BLACKWELL, ELMO (MOE) E. - of Knoxville, passed away to be with his heavenly father on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Elmo met no strangers and called everyone friend. He was a veteran of the Korean War and had a work span that later included years at Fort Sanders Hospital and Tennessee Valley Authority. He was a faithful member of Rogers Memorial Baptist Church and dearly loved the Men's Ministry of which he was a member. He is preceded in death by parents Nathaniel and Genie Blackwell and was the last of 14 siblings born to that union. He leaves to have fond memories family members to include William (Maria) Mills, Chris Bentley, Richard Blackwell, Henry Blackwell; close friends to include caregiver Carol Young, Jimmy Battle, Lonnie McNair, Curtis Ray, Willie James Elder, Robert and Annetta James, Jarrett Bush, Albert Nelson, the residents of Morningside Gardens, and the Rogers Memorial Baptist Church family. A very heartfelt thank you is extended to Dr. Carla Gillespie and all of the NHC (St. Mary's) staff who treated him with so much dignity and respect. Services will be held on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Unity Mortuary with visitation at 11:00 a.m. and funeral service to follow at 11:30, Reverend A.D. Baxter officiating and the Reverend Dr. Michel S.E. Caldwell eulogist. Interment will follow at the Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on John Sevier Highway. Service will conclude with full military honors and dove release. Unity Mortuary has been entrusted to serve the family. Mr. Blackwell's guestbook can be signed on line at www.unitymortuary and www.legacy.com.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from July 17 to July 18, 2013