William Arkwright Blackman, 76, of 109 Pyle St., Carrier Mills, died 3 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Carrier Mills Nursing Home.
Graveside services were held 10 a.m. Tuesday July 23, 2013, at Reids Chapel Cemetery. There was no visitation. The Rev. Jeff Owens officiated. Felty Funeral Home in Carrier Mills was entrusted with the arrangements.
He was born on May 9, 1937, in Carrier Mills to the late Ishmel Douglas and Oma (Graves) Blackman.
After leaving Illinois he married and worked in Idaho for 20 years. Then he returned to the Carrier Mills area where he trucked, did carpentry work and farmed.
He married Ludene Fox on Feb. 17, 1978, and she preceded in death on Jan. 20, 2011. They both were blessed by the constant support of the Stonefort General Baptist Church while residing in Carrier Mills. Pastor Jeff Owens and the congregation shared the love of God with both of them and always blessed them through their many health challenges at the end of their lives.
Bill will be remembered for the love for fishing, hunting, family, friends, fireworks and a good trick or two.
He is survived by three children: Carson (Jennifer) Blackman of Ogallala, Neb., Cami (Mike) Prochnow of Seward, Neb., and Wesley (Tim Evenson) Blackman of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren: Jared (Missy) Blackman of Palisade, Neb., Britni (Brad) O'Keefe of Valentine, Neb., Katie (Shane Struckman of Lincoln, Neb., Morgan and Chase Prochnow of Seward, Neb.; great-grandchildren: Kenna, Luke, Matthew, Nathan, Jacob and Abigail Blackman, Zoe, Haley and Gracee O’Keefe, Emma and Bree Struckman; one brother: Doug (Shirley) Blackman of Carrier Mills; four sisters: Marie (Nathan) Carter of Herrin, Barbara Cooper of Galatia, Linda (Jim) Beasley of Harrisburg and Sue Heflin of Galatia.
He was preceded in death by his wife; brother: Gary Blackman; sister: Kay Williams; and great-grandchild: Maya Blackman.
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