Graveside funeral service for Ms. Margaret Eldora Qualls Blackwelder Blackburn, age 94, of Fayetteville, TN, will be held at 2PM on January 2, 2021 at Gatlin Cemetery with Bro. Don Russell officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 11AM until 1PM at Parks City Baptist Church.
Margaret was born on May 18, 1926 in Savannah, TN to the late William Andrew and Susie Bauguss Qualls. She also worked on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge and also in retail sales at Watson’s and the National Store. Margaret was a devoted Christian who loved the Lord and her family. She was a devoted pastor’s wife. Margaret was a member and Sunday School teacher at the Park City Baptist Church for fifty years. She loved gardening, especially her tomatoes, and working in her flowers. Margaret passed away on December 29, 2020 at Lincoln Medical Center.
Margaret is survived by her children, Mark Blackwelder of Fayetteville, Janice (Charles) White of New Market, AL, David (Cindy) Blackwelder of Mulberry, and Murray (Carla) Blackwelder of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Corey (April) White, Mark Blackwelder, Jr., Michael White, Cayla (Cody) Smith, and Owen Blackwelder; great-grandchildren, Blakely Smith, Breken Smith, Dani White, Isaac White, and Loralai Perkins; and her beloved dog. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband’s, Rev. M.O. Blackwelder and Sam W. Blackburn; siblings, Lee Andrew Qualls, Grady Qualls, Parker Qualls, Helen Pettit, and Jack Qualls, along with pecial friend, Thomas Honey.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Margaret’s cargivers, Debbie Moore, Peggy Holder, Angie Neal, Jeanine Horvath, Sherrie Maddox, Lissa Burton-Wingo, and Pat Knott, along with the staff at Lincoln Home Health and Hospice and Lincoln Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ms. Margaret Eldora Blackwelder.