WILLIAM SEARS

Died: Mon., Sep. 28, 2020


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 02, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel


Interment following funeral service

Sat., Oct. 03, 2020
Location: CROWN HILL CEMETERY


Visitation

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Oct. 03, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel


Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 03, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel


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Billy lived every single day to the fullest and loved to remind his friends that, “life is not a dress rehearsal.” He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 3, 1941. He attended Arsenal Tech High School prior to joining the United States Air Force. As a young man, he was also a great athlete. He loved basketball and spent a season playing with the Iowa Colored Ghost Basketball Team.

After serving in the Air Force, Billy started his career with UPS in 1963. In 1971, he was promoted to Operations Division Manager. He served in that position in both Indiana and Wisconsin until he retired from UPS in 1993. That same year, he was voted as “Black Achiever of the year in Business Industry” in the Milwaukee area. 

Outside of his UPS career, Billy was committed to doing anything he could to uplift his community. He served on the Board of Directors for Milwaukee Urban League (1994), the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Minority Chamber of Commerce (1994 to 1995), and was the Chairman for Wisconsin management concerns and community involvement in the Milwaukee area from 1991 to 1993. 

From 1998 to 2001, Billy served as the Volunteer Executive Director for Flanner House of Indianapolis, where he spearheaded new programs including a school for over 200 students, workforce development programs, and the building of 25 new homes with the Habitat for Humanity Organization. While serving as the Director, he received the Indiana Jefferson Award (2000), which recognizes individuals who make the world a better place through volunteering and community service. 

 

Billy also loved to have a good time with his friends and family. For many years he was known to set up his luxury motor coach for tailgates at events in Indianapolis (and many other cities). Whether it was the Indiana Black Expo or the Circle City Classic, you could always find Billy hosting friends, family, and strangers alike. 

 

William (“Billy”) Roy Sears, 79, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2020. Above all, Billy loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Sears and Eleanor Sears; and brother, James Sears.

 

He is survived by his former wife, Earlene Sears; brothers, Paul Sears and Gerald Sears; children, Scherrie Sears Sheppard, Donna Sears Colbert, Stephen Corbitt, William Sears (Meg), and Monica Sears; grandchildren, Lindsey Corbitt, Morgan (Corbitt) Thomas, Bryce Sears, Logan Sears, Mia Sears, Cooper Sears, Moriah Colbert Sims, Makayla Colbert, Andria Wellington, Charla (Sheppard) Rhym, Charles Sheppard, Christopher Sheppard, Adam Sheppard; and great-grandson, Michael Dewayne Wellington, III. 

 

Humbly Submitted…………………………...……...The Family

 

 

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William Smitherman and Family
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
To the Family of William 'Billy" Sears,

It is very difficult for me to express the feeling I have regarding the loss of your father; my oldest and best friend...Billy! He was man of conviction, spirit, humor and giving. There were times we latterly gave each other...the shirt off our backs and the last of change in our pockets!
My heart aches as I offer my since condolences to you, his family, in this time of grief! Be comforted in knowing he was an inspiration to me and so many others that knew him.
He is missed already!
Love,
Bill Smitherman and the family!

Irvin & Faye Canady
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this journey of grief, may you find peace for the road ahead..GOD is with you!
Irvin and Faye Canady

Reggie Greene
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
Each and everytime I start to express my sadness I am overcome by enormous grief! My dearest friend, brother, and mentor has passed away and I cannot find words to say to Billys family. Due to the Covid Virus I am unable to fly into Indianapolis to pay my respects. I moved from Indianapolis in 1971 and have lived in Germany for 47 years and each time I visited Indy my first call was to my big Brother Billy. Oh God how I miss you man! Gerry please tell all of those how much I wish I could be there but it is not possible. My son Shawn will represent me and I will never forget Billys friendship.

Peace my dear Brother

Lynn Whitfield
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family of Billy Sears. I met Billy during his time in West Palm Beach. He was the person who encouraged me to try golfing and he introduced me to many wonderful people. He was fun to be around and I’m glad God allowed out paths to cross. He will be missed.

John Sears
   Posted Thu October 01, 2020
I did not know Mr. Sears, but in reading his obituary, I was struck by his story of service and leadership in the communities in which he lived.

Sears men from all walks of life have demonstrated this trait.

May his remembrance remind our extended family that one's deeds in life live well beyond their time on Earth. Rest in Peace.

John Sears
Buechen, Germany

Mary Pritchet
   Posted Fri October 02, 2020

Succulent Garden was sent by Dale and Mary Pritchet.

Steve, May God bless and keep the family in His loving arms. Holding the family up in prayer. Aunt Mary and Uncle Dale


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