Sharon Elizabeth Breyman, 72 of Tampa, Florida died peacefully Tuesday, February 7, 2023 after a tragic accident from a fall in her home that left her a quadriplegic. She was born in November, 1950 in Heavener, OK to Charles Allen Breyman and Mary Camp Breyman. She was preceded in death by her parents and beloved cats.
Sharon lived and attended school in several states as her family moved with her father’s work. She was a stand out basketball player in high school in Farmington, NM and enjoyed playing tennis most of her life.
Sharon graduated college in 1972 from Arkansas Tech University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, with a BS degree in Physical Education. The friends she made in college remained her closest friends throughout her life, especially Judy Zimpel. They all loved to tell old college tales but Sharon told them best. One friend described Sharon, “Her quick wit and fun personality led people to her. She definitely lit up a room when she walked in.”
After graduation she worked for Cooper Communities in Bella Vista, AR then taught PE in Bentonville, AR before moving to Tampa, FL where she lived for over 40 years. She visited AR to see family, friends and attend Razorback games.
She worked as a financial advisor, worked for Johnson & Johnson and as an agent with USAA Insurance. She retired from USAA in 2009 and enjoyed her retirement spending it with friends, feeding squirrels & feral cats and watching every sporting event she could. Her love of sports was unmatched. She fulfilled a dream of attending Sportscasters Fantasy Camp in California in 1994 where she did play-by-play for basketball, football, baseball and ice hockey! She loved attending training camps in Florida for the Phillies and Yankees. Sharon knew every player of every sport and each of their stats. Her mind was a treasure trove of sports trivia. She was ecstatic when her favorite Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl!
She was a tenderhearted champion for discarded, unloved and abused animals. Her charitable giving focused on raising awareness for them.
Sharon leaves behind three sisters: Karen Breyman Dobbs (Bob, deceased) of Bella Vista, AR, Charlotte Breyman Carson (Tim) of Coffeyville, KS and Cheslea Breyman Harper (Mark) of Fayetteville, AR, four nieces and nephews, six grand nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. The family would like to thank Sharon’s close Florida friends; Valerie Vehunce, Eileen Painter and Lucy Smith for their love and support shown to Sharon the last few months.
Cremation was under the direction of A Life Tribute Funeral Care in Largo, Florida. Online remembrances may be made at alifetribute.com. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to a local animal shelter of your choice.