Gearheart, Rex Andrew

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Rex Andrew Gearheart of Bristol, Virginia left us Thursday April 26, 2016. He was a loving and devoted father to his daughters Baylee Joann and Daelan Marie. He was an educator and served at Jefferson Forest, Narrows, and Radford City Schools. He was Superintendent of Bristol, Virginia City schools at the time of his passing.

He loved Southwest Virginia and was an advocate for his students and co-workers.

Rex was preceded in death by his Grandparents Fred Ruthford and Faye Counts Gearheart, and Clinton Silas and Mary Chaffin Dulaney. He is survived by his wife Ashley Odell Gearheart of Bristol, Tn. Grandfather Cecil E. Counts of Salem, Va., Parents Rodney Rex and Shirley Dulaney Gearheart of Dublin, Va. Brother Latha Allen and Kerrie Weddle Gearheart and their children Samuel Latha and Gemma Leigh of Clinton, S.C. Aunts Madeline Gearheart Terry of Greensboro, Glenna May and husband Bill Hammond of Salem, Uncles Charles Edward and wife Melody Counts of Meadowview, Jack Allen and wife Ilonka Dulaney, Russel Wayne and wife Judy Dulaney of Roanoke. Mother in Law Joy Cooley, Father in Law Darrell (Bucky) O’Dell, and numerous Cousins, Great and Great – Great aunts and uncles of Central and Southwest, Virginia and Park County, Montana.

Rex was loved by his many Pulaski County High School (1989) and Virginia Tech (1993 and 1995) school mates, his Galax Fiddler’s Convention Family, his Flash Light Hollow Hunt Club Brothers and Sisters, all of the Friends of Potts Creek campers, and again the wonderful staff and student bodies of the schools he passed through. Rex delighted in picking and singing in “The Land of The lights” or on the banks of Catawaba Creek.

Visitation will be from 4 PM till 7 PM Sunday at Seagle’s Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va. A graveside service will be conducted at the church Rex grew up in – New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend Andrew Troutman-Taylor will officiate. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rex A. Gearheart Memorial Fund, Bristol City Schools, 220 Lee Street, Bristol, Va. 24201.

A special memorial service will be held on Tuesday May 31 at Virginia High School in Bristol, Va. at 7 PM. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski. 540-980-1700