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“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Flora Jean Blackmon was born into time on November 25, 1945, the third child born to Hosie and Florzel Blackmon. Flora was born and raised in Arkadelphia, AR. She was a student at Peake Elementary and graduated from Peake High School in 1964. Upon graduation, Flora “Jean” attended Ouachita Baptist for one year.
Jean developed a relationship with Christ at an early age and joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Walter White. She attended church services, faithfully, until her health prevented her from doing so.
Jean contracted polio when she was 6 years old. Both she and her younger brother, Sammie, were stricken at the same time. Though this disease would impact her for the rest of her life, she persevered. Her crutches were not only her support system but, also, her defense mechanism. In her younger years, if anyone upset her, they would know it when she wielded her crutch at them. Throughout her life, she maintained her sense of humor and a dry wit. She was a positive person who did not allow what some would consider an infirmity to depress her. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.
She was an artist. She was able to draw detailed pictures of butterflies, roses and other natural wonders. She took pride in her appearance. Flora was always one of the best dressed people during her school years and at social events. Her mind was sharp. She had a mind that was both agile and active. She was meticulous. She would read every bit of paperwork placed before her before signing her name to anything. She did puzzles, she kept up with world events and she loved to watch game shows. When she was able to walk, she loved getting out and being driven around town. She also liked listening to music. She would move her body to the rhythm of the blues and snap her fingers with the beat. She lived her life!
For Flora, family meant everything. To her family, she was their “Butterfly”, their “Baby Sis”, and their “Rosebud”, all nicknames that epitomized her true spirit. She and her brother, Sammie, were inseparable until his passing in 2021. Though her presence is missed, we know she is with her beloved brother.
Each day, her sister, Gracie, would wish her a “Happy Birthday” because each day was a new day to celebrate her life. Today, Flora celebrates a new life with Christ!
On Wednesday, August 24, 2022, the good Lord called Flora home to rest. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hosie and Florzel Blackmon and her brothers, Billy Blackmon and Samuel Lee Blackmon. Cherishing her memory is her loving and devoted sister, Gracie Blackmon Reed (Willard) of Arkadelphia. Special family friends are Muriel Johnson, Patricia Mcghee, Herman Nelson, Annie M. Tate, Gloria R. Fallin, Natalie Zomalt, Donnie and LaChunda Wells, JoAnn Bullock, Larry Murray and Mary Cook, who was not only her good friend, but also her special caregiver. Her sisters in Christ, Anne Buck and Kaye Graham will miss her presence along with a multitude of relatives and friends who knew and loved her.
Services are under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Arkadelphia, AR. Visitation will be Friday, September 2, 2022, at the funeral home from 12 noon- 5:00 P.M. A celebration of life will be on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Helms Cemetery in Arkadelphia, AR where Dr. Lewis A. Shepherd, Jr. will serve as eulogist. Burial and final resting place will be in Helms Cemetery.