Rodell Blacknall, a lifelong resident of Groesbeck, passed away on May 9, 2013, in McKinney. He was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Groesbeck, to Ceola and Johnathan Blacknall, the middle son of three boys, himself, Ben and Johnathan Blacknall Jr.
He attended Blackshear High School where he played on the football team.
Rodell genuinely loved people and never met a stranger. He always wore a smile and as a retired truck driver he really loved and enjoyed fishing.
Rodell was also a dedicated Christian, who loved the Lord, serving as a member of Andrew Chapel of Groesbeck. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He moved to McKinney, in April 2012, where he took ill and passed away at home.
He was the last living sibling and now joins both his parents, both his brothers, and one son, David Blacknall, in death.
He is survived by his lifelong friend, Rosemary Bates, of McKinney, two daughters, Linda Glover, of McKinney, Cheryl Lasshear, of Houston, two sons Kenneth Gibson, of Groesbeck, and Adrian Blacknall of Dallas, two step-daughters, Barbara Taylor and Michell Murray, of McKinney and three stepsons, Pastor Roger Well, of Lubbock, and David Barnes and Andrew Ladd, both of McKinney; 31 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He will truly be missed.
The funeral services will be held at Andrew Chapel of Groesbeck, Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m.