Friends, family mourn loss of man killed in Manchester Expy. accident

Friends, family mourn loss of man killed in Manchester Expwy accident

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a beloved basketball coach and Sunday school teacher.

On Monday afternoon, 55-year-old Flint Eugene Sharpe of Phenix City tragically lost his life after he crashed into a tractor-trailer on Manchester Expressway.

The man that many referred to as coach was very involved at his church and around the community, and there certainly is no shortage of adjectives to describe him

Some said he was "a good friend" and a "role model." Others said "he was always an encourager," and "he was very loyal to his church, he was very loyal to his friends."

Sharpe graduated from Glenwood in 1979, and shortly after rejoined the school as a teacher and coach.

"I think for all of the kids that he taught and coached here at Glenwood he was a very positive role model, he instilled hard work and discipline," said Donna Tillman, a teacher at Glenwood.

Following his time at Glenwood, Sharpe continued his work with children, this time at his churches.

About 15 years ago, he changed churches and joined Golden Acres Baptist, where he made a lasting impact.

"He is going to leave a legacy in a lot of different areas, I think the biggest one is a servant's heart," said Ray Cummings, senior pastor at Golden Acres Baptist Church. "To serve others and to not make it about himself."

"I saw the family side of it and how much he loved his family, but I also saw his heart for people and how he put other people first," said children's pastor Daniel Cook.

At Glenwood, Sharpe coached basketball at Golden Acres, and also taught Sunday school classes.

Outside of church, he was a true family man, coaching his son in sports.

His daughter was heavily involved in pageants, but even though he was a sports-crazed man, he was always one of her biggest fans.

"Huge dad in that respect, being very supportive of his son and his daughter in whatever they were involved in," said Gina Harper

Harper said that she has known Flint since they were little, and it is hard to believe someone so strong and so loved could be gone so soon.

Funeral arrangements are scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 16 at Golden Acres Baptist at 11 a.m.

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