James is survived by his long time companion of 37 years, Vicky Mayhan of Inez, Ky as well as one son, Chris (Linda) Blackburn of Tomahawk, KY, three grandchildren, Joseph Blackburn, Trevor Blackburn, and Emily Blackburn all of Tomahawk, KY as well as two brothers, Fayette (Shirley) Blackburn of Debord, KY and Edsel (Carolyn) Blackburn of Johnstown, OH. James also leaves behind his four sisters, Voneda Blackburn of Inez, KY, Ida (Jim) Porter of Debord, KY, Marie (Cliff) Browning of Chilicothe, OH, and Rowena (Kenneth) Fletcher of Hardy, KY as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 1:00pm at the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Inez, with Joe Mullins officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackburn Cemetery of Inez, KY. Visitation will be from 6-10pm Sunday and Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Richmond-Callaham Funeral Home, Inez, KY.