February 20, 1934 - November 9, 2020
Bobbye L. Blevins, 86, of Kannapolis, passed peacefully at the Virginia Veterans Care Center Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, in Roanoke, Va.
Born in Lynch, Ky., Feb. 20, 1934, she attended local Harlan County Schools and graduated in 1952 from Cumberland High School in Cumberland, Ky. Soon after graduation, Bobbye joined the U.S. Air Force, and while assigned to Pope Air Force Base in Ft. Bragg, she met and married another Air Force service member, Billy J. Blevins, Aug. 1, 1953. Bobbye completed her Air Force service in 1954, and together they raised four children, while her husband continued serving in the Air Force.
Bobbye and Bill frequently relocated to duty stations stateside and overseas. She raised four children on her own for weeks or months at a time when Bill deployed on remote military assignments. Air Force duty assignments where the family relocated included Bedford, Va.; Arlington, Va.; Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Alcoy, Spain; Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Gettysburg, S.D.; and Homestead, Fla. Upon her husband's military retirement in 1968 at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., she worked for a number of years for Southern Bell Telephone. In 1977, the family relocated to Marion, Va., and then to Saltville, Va. In the early 1990s, Bobbye and Bill moved to Kannapolis, where they lived until 2017.
Bobbye was an avid gardener, reader and staunch supporter of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, often giving of her time and energy to help whomever and whenever she could. She loved animals, especially hummingbirds and owls. She was a great cook and loved teaching the grandchildren how to prepare some of her favorite meals.
Survivors include her beloved children, William Joseph Blevins (Colleen), of Mount Vernon, Wash., Rebecca Gail Archer of Mount Gilead, and Randall Eugene Blevins (Sharon) of Roanoke, Va.; grandchildren, Karen Marie Gustavson (Eric), Chris Archer (Lori), Maegan Archer, Christina LaPerle, Kimberly Blevins, and William Blevins; six great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other beloved relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Blevins; son, Robert Jeffrey Blevins; sisters, Louise Herrington and Lounette King; and parents, Herbert and Janett Woliver Livingston.
A graveside service with military honor guard will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society
in her memory.
The family would especially like to thank the Virginia Veterans Care Center for the thoughtful care and support they provided.
Simpson Funeral Home, Roanoke, Va.www.simpsonfuneral.com
Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on Nov. 15, 2020.