APril 8, 1879 - 1942
|Born in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, on April 8, 1870, Rev. .1. B. Blackburn died in Shreveport, Louisiana, in his seventy-second year. He was married in 1893 to Eunice Amanda Ritchey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Ritchey of Utica, Mississippi, who preceded him in death. He is survived by nine of ten children—J. A. of Los Angeles, C. B. and H. H.. of Shreveport, P. D. of Dallas, Texas, M. V. of Magnolia, Arkansas, Mrs. H. M. Pittman of Homer, Louisiana, Mrs. H. P. Dunnaway of New Iberia, Louisiana, and Mrs. J. C. Ferguson of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
He began his ministry in 1900 and served charges in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. Admitted into the Methodist Protestant Conference in 1908, and retiring in 1940, he held pastorates in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He spent his retirement in his home near Homer, Louisiana, ministering tenderly to his wife until she was relieved from long illness when God called her home or. November 17, 1940. He did not long survive her. Influenza and pneumonia brought his death. His funeral was held from the First Methodist Church in Homer, Louisiana, with interment in Arlington Cemetery there, Rev. W. H. Giles, pastor, and Dr. D. B. Raulins, District Superintendent, officiating.
Brother Blackburn was a preacher of noticeable ability, had strong convictions and freely affirmed them. He was loved wherever he served because of his whole-hearted service rendered. Approaching the age of retirement, Brother Blackburn never gave up the idea that he was yet to see much more active service. He was old enough to dream and still young enough to see visions. God’s Spirit never superannuates and the toils of the journey will seem as nothing if the cross is exchanged for a crown. We invoke the blessings of God upon the sons and daughters who survive him.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 139, 1942 by J. W. Lee.|