Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Collins-Burke Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Collins-Burke Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery in Oakman.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ed Blackston; mother, Virgie Blackston; brothers, Claude Blackston, Hubert Blackston and Sheb Blackston; and sister, Lucy Culverson.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Blackston; step-daughters, Pat Hall (Sonny) and Bobbie Jo Perry (Daryl); step son, Johnny Hartley; sisters, Mertie Gurganus, Lois Hall (Spot) and Mary Ruth Cain; brother-in-law, Carlos Culverson; two step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.