Walter Blevins, Jr.
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Walter B. Blevins, Jr., 98, died Tuesday February 12, 2013 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
He was born January 12, 1915, in Oklahoma City, OK. He graduated from high school in Oklahoma City in 1932, and then attended the University of Oklahoma where graduated in 1936 with a degree in Business Administration.
Walter joined the U. S. Calvary following graduation. Following Pearl Harbor, Walter was assigned to the U. S. Army originally as an aerial observer and then as an artillery spotter. He was assigned to Camp Rucker near Ozark, AL (now Ft. Rucker) where he met his future wife Grace Hudgens. Walter was then assigned to training in California. He and Grace were married at the Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA, January 4, 1944. He trained in various parts of California until his deployment to the Pacific Theater. He participated in the Battle of Peleliu, one of the most brutal of the Pacific Island battles.
At the end of World War II he was discharged from the service and returned with his wife to Oklahoma City. He eventually went to work for Kemper Insurance Company. In 1948, Walter moved his family to Jackson, MS where he opened the first Mississippi Office for the Lumberman's Mutual Casualty Insurance division of Kemper Insurance. Walter was in charge of the office until his retirement in 1980.
Walter was a member of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church for 64 years.
Walter was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Blevins McDowell and by his wife of 55 years, Grace Hudgens Blevins. Survivors include his step-son Dr. Jere P. Segrest (Katherine) of Birmingham, AL; grandsons Wayne McDowell, Devin McDowell (Becky) and his great-granddaughter Stevie Welch and great-grandson Grayson.
Memorials may be made to Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. Online guestbook www.wrightferguson.com
Published in Clarion Ledger on Feb. 14, 2013