Coach Jim Blacklock


James Troy Blacklock, 86, died on Monday, September 4, 2023 at his home in Windsor Valley near Williamsburg.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9 at Mineola Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg. A visitation will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City.

James Troy Blacklock was born on August 28, 1937 in Fulton. He was the son of Troy and Pauline Blacklock.

Jim was married on August 5, 1962 to Niki Windsor Blacklock, who preceded him in death on April 20, 2018. They were married for 55 wonderful years.

Jim graduated from Fulton High School and earned a Master’s degree in physical education from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville (now Truman State University). He was a teacher and coach for 30 years at St. Joseph Central High School, Jefferson City High School, North Callaway High School and Montgomery County High School. Jim also worked alongside his wife and family for 30 years in their auction business, Blacklock Auction Service.

Jim was honored to be inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Truman State University Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fulton High School Wall of Fame.

Jim was a member of Mineola Baptist Church. He enjoyed family fishing trips and traveling, especially “day tripping” with Niki. He was a founding member of the Crane’s Store Liars Club...“and that’s the truth!”

Jim is survived by two sons, Kelly Blacklock and his wife Tina; Kurt Blacklock and his wife Melanie; and one daughter, Kerry Ecton and her husband Mike.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Joey Schlueter; Allie Schlueter and her fiancé, Tyler Barton; Olivia Blacklock; Jack Ecton and his wife, Brittany; Grace Brumagin and her husband, David; Gretchen Ecton; Kaitlyn Blacklock and her fiancé, Nick Boling; Kenzie Blacklock; Corey Stulce and his wife, Molly; Bret Muenks and her husband, Bryan; and Heather, Audrey and Rachel Mayes; great-grandchildren, Khloe Kribbs, Drake Stock, Theo and Nora Stulce and Oliana Parker; two nephews, Dan Vargas and his wife, Michele; John Vargas and his wife, Melissa; and one niece, Paula Kent. He was preceded in death by one sister, Fay Vargas.

Jim wished to convey a special message of thanks to the ladies at the dialysis clinic who took good care of him for five years during dialysis treatment.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Grove Cemetery in care of Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.