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I was sitting at my computer this morning thinking of the Blackburn family and my Mother and Daddy, Wilford and Lola Burns. What wonderful good friends they had. I decided to google James and Joann. This is what I found and am so saddened to find out that I will never see James again in this world. I wish I had known. To the Blackburn family: Know I have wonderful and special memories of your family. God Bless You all.


Posted by: LaVerne Burns Parnell - Fort Worth, TX - friend   Jan 25, 2013

So sorry for your loss.


Posted by: Judy Junell - Church Road, VA - friend   Mar 31, 2012

Our prayers are with Blackburn Family.
Paul, Brenda (Greenhaw) and Matt Lowe


Posted by: Brenda Lowe - Kemp, TX - Friends of family   Mar 25, 2012

Joanne, Tammy, Mark and Peggy, I was so sorry to learn of James' passing. I am Inez's youngest daughter and I remember all of you visiting us, especially my Grandmother, Aunt Cora Young to you. It is so hard to think of James not with us any longer. He was a great man. Over the years I have met many Dallas Firemen who spoke very highly of James. May God bless all of you at this sad time. Wish we

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Posted by: Jo Walker Murphy - Oak Point,, TX - cousin   Mar 25, 2012

I always enjoyed working with James. Our loss is Heaven's gain.


Posted by: Ray White - Au Train, MI - DFD   Mar 24, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May the Lord give you strength and comfort knowing that James is now with our Heavenly Father.


Posted by: Mark and Jolanda Fleitman - Denton, TX   Mar 24, 2012

My prayers go out for the entire Blackburn family. May the love of our LORD be with you in this time of loss and may HIS peace surround you. Chief Blackburn was a great man. We in the fire service have lost a more than a great leader, we morn with you the loss of our brother. GOD's speed Chief.


Posted by: Hal R. Pagel - Temple, TX - Retired Temple FD Driver/EMT   Mar 24, 2012

Sending our deepest condolences to the Blackburn family.


Posted by: Rusty and Amanda Quattlebaum - Brownsboro, TX - DFD   Mar 23, 2012

James, you were my only sibling and I loved you with all my heart. I am going to miss you so very much. I console myself with the fact that I know you have joined all our other loved ones and that you are no longer suffereing. I will see you again. All my love. PeggyS


Posted by: Peggy Burns - Jacksonville, Texas, TX - sister   Mar 23, 2012

James and I both came to work in the DFD in early 1960. James was a strong leader and good influence in the Department throughout his career.

I believe that his strong influence helped others to reach their higher potential and become building blocks for one of America's greatest Fire Departments.

James was a great man. I have no doubt that his good influence lives on in the DFD today.

Don Stevens,
Lubbock, Texas


Posted by: Don Stevens - Lubbock, TX - Dallas Fire Department   Mar 23, 2012