It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sharon Parkinson, who peacefully departed this world on May 30, 2023. She was a cherished mother, beloved grandmother, supportive sister, and treasured friend. She was a pillar of strength and love in our lives, and her memory will forever remain etched in our hearts.
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Sharon was the oldest of her three siblings, Melanie, Richard and Michelle. Being a military family they moved around a lot but by her teen years they landed in Hampton, Virginia where she attended Hampton High School for three years. Sharon was very proud of earning 1st Chair in the band for her outstanding clarinet performances. Sharon later transferred to Pembroke High School in which she graduated with the class of 1976. After high school, she pursued her studies and received a degree in Business from Saint Leo University, where she honed her skills and developed a strong work ethic.
In 1986, Sharon began her remarkable career at Jefferson Lab, where she dedicated 36 years of her life. She was known for her staunch dedication, attention to detail, and her ability to inspire those around her. Her colleagues remember her as a reliable and trustworthy leader who was always willing to lend a helping hand. She cherished the people she met along the way and the many friendships that developed from her many years at Jefferson Lab.
Sharon was the Mother to one daughter, DeAnn. She was a remarkable Mother who epitomized love, strength, and compassion. As a Mother she showered her daughter with unconditional love, unwavering support, and endless encouragement. Her nurturing nature and selflessness knew no bounds as she dedicated her life to creating a home filled with love, warmth, and laughter. She was the heart and soul of her family, a guiding light through life’s joys and challenges.
As a grandmother, Sharon embraced her role as “MAMA” with joy and delight. She found immense joy in creating special bonds with Devin, Adreyanna and Colin, filling their lives with cherished memories, stories, and unconditional love. Her love, kindness, and wisdom will forever shape their lives.
To Sharon’s siblings, she was not only a sister but also a lifelong confidante and companion. Through the highs and lows of life, she provided strength, support, and an unwavering presence. Her genuine care and compassion was a source of comfort during the difficult times, and her infectious laughter brought lightness and joy to family gatherings.
She was a true friend to all that knew her. She possessed a genuine and caring nature that attracted others to her warmth and kindness. Her friendships were built on trust, laughter and shared experiences. She had an innate ability to uplift spirits, offer a listening ear, and provide unwavering support in times of need. Her friendship was a precious gift that enriched the lives of all who were fortunate to call her a friend.
Outside of her professional life, Sharon was a devout member of Crossroads Community Church, where her faith played a central role in her life. She generously volunteered her time at the church, lending her skills and compassion to various community initiatives. She was involved in missions trips to Belize, where she selflessly served those in need and made a lasting impact on the lives of others. Closer to home, she extended her kindness to the local community by volunteering at the Red Cross and dedicating her time to feeding the homeless, and volunteering in the children’s nursery.
One of Sharon’s greatest joys in life was caring for others, particularly the little ones. She had a special place in her heart for babies and spent countless hours volunteering at Riverside Hospital, providing love, comfort, and care to newborns and their families.
Her presence brightened every room she entered, and her laughter filled our hearts with joy. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Sharon was preceded in death by her Mother, Martha Hammons. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, DeAnn Maddox (Fiancé Everett Harris): three grandchildren, Devin Hawkins, Adreyanna Maddox and Colin Parkinson; two sisters, Melanie Fotino (Albert), Michelle Snider (Erik) and a Brother, Richard Maddox (Debbie); seven nieces, Noelle Hisey (Phillip), Lindsey Stone (Barkley), Jenna Lipphardt (Sean), Heather, Natalie, Maddie, and Lanie; two nephews, Matthew (Sandra) and Jessie; six great nieces and great nephews, Noah, Sophia, Lilah, Broden, Sheridan, and Jude: Special Friends, Pam Turk, Mary Beth Stewart, Julie Stewart, Kelly Webster, Chris Hayes, Theresa Foremaster, and Gayle Sundeen and many more extended family and friends.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Sharon Parkinson will be held at Crossroads Community Church (1420 Lakeside Drive, Yorktown, VA. 23692) on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at 3 p.m.
As we bid farewell to our dear Sharon, let us remember the light she brought into our lives. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her legacy continue to inspire us to live with a spirit of giving, compassion, grace, and love.