Verne Fairbanks Bliss Sr.

September 28, 1923December 8, 2017

Verne Fairbanks Bliss, Sr. passed from this world on December 8, 2017. He was surrounded by the love and care of his beloved wife and family until the very end.

Verne is survived by his wife, Jean Dennis Bliss. They were happily married for 69 years and have been residents of Atlanta, GA since 1961. He is also survived by their four children, Marsha B. Hornick of Gainesville, FL, Verne F. Bliss Jr. of Atlanta, GA, Dennis K. Bliss of Atlanta, GA and Ann B. Korb of Lawrenceville, GA, a son-in-law, Frank L. Hornick of Gainesville, FL, and a daughter-in-law Linda B. Bliss of Atlanta, GA. He was also blessed with seven grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Verne was born September 28, 1923 in Greensboro, NC to Verne Otis Bliss and Helen Rhodes Bliss of Salem, VA. His sister Mary Jane Sinex of Salem, VA passed in 2016.

Verne graduated from Roanoke College in 1947 with a Biology.

Verne served his country during World War II as a II Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was stationed in Hawaii and Japan from 1942 -1946.

He later graduated from Duke University with a Master’s Degree in Forestry at which time he began a long and very successful career with E. I. Dupont (1949-1982). He was the Southeastern Sales Manager until 1955 when his young family was transferred to Montevideo, Uruguay for 6 years. Verne began the Dupont Agricultural Sales Division in South America. His extraordinary communication skills, respect for people and work ethic led that division to become one of the highest financial divisions in Dupont.

In 1961, Verne accepted a position as a Regional Sales Manager for E.I. Dupont in Atlanta, GA.

He built a home where he and Jean raised their family and have lived for 56 years.

He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and a member of Cherokee Country Club.

He learned to play golf at the age of six. Verne was an avid outdoorsman and passed that love to all of his children and grandchildren by teaching them all he knew. He loved hunting, fishing, golf, yard work, biking and “piddling”. He enjoyed life to the fullest.

Verne will be greatly missed. His tender heart and sweet spirit were evident in all he did.

He verbally and affectionately expressed his love to all. To the end, he was a gracious and blessed man. He was most blessed by his marriage to the love of his life, Jean. They were inseparable and happy. Together they gave their love freely to many over the years. Because of his faith in the saving blood of Jesus Christ, his life did not end, and we will all be together forever.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. James United Methodist Church on

Monday, December 18th at 1:00 pm.

Reception following in the Parlor.

His internment will be held at a later date at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following charities:

Parkinson's Foundation

American Cancer Society

Alzheimer's Association

Wonded Warrior Project



  • Funeral Service

    Monday, December 18, 2017


  • Reception Following Service


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Dree Martin Henninger

November 13, 2018

I went to grade school with Verne Jr in Sandy Springs. Being involved with the backstage of the world of dance, I periodically followed Verne on social media. When watching a TCM musical I thought of him and so in checking discovered the very sad news he had lost his dad. I wanted to express my symphathy to him and his family

Nancy Haupt

December 26, 2017

I was so saddened to hear of Verne's passing. He was a dear neighbor and friend of my parents, Daryl and Pat Terry. I thank you Jean for showing such love and friendship to my son, Grant.

Susan Jones

December 16, 2017

The Hornick Family Care Group sends our deepest love and condolences to you and your family. May there be laughter as well as tears as you celebrate the life of your beloved Father

December 16, 2017

May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time


December 15, 2017

Sorry for your loss may there be comfort in knowning that god cares for you. 1 peter 5 : 7

Susan Glinton

December 15, 2017

My deepest condolences to you all. May you be comforted by the fabulous memories you have of him.

December 15, 2017

You are the best father-in-law and friend ever. Thanks for your love and all that you have taught me. May you rest in peace. Blessings, Frank

Chuck (Isaiah 25:8)

December 15, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences to the family and friends in your hour of grief. May you find peace and comfort in the God of all comfort.

Tom Wolf

December 14, 2017

I met Verne in Atlanta in 1961 when I was 7 years old and saw him and his family fairly often until we moved away in 1964. I remember that Verne and his entire family were funny, interesting, sweet, kind and generous, and I could see that my parents were, for good reason, especially fond of Verne and Jean. I feel privileged to have known the Blisses and wish them all the continued blessings of being a large and loving family.

December 11, 2017

I love you, Grandaddy.