James Henry Blackwell, a retired maintenance mechanic, died of cancer Sunday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. The Randallstown resident was 72.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Hartwell, Ga., where he attended public schools, he served in the Army and was stationed in Guam.
He maintained equipment at the former Continental Can Co. on East Biddle Street in Baltimore from 1953 to 1980, when he was injured in a work-related accident. From 1984 to 1991, he was a maintenance mechanic at what now is Towson University.
He was a volunteer with his community's Citizen on Patrol group in Randallstown.
His wife of 53 years, the former Fannie E. Baker, a federal employee, died in 2000.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Providence Baptist Church, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., where he was member, usher and trustee.
Survivors include a son, James Phostell Blackwell of Randallstown; a brother, Ostell Blackwell of Baltimore; a sister, the Rev. Betty Marshall of Randallstown; and two grandsons.