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William Forrest (Billy) Sears, Taylor Co., KY (1946-2012)

He was a native of New Hampshire and a much-decorated Vietnam War hero. He served his country honorably in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Service Star; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal Clasp with Bronze and two Loops; Combat Infantry Badge; Air Medal; Army Occupation Medal (Berlin).He was part of the 75th Rangers and the 5th Special Forces.He was a member of the American Legion Edwards O'Banion Post No. 82 and also a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a retired carpenter. He was a member of a large family with strong ties in Adair and Taylor Counties and elsewhere

William Forrest "Billy" Sears of Campbellsville, KY, died at 11:20amET, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Louisville, KY.


William Forrest - Billy - Sears, Taylor Co., KY (1946-2012)

William Forrest "Billy" Sears was the son of William Francis Sears and Ruby Nicholas Sears. He was born in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, July 29, 1946. He died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, as the age of 65 years, 11 months, and 20 days.

He was a retired carpenter.

He served his country honorably in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was awarded the Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with one Silver Service Star; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal Clasp with Bronze and two Loops; Combat Infantry Badge; Air Medal; Army Occupation Medal (Berlin).He was part of the 75th Rangers and the 5th Special Forces.He was a member of the American Legion Edwards O'Banion Post No. 82 and also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He united in marriage to Claris Neat June 27, 1992.Besides his wife, Claris Sears, he is survived by the following:
  • One son: Christopher Sears of New York

  • Five step children: Rita Bush of Horse Cave, KY; Barbara Gilpin of Shepherdsville, KY; Jamie Luttrell and Angie Kerekes of Knifley, KY; and Ronnie Luttrell of Columbia, KY

  • Two grandchildren

  • Eighteen step grandchildren

  • Nine step great grandchildren

  • His parents: William Frances and Ruby Sears of Campbellsville, KY

  • Four sisters: Annie Parrott and Pattie Sears of Campbellsville, KY; Johanna Sciascia of Enterprise, Alabama; and Mary Catherine Kidd of Harrodsburg, KY

  • Several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by a step-son, Larry Luttrell.

Send a condolence to the family of William Forrest "Billy" Sears

The Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY in charge of arrangements.


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