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February 20, 2015
I have been a college math professor for forty years, thanks to Dr. Blakney. He was the professor who taught me math, but more importantly continued to encourage me even when I was struggling to find my place in the world of academics. I will never forget what he told me after I flunked a class with him because I missed too many classes. He said, "It's not a matter of your ability, just your discipline. But you'll figure it out." When completing my four year degree after six years, he called me into his office and said, "Apply for graduate school. I have an assistantship for you."

Above all Dr. Blakney was the man who taught me how to care for students. I will never forget that.
September 16, 2014
Just learned about your loss. I worked for Dr. Blakney back in the 70's when he chaired the Department of Mathematics at UT. He encouraged me to go back to school which I did. He was such a class act. I am so sorry for your loss.
August 04, 2014
I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Dr.Blakney. I had the honor of meeting him through their son, one of my dearest friends, Will Blakney. He and Mrs. Blakney welcomed me into their home and treated me like family. I feel blessed to have met him. My condolences to his entire family.
April 12, 2014
i had the honor of meeting dr blakney in 1977. a true inspiration to all that met him
September 30, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 01, 2013
To God be the glory for his life and legacy.
Doris Durr Ross '75
Tougaloo College
August 01, 2013
We were in sorrow when we learned of Simmie's death. The memorial service made clear Simmie's academic achievements, but also his role as husband, father, and man.

Rev Linda Carter and Ernie Johansson
July 26, 2013
Mrs. Blakney, Ben and Family,
All our condolences and best wishes - Phyllis & Steven Novick
July 26, 2013
Dear Blakney family,

We were your neighbors in the 1960's on Aldringham Street and our young boys, Doug and Dan played with Willard. We remember your family fondly and we are sorry for your loss.
July 26, 2013
Mrs. Blakney, Ben and Family. The Zdolshek Family would like to express its sincere condolences. We will keep you all and Simmie in our prayers. Gary and Garrett Zdolshek

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