Homer Sharp was born on September 23, 1895 in Fort Worth, Texas and he came to Knox in the fall of 1916. During that year he became president of his freshman class, the Class of 1920, and was well known for his active leadership with not only his class, but in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity as well. However, his schooling was cut short by the war. Soon after the U.S. entered the war in April 1917, Sharp left the college and enlisted in the Aviation Section, Signal Corps of the military (a precursor to the Air Force of today). His flying skills were taken notice of, and he quickly received his commission as a military pilot. Because of this, he was sent to the Curtiss Company in Buffalo, New York, to test new aircraft. Sadly, a fatal mishap occurred during testing and Homer Sharp died on June 16, 1918. He is buried in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Texas.