Wilbur Warren "Bill" Mears passed from this life on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at the age of 93 in San Angelo, following a brief illness. Service: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Services are under the direction of Wade Family Funeral Home, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Sagecrest Alzheimer's Care Center, 438 E. Houston Harte Expressway, San Angelo, Texas, 76903. Bill was born on March 6, 1923, in Isla, Texas, to George Columbus "Lum" and Clara Hair Mears and was the youngest of six children. He graduated from Pineland (Texas) High School in 1938 and began work for the Santa Fe Railway in Bronson. Following the outbreak of World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served in the European Theater of Operations as a radio operator. Following the war, he returned to the Santa Fe Railway and continued a career which lasted over 40 years, working as station agent in Pitkin, La., Winnie, Sealy, Beaumont and Galveston and as station supervisor for the Plains Division of the Western Lines in Amarillo, where he retired in 1984. While working for the railroad, he earned a BBA degree in accounting from Lamar Technological College (now Lamar University) in Beaumont in 1962. He married Katherine Louise Nolen on Nov. 12, 1948, and they were married for over 65 years until her death in 2014. Bill was a man of a deep Christian faith who exemplified the virtues of integrity, strong character, hard work, and faithfulness to God and his family. He took great pride in the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and the future accomplishments of his great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his two sisters and three brothers, Irene, Pauline, Lester, G.C. Jr. and Leo. Survivors: Bill is survived by his son, Philip Nolen Mears and his wife, Suzanne, of San Angelo; his daughter, Laura Lynn Anderson and her husband, Terry, of Banner, Wyo.; grandson, Eric Warren Mears and his wife, Melynda, of Lewisville; granddaughter, Joy Lynn Sanzone and her husband, Paul, of Jersey City, N.J.; grandson, Dr. Robbie James Harris III of Nashville, Tenn.; grandson, John Nolen Harris of Denver, Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Jordan Andrew Mears and Elizabeth Joy Mears of Lewisville.
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