Coke County, Texas

Obituary of Albert M. Blair and Ruth (Sparks) Blair

Submitted by Elsie (Blair) Airaghi

RUTH H. BLAIR, of Phoenix, 87, died on February 23, 2006. She was born February 24, 1919 in Robert Lee, Texas. She was a Charter member of Maryvale Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She is survived by her daughters Elsie Jo Airaghi and husband, James, of Niceville FL, and Alberta (Cookie) Loraditch of Sioux City IA; grandchildren Jorene Engler of Phoenix, Bud and Betty Airaghi of Jacksonville NC, Jack and Sue Airaghi of South Elgin IL, Susie and Stanley Griner of Niceville FL, Larry and Diane Clarke of Long Lane MO, Crystal and Luis del Pino of Haskell NJ, and Roger Clarke of Sioux City IA; 19 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and special friend, Constance Uhl of Phoenix AZ.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 -8:00PMon Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary 7924 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 also at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary. Interment to follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to Telecom Pioneers, Cap. 66, attn: Joe Hersey, 20 East Thomas, First Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85012 or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.(Published in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix AZ.)

NOTE: Ruth (Sparks) Blair was the last surviving child of Enoch Thomas and Annie (Cobb) Sparks.

ALBERT M. BLAIR, 87, of Phoenix, a retired equipment tester for Caterpillar Tractor Company of Peoria, IL, died on June 8, 1999. He was born August 10, 1911 in San Saba, TX. He was a charter member of Maryvale Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth H.; daughters, Elsie Jo Airaghi and husband James of Niceville, FL; Alberta (Cookie) Loraditch of Sioux City, IA; sisters, Ellen Smith of Moreno Valley, CA, and Linda Lane of Canoga Park, CA; grandchildren, Mr & Mrs Bud Airaghi of Jacksonville, NC; Jorene Engler of Cortez Junction, AZ; Mr & Mrs Jack Albert Airaghi of Honolulu, HI; Mr.& Mrs Stan Griner of Jacksonville, FL; Mr. & Mrs. Larry Clarke, Jr, of Phoenix, AZ; Mr & Mrs Louis del Pino of Ridgewood, NJ; and Roger L. Clarke of Sioux City, IA; 19 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Thursday, June 10, 1999 at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 N. 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301. Services will be at 10:00AM, Friday, June 11, 1999 at the Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix,AZ 85014.(Published in the Arizona Republic, Phoenix AZ.)

NOTE: Albert was the oldest child of John D. and Eliza (Latham) Blair of Robert Lee who preceded him in death.

Albert and Ruth Blair

Obituary of Annie Ruth Blair
Infant Daughter of Albert and Ruth Blair

ANNIE RUTH BLAIR - The body of Annie Ruth, 19-day-old-daughter of Mr and Mrs Albert Blair, was brought here (Robert Lee) Sunday from New Mexico and buried in the Robert Lee Cemetery. The baby died unexpectedly Saturday morning (3 April 1937 - ea) from what physicians thought to be a heart attack. It breathed only a few times after it was rushed to a hospital near the home.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Lewis Stuckey of Bronte were held Sunday afternoon at the Robert Lee Baptist Church. Aubrey (Orby - ea) Blair and Calvin Sparks, brothers of the bereaved parents bore the tiny casket and Mrs Calvin Sparks and Misses Vera Mae Adams, Helen Newton and Winnie Escue carried flowers.

W. K. Simpson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Accompanying Mr and Mrs Blair from New Mexico were Calvin Sparks, Mrs Annie Lee Stewart and Mrs Viola Webb. Mrs Blair is still suffering from burns she received in the fire which destroyed their household furnishings two weeks ago.

Published in the Robert Lee paper.

CARD OF THANKS - We want to express our deepest heartfelt thanks to our neighbors and many friends for the beautiful floral offerings and the loving words and deeds that were bestowed upon us during the burial of our baby daughter, Annie Ruth Blair.

Mr and Mrs Albert Blair,
Mrs E. T. Sparks & family,
Mr and Mrs A. E. Latham & family.

Published in the Robert Lee paper.

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