The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 29, 2013

Obituaries — Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013


Vernon W. Sears

God says, “I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.” Ezekiel 37:5

Our beloved Vernon Winifred Sears, 69, of Fayetteville, W.Va., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 26, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., after a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Born April 18, 1943, at Thurmond, W.Va., he was the son of the late Basil and Jennie Boley Sears.

Mr. Sears lived in Hopewell, Va., for 35 years and retired after 25 years service with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceutical of Petersburg, Va.

Vernon was a member of the Grace Baptist Church of Fayetteville. He loved cooking for his family and friends especially cookouts. He was a loyal WVU football fan.

He enjoyed helping out at his family's business, Campbell Tile, Inc., of Oak Hill.

His first wife of 39 years, Mary Catherine Bragg Sears, a brother, Keith Sears, sister, Charlene Moses, and great-nephew, Eric Campbell, preceded him in death.

Vernon is survived by his loving family which include his wife of six years, Emilie J. Sears, and her children, Laurie Zorio, Shelley Aicher and Ray Funk, all of Fayetteville, and Gene Funk of Tallmage, Ohio, sister, Macil Campbell of Hilltop, and three nephews, Elmer “Eddie” Campbell and wife, Delora, and Keith Campbell and wife, Donna Kay, all of Hilltop, and Basil Campbell and wife, Lesia, of Lewisburg.

He is also survived by and will be deeply missed by great-nieces, Denise Hambrick and husband, Eddie, Donna Mae Ortiz and husband, Craig, and MaKayla Snyder and husband, Dwayne, and great-nephew, Ryan Campbell, and their families as well as a host of extended family and loving friends.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville, with Pastor Delbert Walker officiating. Burial will be at High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill.

Visitation will be held at Grace Baptist Church, Fayetteville, on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.

Eddie Hambrick, Ryan Campbell, Gene Funk, Craig Ortiz, Ray Funk and John Tremblay will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 336, Fayetteville, WV 25840.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

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