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William Cecil Sears, Jr. "Bill"

William Cecil Sears, Jr., "Bill" 63, of Raleigh, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at his residence in Linden.

After graduating Sanderson High School in Raleigh he joined the Army where he retired as a Staff Sgt. Bill was in the 82nd Airborne, Ft. Bragg, First Ranger Battalion in Savannah, GA., 509th Airborne, Vicenza, Italy, 2nd Ranger Battalion, Tacoma, Washington. As a member of the 2nd Ranger Battalion he participated in Operation Urgent Fury on the Island of Grenada, to rescue American Medical Students. During this operation he received wounds that lead to his retirement. Bill was a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Arrowhead Device, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Bade with Combat Star, Ranger Tab, Valorous Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

Preceded in death by his parents, William Cecil Sears, Sr. and Dorothy Lee Sears of Raleigh, and his wife, Giusseppina "Lilly" Sears of Verona, Italy.

Surviving are his sister, Donna Sears Parker and husband Mark, of Cary, and brother, Clifford Dale Sears and wife Rhonda of Stedman and his niece Lauren Parker of Cary.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 2 P.m. at Sardis Presbyterian Church, Linden, with burial following in the Church Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family will receive friend from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at Sardis Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the Ranger Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 52184, Ft. Benning, Ga. 31995.