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Thursday April 16th, 2020

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Shirl Jacob Blevins


SHIRL JACOB BLEVINS, age 86, of Marion, Va. passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020. 

Shirl was born on October 15, 1933 in Fairfax, Va. to the late Fred and Virginia Myers Blevins. When his friends were drafted in 1956, Shirl joined the Army in the hopes that they could serve together. Following his honorable discharge from the service of our country, he moved to Northern Va. and founded, along with his brother, Arthur Quinten Blevins, A & S Construction. He became a Washington Redskins fan after building a home for Sonny Jurgensen, former quarterback for the Redskins. Shirl worked in Northern Va. until 1970, when he again moved back to Marion, Va. with his family. He established Mitchell Valley Construction and worked hard daily for the next 50 years building and remodeling many homes in Smyth County and the surrounding area. In his free time, he loved to fish and hunt, but in later years found more pleasure in watching wildlife from his kitchen table.  A passion for the mountains was always present, from coon hunting to digging ginseng, to just taking a walk with his dogs. If he was in the mountains, he was happy. As a master storyteller, he could bend your ear for hours while feeding snacks to his dogs. He loved playing poker, watching wrestling, laughing, and scratching lottery tickets. Shirl was the ultimate optimist—always thinking he would win big. We were the winners to have been his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Quinten Blevins and Walter Blevins; sisters, Agnes Moulton, Charmie Lowe, Cleo Bowling, Betty Bogle, and Polly Blevins; best friend, Bane Billings, and grandson, Richard Zane Blevins.

Shirl is survived by his wife, Wilma Keys Blevins, and his boys, Shane Dremer Keith, Jr. (aka Shirl Jacob Blevins, Jr.), Richard Keith Blevins (Mariann), and Jeffrey Shane Blevins (April); grandchildren: Ethan, Cameron and Nolan Blevins, Callie and J. Mellinger, and great-grandchild, Cason Blevins; sister, Gladys Blevins Haga; brother-in-law, Lewis Haga; several nieces and nephews; stepsons,  Jeff, Allen (Cindy), Mickey, and Eddie (Jen) Parks; six step-grandchildren and 12 step great-grandchildren, and his most current four-legged friends, Sam, Molly, Lady, and MoJo.

Due to the current health restrictions, the family will have a graveside service at West Cemetery, Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Allen Parks presiding. Military Rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Smyth County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1124 Marion, VA 24354.

To share memories of Shirl Jacob Blevins, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Shirl’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion VA 24354.

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Shirl was a wonderful friend to all of us. Prayers and hugs for all of his family.

LINDA DIAZ Apr 22 2020 12:00 AM

His obituary is a moving tribute to Shirl, and paints a perfect picture of him with words. I had many opportunities to visit with Shirl during the years I worked in the law office of his friend, Isaac Freeman, and enjoyed his humor immensely. He always seemed to be in good spirits with a good story to tell! His family obviously has many cherished memories of special times spent with a special man. It is my prayer that those memories will bring comfort to you all during your time of sadness and loss. With love, Kathy Hietala

Kathy Hietala Apr 16 2020 12:00 AM

With our sympathy, smyth co. humane society....mike snavely, v-pres....

mike snavely Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirl Blevins

mike snavely Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Wonderful man and wonderful family. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jackie Wilson Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss ! Shirl was a good friend and co worker for many years ! Ed ,Sandy and Ed Jr. Kirk

Ed , Sandy ,Ed Jr. Kirk Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

My Condolences to Shirl's family. I remember the fun and laughs we had as young men. Always friends! Rest in Peace. Jim Rosenbaum

Jim Rosenbaum Apr 12 2020 12:00 AM

Uncle Shirl I'm going to miss you so much, and you brought so much joy into are lives. I will miss you calling me curly and your smile. The last time I saw you I really enjoyed are visit and I got to tell you I love you and you always told me back ,I will cherish that forever. I want you to go rest high on that beautiful Mountain now, and I'll see you again, I love you forever and will miss you dearly

Denise Moore Apr 10 2020 12:00 AM

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