Burton James Sears was a successful film editor who worked on several big budget movies, but on his many return trips to his native Columbus, he was still just “one of the guys.”
That’s how lifelong friend Hutch Schumaker remembered Sears, who was known as "B.J." to his friends.
Sears died on Aug. 4 at his home in Savannah, Georgia, where he was a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design.
“That’s just the way he was,” Schumaker said. “If he hadn’t talked to you for five years, when we got together it was just like we were back in high school.”
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