Graveside and burial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo with full military honors for Dale Lynn Blackburn, 63, of Hokes Bluff, who passed away suddenly on Monday, April 28, 2014, due to natural causes.
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Cremation services provided by Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
Mr. Blackburn was born in Macon, Ga., graduated from Huntsville High School and the University of Alabama. His work career was with the U.S. Navy and he fought in the Vietnam War. He retired from the Navy. He loved Alabama football and deer hunting with his cousins. His avid interest in history and wars, particularly the Civil War, is displayed in his house by all the books he owned.
He was a very talented artist. One of his hobbies was genealogy, searching the Internet for family history and collecting family photos and memorabilia. Dale will always be remembered for his kind, sweet spirit. He had a heart of gold and would give someone his last bite of food if they were in need.
Mr. Blackburn was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Owen Blackburn and Lera Burke Blackburn; his brothers, Ronald and Don Blackburn; and sister, Karen Blackburn Garmon.
Mr. Blackburn is survived by his nieces and nephews, Linette Blackburn (Jerry Borczon) and Trista Blackburn of Baltimore, Md.; Heather Blackburn, Atlanta, Ga.; Kelly (Mike) Giordano, Richboro, Pa.; Robert (Kerry) Blackburn, Philadelphia, Pa., and Ryan Pogue, Chattanooga, Tenn.; aunt, Glenda Burke Dempsey, Huntsville, Ala; sister-in-law, Shirley Blackburn of Richboro, Pa.; and brother-in-law, Dale Garmon of Southside; great-nieces and nephews, Colleen Borczon, Michael, Megan, Dominic, Joseph and Gianna Giordano, Richard and Bridget Blackburn; cousin, Michael (Debra) Liles of Southside. Dale and Mike were born as cousins but were brothers at heart. Their daily talks, watching Alabama football and most of all the wonderful deer hunting trips to their hunting camp are all treasured memories now. Dale was loved by all who knew him, and he will missed.
The family requests no flowers.
Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home
1901 Piedmont Cutoff
Gadsden, AL 35903
Published in The Gadsden Times on May 7, 2014