James “Jay” Jackson Sharp, Jr.

James “Jay” Jackson Sharp, Jr.

February 28, 1958 ~ June 29, 2024

Date of Service:
July 05, 2024


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James “Jay” Jackson Sharp, Jr born February 28, 1958 passed away on June 29, 2024 in Vero Beach, Florida after a two year cancer battle.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia his family moved to Vero Beach in 1964.  He attended Vero Beach Sr. High School and Seminole State College in Orlando.

A lifelong construction contractor, Jay started Jay Sharp Tile in 1990.  His intricate designs were done by hand with the eye of an artist.  His work can be seen in First Baptist Church, restaurants and businesses in Vero Beach, and homes from Florida to Michigan.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, an avid sportsman, and loved all things Florida Gators. Early memories made on his grandfather’s farm in Georgia were revived later in life when Jay remodeled a dilapidated old country store turning it into a hunting cabin for family and friends.  The old store that once provided sundries and was also the site of the community’s US Post Office has hosted dozens of Thanksgiving dinners under Jay’s constant improvements.

He is survived by his mother, Bertha Sharp, sister Susan Sharp, brother John Sharp, daughters Michaela (Joe) Heaton, Carly (Eric) Snyder, Macy (Zeke) Hurst, their mother Tammy Sharp, grandsons, Gage and Grant Hurst, and longtime girlfriend Vickie Bussey.

He was preceded in death by his father, James J. Sharp, and grandparents, Felix and Leland Sharp, and Joe and Bridie Black.

Services will be held Friday, July 5th, 2024, at First Baptist Church of Vero Beach at 11:00 a.m.  A Visitation will held prior to the service at 10:00 a.m.  There will be lunch and refreshments at The Moose Lodge, 226 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32968 immediately following the service at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UF Health Urologic Cancer Center via https://ufhealth.org/giving.

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
July 05, 2024


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Gerry W Sutton - Family

July 2, 2024, 3:27 pm

Love and prayers are with all of you!

Jacqueline McKinnon - Friend

July 2, 2024, 4:48 pm

So sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. The McKinnon family.

Donna Williams - Double first cousin, once removed.

July 2, 2024, 5:05 pm

To the Sharps Mike and I were sorry to hear about Jay’s death. I shall always remember that infectious and ever present smile of his. Hope to see you on your next trip to Georgia.

Tom Germain and family - Friend

July 2, 2024, 5:11 pm

Know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sorrowful time.

ann Meilbeck - Family long time friend. Tammy's bestie!!!

July 2, 2024, 5:38 pm

God Speed Jay, Rest in Peace . You will be missed by many. Sending healing prayers to you all. So very sorry. Ann Marie Meilbeck and family.

Anna Martin - Family

July 2, 2024, 6:00 pm

Sending Prayers of Love and Support for All Family and Friends. Jay Leaves great and special Memories for All Who knew Him ~ Rest In Heavenly Peace Jay Anna Bergandi Martin & Anna Stasia Martin

Keith Koehler - Friend

July 2, 2024, 7:04 pm

KEITH AND KATHY KOEHLER-Going to miss you my friend.

Gail Ott Brown - Friend

July 2, 2024, 8:13 pm

Am sorry to read of Jays passing. Will always remember him with fondness. We were friends throughout our years at school in Vero. Rest in peace friend.

Jape Peacock - Friend

July 2, 2024, 9:14 pm

So sorry to hear this. Pray your memories comfort you all during this difficult period.

Dave Ballou - Friend

July 2, 2024, 9:19 pm

I haven’t seen Jay in a little while, but everytime I did, he had that smile on his face. Went to grade school together and he’s was a friend I’ll never forget. Rest in peace Jay Sharp, I’ll see you again someday my friend! My condolences to his family and friends.

Jane Cappelen - Friend

July 2, 2024, 9:51 pm

So sorry for the loss of Jay. He was such a kind soul. My thoughts and prayers are with his mother, siblings and daughters.

David Stewart - Friend of family

July 2, 2024, 9:57 pm

Sorry I can’t be there taking the granddaughters to see their mom my thoughts are with you ❤

Joe Wood - Friend

July 2, 2024, 11:05 pm

Jay was a good man and always smiling. Condolences to all his family and friends.

Ray DuBose - None

July 2, 2024, 11:07 pm

Condolences so sorry neighbors for many years. Ray & Linda DuBose

John Witt - School friend

July 2, 2024, 11:42 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jay. Prayers to his family.

Charles Cappelen - Friend

July 3, 2024, 7:47 am

My condolences to Jays family! He was a friend that I met thru the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH when I was 13 years old! He will be missed!

Marsha - Friend

July 3, 2024, 9:21 am

Dear Bertha, Susie, and John, I am so very sorry for your loss of Jay! I remember him and your family well during our youth days at First Baptist. I pray that the peace of God that passes all undemanding will comfort you during this time.Blessings to you all.Marsha Turner Vanderburg

Julie Sacco - Friend

July 3, 2024, 12:58 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you Bertha,Susan and John and rest of family he was like a brother to our family He was a great friend to my brother Claude. Had a great smile and laughhe will be missedlove you all God bless you all . Julie and Mark Sacco

Gene O’Neill - Friend

July 3, 2024, 4:47 pm

My sincere sympathy to Bertha and the rest of the family.

Patti Harper - Friend

July 3, 2024, 6:41 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. It has been a long time since we communicated, but I knew Jay well when I lived in Vero. I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May he rest in peace.

Tamsyn Weaver

July 4, 2024, 3:10 am

I am so sorry for the loss to all of his family and friends. My heart goes out to the girls as missing your father is never easy. Prayers and love sent.

Vivian griggs - Friend from school

July 4, 2024, 8:24 am

Jay was a sweet thoughtful guy. I always imagined we would meet again one day and I guess we will. Rest in peace Jay.

Patricia Radford - Friend

July 5, 2024, 3:48 pm

My sincere condolences to all of Jay’s family. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known. Always with that big smile, too. Rest In Peace, Jay

Jack Pacot - Friend

July 6, 2024, 9:02 pm

Rest in peace my friend, it’s been a long time but I always considered you to be a close friend. Jay you will be missed! You’re in God’s hands now rest easy brother.

Tony Decristofaro - Friend

July 11, 2024, 4:57 pm

Jay and I grew up together in the same neighborhood. We were great friends throughout high school. I had not seen Jay in many years but knew he was doing well. His death came as a shock and I wish I had kept in touch. Rest easy my friend and let God embrace you in his loving arms.

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