Sunday, December 3, 2023

Ronald L. Blevins, 79, of West Point

Ronald L. Blevins (Vincent Funeral Home)

Ronald L. Blevins, 79, of West Point, VA died August 24, 2023, at home after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family.

Ron was a graduate of Goldey Beacom Junior College in Wilmington, DE, and of Old Dominion University. He was a member of West Point United Methodist Church and was a former President of the West Point Kiwanis Club and the King William Chapter of the American Cancer Society. He was born June 28, 1944, at home in Stockton, MD to R. Quincy and Eileen M. (Bell) Blevins.

He was a senior vice president of Virginia National Bank, Trust Operations Executive of Sovran Bank, and a senior vice president of C&S/Sovran and Nationsbank (all predecessors of Bank of America) before retiring in 1994. He retired as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. in 2010. Committed to banking education and professionalism, he was a frequent instructor and speaker at banking schools managed by The American Bankers Association, Bank Administration Institute, and others, including programs at Northwestern, University of Wisconsin, Pepperdine, UNCC, and Campbell University. He was co-author of a junior college textbook, The Trust Business, published by The American Bankers Association.

Ron had been dedicated to genealogy research and writing since 1970 and is nationally known for his work on the Ashley, Blevins and Sizemore families. His manuscripts can be accessed at the Ashe County, NC, Library and the Grayson County, VA, Heritage Foundation office.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers R. Quincy Blevins, Jr., and Richard E. Blevins, and by his son-in-law, Ricky L Garrett.

Ron was devoted to his wife, daughters, and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. The family has wonderful memories of trips to the Outer Banks and to the mountains of western North Carolina, two of Ron’s favorite places. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Betty Ann (Payne) Blevins; three daughters: Pamela Garrett of Aylett, Joanna Ambrose (Jim) of Mechanicsville, and Shannon Slattery of West Point; five grandchildren: Jacob Cutlip, Kelly Garrett, Kaitlyn Garrett, Elliott Ambrose, and Evan Ambrose; his brother, Rev. Daniel Blevins (Vicki) of Salisbury, MD; and ten nieces and nephews.

A private burial will follow at a later date in Pocomoke City, MD.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to West Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box X, West Point, VA 23181; or to West Point United Methodist Church, PO Box 610, West Point, VA 23181.

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