Rose Mae Blackburn

SALEM – Rose Mae Blackburn, 82, died at 9:07 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Salem Regional Medical Center. She was born April 7, 1937 in Martin, Ky., the daughter of the late Andy and Julie (Hickman) Fitch. 

Rose was a member of Damascus Friends Church – Salem Campus. Rose was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. 

Survivors include her husband, Billy C. Blackburn whom she married Oct. 1, 1955; three sons, Ronald Blackburn of Salem, George (Kay) Blackburn of Falkville, Ala., Billy R. (Melissa) Blackburn of Salem; daughter, Sandy (Gary) Colian of Salem; two brothers, Jess (Berneda) Fitch of Salem and Virgil Fitch of Surfside, S.C.; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. 

Besides her parents, two sons, Donald and Andy D. Blackburn; a sister, Opal Fitch and four brothers, Taylor, Johnny, Rush and Gordon Fitch preceded her in death. 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor William Fish officiating. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.Monday, June 3, 2019 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park.

Rose’s obituary may be viewed, and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.


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