant the world to us
Only a heart like yours would give so unselfishly
The many things you’ve done and all the times that you were there for us
Let us know how much you cared
We appreciate all you did and were truly blessed to have an Aunt like you
Forever in our hearts
Uncle Clarence, thank you for sharing your wife and
cousins, Purnell, Anthony, Keith, Tanya, and Bryan
Thank you all for sharing your Mother with us—Aunt Maishe was a blessing to us all…
Nieces and Nephews
Family and Friends, “Don’t”
Don’t spend too much time in mourning. Tears are for the sad.
I left to be with Jesus, and this should make you glad.
Don’t waste your hours in grieving. No need to distress.
I’m tired of life’s frustrations, and had to get some rest.
Don’t vex yourself with questions, or try to reason why.
Life here for me was ended; it came my time to die.
Don’t lose the love I gave you; feed it with your care.
Grow it with devotion and spread it everywhere.
Don’t fret because my leaving came in such a way.
We’ll have another meeting, in God’s Eternal Day!