John Alford Mears, son of the late Carl Louie and Florence Nora Cooper Mears, was born March 17, 1941, in Russell, Ark., and passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at his residence in Arbyrd, Mo., at the age of 71.
On April 16, 1965, He married Pat Pendergrass, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one son, Sonny Mears; one daughter, Lisa Mears; two brothers, Irvin Mears and Eddie Mears, and two sisters, Marcelle Mears and Lola King.
Survivors include three sons, Scott Pendergrass, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Terry Criffield, of Augusta, Ark., and John Mears, Jr., of Pullman, Mich.; three daughters, Cindy Mears and Michelle Binney, both of Fennville, Mich., and Melody Holtsclaw, of Arbyrd; four brothers, Billy Mears, of Jackson Port, Ark., Carl Mears, of Diaz, Ark., Charles Mears, of Hickory Ridge, Ark., and Kenny Mears, of Fennville; three sisters, Thelma Devold, of Searcy, Ark., and Martha Mears and Etta Mae Mears, both of Zeeland, Mich.; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Mears on a date selected by the family at the Trinity Community Church in Cardwell, Mo.
McDaniel Funeral Home in Senath, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.