A service celebrating the life of Dennis Ray Blackman, 60, of Bastrop will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 18, 2011 at the Chapel of Cox Funeral Home, Bastrop with the Rev. Jerry Stuckey officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, November 17 at Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop.
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Dennis Blackman was born July 17, 1951, in Shreveport and he passed from this life on November 15, 2011.
After living in several states with his family as a child Dennis lived his entire adult life in Bastrop. He was a 1970 graduate of Bastrop High School. Dennis joined the Woodlands Division of International Paper in 1973, beginning his career sawing down upwards of two hundred trees each day. He quickly progressed to foreman and retired in 2009 as a Forest Technician with 36 years of service.
Dennis was instrumental in the renovation of the Rose Theatre in the 1980s, spending many hours working to restore it to its glory of earlier years. He was a member of the original Cotton Country Players, performing in several of the first plays they presented, some even before the Rose was completed.
Dennis had a soft heart for stray dogs, giving a home to many of them through the years. He was an avid photographer and loved music. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and slow-pitch softball until finally devoting his passion to the game of golf. Dennis loved being around people and never met a stranger. His happiest times were those spent with his many friends, his children, and grandchildren. He is loved and will be missed by us all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee Blackman and Jane Summers Blackman; and by a brother, Terry Blackman.
Dennis is survived by his loving children, Jennifer B. Mangrum and husband Chris and Joshua L. Blackman and wife Jerilyn; and by his three grandchildren, Grant, Ella, and Baylor Mangrum, whom he adored. He is also survived by three brothers, Jimmie Blackman and wife Corliss of Belleville, Mich., Jerry Blackman and wife Jo of Mer Rouge and Charlie Blackman and wife Debbie of Monroe; two sisters, Robbie Stokes of Monroe and Angela Johnston and husband Harold, Jr. of Sterlington; and many nieces and nephews.
Serving as pallbearers are Larry "Coon" Carter, Steve Freeland, Todd Gentry, Bruce Hickman, Fayette Jordan, Charlie Laseter, Sr., Gary Laseter, Jacob McCrary, Trey Owens, and John Stringer. Honorary pallbearers will be Chase Bostick, Brett Clausing, Shawn Hickman, Darren Justus, Justin McCrary, and Derek Ouellette.
For those who wish the family suggest memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 810, Memphis, TN 38101 or to the Morehouse Parish Humane Society, P.O. Box 87, Bastrop, LA 71220.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21, 2011