OBITUARY

Michael J. Blaylock

May 19, 1953November 2, 2018
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Michael J. Blaylock, 65, of Fort Smith, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 2, 2018. Mike was born May 19, 1953, in Fort Smith to Mabrey and Mary Ruth Blaylock. He attended Northside High School. He coined the phrase “If you’re going to be a bear, be a Grizzly” while serving as the Athletic Booster Club President in the mid-90s. His support of Northside was unwavering throughout his life. After high school, Mike attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and married his high school sweetheart Janet shortly after.

Mike and Janet joined Grand Avenue Baptist Church in 1975 as newlyweds and have remained members since. Mike served as a deacon, played guitar weekly in the praise band, and taught Sunday School for decades. He was a man of faith and believed that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior, died for our sins, and rose again. Mike is celebrating with friends and family in heaven.

In 1983, Mike stepped out on faith and opened Blaylock Heating and Air Conditioning as a one-man-with-a-truck business. The red trucks have continued to roll ever since, as Blaylock Heating and Air Conditioning has grown and expanded into building and plumbing services. Residents of the River Valley recognize Mike’s familiar jingle, singing the Blaylock Heat and Air phone number. Mike was blessed tremendously as a business owner and gave generously to the community of Fort Smith.

Mike has been inducted into the Northside High School Hall of Honor, received the mayor’s Frontier and Good Neighbors Awards, was a founding member of the bluegrass gospel band GloryBound, and loved to sit on a Caribbean beach.

Mike is survived by his wife Janet, her mother Betty Marley, son Matthew and his wife Shelly, daughter Katie and her husband Travis, his grandchildren Madison, Hannah, Molly Kate, and Janson. He also leaves behind brother Patrick and his wife Karen, nephews Grant and wife Lenzie, Blake, and Reid, as well as sisters Carolyn Payne, Marilyn Groves, and Jean Ayo and their families. Public viewing will be Sunday from 3 PM – 4 PM at Edwards Funeral Home. There will be no viewing at the visitation. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 4 from 5:30-7:30pm at Grand Avenue Baptist Church, and the Celebration of Life Service will be held at Grand Avenue Baptist Church on Monday, November 5 at 11:00am. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.

Memorials may be sent to: Northside Athletic Booster Club, for establishment of a scholarship or Grand Avenue Baptist Church Music Ministries.

  • DONATIONS

  • Northside Athletic Booster Club - for the establishment of a scholarship.
  • Grand Avenue Baptist Church Music Ministries

Services

  • Public viewing Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Life Celebration Service Monday, November 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Michael J. Blaylock

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Greg Guess

November 6, 2018

Matt and katie I am sorry about your dad he was a great man. I always enjoyed talking to him he always had so many stories. He always gave me the biggest bear hug a man could do. My family will keep y'all in our prayers. Miss you guys so much.

Msgt. Richard and Myrtis Hopkins

November 6, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to the Blaylock family. Our son Carlos attended Northside high school with Matt while we were stationed in Fort Smith. We will keep Matt and his family in our prayers.

Dusty Helbling

November 5, 2018

I am very sorry I did not find out about Mike until Monday afternoon when we got the paper in the mail. I would have been at the Memorial Service for sure. I knew Mike's mother & father and Mike was in my Training Union Class when I was teaching the Jr High age. He was a great kid and turned into
an Outstanding Man. He will be missed by all in the community ! God has blessed him and may he continue to bless his family !

