Sue Terrell Blakeman, 66, died on June 14, 2013, at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation facility. She was born in Mayfield, Kentucky, on December 1, 1946, the elder daughter of the late Julian Vernon and Georgia Huddleston Terrell. Sue is survived by Crawford Blakeman, Jr. her husband of 45 years; her sister Ann (Bill) Hester of Birmingham, Alabama; her daughter Leigh Anne (Reid) Shumate of Middlesboro; her son Daniel (Jennifer) Blakeman of Richmond, Kentucky; five grandsons whom she adored—Carson and Ethan Shumate, and Evan, Aidan, and Logan Blakeman; a special nephew Jonathan Hester of Huntsville, Alabama; a special cousin Charles (Cary) Huddleston of Middlesboro; and a large number of other cousins, nieces, and nephews.
When Sue was very young her parents returned with their daughters to their hometown of Middlesboro. Sue graduated from Middlesboro High School in 1965 and earned her Registered Nursing degree at the University of Kentucky Lexington Technical Institute in 1969. She and Crawford were married in 1967, and like her parents they brought their young family back to Middlesboro in 1977.
Sue spent her life loving and caring for other people. To her family she was a loving wife, a devoted mother and sister, and a doting grandmother. Together she and Crawford forged a marriage that exemplified two lives becoming one. During their entire adult lives they were seldom apart for long and were always happiest together. To many in the tri-state area Sue is still known as “Dr. Weller’s nurse” reflecting her many years helping to provide gentle loving care to sick children in the area. To others she is known for her years as the Director of the Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) where she worked tirelessly to raise funds and develop programs to help those families in Middlesboro in a variety of crisis situations. To the members of her church she was known for her avid participation in the choir and for her willingness to serve on and participate in a wide variety of church programs, boards, and committees. To the staff at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation facility she was loved and respected for the faithful loving care which she gave to her mother during her last eight years. Whatever Sue did, she did with a passion, and her Christ-like love was extended equally to all. Her bright blue eyes, her infectious smile, and her zest for life will be terribly missed by those who have loved and treasured her, but especially so by Crawford, Ann, Leigh Anne, Daniel and those five dearly loved grandsons. This world is a sadder place for her leaving.
A memorial service celebrating Sue’s life will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 15 at Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro. Following the service, a reception for friends and family will be held in the church Fellowship Hall. Everyone who knew and loved Sue is invited to attend.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sue Blakeman Memorial Fund at Covenant United Methodist Church or to CCM.
The family appreciates the special care given by the staff of the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation facility and to Dr. Nitin Patel for the wonderful, loving care they gave to Sue during her final days. They could not have been kinder or more caring.