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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • J.W. Blackwell

  • A celebration of the life of J.W. Blackwell, 61, of Ardmore, Okla., will be conducted from 6 to 8 this evening in the Chapel of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, Marietta, Okla.
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  • A celebration of the life of J.W. Blackwell, 61, of Ardmore, Okla., will be conducted from 6 to 8 this evening in the Chapel of Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home, Marietta, Okla.
    Mr. Blackwell was born August 7, 1951, in Ada, Okla., the son of Wilburn Tilman "W.T." and Mildred Maybeline Willis. He passed away Monday, September 3, in Mercy Hospital, Ardmore.
    A 1969 graduate of Stonewall High School, J.W. then attended Okmulgee Tech. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees from November 1972 to October 1976 and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Award. J.W. was employed as a machinist for Michelin in Ardmore, retiring in 2010. While an employee there, he made gifts for the retirees in the machine shop. He was married to the former Charlotte Gillaspy on March 21, 2003. Mr. Blackwell enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on them, old cars, wood carving, working crossword puzzles and traveling and vacationing. In addition, he loved music and going to concerts, especially B.B. King and the Blues. His parents preceded him in death.
    Survivors include his wife, Charlotte of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karie and Stephen Conway of Lone Grove, Okla., and Jamie and Justin Ayres of Madill, Okla.; stepdaughter, Ashley Hahn and husband, Nick of Norman, Okla.; two stepsons, Jacob Renfro and wife, April of Wilson, Okla., and Micah White of Ardmore; two brothers and sister-in-law, Ron and Donna Blackwell and Dan Blackwell, all of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Al Robertson of Fittstown, Okla.; and 13 grandchildren, J.D., Cody, Cole, Addison, Colt, Stevie, Rachel, Nathan, Bailey, Cole, Dillon, Taylor and Justice.
    Honorary bearers will be John Clifton and Roy Grice.
    Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com.
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