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James Carroll Blackburn was born October 24, 1933 in Muhlenberg County to the late George William and Geneva Webb Blackburn. Jimmy worked at Alcoa Aluminum Plant and was a farmer. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and member of Sacramento Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Jimmy enjoyed farming, gardening, watching his nephews play sports back in the day, and ‘supervising’ the day to day activities at the Carroll Miller farm. He was often seen working on his farm with his canine companions, Blue and Big Dog.

Jimmy always looked forward to Sunday meals and holidays across the field with his family. His generous spirit helped many people in the surrounding area, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to which he was a loyal contributor. In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by an infant brother, J.W. Blackburn; two great nephews, Matthew Dillingham and Mark Dillingham; and by a great-great niece, Bella Dillingham.

Left behind to cherish his memory are a brother, George Blackburn (Joyce) of Sacramento; two nieces, Andrea Knight (Lonnie) of Milan, Tennessee and Linda Dillingham (Damon) of Sacramento; a great nephew, Ty Dillingham (Whitney) of Central City; two great great nephews, Cooper Dillingham and Ryder Matthew Dillingham; and a great great niece, Mattie Dillingham.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sacramento Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Jesse Johnson officiating and Military Honors conducted by the McLean County Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post No. 5415. As per Jimmy’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. Friends and family are invited to attend a “Celebration of Life” meal hosted by the Worthington Chapel United Methodist Church in their fellowship hall following the graveside service.

The Jimmy Blackburn family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Jimmy Blackburn’s Philanthropic Fund; P.O. Box 242; Sacramento, Kentucky 42372, which will be dispersed among his favorite charities.

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