Martha Jean Starring Blevins, 87, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Renaissance Terrace in Harriman. For almost three years, she had been a resident of Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston.
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She assisted her husband, Dr. B.B. Blevins, with his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Oak Ridge for 24 years. When her husband retired from his practice in 1985, the Blevinses moved to Kingston for their remaining years. After moving to Kingston, Mrs. Blevins was an active volunteer with the Roane County Archives and the Southwest Point and Avery Trace chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. As part of her work with the DAR, she proved her direct line of descent from the Revolutionary War soldier, John Hinds, who settled Hinds Valley along White's Creek prior to the formation of Roane County in 1801. Mrs. Blevins was also a founding director of the Grandview Heritage Foundation.
While a resident of Oak Ridge from 1961-89, she was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church and attended services at several other churches after moving to Kingston. Prior to living in Oak Ridge, Mrs. Blevins supported her husband in his military career, living in Newport News, Va. (Fort Eustis); Ozark, Ala. (Fort Rucker); Chapman, Kan. (Fort Riley); and Seaside, Calif. (Fort Ord).
Mrs. Blevins was a 1944 graduate of Spring City High School in Spring City and a 1946 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens. Born in Grandview on Aug. 19, 1926, she was the daughter of Ralph Stebbins Starring and Ruth Hinds Starring. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her two brothers, Charles Starring and Arthur Starring.
She is survived by her son, Byron B. "B.B." Blevins and wife Andrea, Sacramento, Calif; her daughter, Martha B. "Martie" Gray and husband Richard, Roswell, Ga.; four grandchildren, Mallory Gray, Nashville, Madison Gray, Roswell, Andrew and Benjamin Blevins, Sacramento; her sister-in-law, Jimmie Starring, Rockwood; her sister-in-law, Blanche Starring, Hixson; many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Blevins inspired and helped many throughout her life with her caring and giving nature. She always found the sunshine on a rainy day. Her most precious possession as she departed this life were her grandchildren.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staffs at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston and the Fresenius Medical Care in Harriman for the excellent care they provided Mrs. Blevins over the past few years.
A brief graveside service will be at Stebbins Cemetery in Grandview at noon Wednesday, June 18.
Memorials can be made to the Grandview Heritage Foundation, c/o First Bank of Tennessee, P.O. Box 99, Spring City, TN 37381.
Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City, is in charge of arrangements. www.vaughn-funeral-home.com
Vaughn Funeral Home
150 E Piccadilly Ave
Spring City, TN 37381
Published in Roane County News from June 17 to June 18, 2014