Funeral services announced for Izard County sheriff

Funeral services for Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley have been announced by Eddie’s Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held Tuesday night from 6-8 at Melbourne First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 at the church.

The Izard County Sheriff’s Office announced Blackley’s death Saturday in a Facebook post. Blackley’s death came nearly seven months after announcing he was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.

Blackley had been receiving treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. His diagnosis came nearly five months after he was sworn in.

Blackley was elected Izard County sheriff in November 2018. He succeeded Jack Yancey, who was appointed to the position in April 2017 to finish Tate Lawrence’s term. Lawrence also died while in office after a short battle with cancer. Blackley served as the chief deputy under both Lawrence and Yancey

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