Raymond “Kenneth” Blackburn, age 84, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather peacefully passed away on July 19, 2012, to be with God in Heaven. He was born on Sunday, July 31, 1927, in Nida, Oklahoma, to Myrtle Moody Blackburn and Byrd Blackburn and was the youngest of eight children. He was preceded in death by parents, brothers, Franklin, Marshall, and Joe Blackburn and his sisters, Oleta Burris, Hazel Fabrizio, Inez Falcone, and Edith Washington.
Kenneth married Jessie Morgan Warden on October 2, 1948. He is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Jessie; as well as his daughters and sons-in laws, Paula and Scott Moore of Durant, Cindy Ballard of Durant, and Mitzi and Phillip Cleveland of Frisco, Texas. He was PePa to his grandchildren and their spouses, Dustin and Monica Moore of Nida, Darron and Chanda Moore of Nida, Derek and KelliJon Proctor of Durant, Rachel and Rylee Cleveland of Frisco, Texas, and his great grandchildren, Daylon, Dawson, Coy and Chloey Moore of Nida.
Kenneth attended school at Nida and was a life-time member of the Nida Baptist church. He was a business man who owned and operated Blackburn Propane for over 50 years. Kenneth and Jessie owned the Bonham Texas Livestock Market, the Durant Livestock Market, and Texoma Mini Storage. Of quick wit, great spirit and determination he was an inspiration to all who knew him. Kenneth was known for his generosity to people and to organizations, always willing to lend a helping hand in support of his community. What was most important to Kenneth was being able to share his blessings with others without any recognition expected in return. He was known by family, friends and those who had dealings with him as an honest and fair man.
Family hour will be Sunday, July 22, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Holmes-Coffey-Murray home, 121 N. 5th Avenue in Durant. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at First Baptist Church, 124 West Evergreen in Durant. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Nida, OK. Howard Stanley will officiate. Pallbearers are Dustin Moore, Darron Moore, Derek Proctor, Ronnie Walker, Jerry Freeman and George Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Richard West, Mike Nelson, Bill Gordon and Orgel Milligan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Oak Grove Cemetery fund at 394 West Mockingbird in Durant, OK.
Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.
Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.