Obituary: Donnie (Donna) Lay Blackmon


Funeral service for Donnie (Donna) Lay Blackmon, 71, of Cullman will be at 11 a.m., Thursday,

April 22, 2021 at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Hopewell Cemetery. Rev.

Steve Rodgers and Rev. Delbert Freeman will be officiating. The visitation will be Wednesday evening

at the funeral home from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Cullman Funeral Home is honored to serve the Blackmon family.

Mrs. Blackmon passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, April 19, 2021 at

her home. She was born December 23, 1949 to Quinton Freeman and Audrie Viola Dye Lay.

Donnie was the office manager for Dr. William Marshall. Later, she was co-owner of Cullman

Optical Shop. Donnie enjoyed cross-stitch, sewing and cooking until she no longer could due to

the neurological effects from Paraneoplastic Cerebellar Degeneration, secondary to breast cancer

23 years ago. She was always an avid reader and enjoyed watching her soap operas. Donnie was

most proud of being Nana. She loved her family and fought to live and enjoy each moment with

them. She never complained and always had a beautiful smile on her face.

Donnie was preceded in death by her parents.

Donnie is survived by her husband of 48 years, Fred Blackmon; daughter: Leah (Keith) Messick;

Granddaughter: Alli Shawn Messick; brother: Garry (Lois) Lay; brothers-in-law: Bud (Pat)

Blackmon, Kelvin (Ann) Blackmon; sisters-in-law: Diana Cagle, Linda (Michael) Schaefers;

special niece: Candice (Trent) Scott; loyal Labrador: Charlie; a host of nieces and nephews;

family and friends.

Pallbearers are Chad Blackmon, David Blackmon, Jason Blackmon, John-David Grey, Ross

Jochum and Trent Scott. Honorary pallbearers are Jacob Grey and James Grey.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at