Joseph Ben Blackwell, age 77, of Newborn, died on September 11, 2013. He was born in Jasper, on February 23, 1936 to the late Audie Chumbly Blackwell and the late Joe Blackwell. He was preceded in death by his wife, the late Dorothy Blackwell, and sons, the late Terry Blackwell, the late Joseph Blackwell, and stepsons, the late Clayton Sims, and the late Eddie Sims.

Surviving are: daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Mike Thurmond of Newborn, Brentsie Walton of Monroe, Beth and Thomas Pate of Monroe; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Linda Blackwell of Social Circle, Bobby and Wendy Blackwell of Newborn, Jamie and Amanda Blackwell of Jersey, Jody Blackwell of Newborn, Eric and Sommer Blackwell of Newborn; children’s mother, Edna Hardy; step children, Liz Buel, Jeff Sims, Gary Sims, Kenneth Sims; sisters, Mammie Singleton, Juanita Ramey; brother, James Blackwell; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Saturday, September 14 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with Bishop Wayne Moore, Rev. David Thurmond, and Rev. Randy Thompson officiating. Interment followed at Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.