BLACKSTOCK, William Sanford Sr. 88, passed away June 9, 2009 due to complications of Alzheimer's. The oldest of Jesse and Savannah Portwood Blackstock's six children, he was born in Clem, GA on March 27, 1921.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Winnie Cosby Blackstock.
Mr. Blackstock joined the U.S. Navy in 1939. He was stationed aboard the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He retired from the Navy after 25 years of service.
Mr. & Mrs. Blackstock moved to Clearwater in 1968, where he worked for Pinellas County Schools, and the Clearwater Country Club. More recently, he volunteered at Largo Middle School, provided newspapers for the classrooms, and donated personal computers for several students.
Mr. Blackstock is survived by his children, Anna B. Hall (John), Marietta, GA and W.S. Blackstock Jr., New York, NY; sister Helen B. Chandler, McDonough, GA; brother Allen E. Blackstock (Virginia), Stockbridge, GA; sister Manelle B. Warr (Wright), Nashville, GA; granddaughters Jennifer O. Peeples (Rev. Chase), St. Joseph, MO and Christina B. Cotton (Jake), Ozark, AL; grandson Taylor M. Hall, Marietta, GA; great-grandsons, Julian and Jameson Peeples; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The graveside service will be Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 11 am, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, GA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Wears Valley Ranch, 3601 Lyon Springs Road, Sevierville, TN, 37862 (www.wvr.org), a children's home to which Mr. Blackstock also contributed. Cremation arrangements by H. M. Patterson and Son, Canton Hill, 1157 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30068.