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Harrison Blades Jr.

DECATUR --Mr. Harrison "Bud" Blades Jr., 58, of Decatur, Ill., passed away at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2007, in his home.

Services to celebrate Bud's life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, 2007 in the Chapel of Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment with the "Flight Home" ceremony will be in Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Bud was born on April 26, 1949 in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Harrison and Virginia (Hughes) Blades Sr. He was a truck driver for Jevic Transportation.

Surviving are his significant other, Diana Scrimpsher; three sons, Brett Blades and wife, Chrissie of Catawba, S.C., Ben Blades of Rock Hill, S.C., and Brad Blades and wife, Kim of Rock Hill, S.C.; three stepsons, Rob Scrimpsher and wife, Ashley of Maroa, Jason Scrimpsher and wife, Megan of Decatur and Josh Scrimpsher and wife, Michelle of Decatur; sister, Priscilla Burnett of Decatur; ten grandchildren, Julia Blades of Rock Hill, S.C., Cody Scrimpsher of Rantoul, Anthony Scrimpsher of Rantoul, Kandi Scrimpsher of Rantoul, Savannah Scrimpsher of Decatur, Gaven Scrimpsher of Decatur, Maddison Scrimpsher of Decatur, Joshlyn Scrimpsher of Decatur, Myles Scrimpsher of Decatur and Rhiannon Harminson of Maroa; and special extended family, former wife, Dian Blades, Betty Pfile of Rock Hill, S.C., and Barb Minor of Sullivan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Harrison Andrew Blades.