Jerral Duane Blair passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Southside Church of Christ, 2101 Hemphill 76110. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the family will receive visitors at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Lisa Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 40, Maypearl, Texas 76064. Duane was born on Sept. 6, 1934, to Lester and Mary Gladys Blair, in Vernon. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1952 where he lettered in basketball, football and golf (his favorite sport). He bypassed his appointment to West Point to follow his sweetheart since sixth grade sweetheart to Abilene to attend Hardin Simmons University on a golf scholarship. As an avid golfer, he had five holes-in-one and a double eagle in his lifetime. Duane was an Army ROTC battalion commander leading the Pershing Rifle drill team. He was one of three cadets designated as a Distinguished Military Graduate in 1956 when he received his Bachelors in Business Administration from HSU. He married his childhood sweetheart, Edyne Miller, in 1954. Duane and Edyne were married for 62 years. After graduating college in 1956, he entered the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Security Agency. He then served two years of active duty in Massachusetts and Kenai, Alaska, where their first child, Marcris, was born. Duane served as a reserve officer until 1964 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Duane worked for Nationwide Papers and later retired as the Fort Worth Division Manager in 1998. After retiring, he spent most of his time playing golf at Colonial Country Club where he was a member since 1967. He was also a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas where he served as President of the Fort Worth Chapter for two years and District Representative for four years. He was awarded the District Representative of the Year in 2009. He was most proud of his membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendents for which he worked tirelessly to prove the Blair family genealogy over the last few years. Duane was a member of Rosemont Church of Christ where he served as an Elder for 25 years. He was a member of Southside Church of Christ at the time of his death. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was known as "Peepa" to his grandchildren. Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Edyne; his daughter, Marcris Jan Ketchersid, her husband Joey and daughter Kirsten of Argyle; his son, Kevin Duane Blair, his wife Kim and their four children, Kylie, Jonathan, Jaxon and Jaeger of New Braunfels; and his youngest son, Kasey Dane Blair, his wife Julie, and their daughters, Brittan and Brooklin of Keller.
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