Elbia L. Blade, age 86 of Nashville, passed away August 3, 2015 at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare facility in Nashville.
A native of Pulaski, TN, Mr. Blade was the son of the late Vester and Vera Jones Blade.
He served his country during the Korean War and was in sales as a career.
At the time of his death, he had dedicated 59 years of his life cherishing his beautiful bride, the former Donna Dean Chapman. They were united in marriage on January 7, 1956. Their marriage was blessed with three children and their legacy will continue through their five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Not only was he a loving and dedicated husband, Elbia loved his Lord and taught his family a love for Jesus through his words and actions. As a farmer he raised cotton and corn as well as numerous other crops. His passion for sharing the word of God with others will be missed.
The family will gather on Friday, August 7 at 10 AM for visitation at Dalewood Baptist Church, 1586 McGavock Pk, Nashville. Funeral services honoring Elbia’s life will begin at 11:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Leon Davis, Associate Pastor of St. James Missionary Baptisth Church, and assisted by Rev. Winston Davidson and Deacon Vincent Cawthon.
Burial with military honors will be conducted at 1:00 PM Friday at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on McCrory Ln in Nashville.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years: Donna Dean Chapman Blade of Nashville; two children: Terry Michael Blade and Deborah Blade, both of Nashville; a sister: Virginia “Jenny” Kelly of Pulaski; two brothers: Frank Albert “F.A.” Blade of Lawrenceburg and William Blade of Mishawaka, IN; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son: Randall Ray George; and five sisters: Lera Clemmons, Violet Lavada Raymond, Jewel Collins, Doris Henson and Barbara McGill.
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