Warren County Habitat for Humanity
In Memoriam Juanita “CeCe” Blackman
October 7, 2020
Mrs. Blackman lived her life as an ambassador for those in need. She helped found the Warren County Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the early 1990’s and went on to dedicate over twenty years to the organization as a board member and family liaison until her health prevented her from actively serving the organization.
John Hensley, Habitat immediate past president, fondly remembers serving with Mrs. Blackman, saying, “It was my pleasure to serve at Warren County Habitat for Humanity with CeCe for six years. She was the essence of what it means to serve mankind. She served selflessly, never thinking of herself but always thinking of how the organization could muster enough money to serve another family. Her life service to others remains a Beacon to all that had the privilege of coming in contact with her. CeCe had her priorities right God first and then family! She will forever be remembered and my blessings and prayers are with her family with her passing. She is in a Happy Place sitting at the table with our Lord.”
Ashby Crowder, founding member and past Habitat board president, makes it clear that without Mrs. Blackman’s tireless energy and drive Habitat wouldn’t have survived in Warren County. He states, “CeCe was an original. And over the years she contributed a lot to keep it going. Habitat might not still exist in Warren County without her work.” She truly believed in Habitat’s vision that “Everyone deserves a decent place to live,” and she was willing to put in the effort and resources to make it happen. Because of her tenacity and willpower, Habitat not only persisted, but was able to build homes for twelve families and serve many others in need during her time on the board. Her giving spirit and sense of community lives on in the continued work of Habitat and the legacy she leaves through her family and the many, many lives she has touched over the years.
The current leadership of Warren County Habitat extends its thoughts and prayers to the Blackman family. We are proud to carry on the work Mrs. Blackman began and we strive to live up to the example she set through her faith in God and her service to her community.
Mrs. Blackman was laid to rest on October 9, 2020. You can view her obituary at https://maddoxfuneralhome.com/juanita-cecilia-cece-blackman/.