Lamar Derrick Bledsoe

Lamar Derrick Bledsoe Jr.

February 20, 1941 - January 1, 2021
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Lamar Derrick Bledsoe, Jr., 79, of Troy, husband of JoAnn Russell Bledsoe, died Friday, January 01, 2021 at Self Regional Healthcare. Born February 20, 1941, the son of the late Lamar Derrick Bledsoe, Sr. and Mildred McNeil Bledsoe.

A 1959 graduate of McCormick High School, Mr. Bledsoe also graduated from Greenville Technical College and honorably served his country in the United States Air Force. Employed as a Mechanical Engineer with Torrington (formerly of Clinton), he retired after many years of dedicated service. Mr. Bledsoe was a member of the Gideons and former member of the SC Beekeepers Association. He enjoyed gardening, especially flowers and vegetables, basket weaving and bee keeping. Mr. Bledsoe and his wife were integral in the organization of the Open Door Christian Ministries in Clinton, sharing their love for Jesus and others in the community. They worshipped at Troy ARP Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Bledsoe.

Mr. Bledsoe is survived by his wife of 55 years, JoAnn; a daughter, Lynn B. Young (Troy) of Troy; a sister, Betty Lou Creswell (George) of Greenville; and a grandson, Sydney Young, who lovingly called him ‘PaPa’.

Graveside services will be 2:00PM, Monday, January 4, 2021, in Troy City Cemetery with Rev. John Paul Marr and Rev. Charles Brewington officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Mr. Bledsoe, may be sent to the Open Door Christian Center, 209 E. Main Street, Clinton, SC 29325.

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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the Bledsoe family.
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    January 4, 2021 | 2:00pm
    January 4, 2021 2:00pm
    Troy City Cemetery


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Posted at 07:13pm
Lynn, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. I send my love to you at this time of hurt.

Charles Brewington

Posted at 09:23am
We always called him Mr D. He said he didn’t like to be called by his name just D was fine. Mr D was a generous hearted man who loved God and it showed by how he loved people. He was kind and soft spoken usually but if he got upset he could lay it on you. I know because he got upset with me a couple times. It was because I refused to take money from them for a birthday or anniversary or something I don’t remember the occasion. But, I do remember he said “pastor Charles, you going to keep me from my blessing and I don’t like that. You teach us to give and then you try to refuse it. Either what you teach is true or it’s not.” I had to rethink my excepting gifts from that tome onward. Even though for us pastors it’s hard to except gifts, I had to show what I believed to be true. I hadn’t thought of it that way before that. We will miss our friend and brother in Christ. But we know where he is and we have the promise of seeing him again in heaven.

Karen Ford

Posted at 01:34am
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort in the coming days.
Karen Wardlaw Ford

Ron Cooper

Posted at 11:13am
I worked with "Dee" for over 30 years at the "Big T". we were not only coworkers but good friends. We always had gardening stories to share. I'm sorry I won't be able to attend his funeral.
Ron Cooper

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