ForeverMissed
My Pop

Jack Wayland Blalock


1955-2021


Welcome to the virtual memorial of Jack Blalock. I know this is a little different from a normal memorial service, but given the COVID times, what is normal?


I am Jesse Blalock (Jack’s middle son), and on behalf of my family I would like to personally thank you for visiting this memorial. The outpouring of love and admiration for my dad throughout his sickness and in his passing has been absolutely encouraging and heart-warming.


I could write pages about my Dad’s life and his impact on my life, but I will reserve that to my own memories, and leave you with a few excerpts that have shaped me the most.


Growing up, as much as I can remember, Dad enjoyed his work and enjoyed owning his own business. More importantly he enjoyed his customers and socializing every single day. I would call pop regularly, and he would always have the latest happenings around town to report to me. More in depth from that, he impressed me the way he was able to run a successful business while juggling life and raising 3 kids. I cannot imagine the stress and headaches he was able to manage daily.


I am so proud of what all he was able to accomplish throughout his life. I think the aspect that inspires me the most is how he was always there for his sons. Growing up, he never missed a practice, game, or any other event. Later in life, all it took was a phone call and he would be there for us for anything at any time of the day. He was our safety net-so to speak. While he was always there for us, he also taught us to be self-sufficient, successful, humbled men on our own. He is an inspiration, and a role-model as a dad. He often told me, he had no idea how to be a father, but I think I can speak for me and my brothers, you did good Pop.


This is the hardest thing I have ever had to write, and never thought this day would come; however, knowing he gave me the tools I need to carry on and make the Blalock name proud offers some peace. There will never be enough words written about Dad to be sufficient, but I will end with this summary: Jack was an amazing man, exemplary father, and excellent businessman. He will be missed incredibly by many. My dad left such a positive impact on this Earth. I hope to live out my life in the same manner and make him proud. I love you Pop!



PS. Please take COVID seriously. Wear your masks. Get your vaccine when it becomes available to you.

Posted by Mike Howell on February 26, 2021
On behalf of Bro. Jacks brothers at Valley Head Lodge #394 i would like to say Bro. Jack has been a member of our lodge for 35 years and is a Past Master. We send our condolences to his family and will lift them up in our prayers. Bro Jack will be missed by all our members..
Posted by Stephani Chaney on February 24, 2021
What can I say about my Uncle Jack? He was the best uncle a girl could ask for! He was always so fun and full of life. I can't tell you how many people have told me recently that they knew him (through his business) and how much they loved and looked forward to seeing him! I know from my own interactions and observations and those of my family that Uncle Jack was a good, honest man, a wonderful brother to my Mom, a loving husband to my Aunt Lynn, an ever present and caring father to my cousins, and a wonderful grandfather. He always loved to hear what was going on in our lives and I know my Mom and Dad enjoyed many lunches with him and made many good memories. When I was going through my pictures a few days ago, many memories came to mind and I realized how he was always there for me with the things that I did. School years, graduations, birthdays, my wedding, the birth of my children, and all the other times in between. I remember spending the night at his house when I was younger, going to play in the pool with my cousins, the high school graduation celebration I had with them and several other things. I will be forever grateful to have those memories. I even remember that he came to the hospital to sit with us when my Dad was having health problems years ago. That's just the kind of man he was. I know that we well all miss him dearly but my 5 year old daughter put things into perspective for me yesterday. She was telling me that they were learning about the letter J in school. She told me that Jack begins with J. Then she said, but he is gone isn't he Mommy? I said yes sweetheart. Then she said, with wisdom beyond her years, "but it's ok Mommy, he will be in our hearts for ever just like Jesus is!" She was right, and in this time I am reminded to lean on Him as I hope that we all will. So to close, I encourage everyone reading this to lean on Jesus, love on your family, and try to stay safe and healthy. I love you Uncle Jack and you will be in my heart forever!
Posted by Sarah Lynn Thompson on February 23, 2021
Mr. Jack was such a special man. He has taken excellent care of our copier needs at Isbell Medical Group for years, but more than that he became a member of our family! He always had a smile and a story to make us laugh. There were also many conversations about you (his family) and it was always obvious how much love and pride he had for all of you. Please know that our prayers have been and will continue to be with you. Our hearts are broken with you and we will never forget his kindness and sweet spirit.
Posted by Terry Parker on February 23, 2021


I have known Jack for over 40 years and consider him a good friend.
I always enjoyed visiting wth Jack when he stoped by the office.
He always brightened my day.
I know from the many conversations we had together that he loved his wife and family.
He was an honest upright man and the perfect example of a good good man.
I will continue to pray for all of you in the coming days.
Farewell my Friend and Brother Rest in Peace until we meet again.
Posted by Penelope Wallace on February 22, 2021
Jack was a great man he will be missed!!

