Rev. Thomas A. Blackburn Sr. 72, of Bedford, went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at his residence.

He was born on April 1, 1945, in Lovely, a son of the late Orville and Alma Ruth (Imler) Blackburn.

On July 12, 1986 in Biloxi, Miss., he married Joy (Newbaker) Blackburn, who survives along with the following family: three sons: Tommy Blackburn and wife, Nicole, of Pascagoula, Miss., Billy Blackburn and wife, Angela, of Gautier, Miss., and Nick Blackburn and wife, Gwen, of Joliet, Ill.; two daughters, Karen Anderson of Pascagoula, Miss., and Jeannie Hofstetter of Gautier, Miss.; four step-sons: Harold Scruggs and wife, Trisha, of Gautier, Miss., Chris Scruggs and wife, Sonya, of Gautier, Miss., Scott Scruggs and wife, Lisa, of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and Larry Sadler and wife, Jessica, of Apollo; two step-daughters, Laura Tholen and husband, Brian, of Hollidaysburg, and Pam Baker and husband, Jim, of Centerville; 34 grandchildren: Taylor, Phillip, Ellis, Thatcher, Paige, Josiah, Levi, Caleb, Timothy, Hunter, Stonewall, Kristen, Jherica, Brandon, Dalton, Layla, Danielle, Harold Jr., Brittany, Brett, Allison, Matt, Brian, Ashley, Amber, Aaron, Jessica, Joey, Noah, Jenna, Noah, Preston, Jonathan and Landan; 16 great-grandchildren: Kieran, Stella, Keagan, Kallissa, Christopher, Conner, Cole, Hazel, Camila, Colton, Hadlea, Kylie, Zooey, Liam, Evelyn Joy and Laila; and two brothers: Joe Blackburn widower of Faye, of Ryot, and Sam Blackburn and wife, Joyce, of Fishertown.

He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Silas Boaz Blackburn and Jimmy Baker; a brother, James R. Blackburn; and a sister, Orpha Ruth Klotz.

Thomas was 1964 graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School, and went on to serve in the United States Army. He worked as a structural welder in the ship yards and then drove truck becoming an owner-operator. He then found his calling and became a Methodist Pastor through the Johnstown District of the United Methodist Church and served at the following churches: Wilmore-Lily, Espyville, Cresson, Gallitzin, Ambry, and was currently serving at the New Paris United Methodist Church. Thomas enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, hunting, and was a family man. He enjoyed serving his church families, bible studies, and spreading the word of God.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 a.m., in the Chapel at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford with Jim Miller officiating. Burial at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. Friends will be received on Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contribution’s in Thomas’s name to: New Paris United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 347 New Paris, PA 15554. The online guestbook is available at

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