Ralph Blizard, 85, of Blountville, Tennessee, passed away peacefully
at his home Friday, December 3, 2004, with his family by his side.
He grew up in Kingsport and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School,
but resided most of his life in Blountville. Mr. Blizard was a veteran
of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. He retired from the C.E.
Division of Tennessee Eastman Company in 1980 with 39 years of service.
Ralph received various awards for talent as a world class master
fiddler, including the National Heritage Award presented by the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Governorís Award for the Arts.
He served on the Tennessee Arts Commission for five years and was co-founder
of the Traditional Appalachian Music Heritage Association, an organization
to preserve the musical heritage of the region. He supported the
Friday Night Jam Sessions at Anderson House of Blountville and was a
member of Blountville Presbyterian Church.
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