Richard Donald "Don" Blair
Services celebrating the life of Richard Donald "Don" Blair, 77, will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 1:00pm, First Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA. Officiating services will be Dr. Jeff Raines. Interment will follow at Forest Park St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, LA. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7pm on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street Funeral Home. Don was born in Natchez, MS and he went to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Don was raised on a plantation in Catahoula Parish the first five years of his life, and then moved to Wisner, LA where he later graduated from Wisner High School in 1953. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, from 1953-1955 and then he served in the US Army from 1955-1957. Don then finished a Bachelors of Business Degree at Northwestern in 1960. He previously met the love of his life Marie in the summer of 1958 and the two were married January 28, 1961. He later received his Masters of Counseling from Louisiana Tech in 1973.
Don became a member of First Baptist Church May 1, 1962. He was a Sunday School teacher and a deacon. In addition he was a Counselor at the VA for over 30 years.
Don was mostly known to all that knew him as "POPS". He had a true love for his Lord, family, life, and motorcycle touring.
Mr. Blair was preceded in death by his father, Horace Edward Blair.
Left to cherish Don's precious memory are his mother, Ruth McKay Blair; Wife, Kathryn Marie Blair; sons; Kevin Blair and wife Tammy, Ricky Blair and wife Beth; daughter, Doneen Blair Brubaker and husband Bob; grandchildren, Katie, Devin, Dalton, Libby, Ricky D, Logan, Lindsey, Chase, Olivia, Brody and Braden; brother, Joe Blair and wife Carrie; sister, Sandra Blair Weaver and husband David.
Honoring Mr. Blair as pallbearers will be, Alan Bickham, Logan Brubaker, Randy Cassell, Paul Hardison, Chase Johnson, and James Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Howard Collins, Jim Easterling, Payton Moore, Kirby Rowe, Dan Lohman, and the Adult 4 Men's Sunday School class.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Shreveport, 543 Ockley Dr., Shreveport, LA 71106, or The Highland Club, 1711 Tulane Ave. 71103, or AA Central Office, 2800 Youree Dr., Shreveport, LA 71104.
Published in Shreveport Times from May 8 to May 9, 2013