Don R. Blevins went to be with the lord on February 4, 2018 at the age of seventy-seven. Don was born November 27th, 1940 to Freeman & Frances (May) Blevins of Miami, Okla. He graduated from Miami High School with the class of 1958. He attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College after high school, and then in 1961 to 1965 he served in the United States Army.
Don worked for W.T. Grant Company until 1968 as a manager in Odessa, Texas and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Don then worked 20 years for T.G.Y. and was promoted to several positions: Manager, Supervisor, and Vice President. He was also a Regional Vice President for W.E. Walker Company, and a Regional Vice President for Dollar General Company. Then, he and his family then went across the ocean (pond as he referred) to the United Kingdom, and was Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. of the Harvey and Thompson Company which was based in London, and covered all of England, Scotland, and the rest of the United Kingdom. Another company Don worked for was Svensk Pantbelaning in Sweden. Both Harvey and Thompson Company and Svensk Pantbelaning were in the business of diamonds, gold, silver, all types of precious stones and precious metals. Through his work, Don was on the board of director’s for several companies.
Don and his wife Carole retired, returned to the United States, sold their home of 26 years in Chickasha, Okla., and then built a home west of Miami, Okla. They returned to Miami to help with the care of Carole’s mom and Don’s mom. He served as President of the Board of Directors of the Y.M.C.A. in Chickasha. He was very involved in helping young people any way he could. Don loved to help people. He had a special gift and was a natural people person. He was also a member of the Miami American Legion #147. He attended and was a member of the Grace Church in Miami and a member of the Methodist Church. Don loved his Cherokee heritage. He loved to tell everyone that he was an Indian, and would always add that he was a card carrying and voting Indian because he was so proud to be a Cherokee Indian.
Don married Carole J. Watts on July 1, 1962. They moved and lived in the Kansas City, Kan. area. Don and Carole met at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 1958. Don loved to introduce Carole as his girlfriend, wife, lover, soul mate, and most of all his best friend. She was his “be all and end all” as he would say. Don and Carole have been married for 55 years, and the love he had for Carole is unequaled by anything.
Don and Carole had one daughter, Jana Michelle Blevins of Miami. Most of the time Don was a quiet man; however, once he started talking about his daughter he wouldn’t stop. He loved to share about the day she was born, when she was young, her school years, college years, and her graduation from Oklahoma University. Anyone was able to tell by looking in Don’s eyes how much he adored, cherished, and loved their daughter.
Don enjoyed going to O.U. football games with Carole and Michelle. They’ve had season tickets for years.
He was preceded in death by his mom and dad, Frances and Freeman Blevins. Don is survived by his wife Carole Blevins, daughter Jana Michelle Blevins, Berle Blevins who Don liked to call his brother, his brothers Joe and Barbara Blevins, and Steve and Missy Blevins, his sister Tracy Blevins-Munson, and nieces and nephews: Laura, Jett, Conner, Jake, and Brody. Also, many friends and relatives all over the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Ireland, and the rest of the world. Don always said their dogs, Hope, Peanut, Punkin, Snowball, and Fluffy were like children and he loved them very much.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Miami.
Services will be at the Grace Church in Miami on Friday at 2 p.m. with Phil Shyers officiating. Burial will be at the Ottawa Indian Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #147 in Miami. Services are under the care of Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Miami.
Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Mr. Blevin’s Tribute Page at www.brown-winters.com.