Farming Rural 13

Gene C. Spear

January 24, 1929 ~ October 18, 2020 (age 91)


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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October 22, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Maple Grove Farms
4734 Steele Neck Road
Vienna, MD 21869

Funeral Service
October 22, 2020

2:00 PM
Maple Grove Farms
4734 Steele Neck Road
Vienna, MD 21869

Interment following funeral service
October 22, 2020

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery
Chapel of Ease Road
Vienna, MD 21869


Vienna Volunteer Fire Company
P.O. Box 278, Vienna MD 21869

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