He is survived by one brother: Jesse Lewis and his wife, Lucy of Mexico, Mo., and a half brother: Roy Lee Foster and his wife, Lynn of Waynesville. He also leaves three nieces and two nephews: Norma Hedgpeth of Missouri City, Texas, Sharon Kay Mitchell of Jefferson City, Linda Cox and Donnie and Larry Lewis all of Mexico, Mo., and numerous cousins.
A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13 at Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Blackie's good friend, Rev. Wilbur Harbaugh officiating. Pianist, Kitty Scott played as the congregation sang, "The Old Rugged Cross." Serving as escorts were John Bonebrake, Kenny Foster , John Hedgpeth, Dwight Hensley, Judge Doug Long and Chuck Thompson. Claude Laughlin, Jim Laughlin and Frank Farris were honorary escorts.