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Ned Jeryl Blackman
September 10, 1937 ~ August 23, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Ned Jeryl Blackman, 85 of Florence, SC and formally of Hartsville passed away on August 23, 2023, at the McLeod Hospice House.
Ned, the youngest child of the late R. A. and Maude Blackman, was born on September 10, 1937. Before graduating in St. John’s Class of 1955, he served on the Student Council, played football and was president of the St. John’s Future Farmers of America. Also, he was State Treasurer of the Future Farmers of America and won Darlington’s Kiwanis Club annual award. Ned and his family were members of First Baptist Church, Hartsville, previously a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church where he served on the board of Deacons. As a member of Kiwanis, he served as president, also serving on the board of Prestwood Country Club and on the Darlington County Recreation Board. Ned retired from AT&T after thirty-three years as manager for the Pee Dee area, Columbia and part of North Carolina. Since Ned and a co-worker wanted to help blind children, they engineered tones into a strategy to allow them to play basketball. After retiring from AT&T, he opened his own business which he truly enjoyed. Ned and Phyllis enjoyed playing Tennis, especially Tennis tournaments. They played in Local and State Tournaments, also representing South Carolina in the Nationals, Ned in the men’s doubles and the two of them in mixed doubles.
He is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 63 years; daughters Rambel Winstead (John), Lacie and four granddaughters, Tori (Scott) Marla, Ashleigh, and Alyssa.
Ned was predeceased by his brothers, Don and Robert and by his sisters, Jean Spivey and Doris Helms.
A private service was held at Garner Cemetery which was surrounded by his Father’s Farm on all sides except the Hoffmeyer Road Side.