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Gene Spear

Gene Corkran Spear, Sr., 91, of Vienna left his beloved family and farm on October 18, 2020 to join the love of his life Marynan who had made the journey to heaven on September 18, 2015.

Born January 24, 1929 he was the son of the late Alton H and Delema C. Spear.

Gene’s journey as a farmer began at the early age of 14 when his father purchased him and his brother Bobby the land that would eventually become his home for the next 67 years.  Gene and Bobby also owned and operated Spears Hardware in Vienna where locals would gather and socialize or perhaps purchase their garden seeds or a gift for an upcoming special event.

He lived his entire life in the Vienna area, first in the family home in the town and later at the farm on Steele Neck Road until the time of his death.

His greatest memories were the times he spent at Cape Charles, Virginia at his grandparent’s home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay and spending the day shadowing his grandfather at G. L Webster Canning Company in Chereton, Virginia as he went about his daily duties.

He married Mary Frances Phillips on November 24, 1951.  Together they raised four children, Gene C. Spear, Jr. (Charlene), Cynthia McFarlane (Jimmy), Christy Helgason(Hilmar) and Carla Gebert (fiance Ted Bryant ).  From their union grew 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Besides his parents and wife, Gene is preceded in death by his brother and best friend Bobby, his son Gene C. Spear, Jr. (Corky) and great grandson Crew Helgason.

He is survived by his children and their families and also his sister-in-laws Lois Baumgartner and Sally Weber.  His caregiver and friend Michelle Johnson also became a member of his beloved family.

A celebration of his life and funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 beginning 2:00 p.m. at the farm located at 4734 Steele Neck Road, Vienna, Maryland, with Pastor Wayne Stone officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Vienna.

A viewing and visitation will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the farm.

Serving as pallbearers will be Gene’s grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gene’s name to Vienna Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 278, Vienna, Maryland 21869.

Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge.

Social distancing and face coverings will be required.

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Much love and many prayers to all of you! Gene was a wonderful man and will be missed by everyone!

Natalie (Weddle) Sommer Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gene Spear

Bobby Herbert Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Such a kind man. Prayers for each of you.

JoAnne Wingate Nabb Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

With our deepest sympathy, we remember Mr Gene. One of the foundation of the town of Vienna. Always with a kind word and caring question. A true farmer at heart.

Pat Murphy & Paige Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Mr. Gene. He was a special person; he will be missed but I know he and Marynan are together again

Karol Redline Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Kim and Bill Dennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Please accept our condolences.Denise Walls

Denise Walls Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the entire Spear family.

Payton and Ethel Hurley Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Always a gentleman and kind to all. He will be missed.Tom & Jeanne Jackson

Tom & Jeanne Jackson Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gene Spear

Sonny Willey Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Gene Spear. He was a true gentleman and a family friend. I sure hope is having a fine time with Daddy. Our prayers to the family. Sharon Stewart Hughes

Sharon Hughes Oct 19 2020 12:00 AM

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