Rev. Oreatha (McCoy) Shears

November 30, 1926 — December 9, 2021

Rev. Oreatha (McCoy) Shears

Oreatha (McCoy) Shears was born in New Jersey on November 30, 1926 to William McCoy and Tressia Veasley.

After graduation, from Orange High School, Oreatha obtained employment as a telephone operator. Oreatha’s distinctive voice could be heard at New Jersey Bell and Ohio Bell Telephone Companies. She also worked for University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. She married the late Deacon Thomas Shears on July 21, 1946 and they moved to Cleveland, Ohio where they lived until 1972. They later moved the family to Des Moines, Iowa. Oreatha worked for the State, Ames High School. Her last job was at Employers Mutual Insurance where she retired after 10 years of service.

Oretha was busy. With four children in the house, she managed to cook and sew many of the clothes she and the children wore. She was an excellent cook, having learned from her mom and husband. She was a girl scout leader and played piano. She also enjoyed swimming at the “Y”. In 1995 she attended Grandview University and majored in Religious Studies. She soon found that God required more of her. This shy and quiet woman preached her first sermon the day before her 70th birthday. She still found time to spend with her children and was devoted to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On December 9, 2021, God called Reverend Oreatha Shears’ name and she answered His call. She was welcomed to the other side by her husband Thomas; her parents William and Tressia McCoy; her brother, Wilbert Hill and sisters, Thelma and Odessa.

Left to cherish Oreatha’s memory are her children, Michelle (Bruce) Head, Regina (Timothy) Whitehead, Roslyn Shears, Brian Shears and step-daughter, Avis Brown; her grandchildren, Bruce Head, Jr., Teayanise Guiden, Y’Teva Robinson, Adeya Crockett and Briyana Carter along with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends.


*Masks are required for all attendees. Social Distancing will strongly be encouraged.

*This service will be made available via Facebook Live on the Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home's Facebook page (@hendersonsfuneralhome) on Monday, December 20, 2021 beginning at 5pm. Please "Like" or "Follow" our page for access.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rev. Oreatha (McCoy) Shears, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, December 20, 2021

3:30 - 5:00pm

Hope+Elim (Formerly First Christian Church)

2500 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Homegoing Celebration

Monday, December 20, 2021

Starts at 5:00pm

Hope+Elim (Formerly First Christian Church)

2500 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Burial

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Starts at 9:30am

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree