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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...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: LaVerne Burns Parnell - TX

“So sorry for your loss. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Judy Junell - Church Road, VA

“Our prayers are with Blackburn Family. Paul, Brenda (Greenhaw) and Matt Lowe ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Brenda Lowe - Kemp, TX

“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,...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Jo Walker Murphy - Oak Point,, TX

“I always enjoyed working with James. Our loss is Heaven's gain. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Ray White - Au Train, MI - DFD

“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...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mark and Jolanda Fleitman - TX

“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...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Hal R. Pagel - Temple, TX

“Sending our deepest condolences to the Blackburn family. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Rusty and Amanda Quattlebaum - TX

“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...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Peggy Burns - Jacksonville, Texas, TX

“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...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Don Stevens - Lubbock, TX

“The thoughts and prayers of myself and all staff at Eubank Cedar Creek are with you at this time. May peace be with your family. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Art Harkins - Mabank, TX


James was born on March 19, 1939 in Commerce, TX to the late Newnun and Mary Blackburn and entered into the arms of the Lord on March 22, 2012. James was the Deputy Chief of the Dallas Fire Department where his firefighter brothers called him "Blackie". He was also the chief of the Temple Fire Department for 5 years. James enjoyed spending time with his family, RVing, traveling, building and was what you would call a "Jack of all trades". If he wasn't hunting he was working in his shop. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Mabank. He was loved by many and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife Joann of Mabank, daughter Tamara Wimmer of Denton, son James Mark Blackburn and wife Melinda of Mabank, three grandchildren; James Michael Blackburn, Tessa Wimmer and Trent Wimmer, one sister Peggy Burns and husband Robert of Jacksonville, nieces, nephews, other family and many loving friends.