Sharon Evon Whitley Montague, 47, was peacefully reunited with her loving Savior on March 22, 2018 after a brief stay at UNC Chapel-Hill hospital. Born January 21, 1971 in Raleigh, North Carolina to the late Leandes & Leona Curtis Whitley, Sharon was a life-long resident of Wake County. She attended East Wake High school, and went on to earn a diploma from Wake Technical Community College. Sharon loved God, family, fast cars, Pepsi Cola, Newports, and traveling.
Sharon was blessed by God with many gifts that she freely shared with others. A strong leader, Sharon maintained a deep love for her children, grand-daughter, extended family and friends. Sharon viewed the world, her life, and those who were privileged to know her with a contagious optimism that inspired others. Always smiling, Sharon regularly provided encouraging words to all who crossed her path. She often freely opened her home to those in need, and became a staunch supporter of breast cancer awareness after nursing a sister through a lengthy Stage 4 breast cancer recovery. Her gifts of optimism, encouragement, and charity will be sorely missed.
Sharon’s unwavering faith in God defined her life. One of her favorite Bible verses is found in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” We know Sharon would wish for us to wipe our tears! As she would tell us if she were here, “God’s got this!” Therefore, we lovingly rejoice in the return of our cherished Sharon to her Creator, and will continue to celebrate her life through memories that we will always hold dear in our hearts.
Sharon is survived by her beloved children Kiara Montague (Jamien Hoggard) of Holly Springs, A. J. Montague of Raleigh, and granddaughter Khloe Montague-Merritt, siblings Bobby Whitley (LeVeda), Shirley Hinton (Jerald), Lee Whitley, Peggy Whitley, Linda Armstrong (Franklin), Leanders Whitley, Neona Martin (Joseph-deceased), John Whitley (Crystal), and Jennifer Oliver.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Zebulon First Baptist Church. There will be church service following the visitation. After the church service, Sharon will be interred in the Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, Zebulon. Funeral arrangements are provided by Strickland Funeral Home, 211 W. Third St., Wendell. www.stricklandfuneral.com.