1925 — 2021
Ray Blackwell passed peacefully from this life at the age of 95 on May 2, 2021 at his home in Abilene, TX. On December 7,1925, Carlton Ray Blackwell was born to Ruby and Elmer E. Blackwell in Cheaney, Texas. He was always grateful to be reared in the country. The lessons he learned of hard work, faithfulness to God, and honoring this country remained with him throughout his life. After attending Alameda schools, he was drafted by the army during World War II. He served in the Philippines with the 41st infantry division and in Japan with the 24th infantry division as an honor guard. When he returned home, the GI bill allowed him to attend Ranger Junior College where he played basketball. ...