Dusty Helbling Ozark, AR

Frances Morreale

November 5, 2018

Janet, we are so sad to hear about Mike. We are praying for you and your family as you get through this difficult time. God’s timing can be hard to understand. I know He will comfort and hold you up as you begin a different path of life.
Ross and Frances Morreale

Shirley Culver Brown

November 5, 2018

Dear Janet and family,
I went to school with Mike thru grade school until graduation at Northside.
He was always one of my favorite friends thru out our school years.
The last time I saw him ... which we were both scheduled for a colonoscopy that morning.... I could hear him and Janet in the pre-op room laughing and cutting up..
I knew it was him before I peaked inside the room to see him laying on the bed with his blue surgery cap On. He was smiling and laughing and cracking jokes about our procedure.
I will not be attending the service this morning, but will always remember the last time I saw him, laughing and smiling and always had a twinkle in his eye. Love you Mike, and yes I am proud to be a Former classmate of 1971 Northside Grizzles!!
Where sincere love and sympathy
Shirley Culver Brown

Jamie Henry

November 5, 2018

Dear Janet, from the bottom of my heart I feel sorrow and pain for your loss. All through high school you two were meant to be together. Such a fun guy and talented also. The shock of his passing has struck hard. My prayers for you and your children and grandchildren will continue. You are a strong and loving person, so I know you will have strength in numbers to help you go through the days ahead. God will keep Mike in his loving arms until you meet again. Jamie Sullivan Henry

Michael Cain

November 5, 2018

Matt, I am very sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family in this time of grief.

Freda H

November 4, 2018

Oh, my. I was shocked when my parents told me today that I had lost one of my prayer warriors. Thank you, Janet, for sharing with them that he had prayed for me every day--what a precious gift! I can't say thanks to him but I thank you and will be praying for your family and the wider community as we realize what a hole is left behind with his home going. I will miss his shouting my name across the choir room sometimes when I came in--I always felt truly welcomed!

Cindy (Spessard) Fose

November 4, 2018

I can't find the words to say. I am at a loss as I am sure everyone is in shock. I have known Mike all my life since grade school and on. He loved pulling pranks and having fun but was always considerate and helpful to anyone who needed help. Mike was a person who was respected in his life and in business. Janet, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy

Don and Linda Keesee

November 3, 2018

A larger than life person, that loved life, loved family, loved his church and more than anything he loved God! The name of the gospel music group that Mike played with, calls itself Glory Bound! Well Mike is there! We love this family and lift our prayers for courage and strength to the family.

Biography

Dear Poppy,

I don’t know how to start this letter, but I do know what I want to say. I am writing you this letter so that you know that everyone here loves you very much. I woke up this morning to the sound of your voice. I entered the living room not seeing you, and that’s when I remembered you’re no longer here. On any normal sleepover at your house, I would have woken up to you setting out oatmeal or Eggos for breakfast, but today I woke up to family and friends gathered around a table celebrating your life and mourning your death. There isn’t the usual loud voice and guitar playing, but there is a lot more weeping instead.

I’ve never seen one death impact an entire community so much, but then again, I’ve never actually had to experience and comprehend a death until now. I never took the saying “someone can be here one minute and gone the next” seriously; that was until it happened. I never could’ve believed this would happen, especially to you. I want you to know that I am glad you are in heaven, but it also makes me very sad that you are gone. A funeral is a time to mourn, but after that it’s time to cherish the memories and be happy.

I wish I had a chance to say that I love you before you took your reserved seat in heaven. I am glad you are with the Lord now. I can never dance to your strumming of a guitar again. You never got to watch me play high school ball. We had so much planned for the future, but not enough planned for now. My whole life you read the Christmas story. Whenever baking any treats, you were the designated taste tester. I cherish every memory we’ve had together.

I hear the strum of a guitar echoing through the trees.
I’m down on my knees, weeping and morning, though I know something’s true –
A thing I had forgotten that I knew.
You are here, and though I cannot see it, I know I can hear it.

Your laugh still sounds here, and so does everything else. Forever your voice and strum are in our ears, while your presence is in our hearts. I hope you are singing and strumming praises in heaven. Without you here there is an emptiness that makes my nose sting when I breath. You are in heaven looking down while we are all here looking up.

I will never forget you or forget to love you,

Madi, Hannah Boats, Mouser, and JT