Custer Blair

Born: Tue., Sep. 9, 1930
Died: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 18, 2020
Location: Carlisle Presbyterian Church


2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 18, 2020
Location: Neal Welcome Center

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Marion Custer Blair, 89, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Born September 9, 1930 in Carlisle, Kentucky the only child of the late Marion Custer Blair, Sr. and Bernice Darnall Blair, Custer was a 1948 graduate of Carlisle High School and a member of the Kentucky National Guard. Following the untimely death of his father in 1949, he took over the family business, M.C. Blair Insurance Agency. For nearly 70 years, his agency has been providing personal and commercial coverage to the people of Nicholas County and surrounding areas. In addition, he has represented Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance since 1950, and later became a partner in the Millersburg Insurance Agency. He was a member of the Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky, dedicating much of his life to his business, and enjoyed both his agency and his client relationships until his death.

A faithful member of the Carlisle Presbyterian Church, it served as a source of great joy throughout his life. Music was a beloved passion and he sang in the church choir every Sunday. Deeply involved in all facets of the church, he was an elder and held the office of treasurer for over 60 years.

Custer served on the Board of Directors for the Deposit Bank of Carlisle and the Paris Stockyards, was a past President of the Carlisle Rotary Club, a life member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association and a University of Kentucky Henry Stites Barker Fellow.

He was predeceased by his wife, Caroline Proctor Wood Blair. Custer & Caroline Proc shared many interests and passions, especially traveling with their family to University of Kentucky sporting events and spending precious time with their grandchildren.

He lived the last two years of his life at The Willows at Hamburg in Lexington. He stayed very active until his death, enjoying their parties, field trips and activities. The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the Willows staff for their exceptional care and friendship.

He is survived by his two children, Proctor Wood Blair (Sara Jim) and Beth Blair Mercer (Brian), both of Lexington; five grandchildren, Amanda Blair Milward (Jeff), Stacy Blair Forrester (Rob), Blair McIntyre Mercer, Proctor Wood Mercer and Benjamin King Mercer; and three great-grandchildren, Mary Carter Milward, Harrison Proctor Milward and Callihan Williams Forrester.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1pm at the Carlisle Presbyterian Church. A Reception will follow at The Neal Welcome Center.

Charitable donations may be made in Custer's memory to the following organization:

Carlisle Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 111, Carlisle, Kentucky 40311

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Judy Baugh
   Posted Wed January 15, 2020
So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. He was always so nice and friendly. Prayers for all the family.

Ray Robertson
   Posted Thu January 16, 2020
Custer Blair has been a great friend to me. He took care of his clients like no one else in the business. He was so proud of his grandchildren, the ultimate fan of the Wildcats and a father who always knew what was happening with Beth and Proc day to day. He amazed me with his knowledge and remembrances of the 1930’s up to today about Bethel,Carlisle, friends and the parties he and Caroline Proc had attended. My sympathy to all the family.

Bill and Linda Conley
   Posted Thu January 16, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your loss. Bill and Linda Conley

Cyndi Allison Hammonds
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
Beth and Proc,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know he will be missed by many. My deepest sympathies are with all of you at this difficult time.

Cyndi Allison Hammonds

Philip and Karen Bernard
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
Beth and Proc,

We are so sorry for your loss. Your father was a dear man. We’ll miss seeing him at the University of Kentucky events that were such a big part of his life.

Ruby Browning Vice
   Posted Sat January 18, 2020
I am sorry for the loss of Mr. Blair. I have known him since the mid-60's. Had my insurance with him for many years. He was a nice gentleman & I know he will be missed by all the family and his faithful business assistant, Diane Livingood. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Brenda Smart
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
Ron and I are so sad that your dad passed away. He has been a great friend for many years. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

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