Billy Lamar Blair, beloved husband, dad, granddaddy, brother and friend left this world peacefully September 30, 2020 at age 80.
He was born to Robert Love Blair and Sarah E. Blair on June 26, 1940. Billy was raised in Pecos, Texas during the late forties and fifties and often said those were the best years to be a kid growing up.
He met his “bride” (as he loved to call her) Jeri Ann (nee) Clayton at Pecos High School. After a brief courtship, their marriage lasted 60 years, and was blessed with two children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Billy worked tirelessly to provide for his young family – he cowboyed, roughnecked, worked as a surveyor, handyman, ran a few head of cattle, was elected to constable in Loving County where he lived for 40+ years. He owned a small oil production company BASK Oil. As the oilfield opened up in the seventies, and the cow market broke, we purchased a railroad commission trucking permit and began Cowboy Hotshot Service, other oilfield rental businesses and owned in partnership, RTO Rentals.
Billy competed in the Wild Horse Race at the West of the Pecos rodeo with men he respected for their cowboying skills, winning the event many times. He was solely responsible for the first belt buckle given to the winning team in 1969. He, his son Steve and the Clark brothers won the 1883-1983 Centennial race in 1983.
In 2000 Billy hung it up to retire to Lake Amistad at Del Rio, Texas. His passion for fishing led to many trophies and two, maybe three boats. He had a love for the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and was quite a story teller about the adventures he experienced, probably 80 percent true, about cowboying, hunting and fishing and other miss adventures.
Preceded in death were two brothers, Robert Blair, Jr and Ted Wayne Blair. His father, Robert and his Mother, Sarah and nephews Jeff Bechtel and David Blair.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Ann, two children Steve Blair (Brenda) and Karen Cypert. Three grandchildren, Jennifer Francis (Richard), Kassi Villa (Jacob), Seth Cypert (Jessica), brother Daniel Blair and sister Patricia Bechtel (Roy) and one great granddaughter, Kogan Love Villa. And Several nephews and nieces.
Billy’s Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a future date in Pecos, Texas