"Out of the past I see your eyes, their twinkle mixed with blue; And so this day I think of things kept in my heart for you." Harold was born April 12, 1934 in Kentwood, LA to William Oscar Blades and Ellen Rimes Blades. He drifted into the arms of Jesus on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at OLOL Hospital with loving family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorraine Doucet Blades; daughter Cindy Blades Cody and husband Michael; sons Mitchel Anthony Blades, Gregory Wayne Blades and wife Jo Ann Blades, and Harold R. Blades, Jr.; grandchildren Kenneth Cody, Sarah Marie Ellen Cody, Rebecca Lane Cody, Aaron Michael Blades, Hunter Austin Blades, Krystal Blades, and Heaven L. Blades; great-grandchildren Myrikel Blades, Tristin Cummings, Piper Witt, and Jamie Carson; sisters Audrey B. and husband Pete Williams, and Linda B. and husband Ric Moore; brothers Wilbur (Bo) and wife Sharon Blades, Roger and wife Annette Blades, Clayton and wife Margaret Blades; sisters-in-law Ernestine Blades, Florence Bielkiewicz, Peggy Andre, and Mona and husband Michael Mayeau; and brother-in-law Rulon (Skip) Yarborough. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty B. Yarborough, and brother William O. Blades, Jr. Pallbearers are Aaron and Hunter Blades, Kenneth Cody, Brett Moore, Trevor Andre, and Rafe Blades. Honorary Pall Bearers are Terry Blades, Rusty Williams, and Lyle Andre. Harold served his country in the US Army from 1956-1958. He then began his career as a fireman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department where he was always loyal, honest, and dedicated to his duties. He had a special talent for machinery repair and advanced to Master Mechanic. He loved his job and felt a great responsibility to assure that his work was thorough and safe. He was a loving and giving person with a keen sense of humor. He especially loved children, and they loved him. Harold loved and knew his Lord. He was an active member of Live Oak Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. His ever-faithful Sunday School Class came to his home to hold classes when he was no longer able to attend church. Visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home in Denham Springs on Tuesday, October 29, from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, October 30, at Pine Ridge United Methodist Church, 3893 Hwy. 440, Kentwood, at 8:00 AM with the funeral and celebration of life service at 11:00 AM. Donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Research Foundation or to the Cancer Service of Greater Baton Rouge.
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Published in The Advocate from Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, 2013