Mr. Fred B. Blackburn, 90, of Hampton, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the home of his son following an extended illness.
He was the son of the late Hill and Pearl Wagner Blackburn and was born in Johnson County.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of sixth-three years, Dora Grindstaff Blackburn; a brother and two sisters.
Mr. Blackburn was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the Hampton First Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. He loved to sing and direct music at the church.
He is survived by two sons, Basil Blackburn and his wife, Phyllis of Johnson City; Albert Blackburn and his wife, Tammy, Marion, VA; a daughter, Darlene Taylor and her husband, Carl, Johnson City; four grandchildren, Brian Blackburn, Chad Blackburn, Bonnie Buckles, Jenny Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Brianna Blackburn and Allison Blackburn; two brothers, Stuart Blackburn, Elizabethton; Elmer Blackburn, Butler; two sisters, Mary Depew, Johnson City; Anna Ruth Moreland, Butler. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Blackburn will be conducted on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM in the Chapel of Peace, Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton with Rev. Mike Hyder officiating.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday prior to the service, or at the homes of any of the family at other times.
The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #49.
Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 AM Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Hampton First Baptist Church, 407 First Avenue, Hampton, Tennessee 37658.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax 423-542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family. Office 423-542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.
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