Lindell Joseph Blevins, 86, of Statesville, N.C., left this life and entered into eternal life on January 1, 2020. A native of Gillespie, Illinois, he was born the sevnth of 16 children to the late Leonard Blevins Sr. and Mildred Gray Blevins on May 25, 1933.

He graduated from Gillespie High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as nine siblings, Luther “Luke” Blevins, Leonard Blevins Jr., Richard Blevins, James Blevins, Dorothy Blevins, Clarissa “Babe” Troxel, Marie Brewer, Alvena Friend and Edna Mae Releford.

He was married to Martha Dixon Blevins on November 7, 1953, and they enjoyed 66 loving years together.

They share two children who also survive, Lynne Blevins and Terry (Thad) Gantt, both of Cornelius, N.C. Survivors also include a grandson, Sean Gantt, PhD., of Cortez, Colo.; and five siblings, Wayne (Doris) Blevins of Dorchester, Ill.; Thomas Blevins of Gillespie, Ill.; Alberta “Bert” Shempf of Peoria, Ill.; Viola Edwards of Gillespie, Ill., and Carolyn Rimar of Troy, Ill.

Lindell was a devoted, loving husband and father who was respected by all and never met a stranger. He was very active in his church and was a faithful member of Front Street Baptist Church for 65 years. During this time he held numerous positions in the church, including Deacon, choir member, Sunday school teacher and an R.A. leader.

A visitation for Mr. Blevins will be held Monday, January 6, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at Front Street Baptist Church on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tim Stutts officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.
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Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Blevins and his family.