He was born in Mentone, Ala., Nov. 19, 1931, and was the son of the late Cecil Richard Blalock and the late Lillie Jewell Stoker Blalock. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary Underwood Blalock.
He was employed in auto body repair in the Cleveland and Chattanooga area for 32 years. He was a veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a member of North Cleveland Church of God for more than 20 years before moving to Cartersville in 1994, where he has been a member of the Church of God at Liberty Square until his death.
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law: Cyndi and Dr. Jim Allen and Angela Blalock, all of Cartersville; son and daughter-in-law, Cecil Jerrell Blalock Jr., and Patricia Blalock of Cleveland; five grandchildren: Drs. Kristy and Brad Rostad of Atlanta, Tiffany and David Hawkins of Cleveland, Gerrod Blalock and Tehya Blalock, both of Cleveland, and Alexis Blalock of Cartersville; one great-grandchild, Nathan Hawkins of Cleveland; and one brother, Leonard Lee Blalock of Princeton, La.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012, in the North Ocoee chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Home in Cleveland with Dr. Joe E. Edwards officiating.
Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dr. Brad Rostad, Gerrod Blalock, David Hawkins, Melvin Underwood, Dale Underwood, Randy Underwood and Joe Underwood Jr.
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Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 430 Cassville Road, Cartersville, GA, and Jim Rush Funeral Home, 2603 Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN are in charge of the arrangements.