ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Raleigh Dodson Blackburn 30 years old , born on October 10, 1979 and passed away on March 3, 2010. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Joie Roach on May 23, 2020
Hey old friend. I don’t even know where to start.. It’s been a long time I sure do miss you!! I didn’t even know your mom set this tribune up until I ran across messages between Em and Joanie on Facebook and I’m glad I did because I never got to say goodbye . Man your daughters are beautiful you sure would be proud I seen pictures on Em’s facebook. You was one of my best friends you always had my back and was always treating my daughters Aspen and Desi like your own, they are 23 now. I seen your picture today and it made me cry the world lost a good man and I still can’t wrap my head around what happened. Love you my friend keep watching over your daughters and I will never forget you and if I ever get to see your daughters or talk to them I will tell them anything they want to know about you. You had a kind heart and was always helping others and loved to the fullest. Until we meet agian ❤️
Posted by Kaitlyn Blackburn on May 6, 2020
   Dear Dad,
This is Kaitlyn I am now 12 but in a few months, I will be 13. I have been praying to you and God for so long. Recently I asked Jesus into my heart and he saved me. So, now I know I will see you one day. Mama died a few years ago, and Cookie is in a better home with some elders that are taking great care of her.
         Love,
               Kaitlyn Backburn
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on November 30, 2017
Dear Dad,
       It's been so long since I've even been on here. So much has happened, Momma (Mimi) died June 24, 2017. About a week or two after she turned 64, she had a good life though, she was loved, and appreciated. I miss you both so much, I dream about having y'all's arm's around me again. Kaitlyn and Taylor are doing good, their coping. It's crazy to think that it's been 7 years since you passed. The girls and I are living with a family friend named Gina, we love her and she loves us. We have a brother, that's the same age as me, his name is Logan, he's pretty awesome. I love and miss you so much, words can't even explain it. We haven't heard from Haleigh since she left Alabama, about after Momma's memorial service. When you died, I had a lot of questions, some that will never be answered, when Momma died, I discovered the answers to some of those questions. But, receiving answers and explanations, also usually comes with more questions, at least in my case it does. We have a new life, we must live in the present and now the past, we must trust in the Lord our God, because he has a plan, whether we understand it or not, but it's whether we choose to follow his path, and trust in him, determine the end. I thank the Lord everyday for blessing my family and I for having each other and the amazing people that have come into our lives along the Journey. I honestly don't know what life would be like without the amazing people I am so blessed to have and know in my life. I pray everyday that God will show me the plans he has for me and that he will take care of our family and bless them. I love you Daddy, forever and always!
                                  Love,
                                     Emileigh B.
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on May 13, 2016
Dear Daddy,
         I know I haven't wrote to you in a while, I love you so much and I miss,we all do. I'm now 11 years old, it's been 6 years since you passed and went to a better place in Heaven, but it feels like it happened yesterday. I feel like no one in the world feels or knows how I feel, Daddy I love and miss you so words can't even explain! I wish you were her even for just 5 second, I would do anything in the world to be able to wrap my arms around you and to say I love and wish Momma could and Kaitlyn and Taylor and the whole family. We all love and miss you so much words can't even explain. What they did to you was wrong Daddy, I promise with all my hart I will give you justice no matter what it takes. Tonight I pray that the Lord will bring you justice and that one day we will all be together when the Lord needs us. My Prayer is... Dear Heavenly Father God, tonight I come to you in Prayer that you will bless this family and Lord I try my best not to ask you for to much, but please Lord Heavenly Father I pray to you that Me, Kaitlyn, & Taylor's Daddy will get Justice and that Mimi(Momma) will get Justice for her son, Raleigh Dodson Blackburn.
                          -Amen
Posted by Sandra Blackburn on October 18, 2015
We love and miss you my Darling.Wish you were here to see how these girls are growing.They are beautiful and so smart. You would be so proud.They have brought me such happiness. I LOVE YOU, MOM
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on September 13, 2015
Dear Daddy,
           I love and miss every second my heart beats. I wish you where here. I feel like my life has fallen apart without you. I love you so much.<3
        Love Your Daughter,
                         Emileigh Blackburn
Posted by Cassie Wilder on June 30, 2015
I miss you so much you were so much a part of my life. We always did everything together. I love you with all my heart.
                                       Love,
                                           Mommy
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on June 21, 2015
Dear Daddy,
           Happy Fathers Day! We miss and love you very much! Now Uncle Jake is in Heaven with you, I hope you and Uncle Jake take care of each other. Now we all have two wonderful Angles watching over us. We all love you and tell Uncle Jake we all love him very much. We all love and miss you both very much.
                                  Love Your Daughter,
                                                   Emileigh
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on May 13, 2015
Dear, Daddy its May13, 2015 5 years after you died but, t feels like yesterday. I miss you so much. Momma says you would be so proud of me, I hope she's right. So much has happened and every thing seems different sense you died. Not a day goes by were I don't think about you. If I could have a chance to talk to you and hug you again, the first thing I would say is "I love and miss you so much Daddy". Love Your Daughter, Emileigh Blackburn
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on March 20, 2015
Dear Daddy, I am now 10 years old, but it all feels like it all happened yesterday. We all miss and love you so much me, Mimi, Kaitlyn, and Taylor. I thank of you everyday. I know everyday that goes by I'm closer to seeing you again. If it wheren't for you we would of been on the streets, but you put a rufe over our heads, you gave us love and everything we needed. I love and miss you so much Daddy. I wish you where here, but then I know you are in heaven watching over all of us and that you will never feel pain again. I ask you three things and only that you will help Mimi take care of us, that you will help the little girl named Alyssa and her mother find a good home, and that you will give Little Reese a good and healthy life forever. Love Your Doughter, Emileigh Blackburn
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on March 20, 2015
Dear Daddy, for me the world will never be the same without you. Please lay grace, and your loving hands over Mimi, Kaitlyn, Taylor, and me. We all love and miss you so much. Guess what, I maid strait A's on my report card, Mimi says that you would be very proud of me. Oh Daddy, I ask that you will guide us all through our life's and be with all of us. You left to soon, If only I could speack to you again, even if it was only 1 minute the most impotent things I would say would be I love you so much and thank you for blessing us with Mimi. I love and miss you so much, may grace and peace be layed upon you Daddy. Love Your Doughter, Emileigh Blackburn
Posted by Sandra Blackburn on January 25, 2015
Dearest Son, Each day that goes by you are so missed.I have so many things to tell you. Your little girls are so beautiful. They bring me such joy everyday.They can be so funny and then so serious.They all three are doing great in school.You would be so proud.I miss and love you,Momma
Posted by Sandra Blackburn on January 25, 2015
Dear, Daddy I want you to know how much I love and miss you. I think of you everyday of my life. A part of me wishes I could bring you back but then I know your in heaven were you will never feel pain or saddens ever again. I love you so much and I miss you. Out of all the things I could think about each day I think of you. You worked so hard to make sure me, Kaitlyn, and Taylor where safe and to give us a good life. I could never thank you enough for every thing you did for all of us. I know one day all of us will be reunited in heaven. We all love and miss you so much. Thank you so much for blessing us with Mimi. You will always be in my heart, I will never for get you. Love Your Daughter, Emileigh Blackburn
Posted by Haleigh Blackburn on March 3, 2014
Raleigh I think about you everyday there is not a day that passes that something doesn't remind me of you. Your smile your laugh from the last time I was with you is what keeps me going until we meet again. I know you look after me in so many ways I know you are happy and at peace with everything. I know you are going to pick me a beautiful baby boy because I know that you know everything that's going to happen I don't have to tell you. We had nowhere enough time together life is truly short-lived if only I could have known you had to go so soon I wouldn't have left your side. I am so glad we had those last couple years together they meant so much to me. I love you I will never forget you...Haleigh
Posted by Sandra Anne Biggart on November 24, 2012
I miss you so much.It would be so great to talk to you again.There are so many things I would share with you. Your little girls are growing so fast, and so beautiful.We are so proud of them.They have brought so much joy to my life. I LOVE YOU,MOM
Posted by Haleigh Blackburn on March 3, 2012
Ralo I miss you so much. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you I love you so much I wish you didn't have to go so soon. I try to understand why you had to go but it just never can be rationalized. You were a wonderful brother and I will always charish the time we had together. I love you Ralo.
Posted by Sandra Anne Biggart on October 10, 2011
Well today you are 32 years old. I miss you so much. Your Baby Girls are growing and so beautiful. I Love You, My Dear One. Mom
Posted by Haleigh Blackburn on October 10, 2011
Happy Birthday Ralo I miss you more and more everyday. I love you. You were my best friend and my brother. I wish I could call you and say Happy Birthday and how much you meant to me. Everyday that passes I know that I'm that much closer to seeing you again that keeps me smiling.
Posted by Sandra Anne Biggart on October 3, 2011
You are so missed my beloved son. The world will never be the same for me , without you . You where sweet and kind, and you brought such joy into my life.

