Mary Blackburn


​Mary Lee Wing Blackburn, 96, of Blountville, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Courtyards Senior Living in Johnson City.

Mary Lee was born on March 27, 1922, to Lee Atchley and Lucy Kincannon in Eureka. She and her three siblings — Lucille, Herbert and Jack — grew up in Decatur.

Soon after graduating from Meigs County High School in 1940, she came to Kingsport for work and remained in Northeast Tennessee for the rest of her life.

She was blessed with two happy marriages and survived both husbands, Frank M. Wing Sr. and Thomas M. Blackburn.

She worked for the Kingsport City Schools for many years as a teacher’s aide and, later, as a secretary. After retirement, she was active in the homemakers club. She was skilled in needlework and quilting and throughout her life made many beautiful creations.

During their retirement years, Mary Lee and her husband, Tom, enjoyed traveling all around the country with their camper in tow.

At the time of her death, she was the oldest member of Wheeler United Methodist Church. Earlier, she was a member for many years at Mafair United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, Frank M. Wing Jr.; daughter-in-law, Kathy Wing; grandson, Frank M. Wing III and his wife, Bethany; great-grandchildren, Connor, Emily, and Alex; a dear friend, Cindy Manis; and stepchildren: Rebecca Scott, Thomas Blackburn Jr., Cecilia King, and their families.

The family expressed appreciation to Mary Lee’s caregivers at Courtyard Senior Living and Avalon Hospice.

The funeral will be on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, beginning with a graveside service at 1 p.m. at East Lawn Cemetery, 4997 Memorial Boulevard, Kingsport, TN 37664.​

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2 p.m. at Wheeler United Methodist Church, 211 N. Sanders St., Blountville, TN 37617,​ with the Rev. Harrison Bell officiating. A reception at the church will follow.

Those wishing, may make memorial gifts to the Wheeler United Methodist Missions Fund.


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