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Jerry Blevins

Jerry Blevins

Age: 69

Family: Married to Peggy Blevins. Sons are Jay, Scott and Todd; daughters-in-law are Lisa, Mary and Linda; grandchildren are Daniel and Jessica; Macy and Jacob; and Alex and Kyle.

Occupation: Retired from Blevins Paint Center. He worked with Sherwin Williams for 12 years before he went into business for himself at Blevins Paint Center for 37 years. He sold the business to Steve Best in December, 2009.

Jerry Blevins is enjoying retirement. After 49 years in the paint business -- 12 years with Sherwin Williams and 37 years at his own store, Blevins Paint Center, the newly retired businessman is spending time with family and enjoying more time on the golf course.

“I love to play golf,” says Blevins. “This give me more time to golf, but main thing is that I can spend more time with my 90-year-old mother, Mary Blevins. She is still very active and lives in Sweetwater. I spend a lot more time doing things with her.”

Blevins also is looking forward to more time with his wife, Peggy. “I didn’t have time before,” he says. “I look forward to many more years of being able to do things with her.”

Praise for Blount County as a place to do business comes quickly to the long-time business owner. He says the paint business changed a lot over the years, but what people looked for in a good business didn’t. “The people didn’t change. We built our business over the years on service, and Blount County was just super for us.”

Blevins has lived in Blount County for 41 years. “There’s not a greater community to do business in,” he says. “The schools in the city and county are great, and it’s a fine community to live in. We’ve always treated our customers the way we wanted to be treated and tried to give them service. We didn’t just sell paint, we offered service.”

Here is Jerry Blevins:

Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?

“I am most like my mom. My mother just turned 90, is very outgoing, and she still likes things clean and in place.”

What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?

“Build it, and they will come.” From “Field of Dreams.”

What are you guilty of?

“My wife says putting things off or being too early.”

What is your favorite material possession?

“A pocket knife that belonged to my best friend Aubrey Phelps. He gave it to me before he passed. He and I were such close friends, I’ll always cherish it.”

What are you reading currently?

‘“Please Touch, Shaped by the Master’s Touch,’ by Tony Rutherford. Tony grew up in Sweetwater where I grew up, and he lived right up the street from me. He was younger than me and some of the things he writes about I really relate to. That’s why I really enjoy his book. It is set in an earlier period of time, and it is about how God relates to our lives.”

Who has been the most influential person in the 20th Century?

“Billy Graham. He has touched lives all over the world.”

What was your most embarrassing moment?

“I was helping with a program at Dotson Memorial Baptist Church, and I was told I could read all of my lines from a large cue card. At the last minute, all the lights were turned off except on the stage. I knew the first part, but I had to adlib the rest. That was my last play.”

If you only had a week to live, what would you do and why?

“I would want to spend that time with my family and close friends. I would tell them again and again how much I loved them and also how proud I am of them and how we would see each other again.”

What is one word others often use to describe you and why?

“Mr. Clean. My wife and boys gave that name several years ago. I am always cleaning something.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

“If I were a little taller, my weight would be a lot better.”

With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?

“Aubrey Phelps, my best friend who passed away on April 26, 2008. We played golf together, went on many trips, attended church together and talked all the time. I miss those talks and his humor.”

If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?

“John Wayne. He was in my era, and I loved his type of movies. They were the type of movies you could go watch, I don’t like R-rated movies. John Wayne had good clean movies.”

If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?

“The 1950s. I grew up in this time, and things were simpler. We had a lot of fun. Families spent more time together, and it was a laid back time. I think we weren’t as busy as we find ourselves today.”

What is the best present you ever received in a box?

“My boys got my wife and me a computer for Christmas two years ago. I have learned how to turn it on and turn it off.”

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

“Be friendly and nice to people always. That’s the way she always was, and I think that is something I picked up from her. People enjoy a smile, and they enjoy you being nice to them.”

In the workplace, would you rather be powerful or popular?

“Popular. Powerful just never was what I wanted to be. I never asked people to do something that I would not do myself.”

Who is your hero?

“My wife, Peggy, is my hero. She has a rare neurological disorder - CMT Type 1A. Peggy walks with a rollator and does not drive anymore, but she never complains to anyone. She smiles and always tells everyone she is fine. She has a compassion for shut-ins and the disabled. Also, she loves her grandchildren and would do anything for them.”

Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?

“Myspace - it’s in the garage.”

Are you a cat person or a dog person?

“Dog person. I’ve always loved dogs. I don’t have one anymore.”

What’s the worst job you have ever had?

“When I finished high school, I worked three summers for Bowater Southern Paper Corporation in a labor gang. We got to do the dirty jobs. It made me realize I didn’t want to do that for living.”

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