1961 – 2021
Alan Wayne Blackketter, 60, of Huntingdon passed away Wednesday, December 29 at his home. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 31 at First Baptist Church with Jacob Harris and Ron Franks officiating. Burial to follow at Crossroads Cemetery in Benton County at a later date.
Alan was born April 24, 1961, in Shamrock, Wheeler County, Tx., to the late Koert Lewis and Arlene Jean (Van Hofwegen) Blackketter. He attended elementary school at Trezevant and McLemoresville and graduated from Huntingdon High School in 1979. He continued his education at Murray State University, graduating in 1983. After serving as a pilot in the United States Navy for more than 27 years, Alan retired as Commander in February 2012. During his career, he was stationed in San Diego, CA., Pensacola, FL., Norfolk, VA., Washington, DC, Patuxent River, MD., Nairobi, Kenya, and Millington. CDR Blackketter logged more than 3700 flight hours in helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. He was also a member of Huntingdon First Baptist Church, where he had served as a Deacon. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, JoNell Blackketter and one granddaughter, Mercy Freeman
Those who survive him and greatly miss him are his wife; Denise Blackketter, one daughter; Emily Freeman (Daniel) of Bolivar, two sons; Adam Blackketter (Jacqui) of McLemoresville, and Thomas Blackketter of Knoxville, three sisters; Susan Partridge (Mike), Gail Eubanks (Harold), and his twin; Ann Butler (Ricky), all of Huntingdon, one brother; Van Blackketter (Louanne) of McLemoresville, seven grandchildren; Ruthie, Providence, Jemima, Valor, Sinai, Abigail, and Gideon, and stepmother; Katie Blackketter of Shawnee, OK.