Thomas R. Spears

Thomas Ronald Spears of Berryville, Virginia, passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on Thursday, June 13, 2019. He was born August 23, 1938 in War, West Virginia, the son of the late Claude Spears and Fannie Asbury Spears. He was a graduate of Charleston High School in Charleston, West Virginia and served in the U. S. Navy from January 10, 1957 – January 9, 1961. He then returned to Charleston where he married Marie Delores Linkenhoger Spears on September 9, 1961. Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Dawn Kossegi of Owings, MD and Italia Roberts of York, PA; a sister, Brenda McDonough of Charlotte, NC; two brothers, Kenneth Spears of Purcellville, VA and Denny Spears of Fredericksburg, VA; three grandchildren, Shannon, Seth, and Sydney; three great-grandchildren, Maddox, Antonio, and Eric; and several nieces and nephews. Tom worked as a Mechanical Engineering Technician for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, retiring September 30, 1996 after 29 years of service. Being a true outdoors-man, his main hobbies included camping, fishing, and metal detecting for civil war relics, which he collected. He was a talented artist and his oil paintings are proudly displayed in many homes of his family and friends. He loved all types of music and really enjoyed playing the harmonica. Often his family could hear him playing down by the creek at his house and he also played along with his son-in-law on the guitar. Tom was well known for his compassion, not only for humans, but also for any creature that he came across that was hungry or needed a home. His love and laughter will be forever cherished in the hearts of those who loved him. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 A. M. Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, VA, with Pastor Jay Ahlemann officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 8:00 P. M. Friday evening, June 21, 2019 at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or donations may be made to the Restoration Fellowship Church at 2128 John Marshall Highway in Strasburg, VA 22657.To view the obituary and send condolences online, please visit

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