Donald Sharretts, officer in food brokerage, dies


A memorial service for Donald R. Sharretts, retired chairman of the board of a food brokerage company, will be held at noon Saturday in the chapel at Leisure World, the Silver Spring retirement community where he lived.

Mr. Sharretts, who was 83, died of respiratory disease Sept. 13 at the Montgomery General Hospital in Olney.

In 1988, he became chairman emeritus of the board of Sharretts and Bush Inc., which he helped to start in 1972 in the Baltimore area.

Earlier he worked for other food brokerage firms, the A. J. Harris Co. and the J. S. Youles Co., and had covered the Washington area.

Born in Baltimore, he played football and lacrosse at the Polytechnic Institute before graduating from the Shenandoah Military School in Virginia.

He then attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he played attack on the lacrosse team for four years before his graduation in 1929.

He remained active in Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and liked to play golf and draw. He had done the artwork for his college yearbook and began drawing again after his retirement.

His wife, the former Erleen Campbell, died in 1988.

He is survived by a son, David B. Sharretts of Lutherville; a brother, R. Carleton Sharretts Jr. of Parkton; and three grandsons.

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