Jonelle Nelson Sharp, 74, passed away Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in her home to go be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born Jan. 9, 1942 in Overton. She graduated from Refugio High School and continued her education at Southwest Texas State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She married Lew Sharp on Aug. 14, 1965. She taught at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and South Elementary in Brownwood. Due to her love of flowers and plants she later founded her own plant leasing and maintenance business in Brownwood in the 1980s. Her desire was to always share her faith in Jesus with anyone she came in contact especially the younger generation. Her love for people was all encompassing and did not discriminate for any reason.One of her main loves in life was to pray and intercede for the needs of others.

Jonelle is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lewis M. Sharp; son and family, Kevin, Shelley and Peyton; son and family John, Michele, Hunter, Bailee and Sharee; sister, Peggy Jo Brady; brother, Robert “Bo” Nelson and his wife Glenda; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by both her parents John Henry and Evelyn Nelson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Southside Church. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Heartland Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Brown County or Southside Church.

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