Funeral services for James Donald Blalock, 78, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in the Harvey-Douglas Centennial Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Murray officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.
James graduated from Ardmore High School in 1954. He married Marilyn Gordon on Sept. 2, 1955 in Ardmore. In 1958, he was called to service, so he joined the Air Force, and was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Kan. from 1958 to 1962 where he was an electrician. James worked for the city of Ardmore for 17 years as a city electrician. He then worked for Ardmore Electric Supply for 21 years.
After James retired, he couldn't stand not meeting people, so he went to work at Steele Drug and worked until February of this year, when he became ill. James was a member of the First Christian Church. He was a 50-year member of the Masons, a member of the Shrine Club and a member of the Mattie Bruce Eastern Star Chapter. James was an avid OU fan, he went to every home game the last several years with longtime fiancé Emma Bishop, until her health declined and they could no longer go. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow up, and then his great-grandchildren. James liked meeting people — you could find him at Ponders in the evening until they closed, or most mornings at Baldwin's. James never met a stranger, or if you were a stranger when you came in, when you left, you were a friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Vada Blalock; sisters Anita Jean Scearce and Rebecca "Becky" O'Neal; wife Marilyn Blalock; fiancé Emma Lou Bishop; and great-grandsons Braydon and Braxton Wallace.
James is survived by two daughters, Donna Dobbs and husband Don of Lone Grove, and Lena Beth Stevens and husband James of Ardmore; four grandchildren, Grady Phillips of Ardmore, Jamie Wallace and husband Brent of Lone Grove, Zeke Stevens of Ardmore, and Kaeli Wallace and husband Larry; four great-grandchildren, Brianna Wallace, Madison Wallace, J.J. Wallace and Charlie Wallace, and one on the way Aubrey Wallace, all of Lone Grove; four nieces and one nephew.
Pallbearers will be Al Sadler, Burl Sadler, Mike Carter, Creede Tibbs, and grandsons Grady Philips and Zeke Stevens. Honorary bearers will be: Jim Carter, all his coffee drinking friends, and, as dad would say, the Wednesday night eating bunch.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 tonight at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cross Timbers Hospice. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com