Marvin T. Blair – November 9, 2011

Marvin T. Blair, 82, of Amarillo, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Rev. R. Michael McDowell, interim pastor, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Blair was born July 21, 1929 in Hamlin, TX to Bertha La Rue and Parker Blair.  He moved to Amarillo as a child and attended Amarillo Public Schools graduating Amarillo High midterm in 1949.  He served in the Texas National Guard, 36th Division for 11 years completing heavy weapons training school at Fort Benning, GA and attained the rank of Master Sergeant.
Mr. Blair married Theres
a Winstead on July 29, 1955 at Pierce St. Baptist Church in Amarillo.  He was a highly skilled carpenter with a deep love for woodwork.  He worked for a building company for many years.  He retired from AISD in 2000.  His skills included small furniture making and crafting toys, most of which he gave away.  He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian and traveled to Mexico as part of the Casas de Cristo ministry
The family wishes to thank the Arbors, BSA Hospice, and most of all, Westminster Presbyterian Church for all of their prayers and support.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha La Rue Blair in 1946 and Parker Blair in 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Theresa Blair, of Amarillo; a daughter, Cindy Rios and husband Teo of Amarillo; sons, Tim Blair and wife Darsha of Amarillo and Andy Blair and wife Janell of Palacios; grandchildren, Megan Davis and husband Jon of Amarillo, Austin Rios and wife Sinci of Amarillo, Morgan Blair of Amarillo, Martin Blair and Kate Blair of Palacios; a great-grandson, Jax Rios of Amarillo; sisters, Juanita Brodie of Lakewood, CO, La Melva Azbell and Sue Stockton, both of Amarillo; brothers-in-law, Charles Azbell of Amarillo, Jim Winstead of Scottsdale, AZ and Wayne Winstead of Costa Rica; and a special sister-in-law, Jo Snead of Amarillo.
The family suggest memorial donations be made to Casas de Cristo c/o Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2525 Wimberly, Amarillo, TX 79109.
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