James N. Blackman, 96, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at Moore-Few Care Center, Nevada. He was born on March 4, 1908, in Liberal, the son of Sam Norton and Nell (Roberts) Blackman.
He graduated from Liberal High School in 1926. He married Lucille Lasley on Dec. 20, 1930. He lived in Liberal and worked at a local grocery store until 1937. He later moved to Clinton and then to Kansas City where he lived for 37 years. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. For the last 17 years prior to retirement he worked in the security and information department at the Kansas City, Mo., City Hall. He retired in 1969. He moved to Nevada in 1975. He was a past member of the American Legion; Missouri Peace Officer's Association and the Meat Cutter's Union.
Survivors include a niece, Rose Diestler, Roseville, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy A. Morgan; and his wife, Lucille (Lasley) Blackman.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 14, at the Liberal City Cemetery in Liberal. Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.