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Thomas Earl Blackwelder

Thomas Earl Blackwelder

January 1, 1946 - February 9, 2019     Age: 73

Thomas Earl Blackwelder, age 73 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  He was born on January 1, 1946 in Gainesville, Florida to James Martin Blackwelder and Helen Irene Willis.

 After graduating from high school he enlisted in the US Army where he served as medical support personnel in Okinawa, Japan. Upon completion of his service commitment with the Army, Tom moved to Fernandina Beach, FL where he worked as a Master Carpenter.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Terry Bryan.  He is survived by his children Traci Blackwelder, Stacy Wright (Damon), Joshua Blackwelder, and Travis Blackwelder. Tom has fourteen grandchilden; Ashton, Alexis, Alyssa, Dante, Devin, Jade, Joshua, Sarah, Lydia, Bobby, Avery, Kiersten, Kammeryn, and Kayleigh. He has two great grandchildren; Peyton and Brayden.  Tom is also survived by his brother Kenneth Blackwelder, his sister Laura Thompson (Richard) and many other family members and dear friends.

Tom was an original founding member of the Eastern Surfing Association here in Fernandina Beach.  He also enjoyed fishing and was a diehard Florida Gator Fan.

 Thomas Earl Blackwelder will be laid to rest in Jacksonville National Cemetery and services will be announced at a later date.

8 Condolences

  • Sharon Crews- Ransom Posted February 12, 2019 2:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss.God Bless You All.

  • Frank showers Posted February 12, 2019 5:29 pm

    Sorry to here about Pops great man.

  • Barbara Johns Posted February 12, 2019 7:08 pm

    Sorry to hear about Tommy!

  • Lonnie Stewart Posted February 12, 2019 7:59 pm

    Sorry for y’all lost Travis and Josh pops has a very strong and smart man just know that you and your brother and sister have one hell of an Angel looking over you all know

  • John A. Miller Mayor City of Fernandina Beach Posted February 12, 2019 8:46 pm

    Very sorry for the loss of this Fernandina icon.

  • Sean Clemens Posted February 16, 2019 12:57 pm

    Sorry to hear about Tommy he was a good guy!!

  • Sean Clemens Posted February 16, 2019 12:59 pm

    Rip Tommy Blackwelder

  • Lowell Hall Posted February 17, 2019 7:53 pm

    Rest In Peace Tommy Blackwelder.. I remember the day . You were riding with me to a job we were doing together in orange park. The radio announced that Jacksonville was chosen to be the home of the new national football team. The jaguars were born! Tommy almost fell out of the truck!! I love you Tommy and your compassion for life. We are together forever….. love you Bro

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