Decatur lost a true cowboy when Ernie Blevins died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the age of 71.
Ernie was born Dec. 2, 1942, and was on his own as a young teen. He graduated from Trinity High School in 1962 and joined the U.S. Navy immediately after. He was a boiler tender on the USS Trathen and the USS Fechteler, both destroyer-class ships recommissioned during the Vietnam conflict. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1966.
Ernie worked at Decatur Lumber Co. for many years. He welded gates, cattle guards and strung fencing all over Wise County. He also built docks on Lake Bridgeport and was practically a store fixture at Allsup’s. He loved his family, friends, music, and appreciated a warm rain as much as a cold beer.
He was truly a “good ol’ boy” who pulled over and tipped his hat when a funeral procession passed, stopped for anyone on the side of the road and brought them home if he couldn’t fix their car. He never judged a person by their clothes, skin or anything other than character.
After a previous marriage that resulted in three wonderful children, he married Anne on New Year’s Eve 1980.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; son Brian Blevins of Duncan, Okla.; daughters Tammy Drennan of Lindsay, Okla., Leigh Ann Reece of Ennis and Shalyn Champagne of Lake Worth; sister Joy Romine; grandchildren Brandon Drennan, Bryce Drennan, Jayce Blevins, Paycen Blevins, Chloe Blevins, Calin Reece, James Reece and Ashton Champagne.
A private memorial service will be held at Black Creek. Arrangements are being handled by Jim’s Funeral Home of Hurst.