Ridout's Gardendale Chapel

2029 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, AL


Opal Orene Blalock

December 3, 1928May 15, 2020

Opal Orene Blalock, age 91, of Gardendale, Alabama passed away on Friday May 15, 2020. Orene was born December 3, 1928 in Cullman, Alabama.

Orene was a member of East Gardendale Baptist Church for the last 11 years. She enjoyed traveling and she loved cooking, especially for her family that she loved so dearly.

Orene was preceded in death by her loving husband, Huey Blalock, her three siblings, and one great grandson, Bailey McAvoy.

Orene is survived by one son, Roger Blalock (JoAnn); one daughter, Regina Blalock (Ed Witherstine); three grandchildren, Tom McAvoy, Tami Denney (David), and Aytree Blalock (John Betts); four great grandchildren, Kendall, Kasey, Megan, and Will; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

A private funeral for Orene will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Ridout's Gardendale Chapel, immediately followed by a committal service open to anyone in Oakwood Memorial Gardens, 2100 Moncrief Road, Gardendale, Alabama 35071 at approximately 2:45 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridoutsgardendalechapel.com for the Blalock family.


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020


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Nina Knight

May 18, 2020

I have such fond memories of my aunt Orene. She was such a caring person. I loved being around her. I love her and will miss her so much.

Joanne blaikie

May 18, 2020

Orene was a beautiful lady inside and out. We went to Fellowship Baptist Church together and recent to East Gardendsle Baptist. We had Sunday school Christmas parties at her house when we were members of Fellowship and always fun and good food. She was always very proud of her family and loved them. Orene was a person that always bounced back from any medical issue she had and was back in Church as soon as she could be. She will be missed. Prayers for Regina and family.

David Denney

May 17, 2020

Granny, it is an honor to be a part of your wonderful family and feel the love you graciously bestowed upon me. My first memory of you was your outstretched wings drawing me into your embrace. Feelings of love and acceptance flooded my soul. Yet through the years, many more memories were made every time we gathered for fellowship. Those colorful, joyful, endearing memories will always live in my thoughts. So it is fitting that the last memory was your angelic wings, invitingly reaching out for one last hug as your family gathered to love on you and support you. I love you dearly, and go rest high upon that mountain.

Austen Newlin

May 17, 2020

I loved her voice. When she spoke it was with love and wisdom and often laughter and I always listened. To know I held a special place in her heart is a great honor. Granny I loved your home, I loved your banana pudding, and I’ll always love you. I’m sure Paw-paw is glad to be with you again.

megan newlin

May 16, 2020

my granny always made me feel great about myself, always made me smile, and was amazing overall. I am her great granddaughter and she never forgot to show me that she loves me. the last things she said to me comforted me more than I can describe and those words will help me strive and thrive in my future. goodbye granny, I love you..

Tami Denney

May 16, 2020

Granny was one of a kind. She was always there my whole life. Always supportive and loving. Best cook I've known. I will always think of her when I see puzzles as well as many other things. Goodbye granny and I can't wait to see you again one day in heaven. You were the best of the best and I will always love you!

Mark Barber

May 16, 2020

My prayers and thoughts are for the family of Orene. Orene, was one of those special ladies that only come once in a lifetime. I am so glad to have served as her Pastor and friend.
I have a special treasure in my office, "a Puzzle" it is a puzzle of the Nativity, so vivid in it's color so real.
I will miss her smile and her kindness that was so genuine. I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven!

Tom McAvoy

May 16, 2020

Granny was always there and so kind. No matter what happened you could count on her. She had a heart of gold. When I graduated college I had a few months before going in the army so I stayed with her and paw paw. She made my lunch everyday and ironed my shirts and did everything for me she could possible do. I will miss her calling me Tommy. A truly wonderful grandmother.

Doreen Williams

May 16, 2020

Beautiful lady I will always remember her.
And grateful for having the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful person .
Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Regina Blalock

May 16, 2020

My mom was a huge part of my life and life will drastically change without her..I talked to her every day and was with her most of my time. She was loved by so many people because she had a huge generous heart. She loved her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren so much. She lived a full life and will be greatly missed. She is with my dad in heaven now, and that gives me comfort. Bye mom. I’ll see you again soon.


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