Billy Ray Blocker, Sr

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Billy Ray Blocker, Sr, 85, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 30.  Born on September 25, 1931 in Ashford, Alabama. Mr. Blocker lived in Cobb County since 1941.  He graduated from Acworth High School in 1948 and worked his way through Berry College receiving a BS in Education in 1952 as well as advanced degrees in education from Peabody College and Auburn University. His career in education was temporarily diverted with two years of military service in the United States Navy where he was stationed in Pensacola, Florida as a metalsmith.

Mr. Blocker thrived as a teacher, coach and principal during his 30 year career with the Cobb County School system.  Beginning his career at Kennesaw Elementary, he later taught seventh grade classes at Acworth Elementary School and coached the girls’ basketball team.  He was the assistant principal at Floyd Junior before accepting the position of principal at Norton Park Elementary School where he served for 17 years.  Billy further served in the community as elder emeritus at Acworth Presbyterian Church and as an active member of the Kenworth Golden Kiwanis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Pearl and Clara Belle Ezell Blocker, and brother, Zack E. Blocker.  Billy is survived by his wife, Charlotte Anne Nichols Blocker, who he loved dearly for over 65 years, and four children, Billy Ray, Jr (Penny), Wayne David (Diane), Brenda Blocker Bruner (Dick), and Gloria Blocker Clark-Miller (Joe).  He was blessed with four grandchildren: Daniel Joseph Blocker (Brittany), Anna Noel Blocker, Jonathan Allean “JAC” Clark, and Anne Bruner Meadows (Dylan) and two great grandchildren; Grace Ann and William McDaniel “MAC” Blocker.

Friends, former students and colleagues are invited to attend a memorial service at Acworth Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, July 5 at 11:30 am.  Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 am in the fellowship hall.  A celebration of Billy’s life will follow the service.  In lieu of flower,  donations may be made to Acworth Presbyterian Church,  the Berry College Scholarship Fund or Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton South Carolina.

Please express condolences for the family in the comments section below. The Blocker family is being cared for by Georgia Funeral Care and Cremation Services, Acworth, Georgia.

6 Comments To "Billy Ray Blocker, Sr"

Liz On Jul 07 2017 at 9am
Truly a wonderful, kind, gentle man who loved his family so very much and was very very proud of each of you. It was my pleasure to briefly know him here at Kennestone. I needed him as much as he needed me, and I will never forget him. God bless you all. Reply to this comment
Terr i Butler Johnson On Jul 04 2017 at 11pm
Remembering Mr. Blocker at Norton Park. He was principal when I was in sixth grade and still there when my daughter arrived at the school years later. May you treasure the many memories this dear man leave behind. I wish the family blessings and peace. Reply to this comment
Charlie Williamson On Jul 04 2017 at 11pm
Mr. Blocker was my favorite teacher. I got a chance to tell him this as I bumped in to him at Coach Matthew's funeral services. We talked for some few minutes and I think he enjoyed it as much as I did. Grateful for my chance to tell how I felt after all the years had passed. Reply to this comment
Connie Renee Gaines On Jul 04 2017 at 8am
Fondly remember Mr Blocker as our principal at Norton Park. Reply to this comment
Nicole On Jul 03 2017 at 2pm
I'm truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of tender mercies comfort and strengthen you for the days ahead, Psalms 29:11 Reply to this comment
Phyllis and Dennis puett On Jul 02 2017 at 9am
Our deepest sympathy to Anne and the Blocker Family. He was a great principal and educator and encouraged our daughters and other students to become successful in life. Reply to this comment
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