OBITUARY

Eugene Thomas Sears

October 10, 1946October 21, 2018
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Eugene Thomas “Gene” Sears, 72, of Thomasville died Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Novant Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem. He was born October 10, 1946 in Guilford County to the late Thomas Kent and Julia Hayes Sears. He was educated in Thomasville City schools; AAS in Civil Engineering from Guilford Technical Community College; Computer Science and Business Administration, High Point University.

A veteran of the US Navy during the Vietnam War 1963 to 1969, he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. On October 14, 1969, Gene married Charlotte Daye Brandon of Spencer and they settled into life in Thomasville. He served the community arts for many years through his work in the Chair City Players, primarily in his set design and construction, although with the occasional onstage role. Gene has been a member of Thomasville’s Jaycees, Civitan Club, and Toastmasters Club. A Boy Scout himself, he also lead the Grace Lutheran Boy Scout troop in the early 1970s. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church. He retired from AMP Inc./Tyco International where he had supported the company’s computer system in Systems Analysis and Systems Design across locations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Prior to his work with AMP, he moved from Audio-Visual Technician to Instructor in the Machining curriculum at Guilford Technical Community College. He was also employed in the surveying and construction department of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and with Thomasville Furniture Industries.

Gene is survived by his wife, Charlotte, son Kent Brandon Sears (Lindsay) of Greensboro, three grandsons, Ben, Zachariah, and Allen; and one granddaughter, Holden; brother-in-law Hal N. Brandon (Peggy) of Spencer; sister-in-law Mary B. Campbell (Stanley) of Charlotte; beloved nieces and nephews; and dear cousins.

The Sears family will receive friends and family on Saturday, October 27, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Christian Enrichment Center of Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 Randolph Street, Thomasville, NC. Graveside service will he held with military honors at the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, the Rev. Peggy Finch, officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be directed toward Parkinson’s Disease research at Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Or donations to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum may be mailed to Institutional Advancement Department, One Intrepid Square, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036.

Online condolences for Eugene can be made at www.thomasvillefh.com. Thomasville Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Eugene Thomas Sears.

  • FAMILY

  • Thomas Kent & Julia Hayes Sears, Parents
  • Charlotte Daye Brandon Sears, Wife
  • Kent Brandon Sears & wife Lindsay, Son
  • Holden Sears, Granddaughter
  • Ben Sears, Grandson
  • Zachariah Sears, Grandson
  • Allen Sears, Grandson
  • Hal N. Brandon & wife Peggy, Brother-in-law
  • Mary B. Campbell & husband Stanley, Sister-in-law
  • Mr. Sears is also survived by beloved nieces & nephews and dear cousins.
  • DONATIONS

  • Parkinson's Disease Research
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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Eugene Thomas Sears

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Kent Sears

October 30, 2018

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Susan Jones Summit McCurry

October 26, 2018

Oh my dear Charlotte...I’m so sorry to learn of Gene’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of you both during so many productions of Chair City Players. You are in my prayers! Love you!

Priscilla Oldaker

October 25, 2018

My favorite memories of Gene are from the library. Tuesdays, after Toastmasters, I could count on Gene to stop by the Reference desk where we would engage in a battle of wit, brain, and one-up-manship. I always felt a sense of triumph when on the very rare occasion I could best Gene in the battle of the brain. I still look for him on Tuesdays. I so enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy those moments.

Charlotte, Kent, and all of the family. I grieve with you and ask that the God of all comfort hold you closely.

Priscilla Oldaker

Tom Loughin

October 25, 2018

Gene was a long time Chair City Toastmaster and is well remembered for his sense of dedication and humor. He served our organization in many ways, including being an Area Governor.

Janet N Abbott

October 24, 2018

Laura called me with this sad news tonight. I was indebted to Gene and all the other Chair City Players for allowing me to volunteer for something worthwhile which led to other opportunities. Very sad that those days are over. My best to all who were involved in those days for their commitment to and responsibility for the community arts environment we had.

Laura Kennedy

October 24, 2018

Charlotte, I am truly saddened by the loss of Gene. He was our rock for over twenty years of Chair City Players' productions. I have missed the exciting final days of tech week and production. You have both been in my thoughts and prayers over the years. Having moved from Thomasville two years ago, I have lost touch with so many.
May you find peace in the knowledge that Gene was loved and that he truly made a difference in the lives of so many people.

Michelle Surratt

October 23, 2018

On a sunny day in September 1982, I received a phone call from you, Charlotte, informing me that I had been given the role of Ado Annie in OKLAHOMA! My life was forever changed by the call and the Chair City Players. Gene was a steadfast soldier who made certain every board was trimmed, each edge painted, and microphone wires in order. His clever wit and fervent kindness made a lasting impression upon my first community theatre performance. Those memories live again and again in my “I’m Just a Girl Who Cain’t Say No!” heart. My loving prayers are yours.
Michelle Luck Surratt- Jackson Hill, NC

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Biography

Eugene Thomas “Gene” Sears, 72, of Thomasville died Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Novant Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem. He was born October 10, 1946 in Guilford County to the late Thomas Kent and Julia Hayes Sears. He was educated in Thomasville City schools; AAS in Civil Engineering from Guilford Technical Community College; Computer Science and Business Administration, High Point University.

A veteran of the US Navy during the Vietnam War 1963 to 1969, he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid. On October 14, 1969, Gene married Charlotte Daye Brandon of Spencer and they settled into life in Thomasville. He served the community arts for many years through his work in the Chair City Players, primarily in his set design and construction, although with the occasional onstage role. Gene has been a member of Thomasville’s Jaycees, Civitan Club, and Toastmasters Club. A Boy Scout himself, he also lead the Grace Lutheran Boy Scout troop in the early 1970s. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church. He retired from AMP Inc./Tyco International where he had supported the company’s computer system in Systems Analysis and Systems Design across locations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Prior to his work with AMP, he moved from Audio-Visual Technician to Instructor in the Machining curriculum at Guilford Technical Community College. He was also employed in the surveying and construction department of the North Carolina Department of Transportation and with Thomasville Furniture Industries.

Gene is survived by his wife, Charlotte, son Kent Brandon Sears (Lindsay) of Greensboro, three grandsons, Ben, Zachariah, and Allen; and one granddaughter, Holden; brother-in-law Hal N. Brandon (Peggy) of Spencer; sister-in-law Mary B. Campbell (Stanley) of Charlotte; beloved nieces and nephews; and dear cousins.

The Sears family will receive friends and family on Saturday, October 27, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Christian Enrichment Center of Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 Randolph Street, Thomasville, NC. Graveside service will he held with military honors at the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, the Rev. Peggy Finch, officiating.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be directed toward Parkinson’s Disease research at Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014. Or donations to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum may be mailed to Institutional Advancement Department, One Intrepid Square, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036.

Online condolences for Eugene can be made at www.thomasvillefh.com. Thomasville Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Eugene Thomas Sears.