John Bryant Shearin
  • 94 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 23, 1920
  • Date of passing: May 25, 2014
Let the memory of John be with us forever

John Bryant Shearin of Main Street, Creedmoor (94) went to his heavenly reward May 25, 2014. Born February 20, 1920 on a plantation in Essex in Halifax County, NC to William Louis and Roberta Walker Shearin, John was one of seven children with six older step siblings. His siblings were Susie Elizabeth, William Ray, Daisy Mae, Clifton Aaron, Richard Beron, himself and a twin named Edith who died in infancy. All preceded him in death except Richard remains. John went to live at Oxford Orphanage in January 20, 1927 where he and several siblings grew up and apprenticed in several trades and dairy. He graduated from high school there in 1937. Taking his first job inWallace, NC at the agricultural extension dairy, he then enrolled in Mars Hill College. He would join the Navy and be at the Normandy invasion on June 7, 1945. Upon returning he finished his education at Carson Newman in Johnson City, TN and found a home and teaching position in the Oxford community of Mountain Creek. There he would meet Lucia Beryl Elliott and marry in 1958. John was employed at the NC Division of Prisons, the Employment Security Commission and later retired as a public school teacher in Vance County. He worked in transportation part-time at Springmoor Retirement Community in North Raleigh. John was a member of First Baptist Church in Creedmoor and served as a Sunday School teacher, a Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of Deacons and many other positions over the years. He loved his participation in later years with the Keenagers and their many outings.

Most of all John loved his children that survive him—John Byrant Shearin, Jr (Lisa) of Winston Salem, Nancy Hunike (Mike) of Oxford, and Debra (James) of Bahama. There are six grandsons who Papa loved and adored: Ben and Matt Johnson; Joey, Jared and Jack Hunike; and Brandon Shearin. There is one very special granddaughter, Ava Shearin.

There are too many medical providers to thank—Dr. Hoffmeier and staff, the nurses at Granville Medical Center, the home health providers and Hospice. Know that he appreciated you all and witnessed to you at every opportunity. He never met a stranger.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 at First Baptist Church on Main St Creedmoor at 11:00am. There will also be a visitation at the church Sanctuary on Thursday evening, May 29, 2014 from 6pm -8pm. A lover of beautiful flowers, they are acceptable as are donations to the First Baptist Church P.O. Box 38 in Creedmoor, NC and the Masonic Home for Children at 600 College St in Oxford, NC 27565. Commitment to the grave will be held immediately following the service at Mountain Creek Baptist Church in Oxford, NC.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Larry & Peggy Jackson on 24th February 2015

"Happy late Birthday to one of the sweetest guys I have ever known. John always had a special place in my heart. I have known him all of my life, because he is family. He loved his family and his extended family also. John was always the same , no matter where you saw him, I can still see that devils smile.
Love you John"

This tribute was added by martha wilkie on 30th May 2014

"May the Holy Spirit comfort you all during this time.  We're so sorry for your loss.

Mike, Martha, Jacob & Craig Wilkie"

This tribute was added by mary sue carper on 30th May 2014

"Nancy and family, So sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Heaven surely gained a sweet soul!"

This tribute was added by Kay Turner on 29th May 2014

"Thoughts and prayers are with john's family during this difficult time. As we all know John is at home with Lucia and happy.  I will miss seeing him in church.  He loved his God so very much.  He was such a pleasant person to be around.  Some Sunday mornings he would stop by our Class and speak such kind words."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Montren on 29th May 2014

"Nancy, Debbie and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will certainly miss Mr. Shearin at church - he always greeted us with a smile and kind words - he was a very special man. May God give you peace during this very difficult time. Please call us if you need anything. Bill, Elizabeth, Shawn and Lauren Montren"

This tribute was added by randall perkinson on 29th May 2014

"Nancy, Debbie  and families Just a note to say how sorry I am to hear of the passing of Mr. Shearin. You and the rest of the family are in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Michael Turner on 29th May 2014


Your dad was such a special person and God loving man.

Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers today and in the coming weeks and months ahead.

Mike & Gail Turner"

This tribute was added by Larry & Peggy Jackson on 28th May 2014

"John, Nancy, and Debra, you know your mom and daddy was very dear to me. I so sorry to hear about John, he was a very special person to me. We want you to know that you all are in our prayers. You all know he is with Lucia now in heaven and they are rejoicing. If you need us for anything please call. Peggy"

This tribute was added by John Hardy on 28th May 2014

"We will miss Mr. Shearin greatly. He was always a great mentor and friend who would always inspire us in our walk with Christ. Our prayers go out to his family. May God richly bless you. Much love in Christ, the Hardys."

This tribute was added by Roger Overton on 28th May 2014

"Just wanted to let your family know that my thoughts and prayers go with you.  Your dad and mom meant a lot to me as a teenager and I will always have great memories and thoughts of them and your family.
May God richly bless all of you.

Roger Overton, Jr"

This tribute was added by Denise Bowling on 26th May 2014

"Debbie, Nancy and famiies,  I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of your father.  Having met him once, I know that he was very proud of his family.  Please know that each of you are in my prayers.  May God hold you in his arms as you travel this path.  Denise"

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