David Alan Blackwell

January 29, 1948March 19, 2014

David Alan Blackwell – 66, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014. David was an independent spirit and heroic cancer fighter. David was born in Sheffield, Alabama on January 29, 1948. He was the last of four children of Maurice Blackwell and Sara Herrin Blackwell. David left many special memories as a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle and loyal friend. David is survived by his wife Mary, of 44 years and son Alan Blackwell (Cindy), grandsons, Jacob and Kyle, and daughter Sara Blackwell McNally (Dan) and grandson Joseph. In addition he is survived by his brothers, John (Elba Lue), and Russell (Judy), and one sister Cindy Farris (Randy). David graduated from Sheffield High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in May, 1967. He was honorably discharged after serving for 4 years including a tour in Vietnam. He then attended the University of Alabama and graduated with a business degree. He retired from his career with TVA after 33 years. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Friday in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery with military rites being conducted. Pallbearers will include David’s nephews with nieces serving as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Harrison United Methodist Church, 5621 Highway 58, Harrison, TN 37341, The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203, or the charity of your choice. Please share your thoughts and memories online at Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Funeral Service Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Margaret Wrigley

April 21, 2014

Dear Mary,
Marilyn told us yesterday that David passed away in March. So sorry for you and your family's loss. Where did life go? Will always remember my teen years visiting my Alabama relatives. Peg Wrigley (

Glenda Adams Phillips

March 25, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray for all of your family as I know David will be missed by all who knew and loved him. May God bless and sustain you with His comfort, love, and presence during this time.

Kevin and Angel Phelps

March 21, 2014

David was our neighbor. We were privileged to meet David on a sunny afternoon when he stopped by while on a bike ride a few years ago as we were working in our yard. He spoke of his cancer as well as his passionate fight against it. Our community's heart is heavy with sadness because we have lost a great man, neighbor, and friend. We will do our best to honor David by adopting his inspirational enthusiam for living life to the fullest and extending smiles and kindness to others.
Loving thoughts and prayers are with David's family.
God speed comfort and peace - Kevin and Angel Phelps

Gail McDaniel

March 21, 2014

My deepest condolences to the Blackwell family and friends. David's integrity is legendary at TVA. I still have suppliers tell me stories about how David would always contribute money when food was provided because he wanted to keep an even playing field for everyone.

Jim Poston

March 21, 2014

Thank you for fighting the good fight David. You will be missed Marine. God rest you and prayers to your family.

Richard Lynskey

March 21, 2014

I am very sorry to learn of David's death. I enjoyed knowing him, especially our times together at TVA.
Richard Lynskey

March 21, 2014

My prayers for the Blackwells will continue in this time of heart break. What a good person David was, and always a man honor. Atta Boy David, thanks for being one of our heros. Wish I could share his memory with you but my own battle prevents that. Peace be with you and your family Mary. Gene Lyle class of 66

Nick Wright

March 21, 2014

I retired from TVA in 1999. I attended Sheffield high and graduated in 1963. David gave a speech at my retirement party and proclaimed that I was one of the greatest athletes to ever attend SHS. I have never been so flattered in my life. He was such a great guy. I believe he could have easily been Governor of Tennessee had he chosen to run. I will never forget all the Blackwell brothers, especially David. (Nick Wright, football captain 1963, Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame ,class of yr. 2006)

Polly Totton

March 20, 2014

I knew David and his family from St. John United Methodist Church and working at TVA. He was a great person and will be missed by all who knew him. I send condolences to David's family and my wishes for peace and comfort during this time of grief.

Eva Willingham

March 20, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with each of you in this time of grief. May memories of David, and God's love, be your comfort.