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James Edward Bledsoe went home to be with his Lord on May 11, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George & Ida Bledsoe of Breckenridge, Texas. He attended Breckenridge High School and entered the U.S.Navy in 1956. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 1980.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Melissa Virginia Bledsoe; one daughter, Lori Anne Bledsoe, two sons John Timothy Bledsoe of Gresham, Ore., and James Edward Bledsoe, Jr. of Pennsylvania, three granddaughters and two great-grandsons.
He assisted in building two churches in Alamogordo and also one at Orient Drive Baptist Church, Boring, Ore., where he was also a deacon. Most recently, he was a deacon at Burnside Baptist in Gresham, Ore.
A viewing will be held Monday, May 26, from 12-8 p.m.The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 27. Both will be held at Gresham Memorial Chapel in Gresham, Ore. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
The family suggests contributions to AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) International.
Gresham Memorial Chapel
257 SE Roberts Avenue
Gresham, OR 97080
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 24 to June 23, 2014