Vernon Blair Obituary

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Vernon Ferguson Blair

March 21, 1926 - August 31, 2012
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Funeral services for Vernon F. Blair will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in the Restwood Funeral Home Chapel. Family will receive visitor at Restwood Funeral Home on Monday evening, September 3, 2012 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Long-time friend of the family Reverend John Gambino will officiate, with another dear friend, Reverend Duane Phy assisting with the service. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Park with Neal Blair, Jerry Garner, Don Huntsam, Jimmy Bowles, Byron Stephens and Johnny Self serving as pallbearers. Vernon Blair was drafted in to the Army in 1943 and immediately after boot camp he was sent to...
Funeral services for Vernon F. Blair will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in the Restwood Funeral Home Chapel. Family will receive visitor at Restwood Funeral Home on Monday evening, September 3, 2012 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Long-time friend of the family Reverend John Gambino will officiate, with another dear friend, Reverend Duane Phy assisting with the service. Burial will follow in the Restwood Memorial Park with Neal Blair, Jerry Garner, Don Huntsam, Jimmy Bowles, Byron Stephens and Johnny Self serving as pallbearers. Vernon Blair was drafted in to the Army in 1943 and immediately after boot camp he was sent to Germany to fight for his country in World War II. He parachuted into Bastogne, Belgium at the "Battle of the Bulge". He was severely wounded and sent back to El Paso to recover. At that time he was told that he wouldn't live more than 6 months and he said that he kept telling them to just get him back home to Trevat, Texas and his mother would get him well. Apparently she worked some wonders because he lived for another 68 wonderful years. In 1945 he married his love Imogene Herring from Trinity County. They were married for 50 wonderful years before her death in 1996. After they were married they moved to Lake Jackson in 1947 and were the 18th family in Lake Jackson, Vernon began his career at DOW Chemical Company as an Operator and continued out there for 40 years. He was a proud Union Member of the Operator & Engineers. After his retirement from DOW he was the Chief of Security at Brazos Mall for 21 years where he thoroughly enjoyed being around people that he had known for years and some that he had just met. In 1946 they had the 1st of 4 children which included 3 sons and 1 daughter, Jimmy, Tommy, Brenda Sue and Ronny. In 1969 Vernon lost his 2nd born child, Tommy, in Vietnam. Vernon and Imogene really never got over this great loss but did they best they could to continue to raise their other 3 children with much love. Vernon was always involved in every activity and sport that his children wanted to do. He was always a coach or their biggest supporter in the stands. Vernon coached baseball and softball teams along with coaching all 3 of his sons in boxing and mentoring many other youths in the community. With 4 children all involved in various sports he never missed a football, volleyball, basketball, baseball or softball game. Looking back now it is hard to imagine how he was able to work the hours he worked and have the time to be involved in everything his children did in school and sports. Vernon enjoyed many things in life although nothing more than spending time with his family. During football season he loved having his family all together and watching his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. Another favorite time after his retirement was when he would go to the Hill Country with his son Ronny hunting, camping and cooking out. They did this up until a few years ago when it just got too hard for him to make that long trip. That was a sad time to come to an end because he so thoroughly enjoyed it. There is no telling how many deer, hogs, turkeys, and squirrels he has dressed out over his time. Vernon was always very proud of all of his children but even they couldn't hold a candle to the love he felt for his grandchildren and great grandchildren and they all knew this. He came to as many of their school and sporting events that he possibly could. One of the last things he had said was to make sure we kept them all safe and loved them unconditionally. After his first wife's death in 1996 he remarried several years later to another wonderful lady that he met through working at the mall, Teena Paynter. They were married for 8 years before her death in 2006. Besides his wives, Imogene Blair and Teena Blair he is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Gladys Blair; brother, Earl Blair; sister, Lela Truss; son, Tommy Blair and great grandson Michael Divine. He is survived by brothers, Sam Ollie Blair of Apple Springs, Texas, Thomas Divine Blair of Trevat, Texas, Jim Blair and his wife Rose of Lake Jackson, Texas; sisters, Ruby Stinson of Onalaska, Texas, Hazel Garner of Lake Livingston, Texas; sons Jimmy and his wife Billie of Trevat, Texas, Ronny and his wife Debbie of Pearland, Texas; daughter Sue Mann and her husband Red of Richwood, Texas; grandchildren, Shari Blair & Jeff Cooper, Maggie Cook and her husband Stephen, Barbie Blair, Jennifer Blair, Shelly Brodie and her husband Aaron, Shelby Smith and her husband Russell, Jeffrey Blair, Lee Michael Blair; great grandchildren, Savannah Hillis, Cassie Hillis, Tori Hillis, Kaylyn Cook, Stephanie Cook, Lillie Smith and William Smith.

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