Funeral services for Rickie Allen Blair will be held on Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Tina Roach officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 beginning at noon until 6:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment will be held at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Pallbearers for Rickie include Jimmy Davis, Nathan Taylor, Robert Tarkington, Robert Hill, Gary Linn and Steve Clinton. Honorary pallbearers include Billy Blair, Timmy Blair, Jason Blair, Jon Hudson and Danny Northington.
Rickie Allen Blair was born on August 1st, 1957 in Avenal, CA, the son of Bill and Barbara (Hawes) Blair. He grew up with his three brothers, Randy, Timmy and Ray and two sisters, Vickie and Lisa. He attended school and then graduated from Northeastern State University with his Bachelors degree. He earned his living as a police officer for the city of Tahlequah and later as truck driver in the transportation industry. When the work was done, it was time to ride his Harley. He retired in 2005 and spent his time having cookouts with family, fishing, golfing, camping or on the lake. He was talented with wood working and could create anything. Rickie enjoyed working on old cars, playing a game of pool with friends, and could tell the best stories ever. He had a story for every occasion. His family was a great source of happiness for Rickie and he never missed the chance to spend time with them. He adored his children, and was the proud father of three sons and three daughters. He married the love of his life, Kimberly Berry on August 12th, 2000 in Eureka Springs, AR, and together they enjoyed close to seventeen years of memories. He was the proud grandpa of thirteen grandchildren and was anxious for the two new arrivals. He was content to enjoy each new day as he found it, and did so with a big grin on his face. As much as he enjoyed life, his was to end on June 18th, 2017 in Tahlequah, OK. He was 59 years old. He leaves a void that will never be filled.
Rickie is preceded in death by his mother, father, and his grandparents.
Those left to cherish Rickies memory include his wife, Kimberly of the home in Tahlequah. His six children of Tahlequah include Jimmy Davis and wife Sabrina, Chris Blair, Jason Blair, Cassie Bates and husband Chance, Paige Hill and husband Robert, and Savannah Ford and wife Melissa. He leaves his brothers and sisters, Billy Randy Blair and wife Denise of Tahlequah, Timmy Blair and wife Paula of Savannah, TN, Ray Cochran and wife Debbie of Claremore, OK, Vickie Goodnight of Tahlequah and Lisa Blackman also of Tahlequah, OK. He lives on in his grandchildren, Nathan, Jesse, Kynlee, Parker, C.J., Emaline, Michael, Abel, Reid, Malory, Lexi. Kellen, Kambri and two future additions, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
Published on June 21, 2017