Paul Emerson Blackstone

25 July , 193630 June , 2019

Paul Emerson Blackstone, age 82, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, June 30, 2019, with his wife of 50 years, Patricia Ann Blackstone, by his side. Paul was born in Buffalo, New York on July 25, 1936 and is preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer Lawson and Mary Blackstone, and grandparents, Oscar and Lucinda Emerson and Wilmer and Bessie Blackstone. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Blackstone; his daughter, Lucinda Montez Lanford, and her husband, Erin Lanford, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; his son, Evan Carey Blackstone, and his wife, Justine Fox-Young, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and two grandchildren, Cary Emerson Blackstone and Marguerite Charlie Blackstone, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul received his B.A. in Philosophy in 1958 from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he played goalie for the Carleton Knights’ varsity ice hockey team. He also received a Master of Divinity from Boston University, School of Theology, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. After receiving his M.A. in Social Work, Paul was a Case Worker for the Salvation Army Family Service Division in Chicago in the 1960’s. He then moved on to Director of Counseling Services at Family and Children’s Services in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He continued his path of social work by becoming the Executive Director of the Family Guidance Center in Hickory, North Carolina. Upon moving to North Little Rock, Arkansas in 1981, became the Executive Director of the Family Service Agency of Central Arkansas. He finished his career as Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Services at Family Services of the Mid-South in Memphis, Tennessee. Paul was a devoted father and husband as well as an avid athlete. He continued playing hockey well into his 50’s in Little Rock, and logged many miles running nearly every week into his 80’s. His Sacred Space was the Chautauqua Institution, near Buffalo, New York. When he was a boy, he accompanied his grandfather, who was a Methodist minister, and his grandmother to Chautauqua. It became a very special place for him both spiritually and intellectually. For the last 12 years of his life, he and Patricia vacationed in Chautauqua for several weeks in the summer. Because of the music, the church services, lectures, and Quaker meetings, Chautauqua became Paul’s Sacred Space. There will be a Celebration of Life at First United Methodist Church, 723 Center St in Little Rock, on Friday, July 5th at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church Music Ministry, the Salvation Army and charities of choice. To share a memory of Mr. Blackstone with his family visit


  • Celebration of Life Friday, 5 July , 2019


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Dale Gilbert

17 August 2019

Paul and I were best friends in Kenmore NY thru the time that his family moved to Kansas City. In my senior year I took a bus from Buffalo to Kansas City to stay with the family and take a great trip to Yellowstone and the West. Paul was goalie for our hockey teams in the Buffalo area! Over the years I have tried to e-mail him to no avail. My wife and I were in Little Rock about 5 years ago where I thought he was living. We also lived in Jamestown, NY, and are very familiar with Chautauqua. I wish we had connected. This morning I thought I would look him up on the internet and found his obituary. Of course I was saddened when I found it, but gave me some closure. I would love to hear from his wife or kids. We currently live in California. My best wishes to the family. (e-mail;

Donna Bartell

19 July 2019

Pat and family, were so very sorry to learn about Paul ‘s death. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Donna, Dan and Laura Bartell

Doerthe Nath

3 July 2019

Dear Pat, Lindy and Evan, I‘m really sorry to hear about your loss. I remember Paul as such a nice, caring and thoughtful person. I feel with you in these sad days and send you the warmest regards from Germany

Heather Burnett

2 July 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Blackstone being a very kind man and a man of great integrity. I know he will be greatly missed by many, and I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you work through this difficult time.

Lucy Fox

2 July 2019

Dear Blackstone family,
We offer our love to you across the miles during this sad and difficult time. Hoping you find some peace in remembering what an amazing man Paul was, the magnitude of his goodness, and all the people he touched and helped.
Martin and Lucy

Mike Lanford

2 July 2019

Pat and family I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Paul and he was always very gracious and a loving person.