James “Jim” Sheldon Sears, 84, of Longview passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the home of loving, compassionate friends Ann and H. S. Duke.
Jim was born in Wichita, Kan., on November 28, 1933 to William E. and Vernice (Henley) Sears. He graduated from Eureka High School, where he met Patricia “Pat” McIlvain. Jim and Pat were married on November 26, 1953. They were married for 63 years and had two sons. Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother and by his devoted wife, Pat.
Jim retired from Phillips Petroleum in 1990 after 40 years of service in the oil industry. He pushed himself to learn and do as much as he could in order to climb the corporate ladder, starting as a well-service mechanic and retiring as a North Sea drilling superintendent.
Jim was blessed to have received two organ transplants in his life: a liver in 1998, and a kidney in 2014. The Sears family is grateful to the donors and their families for their generosity.
In his free time, Jim enjoyed almost any outdoor activity, including gardening, fishing, and yard work. As an organ transplant recipient, Jim was an honorary torchbearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He was also active with the Kansas Freemasons, having been recently recognized for 61 years of membership. Jim was a member at Trinity Baptist Church in Longview.
Jim is survived by his sons, Brian and David (and wife Lisa), and grandchildren, Michael, Jeremiah (and wife Danielle), and Gabriel (and wife Leighanna). He is also survived by his sister, Edrya (Sears) Henry; brother, Byron (and wife Carol) Sears; and many other loving family members.
The Sears family also thanks and acknowledges Ann and H. S. Duke, Heart’s Way Hospice, and Elite Home Care for the loving care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to either Nebraska Organ Recovery at 8502 West Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124 (http://www.nedonation.org) or the National Kidney Foundation at 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 (http://www.kidney.org).
The funeral service will be at Trinity Baptist Church in Longview on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church. The internment will be at Rosewood Park Cemetery, Longview, following the service, under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore.