Jim Paul Blair, whose passion for Muskogee and music helped shepherd the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame through its most difficult times, and advocated doggedly for the Muskogee hospital, has died of complications resulting from a recent illness. Blair’s wife, Katey Sherrick Blair, posted the news 30 minutes ago to her Facebook page.
Blair had been in the hospital for several days suffering from an undisclosed illness with pneumonia-like symptoms, friends and family said.
He was popular around town for his Buddy Holly and Hank Williams impressions, his frequent and fruitful collaborations with other Muskogee musicians and his work with the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Blair was also in charge of the Muskogee Medical Foundation, which manages the land on which Saint Francis Hospital sits, and frequently held the hospital’s operator, Saint Francis, to the fire to fulfill the conditions of its lease.
Blair also initiated and shepherded the music festival GFest and was a founding partner in Max’s Garage.
No arrangements have been made yet.