OBITUARY

Jimmy L. Blair

August 18, 1937October 10, 2021

Jimmy L. Blair, age 84, of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Jimmy was born August 18, 1937. He is the son of the late Dorothy and Raymond Blair. He is survived by his children, Tony (Linny) Blair, Anna Marie (Bobby) Calfee, Kim Armistead, Ricky (Amy) Blair and Michael (Beth) Blair; Uncle Frank M. (Cody) Grove, Jr.; 22 grandchildren and numerous cousins.

Jimmy graduated from West High School in 1955 then served his country as an Airman in the U.S. Navy. After the Navy he began working for KUB and raising his family. During this time, he also attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1971 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He then worked for TVA for 27 years and retired in 1999.

Receiving of friends will be held for Jimmy on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10am with a Funeral Mass to follow at 11am at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 7200 Brickey Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918. He will be interred at 1pm at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery, 5315 Kingston Pike.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Albert the Great Catholic Church by mail, online under the tithe option and there will also be a box at the church to drop donations.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com for the Blair family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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Jimmy Blair

October 20, 2021

I am the sister of Mona Wilson who was a friend of Jimmy's for most of their lives. They grew up in Second United Methodist Church where their mothers were friends. Mona and Jimmy were members of the class of 1955 at West High School. Tragically in 2009 Mona suffered a stroke and has been totally disabled since then. She is unable to talk but is mentally aware. She has been in a nursing home since then. Jimmy faithfully visited her each Saturday for all of the years until Covid closed visits. Mona was always so excited to see him. His friendship and commitment were such a wonderful gift to Mona. She and I cannot fully tell you how much this selfless act has meant. I cannot attend the funeral as I get to visit Mona today for the first time in two months today. We will keep you in our prayers.

Charles Zurakowski

October 19, 2021

We would like to send our condolences to the Blair Family, and will pray for your family during this time of sorrow. Chuck and Robin Zurakowski

Georgia Shipley

October 16, 2021

I have known Jimmy all our lives growing up at Second Methodist Church; graduating at West High; seeing each other at reunions and other occasions. He was a good and kind man. I remember especially his kindness to one of our disabled classmates. My sincere sympathy goes out to his children and family . May God bless and comfort you.

Jeffrey Armistead

October 13, 2021

Dear Kim, Tony, Anna Marie, Ricky and Michael,

My deepest sympathies for the loss of your father. He certainly went out to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s song, “My Way”. Jim was a man’s man, no doubt about it and I know I wish I had taken the opportunity to learn more about him on a deeper level. For the preponderance of our relationship he always intimidated the heck out of me to the point, as I think you all know, that I could bring myself to call him dad because I felt like it would be disrespectful. Despite that, he was a solid father-in-law and I did feel like a son to him. He did have a big heart even under the gruffness.

I know he loved all five of you and was a very proud father. My attendance at the funeral or receiving of friends is up the air for obvious reasons as I want to show respect all way around. Regardless, I will grieve his loss and will keep all of you and his grandchildren in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

Vicki Blair Seals

October 13, 2021

So many precious memories of grandpa “Dad” I hold in my heart. He was a wonderful grandfather to my boys and I know each persons life he touched will truly miss him. The entire Blair family is my thoughts and prayers ❤️

Evelyn Balla

October 13, 2021

When I think of your dad, I see a proud man attending mass, standing tall , holding one of his precious babies. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Aunt Jackie Uncle Frank

October 13, 2021

We are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have many memories of Crystal River visits with Jim and the family. We will have a Mass said for him at our mission church on October 30 when I will be the lector. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love,
Aunt Jackie and Uncle Frank

Anna Marie Blair-Calfee

October 12, 2021

I will miss you, Daddy. You were a good honest man, loving father, and role model. I owe you everything for all you taught me, especially for the hours you spent explaining math/calculus. It’s unfortunate you will not know any great-grandchildren because you were the best at putting the grand-babies to sleep on your big ole chest.
Rest In Peace Daddy.