Don Seward Blair

By | April 23, 2020

Don Seward Blair, age 91, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born Sept. 5, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio and reared in Jackson, Ohio, he was the son of the late Everett Edward Blair and Grace Lillian Blair Jones.

Mr. Blair was retired from Chemical Leaman Truck Lines, Downing Town, PA. He was a member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church where he served as its first treasurer, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, and a Stephen Minister. He was a 33rd degree Mason, a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite, a member of St. John Masonic Lodge #333, Hejaz Temple, and past Grand Commander of York Rite in South Carolina.

Surviving are his wife, Catherine Tate Blair; daughters, Janet Kay Clayman and husband Don, and Judith Ann Nichols, all of Kingsport, Tennessee; son, John William Blair and wife Pam of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren, Lori, Kelly, Tommy, Quinton, Ashley, Lindsey, Macy, and Jon; great-granddaughters, Lilly and Addison; step-sons, Tim Tate and wife Lynn of McCormick, South Carolina, and Rick Tate and wife Susan of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Viola Imajean Dobbins Blair.

Private graveside services will be held at Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson, Ohio under the direction of the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scottish Rite Foundation of SC Inc., c/o Freddie Thompson, P.O. Box 5851, Spartanburg, SC 29304; or New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. An online guest register is available at and