Lester Herman Scearce, Jr. known as Herman, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, March 26, at the age of 89. He was born in Danville, VA, on May 22, 1925. From an early age, Herman's life was the stuff of novels, his son, Phil, having chronicled a portion of it in his book, Finish Forty and Home, the Untold World War II Story of B-24's in the Pacific. Wanting to get into the fray and help his country after Pearl Harbor, Herman had enlisted in the Army Air Corps at age sixteen, and became a a teenaged Radio Operator/Gunner on a B-24 where he earned THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS before completing 40 combat missions and coming home.
On returning home to finish high school, Herman met the love of his life, Flora Ann Davenport. They married and Herman went on to remain in the Air Force till his retirement in December 1962. He then became a Sears store manager which position he held for 8 years, having been sent to Havelock, NC. When that store closed, he remained in Havelock where he was appointed to be a NC magistrate. He served for 24 years in that position in Craven County and retired in 2005. He liked to joke with his minister that "I've performed a lot more weddings than you have, or maybe what I do are simply 'marriages.'" Herman was well- known for his wry sense of humor.
Herman loved his Lord, and served as a Southern Baptist deacon many years, as well as church trustee, Sunday School teacher and other positions.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Flora Ann, two sons, Jan Frederic (Denise) and Lester Philip (Diane), one daughter, Rebecca Ann Perry (Steve), Five Grandchildren: Melissa Scearce Barto, Melanie Scearce Henry, Hannah Scearce Hawkesworth, Joseph Scearce, and Anna Scearce; and one great-grandchild, Harrison Henry.
His funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Tabernacle Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one-half hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at New Bern Memorial Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to the Scearce family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.