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Terrell Lee Sharlow

Jan. 10, 2022

Terrell Lee Sharlow, 81, died unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 after a short illness. 

Mr. Sharlow grew up in Indianapolis and joined the Indiana Army National Guard upon completion of high school. He retired from the Guard with the rank of Sergeant First Class. After serving on active duty, Terrell attended Ball State University graduating with a degree in education and later earned a master’s degree. For many years, he taught in the elementary grades at School 33 in Indianapolis and then switched to a new career with Weights and Measures, Indiana Board of Health. He worked in this position into his mid-seventies.

Not content to stay at home, Mr. Sharlow had been working the last couple of years in the Head Start division of Indiana Family & Social Services of Hamilton County in Noblesville as a “Nap Time Buddy” in the 4 & 5 year-old class. He was very fond of the students, and so proud of their achievements. The Staff and the students loved “Mr. Terrell.”

Mr. Sharlow was a quiet man of deep Christian faith who truly loved the Lord. He was a member of the Fishersburg Wesleyan Church. Quiet and unassuming, Mr. Sharlow served the Lord in countless, and often unknown, ways. Whether it was rocking newborns in a NIC unit, volunteering during several summers on a reservation in South Dakota, splitting wood for a local home for unwed mothers, or doing maintenance work at a small Christian college in Kentucky, Mr. Sharlow had a servant heart. He was a quiet man of deep Christian faith who truly loved the Lord. He was a member of the Fishersburg Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include his wife, Clara (Mason); and her three children, Cynthia L. Crowell of Noblesville, Tony (Terri) Crowell of Ossian, Ind. and Jonathan (Michele) Crowell of Fort Myers, Fla.; his brother, Don Sharlow (Julia); and sister, Harriet Sharlow Benavidez (Ralph). He also has many nieces, nephews and other relatives that will greatly miss him. Not to be forgotten is Gracie, Terrell and Clara’s Maltese. She held a special place in his heart.

He was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Roger.

Mr. Sharlow will be laid to rest in the Scotland Cemetery, Kirklin, Clinton County, Ind.

In honor of his military service, Memorials are requested for Wounded Warriors Project.