Blanche Blackburn

Blanche Blackburn

JONESBORO — Blanche Sylvia Blackburn, 102, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House.

She was born on March 3, 1918, in Fort Smith to Maurice L. and Lucille Hall Derdeyn. Blanche was married to William “Bill” Blackburn on May 10, 1938, in Fort Smith. They were married for over 67 years. The couple relocated to Jonesboro in 1952 where they owned and operated Blackburn Firestone for 30 years.

Blanche enjoyed playing cards, reading, cooking and caring for her family. She loved her family and friends with a constant, unconditional love. Her sweet spirit and gentle ways were evident to all who knew her.

Blanche was an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where she volunteered much of her time throughout the years.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Henry Blackburn; brothers, Maurice Derdeyn, Robert Derdeyn and Donald Derdeyn; son in law Jack Black, daughter in law, Jayni Blackburn and a grandson Michael Shawn Black.

Blanche is survived by her daughter, Diana Black of Paducah, Ky.; and sons, Ron Blackburn (Marilyn) of Jonesboro and Donald Blackburn (Dorothy) of Mountain Home; grandchildren and their spouses, Ashley Abballe (Bill) of Marietta, Ga., Greg Black (Johnna) of Benton, Ky., Jeff Black (Shannon) of Nashville, Tenn., Gretchen Marlin (T.J.) and Allison Russell (Eric), Jonesboro; 13 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; brother Jack Derdeyn (Demetra) of Fort Worth, Texas, sister Marguerite Radkiewicz (Robert) of Moline, Ill.; sister-in-law, Lorraine Derdeyn of Dallas; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro, with Father Alphonse Gollapalli officiating.

A private burial will immediately follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. There will be no visitation.

All attendees must wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that consideration be given to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church building fund, 1107 E. Highland Drive, Jonesboro, AR, 72401.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home.