Ray Noble Sears Sr.

December 21, 1940April 30, 2013
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Ray Noble Sears, Sr., age 72, of Winton, NC formerly of Marion, NC died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Wake Med Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC.

He was born December 21, 1940 in McDowell County, NC to the late Charlie Faucette and Irene Johnson Sears. He was a loving and devoted father. Mr. Sears was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Army where he received a Purple Heart. He was also a retired School Teacher of more than 30 years and was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Foster.

Surviving Mr. Sears are one son, Ray Noel Sears of Kinston, NC; two daughters, Leslie Sears Jones and husband, Andre and Claudette Taylor all of Raleigh, NC; three grandsons, Deondre Taylor, Brandon Taylor and “Lil Dre” Stevenson; one aunt, Barbara Conley; several siblings; and a host of other relatives.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church. Burial will follow at McDowell Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

All other times the family will gather at the residence of Barbara Conley – 61 Woodlawn St. Marion, NC.

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  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Linda Chamblee-Flythe

May 21, 2013

Words can not express the deepest sympathy I feel from learning of Mr. Sears passing. He was a passionate and warm person. We were very close and shared a lot of good times and conversations together. Not only was he like a father to me but a grandfather to my children. He will be greatly missed. We stayed in contact after I moved to GA for the past 10 years. We were like family. He truly loved his kids. His kindness excelled beyond expectations, he was a great teacher and a good listener. I really loved him and will miss him a lot, we took a lot of trips together. He was my best friend and confidant. My family wishes to express our sincere heart-felt condolences. I know he is in heaven. May God strengthen your family.

Lillian Sessoms

May 3, 2013

I was saddened to learn of Mr. Sears passing. He will truly be missed. He was a great help to me in times of trouble. He was a great listener and would always make a joke to make you laugh or smile. My condolences and sympathy go out to you and your family for this great loss. He is resting with the Lord and he's going to be truly missed.

Lillian & Rufus Whitaker

May 3, 2013

Our sympathy and condolences on the passing of Mr. Sears. He was a great teacher, friend and neighbor. You would never see him without a smile on his face or just a wave to let you know he was passing through. He will be greatly missed in the neighborhood but he is resting now with no more worries or pain.

We will keep you in our prayers.

Joye Manley-Mitchell

May 3, 2013

My sympathy and condolences on the passing of Mr. Sears. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Akeiba Fleetwood

May 3, 2013

Mr. Sears was one of the sweetest men I have known, he has done a lot for me and my mother, never met anyone so eager to help. I always use to say "Mr. Sears you can say no" and he would just smile and continue to make people happy. Mr. Sears was like a father to me, can't believe he is gone but he is in a better place and no longer has to suffer! R.I.P MR. SEARS I will always love you and miss you dearly -Ke-Ke


May 2, 2013

Sorry to hear about your father passing I will keep your family in my prayers.
Andre Williams and family (Conwway NC)

carla chavis- harrell

May 1, 2013

So sorry to hear of the passing of your father, may you find comfort in God's word during this time. Carla Chavis Harrell and Family

Charmont Hall-Stephen

May 1, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.