James Osborn Blaylock, age 95, passed away at his residence in Olympia, Wash. from natural causes on April 7, 2013. He was born May 18, 1917 in rural Montgomery County, Mississippi near Elliott, Miss. He graduated from high school in Duck Hill, Miss. before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 until a vacancy became available for him to join the U.S. Navy in 1937. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1937 to 1967 retiring as a Chief Medical Service Warrant Officer (CWO-4). He began his Navy career at the U.S. Navy Recruit Training Center, Norfolk, Virg., and ended his active duty as a food service officer at the Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virg. He loved traveling and fishing. His Navy career gave him lots of opportunities to travel. He began his sea duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington, which was later sunk by Japanese forces during World War II. He was stationed at the Navy Fleet Hospital in Pearl Harbor, U.S. Territory of Hawaii on December 7, 1941 and spent the rest of World War II in California, American and Western Samoa Islands, New Hebrides Islands, Guam and aboard a variety of ships in the Pacific Theater. The rest of his career he spent with his family at duty stations in California, Washington, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Marshall Islands (UN Trust Territory of the Pacific) and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Upon retirement he moved to South Bend, and then later to Olympia. His wife of 60 years, Evelyn Mae Lagergren Blaylock, preceded him in death in 2005. His son, James Donald Blaylock, his daughter, Carolyn June Blaylock Whitney, and a grandson, Daryl Vincent Whitney, all living in Olympia, survive his.
Reverend James McGinnis will hold a graveside service at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo with a reception following at the Masonic Temple in Raymond.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.