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Rites held for Russell Blair

Russell Blair, 69, of Jeremiah, died August 17 at Norton Community Hospital.

Mr. Blair was the son of the late Arlie Blair and Mollie Gay Whitaker Blair. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Deanna Back and Janet Blair; a brother, David M. Blair; and a nephew, Lenny Back.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Connie Adams Blair; a son, Christopher Russell “Chris” Blair and wife Heather of Fairview Heights, Ill.; a grandson, Austin H. Blair; a brother, Arlin J. Blair and wife Terrie of Jenkins; two aunts, Goldie Cornett of Hallie, and Berma Matthews of Letcher; an uncle, Olan Whitaker; four nieces, Balisa Baker Southworth, Crystal Nichols Weldon, Dawn Nichols Cowan, and Kelli Nichols; and six nephews, Tim Back, Sean Blair, Brandon Baker, Brian Baker, Justin Blair, and Brian Blair.

Funeral services were held August 20 at Jeremiah Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in the Lewis Back Cemetery at Letcher.

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