Broyles, Sharron

Sharron Pearl Griffin Broyles, 82, of Tampa, Fla., died Sept. 13, 2019.

Sharron was born Aug. 24, 1937, in Flint, Mich. When she was in the first grade, her family moved back to Fayette, Ohio, where her father, Charles Otis Griffin, was born east of Fayette.

She graduated from Gorham Fayette High School in 1955, just before the family moved to Angola, Ind., where her father worked. There she met Richard Welty Broyles, a Tri-State student, from Fairmount, Ind. They were married March 26, 1960, by the Rev. Robert James in the Church of the Nazarene in Angola, then moved to St. Louis, Mo., where Richard worked as an aeronautical engineer.

Sharron returned to Angola when Richard entered the U.S. Army in December 1960. She joined him in December 1962 when he left Redstone Arsenal and stayed in Huntsville, Ala., to work on the “Race to the Moon.”

This was the start of an exciting life for the Broyles as they moved around the country as Richard followed his career in aerospace, defense, and nuclear engineering. Major stops included Seattle, Wash., East Hartford, Conn., and Lynchburg, Va., before calling Tampa home since 1979. They also lived in South Bend, Ind., Cincinnati, Ohio, Houston, Texas, Angola, Ind., New Orleans, La., Orlando, Fla., and elsewhere before retiring back to Tampa.

Sharron’s Christian faith was always foremost. She helped build three churches, believing it important to pass the faith to the next generation. In Tampa, members of First Nazarene and Palma Ceia UMC were a vital part of her faith family.

Sharron is survived by a sister, Barbara Ann Griffin of Monroe, Wis.; a brother, Marvin Floyd Griffin of Niles, Mich.; her husband, Richard; a son, Mark (and Kathleen Ann) and their five children, Kevin, Shawn, Dana, Julie and Sara, of Tampa.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles; mother, Capitola Beatrice Mitchell Griffin; two brothers, Richard and David.

Funeral services are planned at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at MacDonald Funeral Home in Tampa, with Rev. Bruce Toms and Rev. John Teeter officiating. Visitation will precede the service from 4 to 6 p.m. Burial will take place at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, Ind. at a later date.

Memorial donations are suggested to The Spring of Tampa Bay, P.O. Box 5147, Tampa, FL 33675.