Bart Langston Blackwell
Published: August 10, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Bart Langston Blackwell, 56, of Fayetteville. He passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
Bart was born in Fayetteville, and attended Fayetteville High School before enlisting in the Air Force. He was stationed in Crete, Greece, where he earned the rank of Sargent, together with several decorations including the Air Force Commendation Medal. He returned home, graduated from the U of A, and then set about a new life of music, warmth, and loyalty to his family, friends and beloved pets.
While stationed in Crete, Bart picked up the guitar, and thereafter never sat it down. He spent much of his remaining years playing guitar in local bands, teaching guitar to anyone who dared show an interest, and – those who love him know – playing guitar at home, surrounded by his cherished pets. In this way, Bart did quietly and with humility devote much of his life to spreading music to others, with the unspoken hope that within it others might find the joy he knew.
Bart was predeceased by his mother, Bonnie Blackwell (Guinn); father, Coy Max Blackwell; and stepfather, Jack Guinn. He leaves to mourn two sisters, Cheryl (Larry) Hughes and Brenda Blackwell-Bruce; two step-sisters, Elizabeth Guinn (Miller) and Deborah Guinn (Shaffer); as well as several cousins, friends, nieces (including Maleah and Erin Hughes) and nephews (including Coleson Bruce).
A celebration of his life for family and friends will be held Monday, August. 13, 2018 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Beard's Funeral Chapel (855 S Happy Hollow Rd., Fayetteville).
Like many great musicians, Bart left us too soon, but not without first gifting us his music, warmth, and love. You will remain forever in our hearts.
Tell me, How have you been?
We all have missed you, And the way you grin
The day is necessary, Every now and then
For souls to move on, Given life back again
Fly on, Fly on, Fly on my friend
Go on, Go on and live again, Love again
Cause day after day, Night after night
Sittin' here singin', every, every minute
As the years go passin' by, by, by, by
A long look in the mirror, We come face to face
Wishin' our love we took for granted
A love we had yesterday, Cause Life Without You
All the love, you've passed our way
Angels have waited, for so long
Now they have their way
Take your place....
"Life Without You"
- Stevie Ray Vaughan
Condolences at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
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