|Sharp Funeral Home History
Sharp Funeral Home was founded in 1938 by by the late William F. Sharp, Jr. The funeral home operated successfully under his expert direction for 53 years.
The funeral home building underwent three restorations and additions during Sharps ownership. Under each re-construction the building was enlarged into what it is today.
The Sharp Funeral Home building is a unique and modern funeral facility with continual upgrades to maintain a state of the art facility while maintaining a traditional look especially with the collection of antique furniture which enhances and decorates each room.
Mr. Sharp advertised the funeral facility following each restoration as a modern funeral facility providing a prompt and efficient service. Additionally the funeral home operated an ambulance service and sold “burial insurance”.
Following the death of William F. Sharp, Jr. the funeral home was purchased by Jimmy and Brenda Smith in June of 1992.
Jimmy and his wife brought a long history in the funeral service to Oliver Springs. Jimmy is a 3rd generation funeral director. His grandfather, the late Hass Smith of Celina, Tennessee worked in the funeral service until his retirement. He and two of his sons, John G. Smith and Jimmy K. Smith, founded the Livingston Funeral Home in Livingston, Tennessee in 1963. Both John G. Smith and his brother Jimmy K. Smith worked beside their father building the Livingston Funeral Home into a successful funeral firm which still operates under the same name today.
In 1967, John G. Smith the father of Jimmy F. Smith established the Byrdstown Funeral Home in Byrdstown, Tennessee. John Smith operated Byrdstown Funeral Home and following the death of his father, Hass Smith he operated both funeral homes. Additionally he purchased other funeral homes including, Burris Funeral Home in Crossville, Martin Funeral Home in LaFollette and Lake City, and Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home in Harlan, Kentucky.
Jimmy and his wife Brenda owned and operated Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home is Harlan, Kentucky for 12 years, (September 1976 to October 1988). Following the sale of Mt. Pleasant Funeral Home Jimmy worked as a specialty embalmer, (trauma deaths) embalming at funeral homes in Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Smith family now has a forth generation funeral director and embalmer as Rebekah Laura Smith, the only child of Jimmy & Brenda has completed Mortuary school in Nashville. Rebekah continued her education at Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Business Administration. She has remained in Murfreesboro, TN and she is employed as the Director of Business Development at LBMC Employment Partners, in Brentwood, TN.