Hezzie was born in Ahoskie, N.C., to William P. and Mary Harrell Sharp. The family moved to Philadelphia when he was 4. He attended West Philadelphia High School.
He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a welder, and at Dodge Steel as a welder and burner. He retired in 1982.
His spiritual life began with Mount Zion Baptist Church, and in 1984 he joined Mount Carmel Baptist under the leadership of Pastor Albert Campbell.
He was ordained a deacon on Feb. 5, 1991, and became deacon emeritus on Nov. 13, 2005. He was a member of Men of Mount Carmel.
Hezzie was a longtime member of Masonic Corinthian Lodge 114, and later became a Shriner. Last July, he was honored as the oldest member of Corinthian Lodge 114.
"Hezzie was everyone's dad, grandpa and uncle, and became a great friend to everyone he met," his family said.
"His favorite line - especially to women - was, 'I'm doing fine now that I've seen you.' "
Everybody cherished his "wonderful smile," and were always awed by his phenomenal memory.
He is survived by two daughters, Ruth Ann Pigford and Zelvia Faire; a sister, Agnes Scranton; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Services: 11 a.m. tomorrow at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 58th and Race streets. Friends may call at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Rolling Green Memorial Park.