Perry Hall Blaylock, Jr., known to family and friends as “P.H.” peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 4, 2018. He was born in Marshall, Texas on October 31, 1923 to Perry Hall Blaylock, Sr. (of Arkansas) and Ernestine J. Rushing (of Mississippi). He was educated in Marshall schools and completed two years of High School before becoming employed by Highway Maintenance operating heavy road building equipment.
On January 18, 1943 he enlisted with the United States Army was overseas until January 12, 1946. As a Technician Third Grade he served with Company C of the 854th Engineer Battalion. During their active duty the 854th “Spearheads” were involve in battles and campaigns throughout the Pacific. They built airfields on Guam, Okinawa, Kwajalein, and other islands. In the midst of the horrors of war, Mr. Blaylock would proudly recall that while on Guam, the “Spearheads” built the Church of Peace. An overflow crowd gathered for the ceremony to dedicate the church to “Men who had given their lives that we might pause and worship here.” The church was built of native stone and became the island’s favorite place of worship.
Mr. Blaylock’s W.W. II decorations included the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, and 4 Overseas Service Bars. An additional medal was presented to him on March 15, 2007. He was awarded the Cross of Military Service by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in recognition of the service of his Great-Grandfather, William Newton Blaylock, Sr. as Corporal of Company E, 51st Arkansas Milita, CSA.
After his army discharge Mr. Blaylock resumed his career in Highway Maintenance. He retired and devoted his life to raising cattle on his farm acreage on Harris Lake road in Marshall. He planted a number of fruit trees and varieties of grapes. He always maintained an enviable and large vegetable garden growing sufficient produce to share with family and friends. For many years he and his wife served their community by delivering Meals On Wheels. He will be remembered for his gentle nature, quiet strength, love of family and friends, love of his land, love of his Lord and his years of faithful service as a member of Port Caddo Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by six siblings: brother, James, and sisters, Adelle Morris, Irma George, Clarice Strong, Alma Paslay and Mildred Flowers. He was also preceded in death by two wives, Alice D. Dotson, and Martha L. Hasty; one nephew Jerry Strong, and step daughter Linda Sanders Grimes.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dorothy Rowe Blaylock; sister, Virginia Thompson of Marshall; nieces, Marie Noland and husband Jim, Billie Koetsier and husband Steve, Linda Staehs and husband Bob; nephews, Tommy Morris, Larry Thompson, Perry Thompson, Jerry Thompson and numerous great nieces and nephews; his step family: daughter Sharon Sanders Beckner and husband Donald of Marshall; son- in- law, Vernard Grimes; grandchildren, Melissa Ayles, Pamela Lipsett and husband Chuck, Michelle Hall and husband Jeremi, Rowdy Beckner and wife Edie and Becky George; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Justin Thompson, Grayson Smith, Steve Koetsier, Cory McGuire, Larry Thompson, Rowdy Beckner, Jeremi Hall, and Charles Truehitt.
Services for Mr. Blaylock will be conducted at the Sullivan Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11: 00 am with Brother Robert Prothro officiating. Interment to follow in Algoma South Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
The family would like to thank Cynthia Bennett, Sandy Agers, Gloria Johnson, Ida Bell Githinji, Annie Lee and Bobbie Lester, Mr. Blaylock’s wonderful caregivers. Also a thank you to Marshall Hospice with a special thanks to Bonita Armstrong and Sue Perkins for their loving care.
Memorials may be made to Port Caddo Baptist Church or the charity of choice.
Sullivan Funeral Home