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Losing our Pa

October 3, 2012
On Wednesday, we lost a very important man in our family.  My grandfather, Pa, went to be with our heavenly father.  We are all very sad about the abscnce his death with create, but we can smile at the thought of him visiting with his son and many other in heaven.  A few weeks before his death he told my Mom that when he got to heaven he was going to be really busy.  Confused my Mom asked him what he meant, and he replied that there were lots of people he needed to catch up with and ask questions to and that no would be able to contact him because he would just be too busy.  Too funny, but that was our Pa always planning, researching, and learning. 
I was priveledged to get to share the following poem at his funeral:

For My Grandpa Pa

© Ilona Blake
I know we are all feeling a little bit sad,
That we've lost our Pa, our friend and our dad
Together we have cried an ocean of tears
As we feel so empty and hold many fears

But Pa would want us to know he's in a good place
And that he watching us all with a smile on his face
As we have made him so proud, as proud as can be
That he has raised such a beautiful and special family

Thinking back now I really must say
I feel lucky and privileged to have known Pa to this day
For in my life, you have played a special part
The memories I will treasure and keep close to your heart

For me I am glad my little babies he got to meet
And for all of us, be grateful, his life is now complete
To each one of us he has loved and cared
And a family, be thankful for the good times we shared

Although he has gone we will always be together
And his spirit will live on each one of us forever
When you look to the sky, look for the brightest star
As that will be Pa looking down on us from afar

And now I would like to thank the good Lord above
For blessing us with our Pa with his kindness and love
Dear God, if it is not too much fuss
Take extra special care of our Pa as he is very dear to us

Pa if you are listening say a prayer for us every day
Be sure to protect us and guide us on our way
We know when God called you, you had to go
But we want you to know Pa we miss you and love you so
Lieutenant Commander Blevins in 1952
Naval aviator

As a Navy Pilot he flew the B24 Liberator in WWII and Korea.  This is a picture of him waving out of his plane's window in approx 1942.

1942 - 19yrs old

U.S. Navy Retired Lieutenant Commander Laccie William Blevins, age 89 of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2012.  Graveside Service, with full military honors, will be Saturday, October 6th at 2:00 p.m. (EST) at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, TN.  Mr. Blevins was born August 20, 1923 in McCreary County, KY son of the late Rev. Maynard and Rosetta Smith Blevins.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by son, Laccie William “Billy” Blevins, Jr. and brother, Amon Blevins.  He is survived by wife, Carolyn King Blevins of Gallatin; daughter, Ann Parsons (Rand) of Gallatin; brother, Conley Blevins (Jean) of Whitley City, KY; sister, Pairzida Jones of Greensboro, NC and Irene Crain of Dayton, OH; grandchildren, Jessica Kelley (Jay) of Gallatin, Joshua Parsons (Holly) of Smyrna, Jonathan Parsons (Josie) of Murfreesboro; great grandchildren, Max Kelley, Mary Kate Kelley and on the way Charlotte Anne Parsons.  During LCDR Blevins tours of duty as a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II he flew over 50 combat missions. He was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber and saw service in North Africa, Gibraltar and England before transferring to the Southwest Pacific fleet.  He was recalled for active duty for two years in the Korean War and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals on four consecutive occasions.   He worked for Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. where he retired after 32 years from Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant in 1985.  Online condolences may be submitted at    Family Heritage Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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