Curtis James "Jim" Blair
Curtis James “Jim” Blair, II, of Piggott, Ark., passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021, at Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott following a lengthy illness. He was born March 4, 1953, in Piggott, the son of Curtis James and Lila Ann (Copeland) Blair and they preceded him in death. In June of 1972 he married Sheri LaVigne, and she also preceded him in 2011.
Trained as a professional mechanic, he also carried on the family tradition as a long haul trucker for much of his adult life. He and Sheri lived in many parts of the country during their years together, and despite time in New Orleans, Houston, Arkansas and Ohio, they chose Southern California. Later, they moved to Las Vegas, where Sheri passed away and Jim remained until his health deteriorated. Several years ago he returned to his hometown of Piggott, allowing him to spend his waning years with family and old friends.
A jack of all trades, fairly late in life Jim became fascinated with computers and studied all aspects of their operations. Without formal training he earned a reputation as an expert on Windows based systems, and following his retirement from truck driving due to health issues he studied computer engineering and became certified. His love of technology remained throughout his life, as he continued to dabble and build computers as a hobby. He also had a great love of all things automotive, and restored a classic 1956 Chevrolet following his retirement. A collector at heart, he accumulated more than one lifetime's worth of memories and possessions for his family to remember him by.
He is survived by two brothers; Tim Blair (Sue) of Piggott and Tom Blair of Ohio; two nieces, Heather Gaddy (J.C.), of Piggott and Nikki Jackman (Sam) of Ohio; a nephew, Kenneth Blair (Corvus) of Cuba, a great-niece, Alyssa Blair, of Piggott and his sister-in-law, Candy Galaviz (Renee). He was also survived by several cousins, local friends and his many close friends in California and Nevada.
In accordance with his wishes, no funeral was planned and a memorial service will be held at a future date.
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, was charged with the arrangements.