Betty Brewton Blackburn

Born in Tallahassee, FL on February 7, 1925

Departed on August 2, 2016 and resided in Kingston Springs, TN

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Mrs. Betty Brewton Blackburn, 91, passed away at her home in Kingston Springs, TN at 11pm on August 2nd.  Born in Tallahassee, FL she had been a resident of Kingston Springs, TN since 1946.

She was a graduate of Peabody Demonstration School and George Peabody College for Teachers, taught special education in the Nashville Metro School System for many years, and was an accomplished horsewoman, author, script writer, artist, poet and friend to all who knew her.

Survivors include three sons, George M Blackburn III (Irina), Maggie Valley, NC, John Brewton Blackburn, (Mary), Kingston Springs, TN, Thomas Westbrook Blackburn, Kingston Springs, TN, two grandchildren, Meredith Brown (Kris), Nashville, TN, and Thomas Blackburn, (Alex), Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one great granddaughter, Massey Brown, and her lifelong companion, Lori Hamilton of Kingston Springs, TN.

A memorial service will be held at 3pm, August 11th, at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, TN.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville, TN or at

3 Comments to Betty Brewton Blackburn

  1. Rita Welty Bourke
    August 8, 2016 4:56 pm

    I knew Betty for nearly30 years. She was a friend, a mentor, and the best writing teacher I ever had. I will miss her.

  2. Christina Svitek
    August 8, 2016 7:24 pm

    Betty was the most wonderful person! I have known her for many years. Her playful and wise approach to life, love, writing, reading, politics and just about everything, inspired me. And will continue to inspire me. I am so lucky to have known her. My deepest condolences to all who loved her!

  3. Marguerite W. Long
    November 1, 2016 5:57 pm

    I am MG Westbrook Long. I am so sorry to hear about Betty. The last time I saw her was in Rocky Bottom 30 years ago. My sincere condolences.

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