Sharon Jeanette Overcast-Hawks passed away in her home, surrounded by her beloved family, January 10, 2017 from complications of cholangiocarcinoma.
She was born May 3, 1956, in Mt. Airy, NC and lived in Cana Virginia during her youth surrounded by her entire family.
Sharon attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Radford University and moved to Durham NC to pursue her anesthesia career. She attended the Nurse Anesthesia Program which was at Durham Regional Hospital (Duke Regional). She also graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing from UNC-G and completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Duke University School of Nursing.
Sharon worked as a CRNA at Duke Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC and in Asheville for Asheville Anesthesia Associates. During those years she was teacher, mentor and researcher to countless numbers of anesthesia students and staff.
In 2006, Sharon joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Duke University School of Nursing as their Assistant Program Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program. She eventually became the Program Director of that program.
Her contributions to her program and profession were unending. The number of Students she has helped graduate into the profession are too many to count. This was her love and it showed in every aspect of her profession.
She held many leadership positions with the State and National Associations. She published countless numbers of articles, research projects, and authored many book chapters in Anesthesia books. One of her main goals, with the help of her fabulous faculty, was to bring the Duke University School of Nurse Anesthesia to a ranking of #3 in the country. Sharon accomplished that this year.
Sharon, proud but forever humble, wanted each student to become a leader. In the midst of all of her accomplishments, her greatest love was for her two beautiful daughters Makena and Gabi. She will be forever missed by them and the rest of her family.
She is survived by her partner of 25 years, Yvonne Overcast; their children, Makena Overcast-Hawks and Gabrielle Overcast-Hawks; her parents, Ray and Carol Hawks; sister and brother in law, Pamela and Johnny Bowman; brother and sister in law, Bradley and Chastiny Hawks; nephews, Matthew (wife Kelly) Bowman, Andrew (fiancé Jessica Rash); niece, Charlotte Hawks; step nieces and nephews, Chance Bailey and Brooks Sizemore; great-nephew, Owen David Bowman; and soon to be step-great nieces, Noelle and Emelyn Rash; countless numbers of wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins who all live in and around the Cana, Virginia and Mt. Airy, NC.
There will be a funeral service and burial of her ashes on Saturday January 14, 2017, 2pm at Flat Ridge Baptist Church, 2167 Epworth Rd, Cana, Virginia, 24317. Family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30pm until the service at the church. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall of Flat Ridge Baptist Church following the burial. A celebration of life will be held at the Duke University Chapel on Duke Campus, Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 2pm with a reception following at the Duke University School of Nursing Atrium.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to The Frank Titch/ Sharon Hawks Scholarship fund at The Duke University School of Nursing and to the ASPCA for sheltered animals.