Robert “Bob” L. Blevins, Jr. ’56

Mr. Robert “Bob” L. Blevins, Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 31, 2024 In Bristol, TN. Bob was born on May 8, 1934 in Bristol, VA, to the late Les and Ruth Blevins.

Bob was a graduate of Bristol Tennessee High School, attended Davidson College and graduated from the University of Tennessee. Following college, Bob volunteered for the draft spending two years in the United States Army, 8th Infantry Division as a medic. Upon his return from Germany, Bob worked at Blevins Funeral Home (founded by his father) selling the company to a lifelong family friend and co-worker, R.E. Smith. He next worked in the Readi-Mix Concrete Business for his father-in law, Pete Litton, until he chose to begin a career as a Financial Advisor with Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis in 1972.

His career as a Financial Advisor resulted in his opening of an office in Bristol, VA for Wheat First Securities in 1980 with Bob as the Branch Manager. He retired in 2022 from the same location now known as Wells Fargo Advisors.

Bob loved basketball, having played the sport while at Tennessee High School. He went on to coach Parks and Recreation basketball for each of his three sons.

As many knew him will attest, he also loved the game of tennis. After each match, he would always state, “Boy, I had the best tennis game today.” He made countless lifelong friends playing tennis.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Blevins; and his son, Gordon Scott Blevins.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 59 years, Joday Blevins; sons, Robert L. Blevins III (Tracie) and John Litton Blevins; granddaughters, Sarah Blevins Birdsey (Thomas) and Mary Catherine Blevins; nephew, Stephen Thomas (Karen); and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 from 12 to 1:45 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. at State Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Laura Rasor and Rev. Steve Patterson officiating.

Bob will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery following the Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to State Street United Methodist Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bob’s caregivers; Candice Bays, Debbie Dalton, Rose England, Becky Heath, Debbie Mudd, Joy Nelson, Jennifer Price, Donna White and Tammy White.