Junior “Snuffy” Blevins

WINTER HARBOR — Junior “Snuffy” Blevins, 86, died Jan. 30, 2011, at Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor. He was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Mt. Hope, W.Va., the son of Millard and Leavon (Wyatt) Blevins and was a longtime resident of Winter Harbor.

Junior entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, his first assignment taking him to the Pacific Theater of World War II as a diesel mechanic aboard the USS Dionne, a 290-foot Evarts class destroyer escort. He served for 23 years on various ships before retiring as a chief petty officer at NSGA Winter Harbor in 1966. From 1967 to his retirement in 1986, Snuffy worked as a civilian at the naval base organizing recreational activities. An avid outdoorsman, Snuffy loved to hunt and fish. If there was a season for it, he had a license. In 1991, he suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side. For some, that may have curbed life’s enjoyment, but since he lacked the discouragement gene, no challenge went unmet and he rehabilitated himself to where he lived a happy, on-the-go life. Nary a wonder-where-that-goes road was ever passed by.

He is survived by his partner and companion for the past several years, Edna Savage of Winter Harbor; two sons, John Blevins of Los Angeles, Calif., and Robert “Goose” Blevins of Tremont, both of whom will think of him and smile whenever they have cackleberries for breakfast or put red lead on their fries; one granddaughter, Holly Blevins of Jonesboro; one great-granddaughter, Emma Ann Dowling of Jonesboro; two brothers, Falous Blevins and his wife, Vee Vee, of Sophia, W.Va., and Wayne Blevins of Sarasota, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Darryl Farley of Blue Sulphur Springs, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Charlotte, in 2000; and his sister, Patty Farley of Blue Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

There will be a graveside memorial service for family and friends in the spring. In Snuffy’s memory, donations may be made to the Winter Harbor Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 98, Winter Harbor, ME 04693, which was of kind assistance to him many times in his later years. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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