Thelma Sharp

Thelma "Kitten" Sharp

Thursday, January 17th, 1924 - Friday, August 28th, 2020
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Thelma "Kitten" (Neal) Sharp died peacefully on August 28th at the Bowers Hospice House in Beckley WV, after a
prolonged illness.
Kitten was born in Ingram Branch WV. the youngest of three children of Dewey and Olna Kincaid, who preceded
her in death along with her two siblings, Morris Kincaid and Wandaleen Schallen. She moved to Oak Hill where
her father became Chief of Police, and attended Oak Hill High School where she met her future husband, Charles
Warren Neal. She attended West Virginia Institute of Technology and later worked for the Bureau of Mines at
the Mt. Hope office.
Kitten married Charles Warren and moved to Ansted WV, where they established "Honey Bear Farms", well
known locally for strawberries and Polled Hereford cattle. They had 2 children, Lee and Holly. Kitten was
happiest when entertaining others. Her beauty, bright smile and bubbly personality could light up any room.
She loved making fudge, yeast breads, doughnuts and of course, her Bourbon Balls were legendary. She enjoyed
her Garden and Book Clubs, as well as the many horse and cattle shows, always supporting her husband and
children in their endeavors.
Kitten touched many young lives during the years she worked as an elementary school teacher for the Fayette
County School system. She was an easy favorite of the children and many still refer to her as "Miss Neal". After
her teaching career came to a close, her effervescence made her a natural for her work as the Hostess and
Dining Room Manager at the Hawk's Nest Lodge.
Charles Warren taught school until his accidental death in 1976. Kitten remarried Dr. Roland Sharp of
Pocahontas County in 1979 and moved to Frost WV. She enjoyed life as the wife of a rural physician and the
many events at West Virginia School of Medicine, where Roland had been past president. In later years, as her
health became fragile, she returned to Oak Hill WV. Dr. Sharp preceded Kitten in death in 2013.
Kitten is survived by her two children and their spouses; Lee and Francine Neal of Gulf Breeze, Fl. and Holly and
John Burley of Ansted WV, in addition to her 4 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to Barbara, Mae and John Kinley of Oak
Hill. Kitten's long-time caregivers. They truly have been a blessing from God these past years. In lieu of
flowers, the family requests that a donation be given to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research.
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