Newspaper Unknown - February 26, 1937

Succumbs After Short Illness
Prominent Young Man In Commercial and Civic Affairs

William Shears, jr., only son of William and Rebecca Shears was born August 1, 1902, in Ashington, Northumberland, England.

As an infant he received baptism in the Church of England. At the age of 2, he came with his parents to America and made his home in Athens, Illinois, where he attended the public schools and was a graduate of the Athens Community High School in the class of 1922.

On Monday of last week, he became ill of pneumonia and complications developed, necessitating his removal to St. John's hospital the next morning.

On Wednesday he was apparently improving, but Thursday his condition rapidly became worse and at 7:55 p.m. he fell into that last sleep and peacefully passed to his reward at the age of 34 years, 6 months, and 18 days.

During "Bill's" high school career, he was a member of the first basketball team organized in 1919, under H. V. Porter, then principal of the school. He was on the All-star team in five county and district tourneys. In his senior year he was business manager of the Staff and also secretary of the Athletic Board of Control.

After graduation he became an employee in the First National Bank, Springfield, and continued to advance in that connection until his death.

While a resident of Springfield he has been active in sports, civic and social affairs. He was a bowler in the Capital City Bowling League and Captain of the Burgheim team.

The pallbearers were - Hargrave Ayres, Harold Burgheim, Howard Post, Claude Astermeier, Lawrence Meikeljohn and Coy Gillman.

Those caring for the flowers were: Mabel Courtright, Mary E. Wasilewski, Opal Clemens, Lucille Neibert, Irene Hawkins and Dorthelene Barr.

Out of town folks in attendance at the funeral were - Mr. James Hardison, sr., Petersburg, Ind.; Mr. James Hardison jr., Huntington, Ind.; Mr. And Mrs. M. W. Hardison, Evansville, Ind.; Mr. And Mrs. J. C. Pickett, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mr. Thomas Gutmann, Peoria, Ills. In addition there were hosts of friends and relatives from Springfield and surrounding vicinity.

Funeral services were held from the Methodist Episcopal Church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Ewing of Pleasant Plains officiating, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. W. W. Harding.

Interment was made in the Hall cemetery.

Transcribed by:Bertha Emmett


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