Funeral services announced for Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley

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IZARD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – The funeral services for a longtime Northeast Arkansas law enforcement officer have been announced.

According to a post on the Eddie’s Family Funeral Home website, the visitation for Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Melbourne First Baptist Church on Highway 9 Spur.

The funeral service for Blackley will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the church, according to the funeral home.

According to a post on the Izard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Blackley died.

By Region 8 Newsdesk| January 4, 2020 at 11:17 AM CST – Updated January 5 at 5:17 PM

IZARD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – The funeral services for a longtime Northeast Arkansas law enforcement officer have been announced.

According to a post on the Eddie’s Family Funeral Home website, the visitation for Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley will be held Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Melbourne First Baptist Church on Highway 9 Spur.

The funeral service for Blackley will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the church, according to the funeral home.

According to a post on the Izard County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Blackley died from stage four cancer.

Blackley announced last June that he was receiving treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for stage 4 lung cancer.

“There are a lot of rumors out. Some good, some bad,” Blackley said in the announcement. “Need all the prayers we can get.”

About a month later, hundreds of residents helped to raise money for the sheriff with a BBQ dinner and live auction in Melbourne.

Blackley said he could not believe the support he received.

“I never dreamed that there would be this many people here,” Blackley said.

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