Retired USAF MSgt William (Bill) Earl Blizzard, 90 years old, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center.
Survived by his children: Carol Braden and her husband BJ; David Blizzard; Debbi Blizzard; Cathy Rodgers and her husband Carl; son-in-law Tim Mesiner and his siblings: Maurice Blizzard, Shirley Lewis, Roy Blizzard, Frances Ashlock and Allen Blizzard. Bill's grandchildren include Boston Braden and his wife Kaleigh; Brooks Braden and his wife Jennifer; Nicole Warf and husband James; Lindsey Dowdell and her husband Brian; Christopher Mesiner, Jacob Mesiner; Phillip Mesiner and his wife Elisabeth and Becca Mesiner. He was blessed with six great grandchildren: Karaleigh Braden; Devon, Ryan and Ethan Warf; Alyssa Dowell and August Mesiner.
Bill, Sarge, Wi'Em Earl, Son, Brother, Dad, Pap-Paw...was born 18 January 1930 in Richlands, North Carolina to Levi Blizzard and Susie Coston-Blizzard. He was a 1948 graduate from Richlands High School, North Carolina. As a grocery deliverer - Bill pedaled his bike to deliver groceries for extra money before joining the military. He married Betty Thames-Blizzard 24 July 1954 in Niceville, FL. His military service, 1947 to 1974, took him to RAF Weathersfield, England; Kindley Air Force Base, Bermuda (earning a well-talked-about hole-in-one at St. George Golf Course); and Kuan Ju AB, South Korea; finally retiring at Eglin AFB, FL. As a member of Cinco Baptist Church since 11 February 1968 he sang in the choir and was a deacon. Prior to Cinco [1954 - 1968] he was a member and pre-school Sunday school teacher at Ocean City Baptist Church. After retiring from the USAF, he owned and operated Blizzard Paint Contracting.
Funeral services will be Monday, 9 March 2020 at Cinco Baptist Church - 9:00 am Viewing; 10:00 am Service and 11:30 am Burial at Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso, FL. The service will be officiated by Dr. Mickey Hawkins with special music presented by his niece, Amy Blizzard.
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