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Diann Falks Blackburn

(WEDOWEE) Graveside services for Diann Falks Blackburn, 76, of Wedowee were Friday, July 21, at 1 p.m. at Valley Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Bro. Keith Benefield officiating.

Ms. Blackburn passed away Tuesday, July 18, at Traylor’s Nursing Center.

Survivors include: one daughter, Shelia Johnson of Meridian, Miss.; two sons, Russell J. Kangas, Jr. (Selena) and Bradley D. Kangas (Johannah) both of Meridian; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nephew Michael Falks to whom she was very close.

A Mississippi native, Ms. Blackburn was born on Nov. 3, 1946, the daughter of Wiley L. and Carrie Lindsey Falks. She was Pentecostal by faith and worked as a medical unit secretary and later retired as a Lauderdale County Corrections Officer, in Meridian. Ms. Blackburn had a special relationship with God and loved the Lord. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Larry Falks, and a sister Charlotte Falks Greene.

She will be dearly missed by many other family members and friends.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.