Gladys Ruth Blackman

April 6, 1928January 21, 2019

Gladys Ruth Jones Blackman, age 90, of Spring Hill, Florida, gained her heavenly wings on January 21, 2019. She was born in Gatun, Canal Zone, Panama on April 06, 1928.Gladys graduated from the US/Panama Canal Zone School System and received her High School Diploma from Silver City High School. She was married to Oscar Hugh Blackman, who preceded her in death. They were married for 55 years. Gladys worked at the Silver City Commissary and was also a self-trained seamstress. She was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Roman Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Florida. Gladys had a passion for dancing, word search, baseball, sewing, cooking and baking. She also enjoyed watching tv shows such as Jeopardy, Dancing with the Stars and Law and Order. She is survived by her children Alfred Blackman (Anna), Gladys Young, Gloria Palmer, (Manuel, Sr.), Cecilia Tucker (Eric, Sr.), Marcia James, and Mario Blackman, Sr. (Charlene); grandchildren, Manuel Palmer, Jr., Michael Young, Denise Young, Zuleika Lyons, Shanida Tucker, Francine James, Eric Tucker, Jr., Diane James, Andrew Tucker, Mario Blackman, Jr., Marlon James, Carlos Blackman, O’Neal Blackman, Diamond Blackman and Crystal Blackman. She has 14 Great Grandchildren, several Great Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Lavinia Jones, seven brothers, her two sons Enrique and Ricardo and son-in-law Rosendo James. Funeral arrangements will be held at 12-2pm on February 13, 2019, at Turner Funeral Homes – Spring Hill Chapel. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit our website at


  • Alfred (Anna) Blackman, Son
  • Gladys Young, Daughter
  • Gloria (Manuel Sr.) Palmer, Daughter
  • Cecilia (Eric Sr.) Tucker, Daughter
  • Marcia James, Daughter
  • Mario (Charlene) Blackman Sr., Son
  • Manuel Palmer Jr., Grandson
  • Michael Young, Grandson
  • Denise Young, Granddaughter
  • Zuleika Lyons, Granddaughter
  • Shanida Tucker, Granddaughter
  • Francine James, Granddaughter
  • Eric Tucker Jr., Grandson
  • Diane James, Granddaughter
  • Andrew Tucker, Grandson
  • Mario Blackman Jr., Grandson
  • Marlon James, Grandson
  • Carlos Blackman, Grandson
  • O'Neal Blackman, Grandson
  • Diamond Blackman, Granddaughter
  • Crystal Blackman, Granddaughter
  • Mrs. Blackman also leaves behind 14 Great-Grandchildren, several Great-Great Grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

  • Alfred Blackman
  • Manuel Palmer Jr.
  • Mario Blackman
  • Naphthalim Houghton


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Gladys Ruth Blackman

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Amelia Thom

February 5, 2019

To the Blackman family I’m not there in person but, know my heart, thoughts and prayers is with you all as go through this painful journey. Ma was a sweet lady and treated me like a daughter to reconnect with her after all the years made very happy and visiting her and Mamita was one of the best days I will truly miss talking to her and she will be with me always know that I love you all and I’m holding each of you close in heart God is with you. Love, Amelia

Merle V. Edwards

January 27, 2019

Ma as I called her was always their to give me uplifting and encouraging words.
She was a very lovely and caring mother & friend. She’ll be greatly missed but will live on in my heart. 💔