Billy Gene Sharp, of El Dorado, Kansas, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 in El Dorado, Kansas, at the age of 81 years, five months, and five days.

“Bill” was born the only child of E. J. (Gene) and Virginia Irene Cabe Sharp on January 11, 1936, in Booneville, Arkansas.

Bill worked in transportation for many years in Wichita, Kansas followed by 25 years with El Dorado Public Schools and as an oil field pumper for Longhorn Enterprises of El Dorado. In the past, Bill enjoyed playing the guitar, demolition derbies, racing super-modified cars, bowling, and other activities. However, he was always a cowboy at heart and involved in activities primarily aligned with the Kansas Quarter Horse Association and American Quarter Horse Association. Bill enjoyed raising quarter horses and supporting his family in that endeavor.

Bill is preceded in death by his father, E. J. (Gene) Sharp, and mother, Irene Cabe Sharp, paternal grandparents Leroy Depree and Dorthulia Annis Sharp, and maternal grandparents William Champion and Lyda Franks Cabe.

Bill Sharp is survived by his wife, Lynda L. Sharp of El Dorado, Kansas, daughter, Debra J. Powers of Wichita, Kansas, Karen R. Gomez (Ralph) of El Dorado, Kansas, Bonnie Jane Sharp of Wichita, Kansas, mother of Debra and Karen, and granddaughter, Courtney M. Noah (Thomas) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartspring’s School Recreation Fund, a school for children with special needs, c/o Heartspring, 8700 E. 29th St. No., Wichita, KS 67226, listing Bill’s name on the check memo line, or by visiting their site at www.heartspring.org/donate and selecting “Dedicate this gift to a friend or loved one.”

A celebration of Bill’s life will be Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the El Dorado Train Depot, 430 North Main, El Dorado, Kansas. Beginning with an informal gathering at 2:00 p.m., we will share music, pictures, videos, and stories special to each of us. Blue jeans are welcome and encouraged by those wishing to do so.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, all friends of our family, and those who have been touched in some way by his heart, kindness, and spirit. He will be missed by his loved ones on earth and will always continue to hold a special place in our hearts.