Hershel Ray Blevins, Jr. died unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his home on Sunday, February 27, 2022, with his partner, Sharyn, by his side. He was born June 1, 1968, in Ashtabula, Ohio, the son of Hershel and Magaline (Hall) Blevins, Sr.
Hershel was a lifelong Ashtabula County resident, graduating from Ashtabula High School and the Ashtabula County Joint Vocational School in 1986 as part of Future Farmers of America. He was loyal to Bluegrass music. He was multi-talented, with the ability to play the instrument, sing the song and produce the harmony. He started developing his musical talent early as a member of the Blevins Brothers band. At a bluegrass festival at an early age, he was approached by Jimmy Martin to play in his band and go on tour, and later to became the co-founder of South 79. Hershel traveled to play in Nashville and other cities around the United States. If you needed a guitar or resonator guitar player, he was your man. Hershel loved cooking and making homemade wine, almost as much as sharing with family and friends that dropped by to visit. Telling jokes and stories were his specialties. He was kind, compassionate, caring and genuine. As soon as you met him, he was a true friend for life. He will be greatly missed by all near and far.
He is survived by his longtime partner, Sharyn Kolehmainen; members of the Blevins family: brother, James E. (Peggy); sister, Clounia J. Blevins; nieces, Leeanne R. Wofford (Mike) and Nicole Blevins; nephew, Cody W. Blevins; great-nephews, Robbie A. Caruthers and Durgan D. Blevins; great-niece, Emily Rose Blevins; and many cousins and second cousins. Also, special recognition to Kathy Blevins and Sharon Blevins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; uncle, Pearl (Dick) Hall; aunt, Surilda (Teenie) Hall; brothers, Burchel and Clyde Blevins; and great-nephew, Alexzander Blevins, who died in infancy.
Celebration of Life Service will be 12:00 noon, with Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Eagleville Bible Church, 1981 SR-45, Rock Creek, Ohio 44084. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity of choice.