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Ridout's Gardendale Chapel

2029 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, AL

OBITUARY

K-9 Officer Nick O'Rear

January 6, 1987February 5, 2020
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K-9 Officer Nick O’Rear, age 33, of Morris, Alabama passed away on Wednesday February 5, 2020. Nick was born January 6, 1987. Nick is survived by his parents Daniel and Kelly O’Rear, sister, Ashley O’Rear Blankenship (Chad); his children Everlee Rae O’Rear, Briar Daniel O’Rear and Weston Nicholas Charles O’Rear; girlfriend, Brittany Chafin and daughter Katie; and his canine partner, Stella. Nick is also survived by his aunt Mickey O’Muse (John); uncle Danny Bowen, aunt Tammy O’Neal, aunt Duska Powell, Uncle Pat O'Rear(Bonnie) and grandmother Agnes O’Rear Jackson, cousins, Ronnie Bowen (Kristi), Jon Bowen (Tammy), Jay O’Rear (Holly), Tommy Powell (Stacey), Taura Powell Glenn, Heather O’Neal, Jennifer VanHaasen (Xavier) and a whole host of other cousins. Nick is proceeded in death by grandparents Billy and Carolyn (Jo) Powell, grandfather George O’Rear Jr, aunt Carolyn Powell Bowen and cousin Andy Bowen. Nick graduated from Saint Clair County High School in 2006. He was also a Graduate of the Alabama Fire College – Tuscaloosa and a graduate of the UAB EMT School. He worked as a firefighter for the cities of Margaret and Branchville. Nick started his law enforcement career after he graduated from the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy, Class 174. He served as a Police Officer for Ashville, Alabama, Trafford, Alabama, and was a K-9 Officer for Kimberly, Alabama. Nick was also a ham radio operator. Not only did he serve as a police officer, he owned and operated Southern Lawn Care and Xtreme Pressure Washing LLC. He was an ordained Minister and he married his sister Ashley and brother-in-law, Chad. Nick had so many accomplishments, when he put his mind to something, he did it. He always had a smile on his face, and it lit up a room. He never met a stranger. He had a big heart and he loved big. He was also quite the jokester, he always knew how to make you laugh. A visitation will occur Monday, February 10, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Gardendale First Baptist Church, 316 Mountain Crest Parkway, Gardendale, AL 35071. A celebration of life service will occur Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Gardendale First Baptist Church, 316 Mountain Crest Parkway, Gardendale, AL 35071. A graveside service will occur at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, 1591 Gadsden Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35235. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridoutsgardendalechapel.com for the O’Rear family.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 10, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service

Memories

K-9 Officer Nick O'Rear

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Michelle Thompson Richey

February 10, 2020

Kellie and Dan I know, first hand from ten years ago, that there are no words that can ease the pain your going through. My heart is breaking for you. What a beautiful memorial that was held for Nick. He will live on in so many hearts. He was truly blessed to have you as parents and spoke of just how blessed he was to have both of you as his parents often.
And how he adored how sister. All of you will be in my prayers in the days, months and years to come. May God hold you in his embrace in all the days to come. I know I will hold you in my heart and prayers. God speed Nick..... You will be so missed by so many. We may have lost a hero, but Heaven definitely gained an angel....💕

EMS LT Peter "Doc" Wight

February 8, 2020

“He did his duty & paid the supreme price,
I pray you'll remember his sacrifice,
His life was short, He did his best
God grant Him peace, in His eternal rest”

Brenda Vest

February 7, 2020

I use to work with Nick when he worked at Lowes. He was always a funny guy. He could always make you laugh. He always called me Momma Brenda. You will be missed by so many people. It was a pleasure to call you my friend. SOAR High my friend. Sincerely, Brenda.

Stephanie Ritch

February 7, 2020

Met Nick through work years ago. We ended up pulling pranks on each other all the time. Never knew what I would find in my locker or in my department! He was such a great guy. When he became an officer in Asheville, he would come by and hang out with my husband and I when we were doing all night cooks, you know, to make sure the bad guys didnt steal our food. Always ready with a joke or words of advice, he never left a friend without trying to help. Love and will miss you Nick. Rest easy.

Mitzi Martin

February 7, 2020

Nick spent a lot of time in our home during his high school days. After graduation, he went to Gatlinburg with us and had a blast. We saw a bear in Cades Cove and we couldn't keep him in the car! He would let our granddaughter, Kaylee, dress him up in play jewelry...he was such a good sport! We will miss knowing he's on this earth but celebrate the day we'll see him again. Rest in peace sweet Nick.

Love always, Dale and Mitzi Martin

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