Sharon Gale Gatliff Culbertson passed from this life on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.
She was born September 17, 1948 in Delight, Arkansas the youngest of six children to Fletcher Daniel and Nina King Gatliff. She married Robert Paul Culbertson on March 29, 1968 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Sharon was a 1966 graduate of Delight High School. She attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia and received her BSE from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 1978. She received her Masters in Library Science from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M at Commerce. She worked as a teacher in Stamps and Taylor, Arkansas before coming to Paris in 1983. She worked for the North Lamar school system from 1983 –2003 starting as a first grade teacher and becoming a librarian. She served as the local treasurer of the Association of Texas Professional Educators for many years while at North Lamar and also as Regional Vice President, President and Regional Director. She also belonged to the Texas Library Association.
She was a life long member of the United Methodist Church, where she played in the Bell Choir, sang in the choir and was active in the United Methodist Women.
She is preceded in death by her father, Fletcher Gatliff; mother, Nina Gatliff, a sister, Glaskia Gatliff and a brother, Donald Gatliff, her in-laws Paul V. and June Culbertson, a brother-in-law, Gene Rutherford and a great-nephew Alan Rutherford.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; her son Paul and wife Suzanne, and their children Wesley and Will of Paris. Her daughter, Cheryl Garrison and husband Bobby and their children, Brock and Brady and her youngest daughter, Sarah Griffis and husband Paul and their children Kyle, Kayla and Gaige all of Paris. A brother, Grant Gatliff and wife Marcia of Delight, Arkansas, sister-in-law, Faydean Gatliff of Delight and two sisters, Celesta Bean of Irving, Texas and Carolyn Lamkin and husband Travis of Stephens, Arkansas; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive her.
Fry- Gibbs Funeral Home of Paris, Texas, was in charge of arrangements. Funeral services were held at Fry- Gibbs on Thursday, December 8, with Steve Cook and Bob Seale officiating. Interment was at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris.
Pallbearers were, Paul Culbertson, Paul Griffis, Bobby Garrison, Wesley Culbertson, Brock Garrison and Will Culbertson.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of your choice or St. Judes Hospital. Sharon would encourage you to become an organ donor.