Eugene Thomas Sharrit (Tom) of Jacksonville Florida, passed away January 18, 2021 at Cypress Village Senior Community. He was 93.
Tom was born to Thomas and Edna Sharrit on August 21, 1927 in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Springfield High School Class of ‘45 and served in the Merchant Marines in WWII. On July 14, 1945 he married his high school sweetheart Katherine (Kay) Bittner of Lakemore, Ohio who he remained devoted to for over 74 years. Tom started his working career with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company at the age of 15 and retired at 55 as a Stationary Engineer.
Tom was a past 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Lions Club in Canal Fulton, Ohio while volunteering on the Uniontown, Ohio Fire department along the way. In 1957, Tom created, organized and developed the youth football program in Green Twp, Ohio which thrives today and later became the high school booster club president while serving 18 yrs as the PA announcer for the Green High School football program. Tom was an avid golfer and a dedicated Florida Gator fan. He cherished his days taking long naps with his buddy “Sarge” his English bulldog or e-mailing his favorite Internet jokes to his pals. He enjoyed oil painting, wood working and gardening and simply spending quality time with his family, neighbors and old friends.
Tom was a long-standing member of the Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church, First Methodist Church of Sebring, Fl and the Uniontown (Ohio) Methodist Church. Tom is preceded in death by Kay and survived by his two sons, E. Thomas Sharrit, Jr (Patti), of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and Edgar W. Sharrit (Bonnie) of Sebring FL. Four grandchildren; The Honorable Michael S. Sharrit ( Lisa ) of Jacksonville with great-grandchildren Haley, Emmie, & Ryan; Wendi (Sharrit) Spear (John) of Atlanta, GA with great-grandchildren Jake and Bella; Christine Sharrit (Ryan) of Orlando with great-grandson Devin; Katherine Smith of Cleveland, NY with great grandsons Brandon and Dustin (Jazmine) and great, great grandsons Aydreon & Jacyeon. He will be missed by his sister Lenora Devitt of Carrollton, Ohio while preceded in death by his sisters Katherine Hazleton of Phoenix, AZ and Jean Hosey of Carrollton Ohio. Tom is also survived by CC & Janice Bittner of Lakemore Ohio, Marjorie Worstall of Akron, Ohio, Shirley Wahl of Green, Ohio, Cindy and Denny Lixey of Marysville Michigan.
Tom Sharrit will be remembered and regarded by countless friends and family as a person of great character, a devoted husband and father and a consummate caretaker. Tom was considered a helpful and respected neighbor and loyal friend to many… A true American patriot with a good old mid-western work ethic and time-honored family values. Tom Sharrit embodied the virtues of small-town America. He worked hard, played by the rules, led by example, helped others and followed his dreams. It is not possible to be a great dad, caring husband, unconditional loving grandfather and special friend until a person first becomes a great human being…
Interment will be in Jacksonville National Cemetery.