Laccie William Blevins

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Laccie William Blevins, 89, of Gallatin, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.
Graveside Service, with full military honors, was at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Oak Grove Cemetery, Rockwood. Family Heritage Funeral Home, Gallatin, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 20, 1923, in McCreary County, Ky., son of the late Rev. Maynard and Rosetta Smith Blevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Laccie William "Billy" Blevins Jr.; and brother, Amon Blevins.
He is survived by wife, Carolyn King Blevins, Gallatin; daughter, Ann Parsons (Rand), Gallatin; brother, Conley Blevins (Jean), Whitley City, Ky.; sisters, Pairzida Jones, Greensboro, N.C., and Irene Crain, Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Jessica Kelley (Jay), Gallatin, Joshua Parsons (Holly), Smyrna, and Jonathan Parsons (Josie), Murfreesboro; great-grandchildren, Max Kelley and Mary Kate Kelley â€" another, Charlotte Anne Parsons is on the way.
During his tours of duty as a U.S. Navy aviator during World War II, he flew more than 50 combat missions. He was the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber and saw service in North Africa, Gibraltar and England before transferring to the Southwest Pacific fleet. He was recalled for active duty for two years in the Korean War and served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medals on four consecutive occasions. He worked for Martin Marietta Energy Systems Inc., where he retired after 32 years from Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant in 1985.
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Published in Roane County News from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8, 2012