We wish a sad and loving farewell to husband, father, brother, and friend Baxter Johnson Bledsoe, who died September 21, 2017.
Baxter was born December 25, 1944 in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in Sparta, NC and Johnson City, TN. He was the son of Duke and Virginia Bledsoe who preceded him in death along with his stepfather, Johnny Lucas and nephew Douglas Bledsoe.
From 1963 to 1969, Baxter served his country in the United States Air Force.
In 1974, Baxter and his wife Tobie, along with their four children, moved to Jonesborough. Baxter retired from Sears Roebuck and Company with 25+ years and was Jonesborough’s first state-certified Building Inspector.
Baxter is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Tobie and children, Billy (Jennifer), Virginia “Sissy” (Edward Mattie), Maria, and Jonathan (Stacy). Like their father, all four children service in the military. Baxter is also survived by his siblings, William Byron Bledsoe (Betty), DC Bledsoe, and Jane Davidson as well as a family of nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close and wonderful friends.
Visitation for friends and family will be Monday, September 25, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church, 201 E. Main Street in Jonesborough, TN. Following the visitation, Dr. James Harrison will conduct a memorial service at 7:00 PM.
Military graveside honors will be conducted at Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, TN at 10:00 AM the following Tuesday morning. The Greene County Honor Guard will provide military honors.
|EULOGIES & CONDOLENCES|
|So sorry to hear of Baxter's passing. He was a
good man. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tobie,
Billy, Sissy, Maria, Jonanthan and the rest of all
the family. Just because the distances are large
doesn't mean the love is less. |
|| Rita and Murray Scher
| We were so sad to hear of Baxter's passing. Please know that
we are thinking of all of you. He was a wonderful guy and
know that you will miss him terribly. |
||Robert (Bob) fink
|I worked with Baxter at Sears for many years. He was always a pleasure to see him at the start of the start of my day. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
|I am sending much love to the Bledsoe Family. I have
many wonderful memories of the times we shared.
Baxter was a good man, and a man of many talents. He
will be long remembered. Love, Betty Geers|
||Gina A. (Dugger) Davis
|Baxter & I worked together at Sears when I was in
college @ ETSU. He was a great supervisor &
wonderful person to work with. He loved to laugh &
joke--serious, but funny! I remember one year we
had our work Christmas party at his house, & we
turned it into a surprise birthday party. The cake
we got had a johnny house on it; he laughed so
hard!! He was a good man! Prayers for your
family...I know I was blessed to know him. Another
angel in heaven...he will keep them smiling!!|
||ROSEMARY @ STEPHEN WATTS
|STEPHEN AND I ARE SADDENED TO HEAR OF MR.BLEDSOE
DEATH,STEPHEN JOINS ME IN EXTENDING CONDOLENCES TO
||Bufford and Debbie Hensley and girls
|We spent many weekends over the past few
years at Rock Creek Campground with
Baxter, we will miss seeing him there. To
his family please know you all are in our
thoughts and prayers.|
||Walter and Yvonne Buford
|Tobie ... Walter and I were saddened in hearing of
your loss. May you find peace during this time of
loss and grief. Our prayers are with you and the
||Willa Davis Chambers family
|Love and prayers for Tobie and family.|
|Tobie & family, I'm so sorry to hear of
Baxter's death. You all will be in our
||Jennifer Cowell Sherrod
|Tobie and family
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Baxter from years ago
when y'all were friends with my mama, Nelle D. Cowell. Mama
is almost 97 so it will be impossible for her to comprehend
your great loss. All I know is that she spoke of y'all often over
these past years and thought very highly of the two of you.
May God comfort you during this saddest of times.
||Dan & Ann Blevins
|We were so sorry to hear this Tobie. May peace be
|Tobie, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and the family are
in my prayers. |
||Mark H. Banks
|Baxter was my very first boss. I remember his
smile, sense of humor & most of all the way he
treated all his people with dignity & respect. I'd
have walked thru fire if he asked!
He's one of two men I used as role models later in
my life when I became a Manager.|
|Sorry for your loss. Baxter and I work at Sears for a number of years. I will not be able to attend service, but you will be in my prayers|
||Rebecca A. Lester
|Tobie, I am sorry for your loss. I remember the
warm, loving family you were from when I went to
Unaka Avenue Baptist Church and lived on Holston
Avenue in Johnson City. |
|Tobie I worked with Baxter at Sears. I
remember how his face would light up when
you came by. I'm praying God will surround
you and your family with His love during
|My deepest sympathies. You will be in our thoughts and
||Deborah Montanti and Anne Mason
|Tobie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Baxter was a wonderful, kind human being. He served his country and his community. He will be sorely missed, and his legacy will live on for generations. We are honored to have known him.|
|Mr. Baxter was a good man. I miss him. I am so sorry to his
family and friends for their loss.|
|Dear Tobie, my heart goes out to you in the loss of your
beloved Baxter. Earl joins me in extending condolences to you
and your family. May happy memories comfort you and give
||Gay and Jerry Whitt
|Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss.
May your wonderful memories comfort you during
this difficult time. Your family will be in
our thoughts and prayers.|
||Amelda F. stoermer
|Tobie, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and my love go out
||Carol (Clifford) Lynch
|My Dear Tobie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know
nothing can be said to ease the pain, but I want you to know
that my heart and my thoughts are with you and your family. I
leave you with a quote from someone I have great respect for,
Helen Keller, "What we have once enjoyed we can never
lose... All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
With much love,
|So sorry for your loss Tobie!!!|
||Jo Anna Perry
|Tobie I am so sorry for your loss. He was a good man an he
had such a distinguished voice. Please know that you an your
family are in my prayers.
I pray that God will comfort you with good memories about
your life together.
Sincerely Jo Anna|
|Bill & I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts &
prayers are with all of you but Bill, Sissy, & Maria you know
you all will always have a special place in my heart.|
||Wayne & Kathy McKee
|So sorry to hear about Baxter. You and your family are in our
thoughts and prayers.|
||Charlotte Reed Dye
|Tobie, I am so sorry that you have lost Baster. You and the
family are in my thoughts and prayers. Would love to see you.|
|I am so sorry for your loss Tobie, you and family are in
thoughts and prayers.|
|Rest In Peace dear friend. I worked with Baxter for many
years at Sears. What a kind and talented mam. this gentle
man will be missed by so many. (Remembering that Baxter
always called me Lucy Ball)|