Glenwood School remembers beloved coach, inspiration in Flint Sharpe

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SMITHS STATION, Ala. – The community continues to mourn the death of a man killed Monday in a wreck on Manchester Expressway. Police say 55-year-old Flint Sharpe died after he was driving Southbound on GA Highway 85, crossed over the median into the Northbound lane, and collided head-on with a semi-truck.

As police continue to investigate Sharpe’s death and while the Muscogee County coroner awaits pending autopsy results, those who knew Sharpe best say he impacted a host of people, from former coworkers to former students.

“Both of my boys had Flint as a teacher and a coach, and he was always a positive role model not only in the classroom, but also on the field,” Glenwood teacher Donna Tillman told News 3.

Glenwood School Headmaster Frankie Mitchum says Sharpe affected many students as a former football, baseball and basketball coach in the 80’s and 90’s. Mitchum says many of Sharpe’s relatives attend Glenwood currently, and the entire community is trying to cope with the loss.

“Last night, we had a special prayer for the Sharpe family and Cassidy and Miss Lee and other family members,” Mitchum said. “It’s just a sad situation and all you can do is just pray and love on each other. Just put it in God’s hands and let him handle it.”

Mitchum says the Glenwood football team will honor Coach Flint Sharpe by wearing helmet decals that read F.S. The team will also sport decals that read C.S. for Sharpe’s daughter Cassidy. She is a senior at Glenwood.

Memorial arrangements are set for the rest of the week. The Sharpe family plans to hold a visitation from 5-8 p.m. at Golden Acres Baptist Church in Phenix City. A funeral will follow Friday morning at the same location at 11 a.m.

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