First Baptist Church
501 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC
Thursday, Dec 27, 2012
Shearin ancestral family cemetery
Churchill community 3 miles north of Macon in Warren County NC
Dec 18, 1925 - Dec 22, 2012
Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home
Janice Ann Thayer Shearin died Saturday, December 22 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem at age 87. She was born December 18, 1925 in Moore County, NC to Frank Kirk Thayer and Grace Lemons Thayer. She grew up in Moore County and Montgomery County, NC. She graduated from Elise Academy in Robbins, NC and attended nursing school at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Graduating as a registered nurse, she pursued her profession in Asheville, Troy, NC and Raleigh, NC and in Winston-Salem. In 1949 she met and married her husband of 63 years, Jasper W. (Jack)Shearin, Jr. of Warren County, NC, then a senior at Wake Forest College near Raleigh, now Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Deborah Ann Shearin Allsbrook and by her brothers Frank Kirk Thayer, Jr. and William Eugene Thayer. She is survived by her husband and by her daughters Sibyl Shearin Smelcer (husband David) of Winston-Salem and Jane Shearin Riley (husband Roger Dale) of Raleigh NC. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Daniel Richard Smelcer (wife Susan) of Danbury, Conn., William David Smelcer (wife Isa) of Pfafftown, NC, Stephen Kirk Riley and Elizabeth Grace Riley, of Raleigh, NC, and one great grandson, Joseph Daniel Smelcer of Danbury Conn., by sisters-in-law Page Shearin Bladen of Vienna, VA, Anne Shearin Ross of Macon, NC and Ellen Shearin Bartlett, of Arlington, VA. Also surviving are brothers-in-law Dr. Gui Shearin (wife Jan) of Redwood City, CA, and Dr. Edward Shearin (wife Naomi) of Ellicott City, MD.
Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Janice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She gave up her nursing career to rear her three daughters and to maintain her home in Winston-Salem. She was a joy and comfort and chief supporter of her husband. She excelled in serving nourishing and on-time meals to her family.
When Janice and her husband came to Winston-Salem in 1950, they joined First Baptist Church Winston-Salem and they were members continually until her death. During this time she participated in women’s missions, and the Elizabeth Barnett Sunday School Class. She served as president of the Women’s Missionary Union and president of her Sunday School Class. She also served for many years in the children’s Sunday School. She was also a circle leader for years. She gave approximately 35 years toward delivering “meals on wheels.” She was also a great supporter of her husband on many mission trips, accompanying him on trips to South Florida and to Kentucky.
Funeral services will be conducted at First Baptist Church Winston-Salem by Dr. David Hughes, Pastor Thursday, December 27 at 2:00 PM. The family will greet friends following the service at a reception in Kelly Auditorium. A graveside service will be conducted on the following day at the Shearin ancestral family cemetery located in the Churchill community 3 miles north of Macon in Warren County NC at 2:00 pm.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Television Fund, 501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. On line condolences may be made at www.salemfh.com
To the Shearin Family:
May the memories of a life well-lived and loved, help comfort you during this difficult time. Psalm 46:1 encourages us: "God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during distresses."
Dear Shearin and extended family.
Please know that you have been, are, and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Praise God we serve a Risen Saviour! While it is a difficult Christmas for us in many ways it is a Glorious Christmas for our loved ones who are now with the Lord.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
E.T. "Dick" and Jean Mohorn Pope
Jasper and Family,
Read Janice's obituary in the N&O, Raleigh. We are praying for all of you at this sad time for the lost of Janice.
The Lord will see that all of you will have brighter days ahead.
Dick and A Cousin Jean Pope
Jasper, I might add that you and I (Jean) descend from Joseph Shearin. I descend from Abner to Robert Earl. You descend from Daniel to Jasper Walton, Sr. I have some missing links in my family research. When you feel up to talking about family e-mail or call me 919-787-9119. Cousin Jean Mohorn Pope