Reginald Burdett Sharp, son of the late George & Farris Sharp, passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2020. Reginald, aka Sharp, was born on September 20, 1960 in Odessa, TX. In 1965, the Sharp family moved to Dallas, TX where Reginald graduated from South Oak Cliff High School in 1979. Reginald went on to attend Prairie View A&M University where he received his B.S.in Architecture. Reginald remained a proud and active alum of both alma maters.
Reginald’s natural talent for design, along with hard work and dedication, presented him with many career opportunities. Reginald began his career immediately after graduation in the Houston area. His talents afforded him the opportunity to work for two of the most prominent black owned architect firms in Texas, Haywood Jordan McCowan Architects (Houston and Dallas) and John Chase Architects (Dallas), amongst others. He also used his skills and business savvy to start his own design firm, Professional Design Services (PDS), along with PV alum Jeffrey Matthews. While working for Haywood Jordan McCowan in Houston, Sharp played a vital role in the design and management of numerous renovations and development projects at Texas Southern University, including the Administration Building, Thurgood Marshall School of Law and the Health & Physical Education Building. Reginald later returned to Dallas where he made his mark in the architectural world. He continued his business, PDS, and worked alongside another PV alum Michael Love. His charisma & talents spoke volumes about him. His eye in design made him well known around the city & respected throughout the community. Sharp played a major role in the design and project management of beautiful structures like St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, sections of the DART Rail System, The Sacred Funeral Home in Cedar Hill and his parents' dream home, the “4S Ranch” in Lin- dale, TX just to name a few. One of the largest projects Reginald oversaw was the terminal expansion project for American Airlines at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
In Reginald’s later years, he reconnected with his life partner, Cheryl Breedlove Wright. Cheryl and Reginald enjoyed cooking together, traveling, and planning for their retirement. It was also during this time that Reginald shifted his talents from the professional realm to the educational realm. Sharp’s knowledge and passion for architecture in- spired him to share his gifts with the students at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas. During his tenure, Sharp reconstructed and developed the architecture program, creating an environment where students would excel in the basics of architecture. Reginald made a huge impact on many students. He will forever be appreciated by both students and staff.
Reginald will always be remembered for his captivating laugh and sense of humor. Sharp enjoyed spending time with his family, helping his parents run the family’s 4S Ranch, being an avid Cowboys fan, cooking, hanging with friends, attending homecomings and being the overall life of the party!
Reginald is preceded in death by his loving parents George and Farris Sharp. Reginald leaves beautiful memories to be cherished by his four children Reginald, Tristan, Ashley and Brooke, his brother Gregory, eight grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends. Forever in Our Hearts
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