Bedford

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 www.berkebilefuneralhome.com.

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