James Bryant Mears, 87, of Sneads, Florida, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2014, at his home.
James was born in Sneads April 6, 1926, to the late Cleveland Stanley and Cleo (Ham) Mears. James was in the United States Navy from 1944-1945 where he served in the Pacific as a shipfitter. He worked for Gulf Power in 1954 as an apprentice mechanic and retired in 1989 as plant supervisor. He was a member of American Legion Post 241.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Penny Mears; three brothers, Buford, Rex, and Lenard Mears; and three sisters, Lillian Butler, Ruby Kelley, and Doris Cook.
Survivors include a daughter, Pam Strickland, and husband, John, of Sneads; grandchildren, Wendy Joiner and her husband, Richard, Kari Birge, and Brandy Strickland; two great-grandchildren, Bentley Birge and Paisley Joiner; a sister, Lois Brown, of Annapolis, Maryland; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Emerald Coast Hospice, 4374 Lafayette Street, Marianna, Florida 32446.
Memorialization will be by cremation.
Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). You may offer the family condolences online at adamsfh.com.