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Aleta June Emmerich Fears

Dr. Aleta June Emmerich Fears went to Heaven on June 13, 2014. She was born in Jefferson City, Missouri on Dec. 2, 1946.

Aleta was a wonderful and faithful Christian woman who helped start the Church of Christ in South Boston many years ago. 

She was an educator and a principal in Halifax County until she retired in 2002. Aleta graduated as salutatorian from Haughton High School in Louisiana. Her degrees included a bachelor’s degree in English from Harding University in Arkansas, a master’s degree from Longwood University, an education specialist’s degree from the University of Virginia and culminated with her Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia in 2004. 

She loved to collect chickens, especially hens on a nest. Her knitting and counted cross-stitch talents were flawless. She also loved to do puzzles of all kinds. She spent many tireless hours teaching her own grandchildren about facts of every variety, from types of camels to the subtleties of various colors, such as kelly green and turquoise. 

Her vast knowledge never ceased to amaze. Aleta also loved to play ping-pong. She loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, not to mention CSI and other intellectually stimulating shows. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a joy to be around. In fact, everyone who knew her said that she was too nice. Everyone who met her, loved her. She will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Fears was preceded in death by both parents, Theodore Oren Emmerich and Gladys Mae Deuschle Emmerich Gordon, and two siblings, Theodore Oren Emmerich II and Tessa Maye Byers. 

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Kenneth Lee Fears. Aleta and Kenneth loved to takes rides together and go get a cookie. Everything Aleta accomplished in life was through the help of her loving and faithful husband.

She also is survived by three adoring children, Kelly Layne Fears and husband Shu Shu Ahmed of Scottsburg, Dr. Kenneth Lee Fears II and wife Dr. Amy of Halifax and Keith Lamar Fears of Raleigh, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Nick Fears, Dusty Fears, Miles Coleman, Ken Fears, Yasmine Ahmed and Miranda Fears. “Anma” Aleta will truly be missed by her beautiful grandbabies.

Mrs. Fears has three surviving siblings, Nora and husband Frank Cloutier of Philomath, Oregon, Mark and wife Barb Emmerich of Eugene, Missouri, and Timothy and wife Jane Emmerich of Corvallis, Oregon; two nieces, Christina Hollis and Elizabeth Emmerich; nine nephews, James Rhodig, Tom Fears, Larry Wayne Fears, Heath Cloutier, Charles Fears, Brock Cloutier, Cale Cloutier, Chris Emmerich and Jacob Emmerich; as well as countless great-nieces and nephews.

Aleta also is survived by several special friends including travel-buddy Linda Fears, Marlene Seamster, Ann Fears, Brenda and Norman Talley, Pat Dobson and Ross David. There are many more friends who are too numerous to name. 

Send any contributions to the South Boston Church of Christ.

Funeral services for Mrs. Fears will be held Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the South Boston Church of Christ with the Rev. Doug Bowen and the Rev. Norman Talley officiating. Burial will follow in the Halifax Memorial Gardens. 

The family will receive friends at the South Boston Church of Christ  Wednesday, June 18, 2014, from 6 until 8 p.m. and other times at the home of her son, Kenny Lee Fears, at Bueno Vista Drive, Halifax.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home.