Byron Newbert Spear Sr.

d. April 19, 2005

LYNCHBURG, VA - Byron Newbert Spear, Sr. Our precious husband, dad, son, "Grampie", brother and friend, Byron Newbert Spear, Sr., age 74, went to be with our Lord on April 19, 2005. Byron was preceded in death by his father, Newbert Percy Spear, and brother, Dale A. Spear, both of Milo, Maine. Byron leaves his mother, Avis Archer Spear of Milo to cherish the memories of her first-born son. Byron's brother, Darrel E. Spear of Melbourne, Fla. will miss his traveling buddy. Lee Trembley Spear, wife of his deceased brother Dale, will miss the antics of her fun brother-in-law. Byron's wife and devoted partner of 52 years, Faye, is thankful for all the support and love given them, and will cherish many happy memories, along with their children, Bert and wife Karia Spear of Richland, Washington; Doug and wife Cindy Spear of Forest, Va. as well , as Judi and husband Warren Coleman of Richmond, Va.; fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Byron will be remembered for his quick wit and good sense of humor, his commitment to family and to his church where he served as deacon. In addition ,"Grampie's" silly songs and jokes will continue to be told by his grandchildren, along with a slew of friends he has enjoyed through the years. Many will remember how Byron helped them as a compassionate fellow cancer sojourner. Byron's love for the outdoors was evident in his activities with the Lynchburg Area Master Gardener's Association where he was recently honored with the position of Master Gardener Emeritus, and through his wood-working, camping and trout fishing experiences.

Born in Mapleton, Maine, Byron was part of a close knit community until he left his beloved state to join the Army. After finishing his tour of duty in Korea he was stationed in Virginia, where he met his wife, Faye Funk. They married and settled in Richmond for almost twenty years. He was employed by Georgia Pacific for many of these years and was transferred by GP to Lynchburg in 1969. Byron retired from GP in 1982, remaining in Lynchburg until his death. He never left behind his "Down Eastern" roots, however, traveling to Maine often to visit family and friends. Byron was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, and found' his strength and comfort in God as
he determinedly battled the disease. We all rejoiced when his treatments were completed and he enjoyed several months of good health before it was discovered that the cancer had found its way to his brain. Rather than become depressed, Byron accept-
ed the diagnosis with courage, drawing on his strong faith and his overall optimism and good sense of humor. He joked that many had accused him over the years, of having rocks in his head, and now he surely did! He also enjoyed teasing ladies by telling them they could rub his head either for a quarter or a kiss! Byron enjoyed a full year after the brain diagnosis, visiting his mom in Maine twice, traveling to the West Coast to visit his oldest son Bert, and entertaining a host of relatives and friends at home.

In January, cancer was found in Byron's liver, and with peace that was beyond comprehension, Byron lived out the remaining months strongly holding onto his faith in an eternally good God; passing from this life to the next with laughter and hope.

The family received friends at Diuguid Wiggington Chapel, 811 Wiggington Rd., Sunday from 3- 4:30 pm. Also a Celebration of Life Service followed at 7:00 pm at Hyland Heights Baptist Church. Byron's family would sincerely be blessed if you would make a donation to their church's building fund, rather than sending flowers. Please send your donations to Hyland Heights Baptist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 4538, Lynchburg, Va., 24502

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