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August 04, 2021


Clifton Ray Blackwell

December 22, 1955 - August 03, 2021

Clifton Ray Blackwell, born on December 22, 1955, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at the age of 65.

Sergeant Clifton Blackwell proudly served his country for 4 years in the United States Air Force, from 1974 until 1978. Soon after, he joined the United States Army National Guard, 205th Engineer Battalion, where he served for 32 years until his retirement in 2011. Clifton dearly loved his many years in the armed forces, where he was awarded several medals and accommodations for his devotion and desire to defend the people of this great country. He was best known for his quick-witted humor, his vast knowledge of just about anything you asked him, his love for the outdoors, and his devotion to his family and friends.  He will be dearly loved and missed by the many people that knew him.

He leaves behind two sisters, Patricia Ann (Eddie) Barber and Melinda Kay (David) Miller. His three nieces, Amy (David) Barnett, Christen Riley, and Caitlyn (Justin) Rester. One nephew, Austin Joel “A.J.” Barber. Four great nephews, Tyler Barnett, Winfield “Woody” Woodruff, Joshua “Luke“ Crosby, and Aiden Riley. Two great nieces, Laney Barnett and Madilyn Rester.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Dale Blackwell; his mother, Carrie Earline Rushing Blackwell; and his brother, Robert Dale Blackwell.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. and continuing Friday, August 6, 2021 from 9:00 A.M. until time for the services at 11:00 A.M. Interment and Military Honors to follow at the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, where he was a member. Brother Ray Meigs will officiate the services.  Military graveside rights will be conducted by Magic City American Legion Post #24.

Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home and Crematory in Bogalusa, Louisiana is in charge of arrangements.

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