OBITUARY

Albert Davidson Blackstone Sr.

April 25, 1928January 22, 2019
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Evans, GA – Albert Davidson Blackstone, Sr., 90, entered into rest on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. He served in the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 63 and was a plumber by trade. He retired from Civil Service and Columbia County transit system. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Hamilton Haynes Blackstone and Beulah Louise James Hall; and daughters, Beulah Sue Blackstone and Phyllis Ann Rabun. Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Jeanette Blackstone; son, Albert Davidson Blackstone, Jr.; daughter, Sandra Annette Crews (Rick); son, Joseph Michael Norris; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Vicki Saliba, Virginia Ann Seagar, Marion McGaugh, and Nancy Sue Downs; and a host of extended relatives and friends. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm on Friday, January 25, 2019, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 4255 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA 30907. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 4255 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA 30907, with burial immediately following at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2700 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, GA 30906.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
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Biography

Albert Davidson Blackstone Sr. was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

Albert was born on April 25, 1928 at his home off of 15th street in Augusta, Georgia. His parents were Paul Hamilton Haynes Blackstone and Beulah Fannie Mae James Blackstone Hall. Albert was raised on 15th street in Augusta, Georgia. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were the traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

Growing up in the Blackstone household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Albert was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Albert was raised with 12 siblings. He had three brothers, Hamilton, Paul, James and nine sisters, Ruby, Coralee, Edna, Hamilton, Grace, Viola, Virginia, Marion, Ollis and Nancy. Albert was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Albert and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Albert was always consistently loyal to his family.

As a young child, Albert was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Albert developed a variety of interests though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. None, he worked as a boy to help with his family. In his spare time he liked playing cards. Albert's memorable achievements included helping with charitable funds for his church. However, what Albert enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Albert as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Albert left school at the 6th grade to help support his mother because his father had passed at age 55. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Albert always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

Always considered to be a solid friend, Albert was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Albert was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Albert to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Lindy Hall and George Humphrey. Later in life, he became friends with Euel Hall.

On August 27, 1953 Albert exchanged wedding vows with Jeanette Lavonia Odom in Edgefield, South Carolina. Compassionate and devoted to Jeanette, Albert held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Jeanette and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

Albert brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Albert was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Albert was blessed with five children, two sons, Albert Blackstone Jr., Joseph Michael Norris and three sisters, Beulah Sue Blackstone, Phyllis Ann Blackstone and Annette Blackstone. They were also blessed with sixteen grandchildren, Jennifer, Ashley, Daniel, Teddy, Derrick, David, Aaron, Charlie, Matthew, Chad, Traycie, Travis, Gage and three grandchildren from Joseph Michael. Albert and Jeanette had 20 great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kali, Kalab, Dalton, Aiden, Ema, Cate, Alex, Travis, Luke, Reese, Brooks, Amelia, Jackson, Joe, Michael and 4 great-grandchildren from Joseph Michael.

Albert greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Albert enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Albert was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was self-taught Plumber and Pipe Fitter. He was employed at Fort Gordon for 23 years and as a Columbia County bus attendant for 12 years. Albert worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Albert was an U. S. Army veteran serving in the Transportation Corps. Albert entered the Army at age 25 and served from 1953 to 1955. He was in Korea and Japan during his tour. Albert saw action in the Korean Conflict. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of PFC and was medically discharged for injuries. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded Purple Heart and Korean Conflict Service Medal. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Albert seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

Albert liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Albert always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were dancing, playing cards and bingo. Albert was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Albert found pleasure in sports as he coached his grandson’s softball team. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included dancing. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were fishing and watching old war movies.

Many organizations were grateful to have Albert as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Albert was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Albert was an active member of the American Legion Post #63, Health 2 You (H2U) and VFW.

As a man who always showed great commitment to the things he believed in, it’s little wonder that Albert was so active in his community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Albert preferred to base his decisions on first-hand experiences. Albert was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and dig right in. Albert was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the HZU for seniors and Young at Hearts at Lewis Memorial Church.

Albert was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member First Baptist Church of Evans for 25 years. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

Albert sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Albert many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included a Silver Platter for years served as a Columbia County Gas Attendant pumping gas for school bus drivers.

Albert enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Albert appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Albert always had a backup plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included mountains in Tennessee, Jacksonville Florida, Greensboro North Carolina and Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

Albert was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Albert’s favorites was a goat named Hugo, chickens and a hog. They were best friends for few months with the goat, 8 years with the chickens and hog.

When Albert’s retirement finally arrived in 2002 from Columbia County and 1981 from Fort Gordon, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. In retirement, he found new pleasure in dancing, bingo and playing cards. Even in retirement, Albert continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

Albert Davidson Blackstone Sr. passed away on January 22, 2019 at his residence, 524 Old Evans Road in Evans, Georgia. Fought a brave battle against Alzheimer’s and the loss of his use of his legs. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette and his three children Albert Jr., Joe Noris and Sandra Annette Crews. Services were held at Elliott Sons Funeral Home on Columbia Road in Martinez, Georgia. Albert was laid to rest in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Cemetery.

Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Albert Davidson Blackstone Sr. he was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.

A letter from Sandra Crews;

Albert, loved life. He loved having time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed practical jokes, playing cards on Sunday evenings with friends and family.
He also enjoyed when his body was able, dancing with his loving wife, Jeanette, going to various bingo places, traveling to see his sisters and sitting on the porch watching cars go by. He had a love for his garden and was very proud of it. He enjoyed taking his family fishing in his early years.
He loved hearing bands play country music and gospel music. He loved eating Jeanette’s homemade lemon sauce cake and lemon pie. Also her sweet potato pie. He was loved by his family and friends.
Our memories of him is forever with a smile and laughter, with him sitting at the head of the table with all who loved him.
Love,
Sandra Crews