James Ballard Blackburn, 88 of Canada, Ky., passed away in his sleep Friday June 7, 2013 at his residence in the caring hands of family.
He was born October 18, 1924 at Canada and was the son of the late Earl and Polly (Blackburn) Blackburn. He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Roland Blackburn, Homer Blackburn, Woodrow Blackburn, Millard Blackburn and Paris Blackburn and four sisters, Imma Jean Blackburn, Mary (Blackburn) Smith, Martha (Blackburn) Mullins and Edna (Blackburn) Cook.
Ballard spent his life working as a coal miner and truck driver to support the family he loved so much. Upon retirement, he enjoyed watching baseball games and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren, but most of all, he gave his life to God on November 1, 1998.
On December 20, 1960 , he started his life with Naomi (Smith) Blackburn. In addition to his wife Naomi, he is survived by five children, Annette (David) Stafford, Kevin Dale Blackburn (Larry H. Ray), Mickey (Sheila) Blackburn, Jennifer Blackburn and Keri Blackburn. His six grandchildren, Joshua Stafford, Megan Stafford, Joesph Adkins, Brittany Blackburn, Jordan Adkins, Dylan Blackburn and seven great grandchildren, Jacob Stafford, Issac Stafford, Ahna Adkins, Madilyn Williams, Ayden Adkins, Alexis Adkins, Rylan Williams and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at R. E. Rogers Funeral Home with Gary Blackburn officiating. Burial will follow at the Ballard Blackburn Cemetery at Canada with David Stafford, Johnathan Williams, Darrell Smith, Steven Smith and Gary Smith serving as pallbearers and three grandsons, Joshua Stafford, Joesph Adkins and Jordan Adkins serving as Honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be after 6 p.m. Saturday night at the funeral home with special services at 7 p.m. with Gary Blackburn officiating and Sunday night with special services at 7 p.m. with Johnny Hatfield officiating.
R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Ky., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at rerogersfuneralhome.com