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Posted by Mike Howell on February 26, 2021
On behalf of Bro. Jacks brothers at Valley Head Lodge #394 i would like to say Bro. Jack has been a member of our lodge for 35 years and is a Past Master. We send our condolences to his family and will lift them up in our prayers. Bro Jack will be missed by all our members..
Posted by Stephani Chaney on February 24, 2021
What can I say about my Uncle Jack? He was the best uncle a girl could ask for! He was always so fun and full of life. I can't tell you how many people have told me recently that they knew him (through his business) and how much they loved and looked forward to seeing him! I know from my own interactions and observations and those of my family that Uncle Jack was a good, honest man, a wonderful brother to my Mom, a loving husband to my Aunt Lynn, an ever present and caring father to my cousins, and a wonderful grandfather. He always loved to hear what was going on in our lives and I know my Mom and Dad enjoyed many lunches with him and made many good memories. When I was going through my pictures a few days ago, many memories came to mind and I realized how he was always there for me with the things that I did. School years, graduations, birthdays, my wedding, the birth of my children, and all the other times in between. I remember spending the night at his house when I was younger, going to play in the pool with my cousins, the high school graduation celebration I had with them and several other things. I will be forever grateful to have those memories. I even remember that he came to the hospital to sit with us when my Dad was having health problems years ago. That's just the kind of man he was. I know that we well all miss him dearly but my 5 year old daughter put things into perspective for me yesterday. She was telling me that they were learning about the letter J in school. She told me that Jack begins with J. Then she said, but he is gone isn't he Mommy? I said yes sweetheart. Then she said, with wisdom beyond her years, "but it's ok Mommy, he will be in our hearts for ever just like Jesus is!" She was right, and in this time I am reminded to lean on Him as I hope that we all will. So to close, I encourage everyone reading this to lean on Jesus, love on your family, and try to stay safe and healthy. I love you Uncle Jack and you will be in my heart forever!
Posted by Sarah Lynn Thompson on February 23, 2021
Mr. Jack was such a special man. He has taken excellent care of our copier needs at Isbell Medical Group for years, but more than that he became a member of our family! He always had a smile and a story to make us laugh. There were also many conversations about you (his family) and it was always obvious how much love and pride he had for all of you. Please know that our prayers have been and will continue to be with you. Our hearts are broken with you and we will never forget his kindness and sweet spirit.
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In remembrance of my Pop, Jack Wayland Blalock

Like so many other families during this crisis, my Pop’s friends and family now face the devastating aftermath of Covid-19. Rather than focusing on the impact of this tragedy, I will be choosing to reflect on the dad he was to me and remembering our times together with fondness. Above all else, dad cherished his family and put our needs before his without a second thought. He worked tirelessly his whole life so that we may thrive. Like all of us, he was not without his human imperfections, but I believe he always tried to do what was right. Dad was a great man, and he left an abundance of individuals lucky enough to be positively impacted by him. Although I have a plethora of beloved memories of him, I have chosen a few that either are especially treasured or further exemplify his huge heart and character.

I will never forget how involved he made himself when I began taking guitar lessons. He would often take me to visit with my granddad, R. B. Blalock, who also played. The three of us would be together for long periods playing guitar and enjoying each other’s company. My dad would also go out of his way to not only drive me to every guitar lesson, but also stay during the whole lesson. I could tell he was proud of me and loved when I would learn to play some of his favorite songs. We would often spend some lazy Sunday mornings playing all the songs that he grew up with while telling me all about the bands who wrote them.

When it became apparent that I was not inclined to any team sports, dad would take me golfing on the weekends. Weather permitting, that became my most looked forward to activity of the week. After playing together just for fun, eventually I became interested in getting better at the sport. Dad was very enthusiastic and encouraged me to try out for the golf team. He continued playing rounds with me whenever possible and even coming to my golf matches. It is without a doubt that I will remember our time together on the course when playing in the future.

Perhaps some of the best reminders of his upstanding character and good-natured humor is when he would take me along on his workdays. Pop took a huge risk and worked unbelievably hard with my mother to start their own office machine business. He made this difficult decision to improve our family’s quality of life and make it possible for my mother to work from home while raising myself and my brother Jesse. I learned an unfathomable amount about morals, ethics, and just doing the right thing in general through observing his business interactions. Dad would go far out of his way to make customers happy. This was very apparent as dad was extremely sociable and never met a stranger. Nearly all his customers loved him and would nearly make us late for our next appointment talking and cracking jokes with dad.

Outside of work, dad also showed his selflessness. I cannot remember a single time dad made a purchase just for himself. In fact, the only time it seemed he allotted for himself was during Alabama football games. Even then he would perform familial duties in between commercials and half-time. Furthermore, any wrongs Pop may have committed have surely been absolved during his care for our mother through her arduous health journey. Through cancer, brain damage, and heart disease my dad was always by her side as a devoted husband and best friend. For this act of love and kindness, I will never be able to repay him.

Surely, there is much more to be said about such a great man as my dad. Instead, however, I would like to quote a stanza from the poem Invictus by William Earnest Henley that I think applies to his life. Rather than settle for status quo and drift through his life aimlessly, Pop was in control of his life, making hard choices and doing what he felt was right.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Jack Wayland Blalock, 65, of Rainsville, Alabama passed away on Friday night, February 19, 2021, due to the COVID-19 virus on Friday night at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.



W. T. Wilson Funeral Chapel is handling the cremation.

A virtual memorial is held online at www.forevermissed.com/Jack-Wayland-Blalock

While we wished we could visit with everyone important in Jack’s life, we do not want to endanger any other family or friends lives with this horrible sickness.



Jack was born to Richmond B. (RB) and Bobbye Jean Goza Blalock on July 11, 1955. He lived and was raised in Mentone, AL and attended school at Valley Head High School where he graduated in 1973. After high school, he worked as a welder until he lost the function of his hips. From there, he went to a trade school in Gadsden, AL and learned to work on office machinery. It was in 1989, he started Southern Business Company. He was a City Council Member in Valley Head and a member of the Fraternal order of the Free and Accepted Masons.



Jack is survived by his wife Lynn Stephens Blalock of Fort Payne, sons Rocky Wayland Blalock, Jesse Logan Blalock (Rachael), Jon Dylan Blalock (Linsay), sister Patti Rae Watkins, granddaughter Olivia Rose Blalock, niece Stephani Watkins Chaney (David), and nephew Matthew Lee Stephens.



In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Jack’s charity of choice- St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (www.stjude.org/donations)



The family would like to thank you for your support in this difficult time.

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