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Posted by Joie Roach on May 23, 2020
Hey old friend. I don’t even know where to start.. It’s been a long time I sure do miss you!! I didn’t even know your mom set this tribune up until I ran across messages between Em and Joanie on Facebook and I’m glad I did because I never got to say goodbye . Man your daughters are beautiful you sure would be proud I seen pictures on Em’s facebook. You was one of my best friends you always had my back and was always treating my daughters Aspen and Desi like your own, they are 23 now. I seen your picture today and it made me cry the world lost a good man and I still can’t wrap my head around what happened. Love you my friend keep watching over your daughters and I will never forget you and if I ever get to see your daughters or talk to them I will tell them anything they want to know about you. You had a kind heart and was always helping others and loved to the fullest. Until we meet agian ❤️
Posted by Kaitlyn Blackburn on May 6, 2020
   Dear Dad,
This is Kaitlyn I am now 12 but in a few months, I will be 13. I have been praying to you and God for so long. Recently I asked Jesus into my heart and he saved me. So, now I know I will see you one day. Mama died a few years ago, and Cookie is in a better home with some elders that are taking great care of her.
         Love,
               Kaitlyn Backburn
Posted by Emileigh Blackburn on November 30, 2017
Dear Dad,
       It's been so long since I've even been on here. So much has happened, Momma (Mimi) died June 24, 2017. About a week or two after she turned 64, she had a good life though, she was loved, and appreciated. I miss you both so much, I dream about having y'all's arm's around me again. Kaitlyn and Taylor are doing good, their coping. It's crazy to think that it's been 7 years since you passed. The girls and I are living with a family friend named Gina, we love her and she loves us. We have a brother, that's the same age as me, his name is Logan, he's pretty awesome. I love and miss you so much, words can't even explain it. We haven't heard from Haleigh since she left Alabama, about after Momma's memorial service. When you died, I had a lot of questions, some that will never be answered, when Momma died, I discovered the answers to some of those questions. But, receiving answers and explanations, also usually comes with more questions, at least in my case it does. We have a new life, we must live in the present and now the past, we must trust in the Lord our God, because he has a plan, whether we understand it or not, but it's whether we choose to follow his path, and trust in him, determine the end. I thank the Lord everyday for blessing my family and I for having each other and the amazing people that have come into our lives along the Journey. I honestly don't know what life would be like without the amazing people I am so blessed to have and know in my life. I pray everyday that God will show me the plans he has for me and that he will take care of our family and bless them. I love you Daddy, forever and always!
                                  Love,
                                     Emileigh B.
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Missed and Loved

