James Edwin “Joe” Sharber, Sr.

Published 10:09 am Monday, April 25, 2022

James Edwin “Joe” Sharber, Sr., 93, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Saturday, April 23, 2022.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Grubbs officiating. A private interment will be held at Oak City Cemetery with Roy Adams, Buddy Adams, Tim Smith, Johnny Skipper, Don Kell, Steve Wooten, Tom Shields, Jim Cox, Joe Daniels, and Jamie Bulger serving as active pallbearers. Members of the Baracca Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 155, Bainbridge, GA 39818.

James Edwin Sharber was born December 22, 1928, in Bainbridge, Ga., the son of J.O. and Clara Mills Sharber. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, Class of 1946. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He married Patricia Ann Austin and they made their home in Bainbridge. Joe owned J.E. Sharber Oil Company until his retirement. He was a retired director and past chairman of First Port City Bank board. Joe was also a member of First Baptist Church and the Baracca Sunday School Class.

Joe Sharber was born during the Silent Generation. He was very much a traditionalist though he did march to his own beat. Customer service was undeniably a gift for Joe, and his work ethic was unmatched. (Joe worked every day until he was 80 years old.) Joe was strong in character and steadfast in his relationships. Most of his customers became lifelong friends especially those who shared his passion for the outdoors. He enjoyed traveling particularly if it was a turkey or deer hunting trip. He had many trophies but was most proud of his Wild Turkey World Grand Slam. Joe fished Lake Seminole, Flint River, and Spring Creek. The stories he told over the years about netting suckers and catching stripers were akin to the adventures most only dreamed of.

Survivors include his children, Jerry D. Sharber (Cena), Lisa A. Sharber, and Lynn Sharber, all of Bainbridge; his daughter-in-law, Gail E. Sharber; his sister, Martha Jo Clement; his grandchildren, Jes, Tabitha & Blake, Jy & Stephen, Matthew, Daniel, and Rebecca; his great-grandchildren, Joe, Wesley, Andrew, Annabelle, Emily, and Grayson; and a host of extended family. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Patty Sharber; his son, Eddie Sharber; and his siblings, Alice Venable, Clara Jean Skarponi, and Dr. Pete Sharber.

Bryant Funeral Home, located at 105 N. Florida Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. (229-246-3321)