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Charles "Blair" Nutter

October 14, 1944 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Charles "Blair" Nutter Obituary

Charles Blair Nutter, 79, of Salem passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024 after a 2-year battle with Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.
Blair was born October 14, 1944, the youngest child and only son of Don H. and Mary Edith Sloan Nutter. He was a proud member of the Class of 1962 of Salem High School where he played baseball and basketball and played trumpet in the band. He attended Alderson-Broaddus College where he played baseball, basketball and was a member of the Lambda Omega Mu Fraternity. His “Mink” Brothers remained wonderful friends to Blair for the rest of his life. Blair helped spearhead a Mink Scholarship to aid students to reach their educational goals! He and his college roommate, Dr. John “Cookie” Cooke, were always there to welcome their Brothers  back to campus for reunions.
Blair completed his degree in Accounting from Liberty University in Virginia.

In January 1967, Blair completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and embarked on an amazing 38 year career with the US Army and the WV Army National Guard. Throughout his years of service, Blair was recognized and received many distinguished medals and awards, but was most humbled to receive The Legion of Merit for the exceptionally meritorious service. As was stated on his award, “Chief Warrant Officer Five Nutter displayed initiative and leadership in various assignments throughout a distinguished career spanning thirty-eight years. His outstanding performance and dedication to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, the West Virginia Army National Guard and the United States Army.”
In 2004, Blair retired from Federal Civil Service and held positions as Chief Auditor and Financial Manager at the United States Property and Fiscal Office in Buckhannon, WV.
He retired from the US Army as Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5).


On June 20, 1970, Blair married Fern Louise Long at the Salem United Methodist Church. They would have celebrated 54 years together.
Blair is survived by his wife and two children; daughter, Charla Louise McNaboe and her husband, Dr. Dennis McNaboe of Salem and his son, Charles Christopher “Chris” Nutter and his wife, Staci Elise Garrett Nutter of Morgantown. Charla and Chris have finally accepted the fact that Blair’s favorite “child” was Staci!
He was the very proud Pappaw of Kaitlin Elise, a Senior at West Virginia University and Caleb Christopher and Kenleigh Grace, Seniors at Morgantown High School. Blair’s face would light up anytime someone would simply mention his grandchildren’s names. He was always ready to tell anyone about their accomplishments and achievements. Blair’s grandchildren and their friends will always remember his after-school snacks of fried egg sandwiches or Sloppy Joe’s always ready as they got off the bus.
Blair is also survived by his sisters, Charlene Nutter Hess of Bryan, OH and Mary Jane Nutter Vredeveld of Charleston, WV and by his brother-in-law, Alfred “Micky” Graham and his wife, Betty, of Daniels, WV.
He is also survived by his first cousins, J. Lowell McAfee of the Crystal Lake community in West Union, WV and Susan Sloan Marra of Bridgeport, WV.
Blair was the loving uncle to three nieces and three nephews and to twelve great nieces and nephews. Blair was excited to have three great, great nieces and one great, great nephew. Blair and his stories will be missed at the next Nutter family summer reunion.
Blair was proceeded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Thurman and Marguerite Ford Long, his oldest sister, Margaret “Margy” Nutter Graham and his brothers-in-law, Dr. Richard “Rick” Hess, James Kerwood and Donald “Don” Vredeveld. One of the best stories was when Blair and Rick decided to go Black Friday shopping for new TVs at Kmart.
Blair loved animals and would often get in trouble at the dinner table by sneaking food to his fur babies, Lady and Maggie; and later to his grand fur babies, Patches, Kali, Tiger, Sara, Brody, Chief, Franni, Ellie, Remi and Rue. It was said that the dogs would often gain pounds over a weekend stay with Pappaw.
Blair was a member of the Salem Baptist Church. He was a member of Post 13, American Legion of Clarksburg, WV and a social member of Post 9151, Sperry-Davis VFW in Salem, WV. Blair helped with many improvement projects at the VFW such as remodeling the canteen/bar areas and meeting/social rooms.
Blair was Master Mason with St. John’s Lodge #24 of Shinnston, WV. He is a Past Patron of Orpha Chapter #30, Order of the Eastern Star and a current member of Queen Esther Chapter #11 of Bridgeport.
Blair and Fern were honored to serve as the Senior King and Queen of the 2011 Salem Applebutter Festival. He was a lifelong member of the Upper Valley Street Neighborhood Association. He served on the Advisory Board of Salem Assembly #49, International Order of Rainbow for Girls and attended many WV Grand Assemblies with his daughter. Blair volunteered for many years at the Salem Little League doing what was necessary to keep the League active from being an assistant coach or maintaining the fields and buildings to picking up supplies for the concession stand. Throughout his son’s outstanding athletic career, Blair was always in the stands or pacing the sidelines encouraging Chris and his teammates.
He continued enjoying years of sporting events watching his grandchildren as they competed in All-Star Cheer, high school and college cheer, soccer, wrestling, track, softball, football and baseball. His subscription to GameChanger and Varsity TV was well used on his iPad. Blair also gladly survived years of band concerts and dance recitals.

Blair took to heart the National Guard motto of “Always Ready, Always There”. He had a servant’s heart as learned from his parents and passed on to his family. He was always the first one to help his neighbors and friends. Never did he ask questions, he just helped. Blair never sought the praise or attention, but felt called to assist.

He never met a stranger and could spin an Irish tale without hesitation. His smile will long be remembered. Blair wanted to thank his many friends throughout his life and was especially thankful to his best friend for life, Jesse Scott, who grew up across the street from Blair. Many adventures were had by these two friends.

Blair’s family would like to thank his family physician, Dr. Dana Bragg, for his wonderful care and friendship to both Blair and Fern. They would also like to thank Dr. Salman Osman for his world-class oncology care and for the amazing team at the UHC Infusion Center and a special thanks to WVU Medicine Hospice Team for helping his family bring him home as he wanted.

Family and friends will meet at Davis Funeral Home in Salem on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 from 2-8PM with an Eastern Star Service at 7:00PM and on Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 9:00 AM until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00AM with services being conducted by Rev. Roger Fontaine, lifelong friend of the family. Blair will be interred at the WV National Cemetery in Grafton WV with full military honors accorded by the US Army Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Apple Butter Festival at PO Box 293 Salem, WV 26426 or the Fort New Salem Foundation at PO Box 186 Salem, WV 26426. Online condolences may be sent to www.DavisFuneralHomeSalemWV.com. Davis Funeral Home Salem is honored to serve the Nutter family.   

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
March 6, 2024

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Davis Funeral Home - Salem and Crematory
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

Eastern Star Service
Wednesday
March 6, 2024

7:00 PM
Davis Funeral Home - Salem and Crematory
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

Visitation
Thursday
March 7, 2024

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Davis Funeral Home - Salem and Crematory
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

Funeral Service
Thursday
March 7, 2024

11:00 AM
Davis Funeral Home - Salem and Crematory
1999 W Main Street
Salem, WV 26426

Donations

Salem Apple Butter Festival
PO Box 293, Salem WV 26426

Fort New Salem Foundation
PO Box 186, Salem WV 26426

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