Blair, Frederick Glendye

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blair_frederick_glendyeFrederick Glendye Blair, 74, of New Castle died, Friday, August 19, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Glendye and Pearl Blair; brother-in-law, Palmer Caldwell; step son-in-law, Bill Bugg; and step-grandson, Brian Bugg.

Fred was a well known man. He met many people in his lifetime, and never forgot one of their names. He retired from Virginia Tech physics and chemistry department. He was an avid woodworker, gardener, a fan of Nascar, The Hokies, NRA, football, baseball, racing, golf, basketball, was a little league coach for years, and was a musician and played guitar. Fred played baseball in high school and minor league baseball. He raced at Pulaski County Speedway. He loved a good joke and had a pet name for everyone. His passion was spending time outdoors, hunting, porch sitting, country music, family and friends. He was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Blair of New Castle; sons and daughters-in-law, Frederick Blair, Jr. and wife, Michelle of GA, Mickey Blair and wife, Stephanie of NC; sister, Glenda Caldwell of Christiansburg; step daughters, Doris Bugg of Dublin, Sarah Linkous of Radford; step son, Eugene Puckett and wife, Mary Ann of Wythville; grandchildren, Kayla and Courtney Blair of GA, Morgan and Sydney Blair of NC; step grandchildren, William Bugg, III of Dublin, Tiffany, Michelle and Leann Linkous of Christiansburg; nieces, Michelle, Pam, Valerie, Penny; other family friends, Avis, Judy, Doris, Charles, Karen, Jennifer; other family members; special mention, the children’s mother, Betty Melton Blair special friends; Willie, Tommy, Red, John and Lois, Clyde, Bob, Ronnie, Ira and Joan, Garfield, Tim, Wanda and Danny, Betty Tipsword Martin, Hunter, Amanda and CVS staff, Jerry, Paul, Debbie, Bill, Blacksburg pharmacy staff, Lloyd, Scott, John, Scott; doctors, Freeman, White, Drysdale, Hylton, Hines, Raju, and many others.

A special thank you to our great friend and helper, Leanore Linkous. Thank you to Craig and Newport Rescue Department and Fire Department and the Simmonsville Fire Department for the years of service you have given Fred in his time of need.

A Memorial Service will be conducted, Monday, August 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Craig County Rescue Squad,258 Paint Bank Rd, New Castle, VA 2412, or Newport Volunteer Rescue Squad,418 Blue Grass Trail, Newport, VA 24128. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

“When I’m Gone”

“When I come to the end of my journey and I travel my last weary mile, Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned and remember only the smile. Forget unkind words I have spoken, Remember some good I have done. Forget that I ever had heartache and remember I’ve had loads of fun. Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered and sometimes fell by the way. Remember I have fought some hard battles and won, ere the close of the day. Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day, But in summer just gather some flowers and remember the place where I lay. And come in the shade of evening, when the sun paints the sky in the west. Stand for a few moments beside me and remember only my best.”

Thank you so much to my shug for 30 years. Goodbye for now, I love you.