Delbert Gene Blackwell, 51, of Piggott, passed away Aug. 29, 2020, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was born June 29, 1969, in Memphis, and was the son of Albert and Betty (Wheeler) Blackwell. Gene was united in marriage to Kerri Michelle Cates on Dec. 28, 1998.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Blackwell; sister, Deanna Smith; maternal grandparents, Earnest and Lela Wheeler; paternal grandfather, Alfred Ardell Blackwell; and paternal grandparents, Herman and Myrtle Holland.

Gene served for the U.S. Army during Desert Storm. He worked at the Piggott Community Hospital as a Lab Tech for 13 years. Gene enjoyed fishing, and especially loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed attending school trips, livestock shows, and band trips with his girls. He was a member of Piggott Band Boosters and First Baptist Church in Piggott.

Survivors include his wife, Kerri Michelle Blackwell of Piggott; mother, Betty Blackwell of Drew, Miss.; daughters, Madison Blackwell, Taylor Blackwell and Olivia Jene Blackwell, all of Piggott; brothers, Eric Blackwell and wife Tamara of Drew, Miss., and Dean Blackwell and wife Tina of Pocahontas; sisters, Tammy Chappell and husband Troy of Walnut Ridge, and Linda Bibb and husband Dale of Lafe; nieces and nephews; his extended family, the Piggott Mohawk Band; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 4, at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Piggott, with Bro. Wilburn Griggs officiating and Bro. Rondal Richardson assisting. Burial will be in Piggott Cemetery. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott is in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Austyn Crow, James Latimer, Connor Austin, Lee Austin, Erich Smith, Bryan Butts and Charlie Prater. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Blackwell, Dean Blackwell, Shawnee Latimer, Kalaya Cole and the Piggott Mohawk Band.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Piggott.

An online guestbook is available at www.hoggard funeralhome.com.

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