Jack C. Sharp, Knoxville’s longest-serving vice mayor, died May 7 at age 87. He and his wife, Doris, were married for 65 years and were long-time residents of Fountain City, although Jack Sharp was elected at-large rather than from a district.
Knoxville’s current vice mayor, Andrew Roberto, posted the news of Mr. Sharp’s passing on social media. “Jack was an active member of our community and will be deeply missed,” he wrote. “I always admired your heart for service. Thank you for all you did for Knoxville, my friend.”
Mr. Sharp served on city council for 28 years, his service preceding and overlapping Victor Ashe’s 16 years as mayor. Both left office in December 2003 as term limits took effect. He was a member of Arlington Baptist Church and recently attended Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. He was the co-owner of Sharp Drug Store for over 50 years. Additional obituary info is here.
The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Bridges Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Greenwood Cemetery for graveside service at 1 p. m.