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Shelly Blackman Jr.

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Shelly Blackman

Shelly Blackman

Shelly Blackman Jr. transitioned peacefully in his sleep on April 5, 2016. He was 86 years old.

Born Dec. 31, 1929, to Shelly Sr. and Martha (Brooks) Blackman in Springfield, Shelly was an accomplished musician, competitive athlete, Korean War veteran who was injured in combat, Civil Rights activist, business owner and beloved father. He is survived by his children Milton, Terri, Shelly and Marci; siblings Betty and David (Ed); former wife and life-long friend Harriet; niblings Anasa Blackman-Onyejiaka, Tony (Sukanya) Blackman, Cindy (Carlos) Blackman Santana and Tracy (William) Blackman- Schulze; great-niblings Kelechi, Anuphong, Ossie, Ella, Miles and a host of other cherished cousins, chosen family and friends.

Shelly embraced life with kindness, passion and never-ending curiosity. As he was an avid lover of nature, in lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations in his name to the Glen Helen Nature Preserve.

Services will be held Friday, April 15, in the First Baptist Church, located at 600 Dayton Street in Yellow Springs. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of service at noon, officiated by Reverend Dale DeGroat. Interment will follow immediately after service at Glen Forest Cemetery. Shelly was deeply loved and will be sorely missed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glen Helen Nature Preserve online at; by mail to Glen Helen Ecology Institute, 405 Corry Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387; or by phone at 937-767-1902, ext. 2.

Arrangements provided by the Robert C. Henry Funeral Home.


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