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Earl Samuel Blevins
May 5, 1943 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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On Friday, December 29, 2023, Earl Samuel Blevins went home to be with his Lord. He left this world peacefully, in the comfort of his home and in the presence of his loving family. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Sam and Lizzie Fox Blevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters and their spouses, Betty and Ray Wilson and Foye and Johnny Thomas; granddaughter, Lovie Anna Blevins; father and mother-in-law, Roy and Lovie Laws.
Earl was a skilled tradesman who enjoyed working with his hands. Some of his many labors of love included helping to build homes for his sons and restoring cars and trucks, specifically a 1967 Mustang and a 1949 Chevrolet pick-up that he gifted to his grandchildren. Despite only completing a 10th grade education, Earl was a proficient technician who was able to fabricate his own parts and make repairs on the many looms he worked with. He retired after 40 years of
service at Glen Raven. In his free time, Earl was fond of skiing and roller skating with his family and dear friends Donald and Jana Ray Thompkins. He also took his sons hunting as often as he was able. Earl enjoyed photography, and regularly offered his services to friends and family as a wedding photographer, even developing his own film, but refrained from being called a "professional", as he shared his art from his heart and not for a profit. He was locally renowned for his musical talents, and taught himself and many others to play bluegrass stringed instruments of all kinds, including the cat can banjo. Everyone who knew Earl
knew that music was a huge part of his everyday life, and he shared that music with anyone who would listen.
Earl was a pillar of his local church, and served as a musician, a deacon, and an
example of faith and discipleship, especially to his own family, but extending far beyond. As the foreign exchange student coordinator for Yancey County, he welcomed students from all over the world into his home as well as placing them with other families throughout the county. He could find a common bond with anyone, regardless of their background, and find a way to welcome them to his church, his home, and his table. He was a family man, a friend to all, but most of all a child of God.
Left to cherish the legacy of his life are his loving wife of 61 years, Jena Vee Laws Blevins; sons: David and wife Dawn, Doyle and wife Rebecca; brother, Harold and wife Mary Ruth Blevins; grandson Tyler Blevins; granddaughter KayLee and husband Tyler Murphy; great-grandchildren: Oliver Blevins and Aurora Blevins; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4,2024, at 1:00 PM. at Zion Baptist Church, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM. Rev. Roger Hilemon, Rev. Rick Honeycutt, and Rev. Earl McPeters will be officiating. A private graveside service will follow at the Roy Laws Family Cemetery in Green Mountain, NC.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Blevins family.