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Benjamin Thomas Blackmon

ROCK HILL -- Benjamin Thomas Blackmon, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at Elizabeth Hospice House in Flat Rock, N.C. He was a resident of Hendersonville, N.C., and a former resident of Rock Hill.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends following the service.

The son of Margaret Ann Allen Tice, he graduated from Rock Hill High School and attended the University of South Carolina. He was employed with U.S. Plywood before going into the antique business, Lakeside Antiques, in Rock Hill and later in Hendersonville.

He was a volunteer baseball and football coach at Catawba Academy and with the city leagues, being the recipient of a Volunteer Coach of the Year award from the Rock Hill Parks and Recreation Department.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Allison and Dan McQueen and Lisa and Will McKaughan, all of Rock Hill; and his sons and daughter-in-law, Will and Leah Blackmon of Newberry and Lee Blackmon of Charleston; his former wife, Elaine Blackmon; nine grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank Jr. and Cissy Tice and Allen and Mary Tice; and three nephews.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1001, Rock Hill, SC 29731; or Elizabeth Hospice House, 581 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC, 28731.

Cremation Society of South Carolina is in charge of arrangements.