James Gear

GEAR JAMES LOWELL GEAR James Lowell Gear, 86, of Stephens City, Virginia, died Sunday, December 7, 2008, in a local nursing facility. Mr. Gear was born in 1922, in Mill Creek, West Virginia, the son of the late Reverend Arthur S. and Bessie Gear. He was the retired Director of Preservation and Restoration at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., serving for over thirty years. He was later a realtor with Sampson Realty. Mr. Gear was a member of First Christian Church in Winchester, and formerly a member of First Christian Church in Falls Church, where he served as trustee. He was a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Mr. Gear was a graduate of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, receiving a BS in Chemistry. His wife, Betty Jean Nine Gear, whom he married on May 29, 1943, in Elkins, West Virginia, preceded him in death on March 25, 2008. Surviving are his daughters, Cheryl G. Brown of Crofton, Maryland, Kimberly G. Root of Winchester, Virginia; one son Terrence L. Gear of Cedar Bluff, Alabama; eleven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Vada Powers of Richmond, Virginia and Rosalie Pool of Concord, Virginia; and one brother, Paul Gear of Lynchburg, Virginia. His sister, Laura Mae Perry, and three brothers, Arthur S. “Sonny” Gear, Jr., Marion Gear and Herbert Gear preceded him in death. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at Saint Barnabas‘ Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale, Virginia, with Reverend Joan Rainsberger officiating. Friends may visit at the Church from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in Fairfax Memorial Cemetery in Fairfax, Virginia. Pallbearers will be Danny Gear, Brendon Brown, Jonathan Brown, Ryan Root, Gerard Root and Benjamin Brown. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. Obituary and online guestbook at www.ompsfuneralhome.com

Funeral Home

Omps Funeral Home - Amherst Chapel
1600 Amherst Street Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-6633

Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2008