Pamela Millsaps Sharpe, 66, passed July 20, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born Nov. 26, 1949, in Statesville, N.C., to Dick and Doris Millsaps. She split her time between homes in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. and Scottsdale, Ariz.
After graduation from Statesville High School, Pam attended East Carolina University, where she met her husband, Raymond, and they married while in college. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in education. Shortly thereafter, Pam and Ray began their life of adventure together, living in various parts of the country, including New Jersey, Rhode Island and most recently Arizona. Pam traveled the world with Ray, visiting almost every continent, including her favorite adventure, safaris in South Africa. Her Tuesday lunch meetings with the “girls” at Cape Fear Country Club and her weekly golf games at Troon Country Club with her dear friends were always special and she cherished these moments.
Wherever Pam lived, she touched the lives of those around her, building lasting friendships that were the foundation for her strength in her battle with cancer. She was a gentle and kind soul, bringing light and joy to all, and will be deeply missed by those fortunate to have known her.
Pam was a lover of travel, golf and adventure. Her radiant personality and love for her sons and grandchildren were the driving force in her life.
She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Raymond Sharpe; her sons, Paul (Victoria) and Richard (Elizabeth); her grandchildren, Evelyn and Michael; her mother, Doris Millsaps; her sister, Karen Blendowski (Paul); her brother, Jeff Millsaps (Trina); her niece, Savannah; her brother-in-law, David Sharpe (Phylis); and sister-in-law, Martha Sharpe Pressnell (Gary).
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. William Kim and the staff of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, as well as to the staff at New Hanover Regional MICU for their support and care.
A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at Andrews Mortuary, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, N.C. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at St. Andrews On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Road, Wilmington, N.C. The family will have a celebration of Life at 124 Parmele Blvd., Wrightsville Beach, N.C., immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UNC Lineberger Cancer Center; CB#7295, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill NC 27599, or online at www.unclineberger.org/giving.