Mr. James A. Blackstone, 80, of McDonough, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 of respiratory failure. Jim was a salesman; of insurance, shoes, and stories…a storyteller at heart who could always elicit a smile.

He was preceded in death by his brother and two sisters; Elizabeth Walker, Ed Blackstone Jr., and Caroline Sater. He is survived by his children Jan and Jules Fritz, Julie Kirby, Stephen and Amanda Blackstone, and Jared Blackstone; grandchildren, Lauren, Rachel, and Ryan Kirby, Nick and Elena Fritz; great-grandchildren Brayden Stephens, Carson Towler, and Easton Motes.

Memorial Services will be conducted Sunday, Oct. 21 2012 at 3 p.m. ; family greeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, Ga.

Following the service, friends and family will gather for fellowship at Cecilia and Jerry’s house. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritans Purse in memory of Jim Blackstone. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/Project_Donations/;

Samaritans Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. Haisten Funeral Home of McDonough. haistenfunerals.com