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About Sharon Cuffee Murphy

“Triumph Over Adversity: The Compilation” is Dedicated in Memory of Sharon Cuffee Murphy. Ms. Murphy was 45 years old when she was killed in an act of domestic violence. Sharon was the oldest of six children born to Ira L. and Martha J. Cuffee. Sharon always had a “Big Smile” even though she may have been hurting within. The smile was not a cover; but her special way of helping others.

Sharon was the mother of three (Brehon, Corey and Shaniqua) and grandmother of nine grandchildren (Antonio, Kaeon, Charveia, Brehon, Tyquan, Bria, Elayzia, Jerome and Destinee). Sharon was a hard and diligent worker because she wanted to ensure that her children were well supported. In fact, Sharon was the first entrepreneur in her family, as she owned several businesses, to include, Little Blessings Daycare, Cuffee’s Janitorial Service, Sharon’s Tax Service, and Cuffee’s Direct Response Consulting. She also owned and operated a paralegal service and served as a notary signing agent.

Sharon was employed at Southeastern Virginia Training Center as a Development Director for the physically and mentally disabled. She was also an Outreach Specialist for the International Black Women’s Congress in the Systemically Targeting AIDS Reduction Treatment (START) program. At the time of her death, Sharon was majoring in Business Accounting at Kaplan University with a projected graduation date of March 2007.

Sharon truly enjoyed helping others. As a volunteer, she provided transportation to medical appointments and assisted in helping educate young mothers for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Norfolk, Virginia. Sharon also served as a member of the Norfolk YWCA helping to promote the elimination of racism and empowerment of women.

In honor of Sharon’s legacy, we have established the Sharon Cuffee Murphy Scholarship program. This scholarship is awarded to those who understand and have lived through the painful episodes of domestic violence. This award symbolizes our understanding and support of domestic violence survivors. We would like for you to know that you are not alone; we stand with you. By receiving this award, we simply ask that you remember “Sharon Cuffee Murphy,” non-violent victim and allow her to be your Healing Angel.