Obituary: James “Butch” Monroe Blackburn Jr.

January 24, 1950 – November 19, 2023

James “Butch” Monroe Blackburn, Jr., 73, of Paoli, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2023, at Paoli Health & Living Community. 

Born January 24, 1950, in Bedford, he was the son of James Monroe Blackburn, Sr. and Della Virginia (Pridemore) Dean.  He married Marcia Lynn Jones on February 14, 1993, and she survives.  

Butch worked at M. Fine & Sons, Kimball International, and most recently at French Lick Casino.  He was a member of the Bedford Boat & Sportsmen’s Club and loved fishing and boating. 

Surviving are his wife, Marcia Lynn Blackburn of Paoli; children, David Ray Craft of Scottsburg, James “Jimmy” Monroe Blackburn III of Jeffersonville, and Michelle Renee Blackburn of Washington; stepson, Daniel Lee (Billie Jo) Craft of Needmore; ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; and siblings, Sandy Snyder of Orleans, 

Paul (Amy) White of Mitchell, Ruth Ann Clark of Mitchell, Donna Faye Neely of Orleans, Sheila Raye (Charles) Anderson of Bedford, and Crystal Lynn Dean of Orleans. 

His parents and siblings, Glenda Sue Bogor and Laverne Kay Brown, preceded him in death. 

The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Mark Fugate officiating.  Cremation will follow. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home. 

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