On Friday May 1, 2020 at 5:54 pm, retired Air Force and Hawker/Beech Craft worker "took flight" with a first class ticket.
Ira E. Fears was born on Friday, July 02, 1948 in Groveton, Texas, to Emma M. Fears and Earnest Washington. Ira grew up in Groveton, Texas and attended George Washington Carver Junior/Senior High School, graduating in May 1966. Ira accepted the Lord as his savior at a very young age, and joined Baldwin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he was baptized by the late Reverend J. T. Grove Sr. Ira was a faithful member of Baldwin Chapel, serving as an usher until he left home in August of 1966 to join the US Air Force.
Upon entering the Air Force, Ira completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base Texas and went on to Air Police Technical School at Lackland. In December 1966, upon completion of tech school, he was assigned to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. He was later transferred to Da Nang AB Republic of Vietnam. Ira was also assigned to bases in Japan, Louisiana, North Dakota, Turkey, Michigan, Australia, and Kansas.
While stationed in North Dakota, he met and married his first wife Doris of Winnipeg, Canada, to which one child, Earl, was born. He later met and married Sheryl while assigned to McConnell AFB KS who preceded him in death. While stationed at McConnell, he united with St. James Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor J.P. Dennis where he was a faithful member of The Mighty Men’s Chorus and the usher board #2 where he served as president of the board for many years. On May 01, 2020 Ira was called from labor to rest to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, two brothers Archie and Jerry.
He leaves to cherish his memories wife Ylonda, one son Earl of Canada, four daughters Ebony Dean and Leslee Harrell of Georgia, Nikki Simpson of Dallas, Texas, and Latoni (Bryan) Anderson of Austin, Texas. Four sisters, Frances Legington of Temple, Texas, Shirley Hubbard of Groveton, Texas, Phyllis Gant and Mary Washington of Houston, Texas, and one brother, Earnest Washington (Rita) of Houston, Texas. Ten grandchildren and one great grandchild, and numerous other relatives and friends. When people would ask how long he served in the Air Force, he would respond with 22 years 7 months and 16 days. Upon retiring from the Air Force, in 1989 Ira went to work for Raytheon/Beech Aircraft Company where he worked for twenty years, retiring in 2009.
Some of Ira’s favorite sayings were “Read my lips,” “you didn’t hear it from me,” and most of all was “a word to the wise should be sufficient.”
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