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John Herman Blackwell


Funeral service for Mr. John Herman Blackwell, 79, of Fortson, Georgia, and formerly of Rockford, Alabama, was Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Pleasant Hill Methodist Church in Rockford with Bro. John Patterson officiating.

Mr. Blackwell passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at his residence. He was born on November 21, 1943, in Wetumpka to George Herman Blackwell and Lydia Grace Waites Blackwell. He graduated from Rockford High School, attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business. He was a salesman for R.J. Reynolds Company for many years and retried from there. He was also in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Blackwell was a Methodist by faith. He loved to be outside in the yard and giving love to his two dachshund dogs (Apollo and Lola) and his cats. He enjoyed going deep sea fishing, working on old cars, restoring old beetle bugs, and building dune buggies.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Blackwell Orr (James); sons, John Gary Blackwell (DeAnna) and Christopher M. Blackwell; grandchildren, Bailey Orr, Cameron Blackwell, Jonathon Blackwell, Jordan Blackwell, Dallas Blackwell, Brianna Nicholson, Hayden Nicholson, and Zachery Cotton; great-grandchildren, Addie, Vera, and Izzy; sister, Charlotte Blackwell Patterson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Glenda Enix Blackwell; sister, Bettie Blackwell Austin; and son, Joshua Nicholson.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Pleasant Hill Methodist Church.

Radney Funeral Home in Alexander City was in charge of the arrangements.


Jackie Wayne Cowart


Funeral service for Mr. Jackie Wayne Cowart, 70, of Jacksons Gap, was Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at the Chapel of Radney Funeral Home. Rev. Jason Gravette officiated. Burial followed in the Liberty Hill Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Cowart passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at Russell Medical Center. He was born on November 21, 1952, in Rockford to Julius Lee Cowart and Arlene Woodfin Cowart Darden. Jackie served his country in the United States Air Force, as well as the National Guard. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Jackie was a skilled mechanic who could make any car run, no matter its condition. He was a kind man who never met a stranger.

He is survived by his daughter, Kristina Royal (Chris) of Goodwater; sons, Andy Cowart of Sylacauga and Casey Cowart (Donna) of Alexander City; grandchildren, Aidan Royal (Allie), Andrew Cowart, Alizabeth Cowart, Alexander Cowart, Adrianna Cowart, Hannah Bradford, and Gavin Queen; great-grandchild, Hudson Royal; brothers, Cecil Cowart, William Cowart (Laurette), both of Prattville, and Bobby Cowart (Sue) of Rockford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Debra Ware Cowart; and brother, James H. Cowart.

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Radney Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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