William Thomas Blackstone

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August 22, 1929 ~ November 15, 2022

Born in: Austin, TX
Resided in: Arlington, TX

William Thomas (Tom) Blackstone, 93, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 5, at Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Graveside: 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 5, at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation: 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Tom was born on August 22, 1929 in Austin, Texas to Robert Benjamin Blackstone and Helen Camilla Schwartz. Tom graduated from Austin High School in 1949 where he played football and was a Yell Leader his senior year. Tom served in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning to Austin, Tom met his wife at Austin National Bank. He married Betty Jane Griggs on September 10, 1955 in Austin. Tom was active in the Delwood Northeast Optimist Club in Austin were he served as president. He loved coaching baseball and football and spending time with the other members.

After moving to Arlington in 1972, Tom continued to coach baseball. He enjoyed woodworking and making wooden cars by hand. Tom was a die hard Texas Aggie fan. He retired from Cummins Diesel Sales and Service.

Tom and Betty were married 67 years.

Tom was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Blackstone; and sisters, Helen Rascoe, Frances Early and Mary Medlin.

Survivors: Son, Tab Blackstone and wife, Stacy; daughter, Pam Alenik and husband, Jeff; sister, Daisy Cutler; grandchildren, Ursula Walker and husband, Sean, A.J. Alenik, Austin Blackstone and Tyler Blackstone; and great-granddaughter, Faith.


Public Viewing: December 5, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Funeral Service: December 5, 2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room: Chapel

Wade Funeral Home and Crematory
4140 West Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, Texas 76013


Graveside Service: December 5, 2022 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas , TX 75211

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  1. CandleImageI’m so sorry to hear of Tommy’s passing. In 1978 I took an Industrial Regional Manager’s position with Cummins Engine Co. in their Dallas Regional Office and worked for many years with Tommy as he taught me the in’s and out’s of Cummins Southern Plains’ industrial off-highway business. We traveled thousands of miles together throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, and I have fond memories of those sales calls we made on customers selling them on Cummins power and customer support and services from Cummins Southern Plains branches. Tommy was a “good old boy Texan” through and through and taught me how a handshake in Texas was as good as a signed contract anywhere else. He taught me to love Texas, being a transplant from Indiana!

    You were a good man, friend, and mentor Tommy…I’ll miss you…rest in peace.

    Larry Thomas
    Columbus, Indiana

  2. Expressing extreme gratitude for the US Navy service of William Blackstone for our nation, Prayers are ascending to heaven for comfort for his family and many fiends in their loss. May he rest in his new “heavenly deployment” with his Lord and preceding loved ones.
    Don Huffman, US Army Vet and Dallas Honor Guard member.

  3. CandleImageTo the best father-in-law, we laughed, we cried, we laughed some more. He was a die hard Aggie who loved his family and would help a stranger any day of the week. You are going to be missed dearly ❤️🙏❤️

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