Graveside services will be held at 12:00 P.M., Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Andersonville National Cemetery Rostrum, 496 Cemetery Road, Andersonville, Georgia.
Please be mindful that we will adhere to all government recommendations and mandates at all services at this time. We are limiting graveside seating to no more than 10 with masks being strongly encouraged. Other masked attendees are welcomed but will be expected to practice social distancing.
Graveside services are likely to be held on ground that is uneven, which is out of the control of Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. We ask that you take this into consideration when choosing footwear, such as shoes with high, thin heels. Please be advised that Oglethorpe Funeral Chapel, Inc. will not be held responsible for injuries at a grave site because of this.
Mr. Willie James Blackshear born August 7, 1939 to the union of the late Mr. and Mrs. Shellie (Mary Ellen Ousley) Blackshear in Dawson, Georgia. He received his formal education in the school system of Dougherty County Monroe High School in Albany, Georgia. He furthered his education at The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Willie James Blackshear accepted Christ as his Savior at Crawford Grove Missionary Baptist Church at the age of 9 and was united with Crawford Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an Ordained Deacon, the Senior Choir President, the Executive Officer of Purchasing Committee and the Treasurer with Tri-County Workshop Choir. He was united in holy matrimony with the late Rosetta Thornton on September 2, 1994 in Leesburg, Georgia. Their union was blended with a combined total of 7 children who were biological and non-biological. Willie James Blackshear enlisted into the United States Army on May 10, 1963 and he was honorably discharged on May 7, 1965. He was employed by Coats and Clark, Inc. as the Yarn Dye House Second Shift Supervisor until his retirement there of 30 years. In his leisure, he enjoyed listening to music, reading, hunting, singing, working on electronics and gardening. He was a member of the International F. & A.M. Masons and Order of the Eastern Star of Albany, Georgia.
Mr. Willie James Blackshear departed this life on Monday, April 26, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta Thornton, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shellie (Mary Ellen Ousley) Blackshear; five sisters, Rose A. Roberts, Vera M. Watson, Fannie M. Williams, Delores Blakely and Mary N. Stewart and four brothers, Roger Blackshear, Robert Blackshear, Freddie Blackshear and Shellie Blackshear, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memory: four daughters, Mitchelle Blackshear-Evans, Wanice J. Blackshear, Tameka Sims and Marchon Blackshear and three sons, Michael J. (Tiffany) Blackshear, Derrik Thornton and Lamont (Myra) Thornton; a lot of grandchildren, great grand-children, loving nieces and caring nephews, friends and colleagues.