Gearheart, Arthur Lenwood

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The gates of heaven swung open in the early morning hours of March 18, 2011, as Arthur Lenwood Gearheart entered his heavenly home. Born on July 16, 1921 he was preceded in death by his parents Curt and Pearl Gearheart, sister, Ethelene Vest, and brother Floyd Lewis Gearheart.

He was a lifelong resident of Floyd County. A veteran of World War II, Lenwood proudly served his country returning home to marry the love of his life.

Lenwood is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Grace D. Gearheart; two daughters, Judy Britt (Robert) and Kathy Boyd Blackwell (Kenneth), all of Floyd; three grandsons: Darin Britt (Carla), Tracy Britt and Logan Boyd (Ciera) ; one granddaughter, Lori Schantz (Dan), 2 step-grandsons and their wives; six great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, a brother, Willie Wayne Gearheart of Pilot, sister, Oweeda Conner of Pulaski, brother-in-law, James Sweeney and several nieces and nephews .

Lenwood was a member of the Head of the River Primitive Baptist Church. He retired from Adams Construction in 1984. He spent his retirement enjoying his family, his friends and his farm. A true Southern gentleman, Lenwood’s gift of smile and sense of humor will be cherished by all who knew him.

Arrangements are being handled by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. where the family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the funeral home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Larry Hollandsworth and Elder Allen Terry officiating. Interment following at Jacksonville Cemetery, Floyd, with graveside rites by Floyd V.F.W. Post #7854 and American Legion # 127.

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