Ralph E. Sharp, 95, a retired crew manager with the old C&P Telephone Co., died of congestive heart failure March 11 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.
His son Ed Sharp confirmed his death.
Mr. Sharp began his C&P career in 1947 as a security officer. Later, he was a lineman and then retired in 1982 as manager of telephone company crews providing service in the area of the Pentagon and what is now Reagan National Airport.
Ralph Edward Sharp was born in Douglas, Kan. He moved to the Washington area as a child and graduated in 1935 from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington County.
After high school, he served in the Marine Corps in China. He reenlisted in the Marines early in World War II and was a machine gunner in the Pacific.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorcas Liles Sharp of Alexandria; three children, Charlotte E. Siebel of Hurricane, W.Va., R. Edward Sharp Jr. of Sarasota, Fla., and Lennie Judson Sharp of Columbia; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes