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Norman Ray Mears

July 10, 1952 — January 24, 2024

Tifton

Norman Ray Mears, passed away on January 24, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of joy and love. He was born on July 10, 1952, in Miller County, Colquitt Georgia to his parents the late Curtis Mears and Bessie Norman Mears.

 

Ray was a man of strong character and unwavering dedication to his family. Ray had an incredible career as an electrical salesman, bringing energy and passion to his work. He was a high school graduate of Miller County High School and went on to serve in the Air Force for six years during the Vietnam Era. His military service showcased his commitment to serving his country and protecting the freedoms he held dear.

A faithful member of Avalon Methodist Church in Albany, Ray served as the Sunday School Superintendent. His dedication to his faith and the church community brought him great joy and fulfillment.

One of Ray's greatest joys in life was spending quality time with his loved ones. He was a strong family man who adored being surrounded by his wife, daughter, grandchildren, and extended family. Juanita Frantz Mears, his spouse of fifty-one years, shared countless cherished memories with Ray throughout their journey together.

Ray's daughter Lindsay Mears Henderson and son-in-law Bret Henderson of Tifton were blessed to have him as their father. He took great pride in being a loving and supportive parent. His granddaughters, Emily Henderson and Abigail Henderson, brought immense joy into his life, filling it with endless laughter and love.

In addition to his immediate family, Ray is survived by his brother Lloyd Mears and wife Betty of Albany; Mickey Mears of McDonough; Don Mears of Leesburg; as well as Tim Mears and wife Suzanne of Leesburg.

Outside of his professional and family life, Ray had a passion for fishing. Whether it was saltwater or freshwater, he found solace in the tranquility and beauty of nature. Merle Haggard's country music provided him with many hours of enjoyment.

Ray was renowned for his skills as a cook, particularly when it came to fish and various barbecue dishes. Gathering his loved ones around the grill brought Ray immense pride and joy. The delicious aroma and the laughter shared during these moments will forever be cherished by those fortunate enough to have experienced them.

A memorial service to celebrate Ray's life will be held on February 3, 2024 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tifton, located at 217 Park Avenue North, Tifton, GA 31794. The service will begin at 2:00 PM. There will not be a public visitation. .

 Ray’s proudest accomplishments were being a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His unconditional love and unwavering support created a bond that will forever hold his family together. He leaves behind countless memories filled with laughter, love, and cherished moments.

In honor of his memory, donations can be made to Hospice of Tiftarea, P.O. Box 747, Tifton, GA 31793.

Albritton Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

First Presbyterian Church of Tifton

217 Park Avenue North, Tifton, GA 31794

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