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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Earl Woodburn Blair Jr.

September 12, 1946May 20, 2020

On Wednesday, May 20th, Earl Blair left his Earthly life. He managed to hang on until he got one last FaceTime from his daughter Leigh and then he passed one minute after the phone call ended. He persisted and fought through 52 days in the ICU with Covid-19 related complications. Earl had a tremendous will to live, and live well. His father, a WWII vet, died of a postwar illness when Earl was preschool age. This was a time when there were few if any social safety nets for women and children. He was raised by his tough, but tender, working mother and paternal grandmother in public housing on the rough and tumble Northside of Houston. On Saturdays, he got on a bus, rode to town, and spent all day at the movie theater for a nickel, while his mother completed her shift work. He was schooled by his role models Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and Captain America. He soaked up these traditional values, and they informed his sense of patriotism and a man’s responsibility to the world. At the same time, he fell in passionate love with music and the movie business. While in High School, he formed a band called “The Rogues,” heavily influenced by the British sound of the 1960’s. “The Rogues” even opened for “The Moving Sidewalks,” later known as ZZ Top. After experiencing minor success with “The Rogues,” Earl pursued his second love: the movie industry. He moved to California and learned the gritty side of show biz from the pros, managing acts and being the friendly face that talked to everyone, from the bigwigs and the little wigs. (He had so many stories!) But he wanted to raise his boys away from L.A., so he developed a career as Captain Bijou from the ground up. He pioneered the promotion of pop culture conventions that are so popular today, such as first Comic Convention in Houston, along the way. He shared his love of cinema collectibles as he raised three sons, fostering in them both a love of cinema and school sports, especially baseball. (It was not uncommon to see Earl “sporting” an Astros shirt in later years.) He is also remembered for his work ethic, which he attributed to his family roots. He never really retired. His collectible company, Captain Bijou, was open until the end. And you could always engage him with, “Have you seen the trailer for (the latest movie)?” His sons appreciated the values of hard work and self-sufficiency their dad instilled in them. Earl continued to get up at 4 A.M. and preside over his many “Remember When” Facebook groups, acting as a kind of class historian for many people who grew up during the 1950’s and 60’s, a generation he was proud to have been a part of. What we are desperately missing right now is his warmth and humor. He was so easy for us to love. Friends call him “one helluva guy.” After returning to Houston, “The World’s Most Perfect Husband” is what Eloise and Jennifer would call him, especially after benefitting from one of his perfectly mixed cocktails, or thanked him for meal prep or clean up. His stepson Mark considered his love for his mother, Eloise, the greatest gift. The only thing that came close to his love of music and movies was his love of family. And besides the beach, nothing was better than an old-fashioned family Sunday dinner. He always made time to sit down with anyone and talk together away from the crowd, if only for a few minutes. He would ask many questions and follow the conversation with a big hug. He gave his full attention and he made you feel seen. This was the Captain’s superpower: to bear witness to another’s life. While Earl’s battle began well before entering the hospital, he spent fifty-two days fighting and battling in the hospital. Fifty-two Days. It took fifty-two days to build the Walls of Jericho. We are sure after being released from captivity, the Jews felt that fifty-two days was both a lifetime and a wondrous feat to accomplish in such a short period of time. Earl’s fight felt like a lifetime and the blink of an eye, as well. Fifty-two Days. The Holy Spirit returned to Earth 52 days after Jesus’ crucifixion as a fulfillment of prophesy. Earl’s battle lines up with Pentecost and we think Earl would appreciate this.

Six years ago, Earl posted the following when reflecting on the life of his mother, “Only when we have taken so many steps down our own’s life’s course can we look over our shoulder with far greater clarity than we did in … moments now many years ago and … yearn for just one more hug or to hear [his] voice one more time….” Now we feel that sense of yearning.

Right now, he is singing and playing guitar, and visiting with some of his favorite cowboys. Soon we will have a memorial. Maybe we will listen to The Beach Boys while cruising in the Corvette down to the Galveston shore; that may be just what the Captain ordered. But for now, we are here with love and memories, and bearing witness...

We will forever remember: Captain American, Captain Bijou, Dad, Earl Blair, EB. Happy Trails. Forever.

