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James D. Blackburn

James D. Blackburn, age 83, of Hockessin, DE, peacefully passed away on November 29, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born in McAndrews, Kentucky in 1935, he was the son of the late Texie Ella and James H. Blackburn. Jim attended Conrad High School and retired from Delmarva Power Co. after proudly serving 41 years of dedication. He found a passion for coaching Piedmont Little League when his children were young and enjoyed it for 15 years. Jim loved camping with his family. They traveled with four camping clubs, enjoying a close-knit group of camping friends for 41 years. He liked to bowl and later added golfing as well. Jim absolutely loved going out for dinner, especially buffets. In his retirement, the Outer Banks became his favorite vacation retreat. For many years, Jim has been an active member of the Community Christ Church.

Survived by his wife of 60 years, Rebecca Foskey Blackburn, three children Ronnie D. of Dover, Jerry L. of Hockessin, Brenda L. and her significant other Donna S. of Hockessin, sister Cora Durgain of Wilmington, sister-in-law Susan Gunzel and her family of Canada, brother-in-law John Foskey of Wilmington and his family, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim is predeceased by his sisters Iva Hastings and Goldie Nemedi.

Funeral Services

Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 11:00AM at Community of Christ Church, 1205 Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE. His viewing will be held on Tuesday December 4 from 6:00-8:00PM at Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE and again on Wednesday at the Church from 10:00-11:00AM. Interment will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park.


    Brenda Blackburn lit a candle and writes,
    Miss you daddy,, I will always be your Daddy’s Little Girl
    12/01/2018 09:03 pm
    Lina Liv writes,
    I will never forget that smile, you were so warm and gentle with me, and sometimes I will get the pleasure of home calling me babes because that was such an honour to me. Don’t Worry Uncle Jim the family loves each other so much and I am so proud and truly honoured to have had the pleasure of being in your kind and gentle presence. You will always hold a special place in this heart... Love, Your Niece Lina
    12/01/2018 10:19 pm
    Jerry Blackburn lit a candle and writes,
    Dad, I will miss you until we meet again at the big buffet in Heaven. I will always remember you in my heart, but there will be a big hole. Love you always, Dad.
    12/02/2018 07:31 am
    Matthew Gunzel lit a candle and writes,
    Uncle Jim, I may call you Uncle, but for the time I was blessed to have lived with you, you were my Dad. I love you so much.
    12/02/2018 09:22 am
    Dot Anderson lit a candle and writes,
    Deepest sympathy to your family. Although I had not known Jim very long, he always made you feel like you were part of the family. He will be missed by his family & friends. Rest in Peace Jim.
    12/02/2018 09:24 am
    Carolyn & Carol Harrold-Mansk lit a candle and writes,
    Sorry, for your families loss. He was a great man. Loved his advice in softball! Pop we loved u and picture you sitting behind the backstop in heaven watching a game. Will keep you and memories in our hearts.
    12/03/2018 08:31 am
    Susan Gunzel lit a candle and writes,
    Jimmy Dean, today and tomorrow we say goodbye. Your loss will weigh heavy but all of the memories we have will lighten the load. We have had equal amounts of tears and laughter, remembering camping, trips and just plain old day to day family life. You set the bar high as an example of a father and family man. Love you always. Miss Susan
    12/04/2018 08:10 am
    April lit a candle and writes,
    With Deepest Sympathy to the Family during This difficult time. So sorry for your Loss. POP-- you will always be known as "Pop" to me because for 23 years that's all I ever know you by. So many memories in my heart that I will always remember you and will miss you dearly. You were a good kind hearted father, husband and friend. ~ Love April Durham
    12/04/2018 03:45 pm
    shirley lafrancis lit a candle and writes,
    Brenda , It is an honor to be counted as friends of your beautiful family. You and your family have always made each person that you have met feel loved and welcome in your homes. We are so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful Dad Rest in Peace and may you all be blessed by your many happy memories. Although we cannot be with you today, please know that we are with you in spirit and the many happy memories that we are privileged to have.. We salute your Dad for a job well done, and Thanks for the Memories. Wanda and I will always remember. Love to you all....
    12/05/2018 08:28 am
    Kimberly Williams lit a candle and writes,
    To my coworker Jerry, and your family, I extend my deepest sympathy. Just know that I'll be praying for your comfort through this difficult time. Kimberly Williams Merchandise Supervisor JCP Prices Corner
    12/05/2018 09:07 am

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