"Jack of all trades, Master of none"
Samuel Lee Blackmon was born on October 29, 1951, the fourth child to Hosie and Florzel Blackmon. Born and raised in Arkadelphia, AR, Sam attended school at Peake High School where he graduated class of 1969. With work being hard to find, Samuel chose to further his education and became a professional student. He attended Ouachita Technical College in Malvern where he obtained a degree in Computer Science. He also attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia where he took classes for food service.
Sam found Christ at an early age and became a member of Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia under the leadership of Rev. A.W. Terry. He enjoyed working in the church and became a member of the male choir, culinary department, trustee board, and a van driver. Samuel found comfort in Christ and was never ashamed to talk to anyone about the goodness of God.
Sammy had a passion for many things including music, playing different instruments, cooking, eating, traveling, and his everlasting love of art. Although he was diagnosed with Polio at the age of 2, Sam’s creative spirit was never suppressed. He dabbled in different types of his own art including oil painting, drawing, and wood carving. He was a member of the Caddo River Art Guild in Arkadelphia where he participated in the Round About Artist Studio Tour that took place every year in the Fall.
Samuel was as he liked to say, “A jack of all trades, master of none”. He worked for International Paper Company in the ’80s. He was a board member of the Spa Area Independent Living Services in Hot Springs. He was one of the original board members of the Community Family Enrichment Center in Arkadelphia, and also one of the artists to help paint a monumental mural on the historic Honeycomb building in Arkadelphia.
On Sunday, March 14, 2021, the good Lord called Samuel home to rest. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hosie and Florzel Blackmon, and his brother, Billy Blackmon. He leaves to cherish his memory: two sisters, Gracie Blackmon Reed (Willard) and Flora Jean Blackmon both of Arkadelphia; special friends of the family, Roosevelt Davis, Donnie Wells, Terry Jones, Larry Murray, Lawrence Harris, Murrel Johnson, Patricia Mcghee, and Mary Cook, and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends. Sam will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
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