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J.D. Blevins

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Date published: 3/1/2014

J.D. Blevins

J.D. Blevins, 85, of Laurel Bloomery, Tenn., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tenn.

J.D. was born Feb. 23, 1929, in Laurel Bloomery, to the late Della Cole Blevins and Wesley James Blevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Blevins in 1987, and 10 brothers and sisters.

Mr. Blevins was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a lifelong member of State Line Baptist Church and a graduate of Damascus High School. He was an original member of "Gee Haw," portraying the Junior Samples character. His hobbies included bluegrass music, singing and farming. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Survivors include his daughter, Patricia "Sis" Carlton and husband Howard of Mountain City; sons Max Blevins Sr. and wife Jeannie and Darrell Blevins of Abingdon; grandchildren Max Blevins Jr. and wife Jill, Emily Blevins, Sara Grace Carlton and McLain Carlton: and several nieces and nephews.

A service was held at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home, with Mike Icenhour officiating.

A military graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in Stateline Cemetery in Laurel Bloomery. Active pallbearers will be Howard Carlton, McLain Carlton, Max Blevins Jr., Clay Wilson, Harold Huggins, Van Neely, Clark Mixon, Paul Ward and Darrell Blevins. Honorary pallbearers will be Kerry Gentry, Stacy Greer and the entire cast of "Gee Haw."

A special thanks to Daniel Jones and McCave Rehab, Veterans Administration, Sycamore Shoals and Thelma Lipford, special friend and caretaker.

Online condolences may be sent to the Blevins family and at huxlipfordfh.com.