Bertie Lee Blair was born May 22, 1929 in Reklaw, Texas, to Rev. William H. and Althie L. Hogg. Her family moved to Dallas, Texas, when she was three years old.
Work took the family to West Texas. Eventually, her family settled in the West Dallas area where they united with New Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, under the pastorage of Rev. G.T. Britt. There, she was a faithful Sunday school attendee and choir member. This is also where she met Robert E. Blair and the two married on September 21, 1946.
The majority of her education was obtained from Dallas Independent School District. However, she earned her high school diploma from The Wayne School of Chicago, IL in 1962. She often spoke of her time playing the trombone in the band at Booker T. Washington High School (Dallas, TX). It tickled her that “boys” at the school were surprised that a “girl” could actually play the trombone.
In the mid-1950s, the Blair family moved to the Hamilton Park Community. Also during that time, they decided to move to California for a while, where Robert learned the year-round landscaping business - a craft he perfected for the next 30 years in the Dallas area. Upon moving back to Dallas, they resettled in Hamilton Park, where she also discovered her love of flowers and gardening. She and Robert became members of the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Director of the Youth Usher Board for many years. She also sang in the Mission Chorus. She was a faithful Christian and loved Jesus. She and her husband raised their five children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 KJV).
Bertie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, keeper of the home and family businesses over her 91+ years. She and Robert were the proprietors of several businesses (shoe repair, upholstery, landscaping), where she took care of the office duties. She was full of life, laughter, and love. There was never a dull moment listening to her tell stories from her memory; she had a great sense of humor. Many found her home to be a safe-haven and a place of comfort whenever they needed it. She loved her family, would give them her first and last, and always prayed for God's best for them. She was proud of her family and extended family's accomplishments and showcased their achievements through numerous plaques and photos on the walls of her home. She had a grateful heart and was always thankful for her many blessings. Those who knew her well knew that she would shed a tear at the drop of a dime when she received even the slightest gift. In her heart, anything someone did for her was a blessing from the Lord.
Bertie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; sons, Culverson and Frank; daughter-in-law, Angela; great-grandson, Adam; brothers, James and Doyle; and sister, Thelma. She is survived by her sons, Bobby (Nina) and Charles; daughter, Regina; daughter-in-law, Pamela; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sister, Shirley (Carl); and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions be sent to Bertie Blair's home church, Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, to continue the vision of "seeing people saved, shaped, and serving for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ":
Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church
1020 South Sherman Street
Richardson, TX 75081
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