Milford H. Mears
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Suffolk - Milford H. Mears, 95, of Suffolk, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at an area hospital, following failing health for the past three years. During this time he maintained a positive spirit, strong faith in God, and was always appreciative of help from loved ones and caregivers. This spirit was an inspiration to all around him.
He was born on his beloved Eastern Shore of Virginia in the area of Keller, to Howard Fisher Mears and Alice Sue Mears. Upon the death of his mother when he was 16, he took on the task of helping care for the others in the family. He later joined the Merchant Marines, of which he spoke often. He was employed for 33 years at the Norfolk Naval Air station as a metalsmith.
In 1955 he moved his family to a farm off Woodland Drive in what is now Chesapeake, where they remained until 1990, when Interstate 664 was planned to go through their property. At this point they purchased a home on the water near the Hobson community, where he lived until his death.
In addition to his parents, Milford was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife, Macel of 66 years; a son, Gary Mears and his wife Nancy of Odessa, Missouri; a daughter, Barbara Harriman of Suffolk; four grandchildren, Sherrie Howell and husband Darron, Austin Harriman and wife Lisa, Jennifer Mandina and husband Frank and Cindy Folscroft and husband Todd; thirteen great-grandchildren, Cozette, Whitney, Sarah and Blane Howell, Frank, Mallory, Daniel and Annabelle Mandina, Ian and Sophie Folscroft and Ann-Marie Campbell and James and Donna Raper; five great-great-grandchildren, Ayden, Anika and Alyss Howell and Jayden and Noah Raper; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Mears of Alexandria, VA and Gwen Mears of Onley, VA.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel by Rev. Gene Primm. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Milford's childhood church on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the historic Hollies Baptist Church, 17691 Hollies Church Road, Keller, VA 23401.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 24, 2012