JEFFERSON — Graveside services for Mrs. Lola Irene Blackburn, 95, of Jefferson, Texas, will be 2:30 p.m. today, June 9, 2012, at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Rev. Bill Buchanan officiating. Services are under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Blackburn passed away June 7, 2012 in Jefferson, Texas.
Mrs. Blackburn was born January 12, 1917, in Jenkins, Ky., to James and Rhoda Alice Akers Roberts. She wanted to get away from coal country and came to live in the Manse with her oldest sister, Nina, and her husband, Pastor E.P. Smith, who was the pastor of the Presbyterian church. She was employed in a grocery store for Hope Hughes.
She met her future husband when he called on the grocery store selling syrup. They married March 12, 1937, at midnight. They all joined the First Baptist church after the Rev. E.P. Smith moved from Jefferson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Blackburn; son, Thomas Jerry Blackburn; grandson, Thomas Jerry Blackburn II; and great-granddaughter, Sierra Clark.
Surviving relatives include her children, James D. Blackburn and wife, Armitta Ann, of Jefferson, John Roberts Blackburn and wife, Betty, of Alexandria, La.; daughter-in-law, Monika Blackburn Sullivan of Jefferson; grandchildren, James David Blackburn Jr. and wife, Cheryl, Patricia Blackburn Roberts, Robert Sims Blackburn and wife, Tiffany, William Patrick Blackburn and wife, Amy, Jason Roberts Blackburn, Justin Wade Blackburn, Jesse Daniel Blackburn, Margot Denise Blackburn and Scott Patrick Clark; great-grandchildren, James William Blackburn, Austin Scott Blackburn, Brandon James Hancock, Kodie Pryor, Elizabeth Ann Roberts, Eli Harrison Roberts, Luke David Roberts, Lauren Ashley Blackburn, Brooke Abigail Blackburn, Wyatt Dalton Blackburn, Rebecca Claire Blackburn, Rachel McKenna Blackburn, Casey Leatherman, Lacy Phillips, Jaden Carter and Madison Clark.
Pallbearers will be James David Blackburn, Robert Sims Blackburn, William Patrick Blackburn, Jesse Daniel Blackburn, Jason Roberts Blackburn, Justin Wade Blackburn, James William Blackburn and Austin Scott Blackburn.