Graveside services for Joe Mac Sears will be held at 1 pm, Tuesday, August 17, 2021, at Terry County Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 2:30 pm at First Christian Church in Brownfield with Rev. Josh Puckett officiating.
A family visitation will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Monday, August 16, 2021, at Brownfield Funeral Home.
Joe Mac Sears was born to Louise and Odell Sears of Brownfield in Lubbock on January 6, 1955. Joe’s family attended First Baptist Church where Joe accepted Jesus Christ in 1965. Joe attended Brownfield Schools, graduating in 1972. He attended Texas Tech University, graduating with a public relations degree in 1977.
After graduations, Joe returned to Brownfield and worked as assistant manager for Odell’s Hardware and Gifts until it closed in 1991. Joe then worked as a sales representative in the gift department for the Dallas Trade Mart. In 1977, Joe became Manager of the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce. He later held several jobs locally in retail business such as Bayless Jewelry. He began substitute teaching for the Brownfield School District, which led him to pursue a degree in education. He loved working in the schools and later worked as a teacher aide in the Brownfield High School history and special education classes.
His mother always noted that Joe loved music. When he was a baby, music on the radio or TV captivated him. He would immediately turn his head and stand still to listen. That love of music followed him throughout his life. He took piano lessons for many years as well as organ lessons. In school Joe was a member of the BHS band and participated in church choirs at the First Baptist Church. At Texas Tech, he was active in many choral productions. Joe was a long-time member, elder, and organist for the First Christian Church. Like his parents, Joe was an avid Texas Tech men’s basketball fan.
Joe has been active in the community for many years, and was a member of the city council for eight years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, serving as president and was president of the American Heart Association in Terry County, and a member of the Terry County Museum Board. He was a long-time Chair of the Terry County Democratic Party. One highlight of his political service was driving Hillary Clinton around Lubbock when she visited. At his death Joe was a member and elder of the First Christian Church and the Terry County Historical Commission and Terry County Cemetery Association Board.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Odell and Louise Sears. He is survived by his sister Susan Sears Roberts, brother-in-law Chris and step-niece Alison Roberts Henry and her husband Aaron and son Ethan. He is also survived by many cousins and second cousins and many friends in Brownfield.
The family requests that donations be made to the Matt Adams Scholarship Endowment for Men’s Basketball, Brownfield’s First Christian Church, and Terry County Cemetery Association.