Shared by Emileigh Blackburn on May 27, 2016

We didn't even see it coming, never got to say goodbye, never got to pray to the Lord that all would be okay and that you would live to an old man. You left to soon, you were so kind, caring and loving and one of the nicest men in the world. You were the best father, no matter how hard I try not to think about your death I just can't stop thinking about it. I think about you every second my heart beats and more, I love and miss you so much. It's so hard seeing other little girls with their Dads, having fun, laughing, hugging, having a good time, but what hurts the most is not being able to look at you and hug you and say I love you Daddy and seeing my little sisters growing up without a father and knowing that the people who killed you are free. I love and miss you so much. 

                                -Emileigh

To soon

Shared by Emileigh Blackburn on March 20, 2015

We never got to say our  goodbyes. You left us to soon. We where devstated by your death. We never exspected that life would be so short for you. Knowing you where nolonger on Earth, but that your spirit was near our hearts. Even though we miss you teribly we want your spirit to be free and not trappped in our grief. So lay grace and piece over you and let your spirit go to Heaven and enjoy the  beautity of Heaven itself.
                      Love Your Doughter,

                                                          Emileigh Blackburn    

Shared by Haleigh Blackburn on October 10, 2011

We didn't get to say goodbye

We're devastated that you're gone

We would have done anything to keep you here with us

Right here is where you belong

We didn't know that life would take

Such an unexpected path

That you'd be separated from us so soon

Heartbreaking reality we struggle to grasp

And bitter though our losing you has been

And so profound is the pain that we bear

We're sadder still at no chance for goodbye

No final expression of our deep love and care

Yet believing that you're not too far away

That your Spirit still lingers quite near

We'll say our goodbyes in our words and our thoughts

Trusting that each one you'll hear

First, know that you were loved in the truest of ways

So deep that only our hearts can give expression

You'll be forever surrounded by our love

For we're sending it straight up to Heaven

Please know that you'll be cherished by each one of us

For your example and kindness we'll treasure

We understand now how your life was a gift

That was meant to bless us forever

And though we'll miss you terribly

We want your Spirit to be free

Free to enjoy all the wonders of Heaven

Not bound to us in our grief

So watch over us with happiness from Heaven ..."