Gloria Godwin Sharpley


Mrs. Gloria Godwin Sharpley, 90, formerly of Greenbackville, and recently of Virginia Beach, passed away Dec. 22, 2020, at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. Born March 30, 1930, in Sanford, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Erna Chase Godwin.

Gloria graduated from Atlantic High School, Oak Hall; she was a charter member of the Greenbackville Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, and an active member of Union United Methodist Church in Greenbackville, serving in the United Methodist Women and a member of the adult choir as long as her health allowed.

Gloria spent most of her younger years as a housewife and mother. In later years, she worked at Roses Department Store for a number of years in Pocomoke City, Md.
Gloria is survived by one son, Thomas R. Sharpley Sr., and his wife, Catherine, of Virginia Beach; two brothers, Richard Lee Godwin and his wife, Judy, of Oak Hall, and Reginal Thomas Godwin, of Indian Head, Md.; six grandchildren, Thomas R. Sharpley Jr., Matthew E. Sharpley, and Sarah E. Sharpley, all of Virginia Beach, Rodney Keith Sharpley Jr., of Chincoteague, Kelly Marie Rose and her husband, Brandon, of Pocomoke City, and Jordan N. Sharpley, of Mount Vernon, Md.; four great-grandchildren, Thomas R. Sharpley III “Trey,” Elijah W. Sharpley, of Virginia Beach, Kassidy A. Sharpley, of Chincoteague, and Grayson Rose, of Pocomoke City; and a large, extended family including cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Russell Sharpley; one son, Rodney Keith Sharpley Sr.; a sister, Rosa Faye Long; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Ewell Godwin.

A graveside funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Brenda Laws, will be held Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at 2 p.m., in the Union Greenbackville Cemetery on State Line Road, Greenbackville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Union United Methodist Church, 2198 Spinnaker Street, Greenbackville, VA 23356.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 107 Vine St., Pocomoke City, MD 21854.

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