Joe Calvin “Shorty” Blackburn, Jr. passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Shannon Memorial Hospital in San Angelo, Texas.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories at 10 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Dotson Officiating. Interment will be beside his wife at Blackwell Cemetery directed by McCoy Funeral Home. There will be a family visitation on Sunday evening at McCoy Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.
Shorty was born to Joe C. Blackburn, Sr. and Esther Fannin on Jan. 1, 1929. This coming new year he would have been 83 years old.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sallie; one son, Charles Ray; and a sister, Rea Hackfield. He is also preceded by two brothers, Lawrence and James Blackburn.
He is survived by three sons, Calvin Ray of Sweetwater, Marvin Clay and wife Brenda of Glen Rose and Joe Calvin III and wife Lory of Clyde, Texas; a sister, Ruby Radney and husband Sanders of Waxahachie; two brothers, Everett and wife Jene of Dayton, Texas and Floyd and wife Charlotte of Bronte; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Shorty is also survived by his companion and caregiver of 14 years, Doreen Wilson.
He was a member of the Nazarene Church in Hamlin.
During Shorty’s and Sallie’s life together some of the different towns they resided in included Kerns (East Texas), Hamlin, Sweetwater and Oak Creek Lake at Blackwell. He made his mark in the oilfield when he moved from East Texas to Sweetwater, where he started a partnership company in the oilfield business with partners Corky Frazier and Amos Roberts, in which they named the company Frazier, Roberts & Blackburn well service which was an endeavor that shorty was very proud to be a part of. He also operated numerous businesses over the years including a truck stop in Roscoe and a mercantile store in Sweetwater. After the family’s move to Oak Creek Lake in Blackwell he started a commercial trash business which he operated until his retirement.
Shorty was a man of many talents. He could do anything he set his mind to, whether it be a mechanic, carpenter, or to operate any heavy machinery. He was in all of his glory a sort of “Jack of all trades”. He often told his sons “Your mind is your sharpest tool if you set your mind to do something you can do anything”.
While living at the lake, Shorty accumulated a lot of “Merchandise” in which other people saw as just junk, but to Shorty it was a pile of “Gold”. Shorty was an honest, wise and hard working man who loved life, his family, his friends and his beloved backhoe. He will be missed dearly.
Pallbearers will be Casey Blackburn, Steve Blackburn, James Blackburn, Chris Blackburn, Bluford Holland and Junior Taylor.