Wallace "Wally" Ray Blackford of Smithville, TN. died December 30, 2009, at DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville, TN. He was retired from Rath Meat Packing Co. He was member of the Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. The funeral was held on Saturday, January 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Ralph Benningfield officiated and burial was in the Blackford Cemetery. Visitiation was held on Friday, Jan. 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at1:00 p.m.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Wenger Blackford; his parents, Aubrey and Daisy Coin Blackford; his step-mother, Frances Blackford; and a brother Lawrence Blackford.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Reeder; four sons, Steve and Doug Blackford, Dennis and his wife Shirley Blackford all of Smithville, TN and John and his wife Janis Blackford of Wisconsin. Five granddaughters, Charlotte Myers, Wendy Blackford, and Barbara Blackford all of Smithville, and Tina Rutledge of McMinnville, TN. and Joy Blackford of Wisconsin. Five grandsons, Jeremy, Jeff and Jason Blackford all of Wisconsin, Bobby Blackford and Micheal Reeder of Smithville, TN. One sister, Jane Cain of Texas.