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Wellene Miller Blackston, 84, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of Lary Elton Blackston, died Tuesday morning, November 19, 2019, at Hospice Savannah.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late John Leroy Miller and the late Wellie Amaretto Sheffield White. Mrs. Blackston was of the Baptist faith. She managed the family shrimping business, Blackston Boat Works, for more than 50 years. Mrs. Blackston loved spending time with her family and her favorite hobby was bargain shopping.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James “Jamie” Earl Blackston; a son-in-law, John Curl; a brother-in-law, John Penninger; three sisters, Janie White, Josephine Mosley and Betty Smith, and four brothers, Bo Williams, Frank Williams, Junior Miller and Billy Miller.

Surviving are her twin sister, Wellie Mae Penninger of Smyrna; three daughters, Linda Curl of Brooklet, Susan Pritchard and her husband, John, and Vickie Tumlin and her husband, Skeeter, all of Savannah; one son, Elton “Chunky” Blackston, Jr. and his wife, Deborah, of Savannah; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Thursday at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service conducted by the Reverend Dr. Samuel W. Watkins. Interment will be in Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

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  1. Tess says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Solomon Dillon says:

    My condolences to the family.

  3. Samille Basler says:

    Dear Vickie ,
    So sorry to hear of your mother’s death. My heartfelt condolences to you and all your family. You were a good and loving daughter and I am sure she knew how much she was loved. Lots of good memories will carry you through this difficult time.
    Samille Basler.

  4. Carolyn Emerick says:

    Chunky and Debbie,
    I am so sorry for your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

  5. Elsie Evans says:

    So sorry to read of your Mothers passing. Had not seen her in a very long time. She and her family were neighbors on Price Street. We all went to Massie School. She and Wellie were the same age as me. Please remember me to Wellie.

  6. Elizabeth Dadin says:

    Chunky, so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, I just now saw this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

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