Sharon M. Clemons "Butterflies" Fund

Est. 2020 by Erik Clemons.

Sharon and Erik Clemons with daughters Kiara Osborn, Nyle Clemons, Nia Clemons and Kai Clemons. Courtesy of the Clemons family.

Sharon and Erik Clemons shared a love that few dream of achieving. Over their thirty years together, they cultivated the closest of friendships rooted in mutual respect and understanding. Together they raised four beautiful daughters, whom Sharon called their "Butterflies." It is these "Butterflies" that inspired the name of the Fund created in 2020 to memorialize Sharon's life after her passing on November 3.

Those who knew Sharon knew she was a hard working, skilled "Master Stylist" and award-winning entrepreneur with a heart of gold. She worked tirelessly to serve as a role model for teens and justice-involved (previously incarcerated) women, giving countless hours to mentor them. She started an Annual Christmas Give Back to assist single mothers with holiday shopping for their children. Sharon was truly in tune to the needs of people, endeavoring once a month to be a true blessing to someone donating her time to the hair styling needs of families with deceased loved ones.

Sharon instilled in her daughters the importance of education, kindness to others, and being beautiful inside and out. She was overjoyed at becoming a grandmother and treasured her time with her granddaughter.

The Sharon M. Clemons "Butterflies" Fund will make grants that honor Sharon's life as an accomplished and compassionate human being, beloved wife and mother of four bright young women. The initial emphasis of the Fund will be to recommend grants that support scholarships for African American young women at the alma maters of Sharon's daughters: Smith College, Tuskegee University, Hampton University and Spelman College.