Homer had an infectious love for the little known details of history, and nothing seemed to make him happier than finding a book on a subject or sharing a personal anecdote on a subject of mutual interest. If you were interested in a topic, so was Homer. There was no one else like him.
Dr. Blass will be greatly missed by the students, faculty and staff of Liberty University and the children and members of the Thomas Road Baptist Church. He was faithful to his Lord and served with excellence. He will truly be missed. Our prayers are with Linda and Scotty.
Homer's walk matched his talk. He was the real deal. I loved the conversations we had about history as colleagues, and I loved the way he treated my kids at TRBC on Sunday mornings. Our family will remember him fondly, and we pray for his family during this difficult time.
Dr. Blass will be remembered at Liberty University as a man full of historical knowledge. He was a kind and gentle man who was always willing to stop and talk. He will be missed here at Liberty.
Dr. Homer Blass was one of the most amazing people whom I have ever had opportunity to know. He was kind, loving, humble, yet unrivaled in the wealth of his knowledge. It was a blessing to have had him as an undergraduate professor, and he has been a role model to me in the two decades since,as I taught high school history and then college history. In a forthcoming book, long before I knew that he was ill, I wrote of Dr. Blass in its acknowledgements section. I regret that he will not see that book this side of eternity, but I think he knew how much we, his students, love him. I miss this wonderful man!
Keith Beutler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Missouri Baptist University