Franklin Blackwell, 77, of Nacogdoches, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018, in Nacogdoches.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Watson & Sons Funeral Home in Center. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Watson & Sons Chapel with Bro. Robert Strong and Bro. Buddy Strong officiating. Interment will follow at Newburn Cemetery in Center.
Mr. Blackwell was born December 30, 1940, in Center, to Herbert Blackwell and Ione Smith Blackwell. For many years, he worked as a contractor. His hobbies included fishing, listening to gospel music, playing his guitar, and watching a good Dallas Cowboy football game. Mr. Blackwell loved getting together with his family and friends and playing with his dog, Cody. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Delois Blackwell of Nacogdoches; children, James Blackwell of Carthage, Delisa Carroll and husband Randy of Center; grandchildren, Justin Bernal of Denver, Colorado, Thomas Russell and wife Kim of Carthage, Trent Russell and wife Hailey of Martinsville; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Lexi, Lani, Zane, Kagen, Daxton; a host of other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa King; parents, Herbert Blackwell and Ione Smith Blackwell; an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be James Blackwell, Thomas Russell, Randy Carroll, Trent Russell, Jimmy Welch, and Bobby Strong. Honorary pallbearers will be Price Wilburn, Bobby Watson, Roger Steorz, Beamon Johnson and Sheila Wilkinson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, 800.805.5856, www.stjude.org.
Online condolences & tributes can be sent at www.watsonandsonsfuneralhome.com