Mrs. Mary Jane Wilson Blair, 83, of the Jefferson Community in Carroll County, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 in Oxford.
Visitation was from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and was one hour prior to the service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Liberty Baptist Church. Rev. Gary Tanner and Rev. John Gray officiated and Gary Blair delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery. McKibben and Guinn Funeral Service in Grenada was in charge of arrangements.
She was born to Mike and Virgie Pauline Arbuckle Wilson on May 23, 1935 in North Carrollton. She was a 1954 graduate of J.Z. George High School and was a devoted homemaker who always put others first. Mrs. Blair was a faithful member of Liberty Baptist Church where she was active in the WMU and served as a Sunday school teacher.
Mrs. Blair always had a heart for missions and evangelism, having been saved at a Billy Graham Crusade in Jackson in the 1950s. She had served on the Mississippi Baptist Association Women’s Missionary Union Board of Directors, was a founder of the Grenada Jail Ministry for Ladies and had been on several mission trips to Honduras. She was also honored to serve as a Lady Colonel during Governor Bill Waller’s administration.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her aunt and uncle who raised her, Cliff and Vashti King; her husband, Claver Jesse Blair; and a brother, Mike Wilson.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Blair Bates(Daryl) of Burleson, Texas and Paula Blair Robbins(Doye) of Amory; one son, Gary A. Blair(Johanna) of Brookhaven; two sisters, Sarah Smith of Grenada and Joyce Windham(Jerry) of Grenada; six grandchildren, Jonathan Blair(Jordana), Randy Bates(Laura), Jeanie Robinson(Chase), Ashley Glasz(Josh), Jessica Jackson(Tyler) and Rebecca Robbins; six great-grandchildren, Peyton Robbins, Charlie Robinson, Braelyn Bates, Walker Bates, Cooper Glasz and Anna Parker Robinson; great-aunt, Annie Mae Wilson of Carrollton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Sam Allen Ayers, Randy Bates, Jonathan Blair, Jeoffrey Branham, David DuBard, Josh Glasz, Chase Robinson, Terry Whitfield and Jerry Wayne Windham.
Memorials may be directed to the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 3773 County Road 100, Carrollton, MS 38917 or the Clay and Jane Blair Scholarship Fund at the Mississippi Baptist Foundation, 515 Mississippi Street, Jackson, MS 39201.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mckibbenandguinn.com.