Gary “Bruce” Blevins, January 1, 1932~May 24, 2024

May 26, 2024

Gary “Bruce” Blevins, 92, of West Fork, passed away Friday, May 24, 2024, in Fayetteville. He was born January 1, 1932, in Dutton, AR, to Alvie Burney and Fairy B. Ricketts Blevins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and two sisters.

As a child, Bruce attended a one-room schoolhouse in Pleasant Valley near Young, Arizona. His father operated a saw mill, and the family grew up around the logging industry. Before Bruce moved back to Arkansas, he worked in logging in Arizona and Colorado.

Bruce bought land in Elkins, AR, and eventually had a large poultry farm. He raised his family on the farm, and enjoyed breeding hunting dogs and mules. He loved hunting, bird-watching, and listening to old-time fiddle music. He could play the fiddle, the mandolin, the guitar, and the harmonica.

His legacy of strength and stability is treasured by his family.

He is survived by his wife Dr. Janice Beyer Blevins of the home; sons, Jon David “J.D.” Blevins of Fayetteville, Nathan Blevins and wife Amanda of Fayetteville, and Phillip Blevins and wife Audrey of Springdale; daughters, Amy Blevins of Fayetteville and Sarah Gill and husband J.T. of Italy; and 13 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, June 8, 2024 at White River Fellowship in Elkins.

13 Condolences

  1. Kristy Hirko

    What a beautiful & faithful God to have a man like this on planet earty. Although, I never met Bruce, we now know his daughter & son n-law living in Italy & they are leaving an eternal legacy of Bruce’s faith. My family & I relocated to Italy on a Work Assignment…Bruce’s family has been a tremendous encouragement to us & my daughter. We Thank God for the life he led that then flowed to generations below. PRAYING for you all during this temporary separation.

    • Mark and Sherry Paulsen

      Nathan, We are so sorry to hear this news. May God Bless you and your wonderful family with comfort, knowing that he is in a beautiful, peaceful place reuniting with family members he hasn’t seen for a while. We know that life continues after death and your dad will be watching over you. The most comforting message I received when our son passed away was “You will see him again.”

  2. Lupe Conduff

    We are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with your beautiful family! May god bless you with peace and so much more love from everyone!!!

  3. David and Sharon Perkins

    Prayers and love to this entire family. We are so grateful for the beautiful legacy and lives touched. Bless you all now and always.

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  5. Dan Bush Family

    What a beautiful legacy he has left behind! May the Lord give your family peace and comfort as you mourn. Our prayers are with you all.

  6. Anna McCraw

    My deepest sympathy to all the Blevins Family. i pray comfort of the Holy Spirit with you all as well as the comfort of the assurance that you will be reunited in a place where there is no pain. In the meantime, he will be present with the Lord and all those of faith in his family!

  7. Eric and Saralin Whittaker and family

    We love you all, and are very sorry of your loss. What an amazing legacy he left. ❤️

  8. michael bidwell

    Phillip- We are so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. He has left a tremendous legacy. You and your family will be in our prayers

  9. Ron and Jane Rone

    Please accept our sincere condolences, Jan. Ron and I love you very much! You and your precious family are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  10. Matthew Pelto

    So sorry to hear of Bruce’s passing.

  11. Rachel Hice

    May the peace that passes all understanding keep your hearts calm during this time. Praying for comfort.


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