Willa Mae (Blair) Barlar

Willie May (aka Willa Mae) Blair

B: 10/01/1920 – Lynnville, TN

D: 03/01/1966 – Pulaski, TN


  • Permanent residence: Giles County, TN
  • Age at death: 45
  • Burial place: Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, TN
  • "May" was her maternal grandmother's surname and it was her mother Elsie's middle name as well.

Woodrow Wilson Barlar

B: 05/30/1915 – Pulaski, TN

D: 04/30/1990 – Pulaski, TN


Their Children:

Larry Joe Barlar

Mary 'Joyce' Barlar

Sheila Diane Barlar

Records Available To Family Upon Request:
  • Birth Certificate
  • Adoption Order
  • Death Certificate


An only child, Willa Mae was approximately 2-yrs old when after her mother's death from typhoid fever she was adopted by their next door neighbors, John and Ethel Colbert.

With no birth certificate at hand, throughout her life her date of birth was always only estimated as Aug 14 instead of the actual October 1st; and the spelling of her name was always listed as Willa Mae. The true date and spelling only became known in 1981 when for the first time, her official birth certificate was finally obtained.

After the death of her mother in 1922, Willie May's father, George William Blair, returned to his native state of Kentucky where he remarried and started a new family. Willie May had little contact with her father during her lifetime; and why she had been adopted instead of having been taken in to be raised by her maternal Woodard grandparents has never been made clear.


1966 Gravestone of Willie May (Willa Mae) Blair, Barlar

Maplewood Cemetery - Pulaski, TN

The date of birth inscribed above is incorrect.