John Kenneth Blackburn Jr.

December 23, 1973 ~ June 18, 2019

Born in: Greenfield, IN
Resided in: Watauga, TN

John Kenneth Blackburn, Jr., 45, Watauga, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Johnson City Medical Center.

Johnny was born in Greenfield, IN to John Kenneth Blackburn, Sr. and Janice Blackburn.

Johnny loved writing and recording music. He was a part of the band RevLow, and he considered his bandmates his brothers.

Johnny was preceded in death by his father.

In addition to his mother, survivors include: his soulmate, Cari Braasch; son, Bailey Braasch; several aunts, uncles and cousins; beloved pet companion, Athena; and special friend, John “Mule” Lawson.
The family would like to thank the staff on the 3300 wing of JCMC and his Nephrologist, Dr. Wiegand, and Tonya for their care. Also, a very special thank you to Gerald Braasch for everything he did for Johnny.

Friends and family may visit at Johnny’s home or Janice’s home.

A committal service will be held at 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Carr Cemetery, with Rev. Estel Williams officiating. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Please meet at the cemetery by 2:50 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Daniel Boone Marching Band, 1440 Suncrest Dr., Gray, TN 37615 or Slagles United Methodist Church, Children’s Music School, 285 Old Watauga Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643.


Committal Service: June 20, 2019 3:00 pm

Carr Family Cemetery

Watauga Flats, Tennessee

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  1. Tina Gill says:

    Cari I am so sorry for yours and Bailey’s loss. Praying for you all.

  2. Mike and Donna Cooper says:

    Goodbye to our brother Johnny Blackburn
    … You were an inspiration to us all. You
    may be gone, but the music we created
    will live on. You made me a better person
    and a better musician. I’m honored to have
    been your friend. Rest easy Silver Fox!!!!
    You will be greatly missed.

  3. Janice Hodge Sellars says:

    Janice and family so so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort for all — you are in our thoughts and prayers!

  4. Nelda Cooper says:

    Janice, You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Jason Walsh says:

    On behalf of Johnny’s band, Revlow, we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Janice, Cari, Bailey, and all of The family. For the better part of 30 years, JB was the best bandmate a group of fellas could ask for. And an even better friend. Never boastful, never prideful, never an ounce of ego, and always supportive both musically and in life to all of us. All those things you would look for in a friend, a best friend, Johnny had it in spades. We are truly going to miss his gentle nature, his sense of humor, and his musical genius. He always knew what to bring to the table and in the right places in his songwriting and he will forever be with us as we carry on his legacy.

  6. pam blackburn koehler says:

    You will be missed by all. Tell the family hello we will all be together again. God bless you Johnny and much love be with you. Go in peace with no pain you did it your way

    love ya cousin pam

  7. Karen Stevens says:

    Janice so sorry for the loss of your son. May God provide you with strength in the coming days and future.

  8. Cindy & Gary Smalling says:

    Prayers and our sympathy for your loss Cari, Bailey and Family. We remember you all fondly as our neighbors.
    Cindy & Gary

  9. Liz Blackburn-Helton says:

    RIH Johnny…heaven just got a new voice for their choir! I will always treasure that I was privileged to have you as a cousin. I will miss having you to bounce things off of. I know how hard you fought and in many ways you taught me courage
    ! I know you’re in heaven free of the body that failed, soaring in your former glory. I love you and will miss you! Thanks for the listening ear when I needed it!

  10. RH says:

    To the family. Our condolence. In Paradise, Jesus will fulfill his role as ‘the resurrection and the life.’ John 11:25

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