|RUFUS COMBO BLEVINS & ELVA PEARL HALE BLEVINS
It is with much sadness and a broken heart and many precious memories that we write the obituary of our
father and mother. We know they are in a much better place where sickness and pain no longer afflict their
Rufus Combo Blevins was born on November 2, 1911. He was the son of Robert Patrick Blevins and Missouri
Stanley Blevins. He passed away on February 7, 2001.
He was a member of Sweet Home Church on Caney Ridge in Dickenson County, Virginia for 31 years, and
served as a Deacon for 23 years. He was a faithful member and worker of the church until his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons, Cecil Jackson Blevins and two infant sons, Roger and
Arthur; and an infant daughter, Audrey. Also, one brother, Cowan Blevins, and four sisters, Fallie Hamilton, Sis
Stanley, Pearl Thompkins, and Verdie Yates.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Pearl Hale Blevins and two sons, Lewis Blevins (Juanita) and James
Blevins (Paula) of Coeburn, Virginia. Also surviving are three daughters, Shelbie Willis (Bruce), Sharon Blevins of
Coeburn, Virginia and Shirley Harrison (Sam) of Clintwood, Virginia; one brother, Voda Blevins of Coeburn,
Virginia; one sister, Delores Powers of New Symrna Beach, Florida; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 4
step great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Daddy was a retired coal miner and always worked hard to support his family whom he dearly loved. After
working in the coal mines all day he would come home and work on his farm until dark. Daddy always loved his
animals; his cows, cats, and dogs. He saw to it they were all well fed and taken care of up until his death. He
loved taking care of his bees and had several hives as long as his health allowed him to care for them.
Elva Pearl Hale Blevins was born on November 14, 1922 and passed away on September 10, 2005. She was
the daughter of Fate and Maggie Hale. She was a member of the Sweet Home Church for 29 years and then
moved her letter to Caney Fork Church to organize with the Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years, Rufus Combo Blevins; three sons, Cecil
Jackson Blevins and two infant sons, Roger and Arthur; one infant daughter, Audrey; one son-in-law, Samuel
Harrison; six brothers, Kermit, Leon, Lester, Ruben and Garland Hale; and one sister, Tessie Winebarger.
She is survived by two sons, Lewis Blevins (Dorothy) of Castlewood, Virginia and James Blevins (Paula) of
Coeburn, Virginia; three daughters, Shelbie Willis (Bruce), Sharon Blevins of Coeburn, Virginia, and Shirley Mullins
(Ron) of Clintwood, Virginia; a daughter-in-law, Nina Blevins, of Clintwood, Virginia; and two brothers, Arvil Hale of
Coeburn, Virginia and Jack Hale of Manassas, Virginia. Also surviving are three sisters, Opal Adkins of Wise,
Virginia, Bonnie Yates of Clintwood, Virginia and Charlene Holloway of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Also
surviving are 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, several step grandchildren
and one step great grandchild.
Our mother was a homemaker all her life. She always loved to cook and had a meal on the table for her family
and friends. She loved to make quilts and quilt them. She always wanted her daughters to learn to quilt and when
we were just small she would let us quilt. She never removed any of our long stitches, they always stayed in the
quilt. Sharon and Shelbie both love to quilt and are currently trying to quilt all the tops Mom left that she never had
the chance to quilt. Shirley can quilt, but prefers to crochet and knit instead. Mom always grew a large garden
and canned her own fruits and vegetables in the summer. This, too, is an art she passed on to her daughters.
Written by their daughters.