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Clifford Gilbert Blackwell, 81

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LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7 at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery for Mr. Blackwell, 81, of Lebanon.

A veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Blackwell died August 2, 2008.

His military service included demolitions where he assisted with the pre-invasion and destruction of obstacles on the beach at Normandy.

Mr. Blackwell retired from Grumman Aerospace after 23 years, where he did hydraulic testing on US Navy aircraft (F-14 Tomcat, etc) as well as the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM).

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon Wednesday between the hours of 4-8 p.m.

Survivors include: daughter Amy Blackwell of Alexandria and brother Bill (Jere) Blackwell of California.

He is preceded in death by parents William and Dolly Alexander Blackwell; wife Helen Masiuk Blackwell; sisters Annie Lumpkin and Era Raines; brothers Alexander Blackwell, James Blackwell and twin Clarence Blackwell.

Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.

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