Ansel E. Blair

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Ansel E. Blair


Ansel E. Blair, 94, of Greenville, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. A lifelong resident of Greenville he was the son the late William Henry and Bessie Lee Davis Blair. Ansel was a graduate of Parker High School (1940) and Clemson University (1950) with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a veteran of WWII, serving four years in the United Sates Navy. After the war he embarked on a 30+ year career with Duke Power Company retiring in 1984 as Superintendant of Construction for the Greenville District. He then worked for Y. C. Ballenger Construction for two more years before final retirement. Until his health began to decline, Ansel was a very active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Dodd Marchbanks Blair; son, Edsel Dean (Anne) Blair, Richmond, VA; daughter, Marilyn Diana Barnett (Hank) Usry, Fairbanks, Alaska; two stepdaughters, Carol Marchbanks (Jimmy) Kinney and Terry Marchbanks Bramlett, Greenville; sisters, Wyomia Blair and Dorothy Blair Linderman, Greenville; three grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth Barnett, Robert Blair Barnett, Gregory Davis Blair and two step grandchildren, Blakely Rush Bramlett and Allyson Taylor Bramlett; and two great step grandchildren, Ariella Reign and Gabriel Rush Bramlett.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Dola Laws Blair and three brothers, Cordis Marvin Blair, John Ralph Blair and James Olin Blair; and one sister, Alice Blair Granger.

Ansel was a sterling example of what a husband, father and person should be, and will be lovingly remembered by all his family and friends.

Services will be held 11 am Thursday, July 24 in the Mackey Mortuary Chapel with burial in Woodlawn Memorial Park with Military Honors. The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the General Fund at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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Published in The Greenville News on July 22, 2014
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