Local

August 15, 2014

Fort holds memorial ceremony for recently retired FH police chief

Tags:
Maranda Flynn
Staff Writer

Andrew and Lisa Shears carry the remains of Ollie James Shears, the recently retired chief of police with Fort Huachuca’s Directorate of Emergency Services, into the Main Post Chapel, Fort Huachuca, Aug. 8, for a Celebration of Life Ceremony.

Soldiers, Civilians and Family members gathered for a memorial ceremony Aug. 8 at the Main Post Chapel on Fort Huachuca for Ollie James Shears, who passed away June 8.

Shears, 62, served over 20 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. After he retired, Shears continued his service as the chief of police, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison here at Fort Huachuca. He retired from civil service on April 30.

During the ceremony, as friends and Family spoke of Shears, they remembered him as a “gentle giant” and a kind man with a big heart.

“One thing I will always remember about Ollie is that he had a rare gift, one that very few really have,” said Dan Ortega, director of Emergency Services here. “He had the gift of reason. Ollie made sense out of the senseless. He brought logic to the illogical. Ollie brought sanity to a crazy world. Ollie made people comfortable. And that is what I will miss most about Ollie.”

Richard Waters, deputy, Directorate of Emergency Services, said Shears was everyone’s “pillar of support and always comforting.”

“Ollie had a knack for storytelling,” Waters said. “Every story he told made many of us feel as if we were right there beside him — running the back woods of Arkansas or taking down drug dealers in Germany.”

Following remarks and prayers from Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Duty, Shears’ Family was presented with a shadow box containing mementos from his military and Civilian careers and an American flag.

As the ceremony ended, the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard fired a three-volley salute and Taps was played. Row by row, attendees rendered their final salutes and said their goodbyes.
After the memorial, Shears’ Family and friends gathered for refreshments and had the opportunity to reminisce on the life he so honorably lived.

Shears is survived by his wife Lisa, his daughter Rachel and her husband Staff Sgt. Wold Archer, grandchildren Nathaniel, Olivia, Alyxander and Sophia. He is also survived by his sons Ollie James Shears Jr., and Michael Shears; his sister Erma Jean Wells and his brother, Andrew Shears.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Natalie Lakosil

Black History Month marks 100 years of progress

Natalie Lakosil More than 100 people took part in the 100th celebration of observing African American/Black History Month Feb. 26. The mood was light and joyous as more than 100 people of all backgrounds gathered at the Thunder...
 
 

TBI can occur in battle, garrison — awareness important

Traumatic brain injury, TBI, has been called the “signature wound” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Injuries the Service members receive downrange can originate from improvised explosive devices, IEDs, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, gun blasts, accidents and equipment failure. Many military personnel have experienced multiple deployments due to the length of war, translating into m...
 
 

Army Emergency Relief annual campaign underway

Financial security is a key element of a ready and resilient force. The Army Emergency Relief, AER, Annual Campaign is conducted from March 1 through May 15 in order to increase Soldier awareness of this benefit, as well as to give Soldiers the opportunity to help their fellow Soldiers by donating. Local commanders can adjust...
 

 

Civilian of the Month

Anthony Black Agency: Communications Security Logistics Activity Position and duties: Program manager for an application that manages communication security equipment How long at current assignment: 11 years How long in government service: Almost 34 years Residence: Sierra Vista Hobbies: Working around the house, hanging out with grandchildren and being an active member in church at...
 
 
U.S. Army graphic

Traumatic Brain Injury awareness month highlights resources

U.S. Army graphic The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 2.5 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations or deaths were associated with a singular traumatic brain injury, or TBI, a combinat...
 
 

BAH can take you far when living on post

Many Service members across the country should now be aware that the Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, rates for 2015 have changed, and for Soldiers assigned to Fort Huachuca, it has decreased drastically. BAH is determined by an array of market analysis reports collected from the surrounding area by a government-hired firm. The changes...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin