In memory: Mark Benjamin Sharpe

Mr. Sharpe, 98, was given the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine," North Carolina's highest civilian award.

Long & Son Mortuary Service

Mr. Mark Benjamin Sharpe, 98, of Wilson, N.C. died at Sunrise Assisted Living Center on April 8, 2009 in Charlotte.

Former N.C. Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. honored Mark, a successful farmer, civil rights activist, and patriarch, with the "Order of the Long Leaf Pine," the state’s highest civilian award, for his unselfish accomplishments.

Memorials may be made to the Mark B. Sharpe Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 608, Matthews, N.C., 28105. publishes free obituaries as a service to our readers. Email obituaries, photos and death notices go

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