In lieu of flowers the family ask donations be made to a Charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Eloise Blair, Wife
  • Scott Blair, Son
  • Garrett Blair, Son
  • Travis Blair, Son
  • Leigh Stovall and her husband Dave, Step-daughter
  • Mark Weisinger and his wife Jennifer, Step-son
  • Abby Stovall, Granddaughter
  • Becca Stovall, Granddaughter
  • Will Stovall, Grandson

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Charley McMinn

May 26, 2020

I am the mother of Jason McMinn, Scott Blair's friend. My sympathy to the family especially to Scott and his brothers. I knew them all when they lived in Huntsville, AL. My deepest sympathy to all.

Elizabeth Alanis nee Gonzales

May 25, 2020

I am a former student of Ms. Blair (I knew her as Weisinger). I’d like to offer my deepest condolences. I never knew Earl, but he sounds like an exceptional man. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.

May peace come to you with fond memories.

Elizabeth

Warren Chaney

May 24, 2020

I first met Earl many years ago at his shop (or it may have been Roy's) many years ago in the early 70s. I was a major "Space Patro" fan and as we spoke, it turned out that he was as well. At the time, I reflected that I was raised in a rural area in Kentucky and one in which the "Space Patrol" television series was never seen. Consequently, my exposure to "Space Patrol" was via the Ralson Cereal Boxes and the Saturday morning broadcasts. Before I left the shop, Earl yelled at me to stop. He ran into another room and returned with 3 16mm kinescopes, representing the final 3 television broadcasts of the show. I offered to buy them right there but he said no, that they were from his private collection. He asked if I had a 16mm projector, and I said yes. He said, "Here, you take these and when you're done with them, just return them. At this point, I was a complete stranger to him. I was so impressed and that first-impression never changed. This is who, Earl was.

He became a really good friend and both of us relocated to LA at the same time to begin a career in the industry.

Earl Blair was an original, one of a kind, and it is doubtful that the world will see his like again. That makes his loss to all of us, all that more painful. Rest in Peace, my friend, and enjoy the big convention you are organizing and hosting up there.

Dick Baxter

May 24, 2020

My heart is broken at the loss of my friend who I will forever remember. My heartfelt condolences goes to Eloise. Earl will always be in my heart.

Dick Baxter

Patsy Powell Price

May 24, 2020

My prayers are with you Eloise and the family. Earl will be missed by so many. Our next Class Reunion will not be the same without him and his music. Everyone enjoyed and appreciated his love of historical things and places that he shared with us on his Facebook page. When I look at current pictures of him with his beard, I still see the young, blonde-headed boy from Aldine High School with shining eyes and a cute smile. He had a wonderful and exciting life. I am proud to have known him and to have him as a friend. Rest in peace Earl. Enjoy your rewards in heaven.

Judy Nichols Roberetson

May 24, 2020

Another Mustang joining the Big Roundup.....you were greatly loved by all whom you touched, and are greatly missed. Heaven is really rocking now! Rest in Peace, dear, sweet friend, happy trails to you, until we meet again! Judy and Milton Robertson

Richard Schmidt

May 24, 2020

My cousin...... I cannot recall a time when he was not around. Christmas, Thanksgiving gatherings at the cemetery, and for the past 10 years or so, on Facebook with his old photos and tons of information. I remember The Rogues once opened for the Righteous Brothers in the Houston Music Hall and appeared on the Larry Kane Show. Always a class act and ready with a story and maybe with a tune on the guitar. I have never known anyone that loved music and the entertainment business so much. He is already missed among the Brill cuzns and I know by his family.

Earl Carter

May 23, 2020

Another friend from gone but never forgotten! Rest in Peace Earl Blair! You earned that!

Martin Klein

May 23, 2020

I am very fortunate to have known Earl Blair. My heartfelt condolences on his passing. He is a great man who made this world a better place. My prayers for all of you that you may find consolation, comfort and peace.

Mike McDougal

May 22, 2020

Eloise,
So sorry to hear about Earl's passing. Judy and I would like to express our deepest condolences. I remember Earl from the rock and roll clubs I frequented back in the day. We will remember him fondly.
Mike and Judy McDougal

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