Frances Mears


Mrs. Frances Wise Killmon Mears, 96, of Carrollton, and formerly of Painter, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Yvonne, on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Born on Jan. 22, 1927, in Onley, she was the daughter of the late Walter Wise Killmon and the late Della Rae Mears Killmon.

Lovingly raised on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Frances loved the small-town life. She met the love of her life and future husband, George Thomas Mears, and together they raised three children. She spent her days caring for her family and her home, instilling morals and wisdom in her little ones. Her greatest and proudest titles were that of Mom and Wife. And she wore those titles like a badge of honor.

Frances is survived by her children, Yvonne Marie Lewis and husband, Harry E. Lewis III, of Carrollton, Brenda Louise Thompson and husband, Bob, of Woodstock, and Walter Thomas “Tommy” Mears, of Portsmouth; grandchildren, Kelly Marie Allen and husband, Ed, Angela Dawn Thompson, and Harry E. Lewis IV and wife, Kelly; great-grandchildren, Dylan Allen, Emma Lewis, and Alyssa Lewis; and several nieces and nephews.

Other than her parents, Walter and Della Rae Killmon, and beloved husband, George Thomas Mears, Frances was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Anne George and Sylvia Huffman, and first cousin, Tillie Marshall.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., at the chapel of Williams-Onancock Funeral Home, with the Rev. Danny Moore officiating. Interment will follow at the Onancock Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in memory of Frances Mears to Fairview Heights Baptist Church, 4704 Deep Creek Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23702.

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Arrangements are by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

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