CW3 James A. Blevins was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/25/2009 at the age of 73.4 from Lung cancer
Lexington, KY
Flight Class 67-7
Date of Birth 09/02/1935
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 240 AHC in 68-69
Call sign in Vietnam GREYHOUND
This information was provided by Donna Thompson (sister), Mel Canon

More detail on this person: Got a call from Jim Blevins wife, Rochelle, yesterday. She called to inform me that Jim had passed away yesterday just after 4pm in Lexington, KY. Arrangements are not settled but I believe she said he will be interned at Fort Nelson National Cemetery near Lexington. He died of cancer. He was a member of the 240th AHC, 68-69 and graduated with WORWAC 67-7. He and I were classmates and have maintained contact over the years.

From: Mel Canon

LEXINGTON, Ky. - On Sunday, January 25, 2009, the Lord called forth another of his children, CW3 James Alfred Blevins Sr. At the tender age of 73, James passed away due to complications from lung cancer.

Born September 2, 1935, at Peach Creek, he was a son of the late Alfred and Oma Blevins, formerly of Logan, where he was one of 10 children. Also preceding him in death were brothers, Earl and Buster, and sister, Lorene.

James, a helicopter pilot (class of '67-7) and Vietnam Veteran, retired from the U.S. Army in 1975 moving his family to Proctorville, Ohio, where he went to work for Island Creek Coal Company. Moving to Richwood, in 1976, he worked as Island Creek's senior pilot located in Craigsville. In 1985, he moved to Lexington, Ky., and took over as chief managing pilot for Island Creek at the Bluegrass Airport. He retired for a second time in 2001 wanting to spend more time with his family.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Rochelle Mooney Blevins, and two children, James "Jim" Blevins Jr., and Helen "Heidi" Blevins; three brothers, Bill, Jack and Edward and three sisters, Irene, Pat and Donna. He was the loving grandfather of six grandchildren, James Blevins III, Cortney Blevins, Margaret "Maggie" Blevins, Sheri Brewer, Angelena Brewer and Henry "Bub" Brewer III, along with five great-grandchildren, Gabriell, Caleb, Makayla, Leighann and Jacob Connor.

He had told his family that he "has done all he set out to do, accomplished everything he wanted to accomplish, and seen everything he wanted to see." It was time for him to complete his final journey where he wanted to fish with Peter and Jesus.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day - and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." - 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 2, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, KY 40513 by Pastor Ray Zdrojowy. Burial will follow in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 am until time of services Monday, Feb. 2.

Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, 3421 Harrodsburg Rd., Lexington, Ky., is in charge of the arrangements.

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