SAVILLA J. BLACKMON

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OCALA, Florida - Savilla Joyce Blackmon, 80, of Ocala, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

Savilla was born in Berea, Kentucky, to the Rev. R. Don and Nettie Gambrell. She and her husband moved to Ocala in 1998 from Perrine, Florida. Savilla was a homemaker and piano teacher. She belonged to First Baptist Church of Ocala, where she sang in the choir and occasionally played piano. She served for 23 years at First Baptist Church in Perrine as the pianist and director of the "His Kids" youth ensemble. She loved camping, rollerblading, gardening, and decorating for the holidays - especially Christmas.

Savilla is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donald "Don" Blackmon of Ocala; daughter, Dawn (Phil) Stoll of Crawford, Mississippi; daughter-in-law, Beth (Ellis) Ipock; grandchildren, Matthew (Christina) Blackmon and their children, Jamie and Celina, Aaron (Julie) Ipock and their daughter, Haven, Joshua (Amanda) Stoll and their sons, Jackson and Daniel, Rebekah Stoll, Jonathan (Hope) Stoll and their daughters, River, Megan and Madison, Rachel Stoll, Joseph Stoll, Jacob Stoll and James Stoll.

She was predeceased by her son, Dale Blackmon, in 1996.

Visitation was held Tuesday at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services in Ocala.

Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Ocala. A reception will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to your favorite Cancer Society charity.

Arrangements are being handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470, (352)-629-7171.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hiers-baxley.com.