Sharon Randolph McCullough, a retired special education teacher in Montclair and in other Essex County schools for more than 30 years, died at home on Feb. 2, 2021. She was 71. 

Mrs. McCullough was born in 1949 in Glen Ridge, the daughter of the late James W. Randolph and Hope Robinson Randolph. 

She was educated in the Montclair public school system.  While attending Montclair High School she excelled scholastically and participated in extracurricular activities, including twirling and Junior League.  In 1964 she performed with the twirling squad at the New York World’s Fair.  

Upon graduation in 1967, she briefly attended Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. She  transferred to Kean University, where she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and from which she received a B.A. in education in 1972.  

Mrs. McCullough was a special education teacher for over 30 years and taught in various schools in Essex County, including Montclair and Newark.  During her tenure at Barringer High School she coached the marching band. She retired in 2014.  

As a child she attended Sunday School at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montclair. She accepted Christ at an early age and followed in her parents’ footsteps and became an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church.  

Her ministries included the Adult and Women’s Choir, and she assisted in the Youth Choir.  She was an active member of the 3 Fish and 5 Loaves Food Ministry, delivering food to the seniors of the church, and volunteered wherever needed. She enjoyed attending Bible study and Sunday School. 

Mrs. McCullough was a single, devoted and loving mother to her three children.  They enjoyed holiday dinners and celebrating birthdays at their favorite restaurants.   

She enjoyed traveling and socializing with friends and family. She was a stylish dresser and loved wearing hats. She was a very upbeat, inspiring and loving woman, always a loyal friend and an extremely giving person. She was a lover of animals who considered her dogs and cat a part of her family. 

Sharon was a devoted special education teacher who wanted to contribute to the betterment of her student’s lives and futures.  

She will be remembered for her outgoing personality and beautiful smile.  

Mrs. McCullough was married to Jessie McCullough. From this union her youngest daughter, Jessica Michelle, was born.  

She is also survived by her oldest daughter, Chelsea D. Randolph of West Orange; her son, Justin C. Randolph of West Orange; a granddaughter, Chanelle Denny of West Orange; two sisters, Diane R. Lyle of St. Petersburg, Fla., and her twin sister, Karen R. Stephenson of Laurel, Md.; a sister-in-law, Ann S. Randolph of Guilford, Conn.; seven nieces and nephews; 12 grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and a host of cousins and lifelong friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, James W. Randolph. 

Private funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Arrangements were by Martin’s Home for Service.