Edwin Eugene Spears

Gene Spears, 93, a 33-year resident of Crestview, Fla., went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ March 14, 2013, with loving family by his side.

Formerly of Pensacola, Fla., and Pompano Beach, Fla., Gene was born and raised in Scottsville, Ky. He was the eldest child of Roy W. and McCabe "Kay" Hargett Spears. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Marjorie Crowdus Spears; his brothers, Odie Spears (Mary Helen) and Roy Spears Jr. (Ingrid); and his sister, Lucille Delgado (Del). He is survived by his sisters, Thelma Simmons (Jimmy) of Murrells Inlet, S.C., and Barbara Smith of Scottsville, Ky.; and by his sister-in-law, Ingrid, who has moved back to Sweden.

Gene is also survived by his sons, Bill Spears (Gayle) of Crestview, Fla., and Terry Spears (Patty) of Molino, Fla. He was grandaddy to seven grandchildren, Eric Spears (Valerie) of Crestview,Fla.; Tim Spears (Kellie) of Destin, Fla.; Amy Reed (Chuck) of Allentown, Pa.; John Spears (Angela) of Alpharetta, Ga.; Janette Howard (Jason) of Crestview, Fla.; Josh Spears of Molino; and Rebecca Spears-Sliwinski (Tony) of Egg Harbor Township, N.J. And he was "Pops" to 18 great-grandchildren, all these beloved grandchildren have survived him. He is also survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Gene grew up a country boy, enjoying fishing and hunting small game which continued through most of his life. He loved helping his grandpas in their blacksmith shops. He always enjoyed harvesting things, such as blueberries, from the woods. He joined the Marine Corps and served honorably during WWII in the South Pacific in the First Reconnaissance Company of the First Marine Division, becoming a sergeant. His background on the farm served him well and he received special recognition for his excellent marksmanship.

Throughout his life, Gene enjoyed his flowers, photography, golf, and watching baseball and golf with Marge. They also enjoyed traveling and had many happy times on the road and on several special cruises. Marge had been a hospital volunteer for most of her adult life and, in later years, he joined her and enjoyed serving his friends and neighbors.

Gene dearly loved and was loved by his family, and when all those children and grandchildren were growing up, he was the one popping up with his camera to record many of their activities and special milestones.

Gene was a car salesman for most of his life and always seemed to enjoy his interactions with people and serving people in this way. He also enjoyed several other jobs after his first retirement, such as working at a gun shop; and he didn't completely stop working until he was into his 90's.

Gene became a Christian as an adult and began to seriously study the Bible. He loved teaching and especially treasured his understanding of "rightly dividing the Word of God." It is a great comfort to his family to know that our beloved Dad/Grandaddy/Pops/ Gene is with the Lord and awaiting that glorious day when all Christians will meet the Lord in the air and receive our glorified bodies and "so shall we ever be with the Lord."

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Christian ministry or charity of your choice.

.Gene resided at Crestview Rehabilitation Center for the last 5-and-a-half months of his life and his family wants to thank all who gave him such excellent, loving care.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. March 20 in Heritage Gardens Cemetery in Niceville.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Gardens Funeral Home, North Partin Drive, in Niceville.