Bill Elmer Blair, age 86, of Norman, went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2020. He was born September 4, 1933, in Chickasha, OK, to the late Francis and Millie Blair. Reverend Bill Blair was ordained as a minister at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church Chickasha Oklahoma in the mid 1960’s. He faithfully pastored Scott Baptist in Hinton for two years, First Baptist Church in Washington, OK for twelve years, First Baptist Church in Hominy OK for one year, and three Norman Baptist churches for 31 years. As a pastor, one of his many fortes was ministering to the bereaved and ministering in hospitals.
He owned and operated Bill’s Furniture for over 20 years in Norman, Oklahoma. He was a Mister Fix-it and called on by many to repair furniture of all sorts including antiques.
Bill was known for his quirky, silly jokes and his own brand of sarcasm. He had a photographic memory of names that served him well as a pastor.
Bill and his first wife, Clara Sue Mead Blair, had four children, Deborah Jean, Steven Ray, Wilma Jean and Sandra Kay.
He was married to the love of his life, Betty Blair for 35 years, who survives of the home.
Survivors include his four children, Deborah and her husband George Williamson, Steven Ray Blair and his wife Dayla Carson Blair, Wilma Jean ‘Jeanie’ Hall and her husband Neal and Sandra Kay Shobe and Fiance’ Kenny Kozik; grandchildren, Brian Lee Collins and his wife Carissa, Kelly Nicole Collins Dexter and her husband Michael, Kyle Carson Blair and his wife Sara, Toby Ray Blair and his wife Sarah, Thomas Neal Hall, Cody Taylor Hall, Austin Taylor Shobe, Aaron Tyler Shobe and Scott Ethan Shobe; and great grandchildren, Cooper, Mia, Alec, Taylor, Carson, William, Landry, Henry, Luke and Koba. He is also survived by Betty’s four daughters, Donna Rakocy, Shirley Minor, Derenda Angvire and Raylene Langford; four grandsons, two granddaughters, one great grandson and one great granddaughter.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Noble I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
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