Lila Bennett (Tadlock) Blakney

April 23, 1924 - February 5, 2019
Lila Bennett (Tadlock) Blakney

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Lila B. Blakney, 94, of Hendersonville, NC died early Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019 after an extended illness.

Mrs. Blakney was born on Wednesday, April 23, 1924 in Rocky Mount, NC to the late Ashby and Myra (Brough) Tadlock.  She was raised by her grandparents, George and Florence Brough in McKenney, VA.  Upon graduation from high school she moved to Washington, DC to attend Washington Secretarial School for one year and later was employed by International Harvester.  On June 17, 1941, as the former, Lila Bennett Tadlock at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center she married her loving husband of 40 years, Mr. James Robert Blakney who died January 18, 1981.

In 1944 she gave birth to a daughter, Cheryl and later in 1947 gave birth to a son, James, Jr.  She resided in Washington, DC until 1955.  The family then moved to Miami, FL where she worked at a prestigious law firm for 33 years before retiring.

Mrs. Blakney taught Sunday school for many years in Miami, FL and was a faithful member of the church choir.  In 1994 she moved to Hendersonville and was an active member of First Baptist Church serving as the Sunday School Outreach leader and was a member of the church prayer group.  Mrs. Blakney was an avid reader and loved to travel and was able to fulfill one of her longtime dreams by visiting Israel.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory her devoted children, Cheryl D. Holderith of Hendersonville, NC and James R. Blakney, Jr. and his wife, Christine of Brunswick, GA.  Other survivors include four grandchildren, Laurie Frailey and her husband, Glenn, Janette Trauschke and her husband, Edward, James Blakney, III and his wife, Sandy and Kyle Blakney and wife, Jesselley; ten great grandchildren, Courtney and her husband, Wade, Garrett, Matthew, Blake, Colin, Joshua, Jenna, Kaiden, Karson and Kenzie; two great-great grandchildren Alexis and Chloe.  She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Tadlock; niece, Suzanne and her husband, Tommy; and a nephew, Stuart and his wife, Laura.  In addition to her husband and parents she is preceded in death by her beloved son-in-law, Kenneth J. Holderith.

Funeral services will be 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, February 11, 2019 in the Shuler Funeral Home Chapel, 125 Orr’s Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC with Rev. Wally Shamburger officiating.  Burial will follow in Shepherd Memorial Park in Hendersonville, NC.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. that afternoon in the Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be offered on behalf of Mrs. Blakney to Four Seasons Compassion for Life “Hospice,” 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC, 28731 or to the donor’s choice.

Lila will be deeply missed by her loving and devoted family and many dear friends.

Arrangements for Mrs. Blakney are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home in Hendersonville, NC.  Online condolences may be shared at


Monday, February 11, 2019
2:00 PM

Shuler Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Monday, February 11, 2019

Shepherd Memorial Park - Directions
5045 Asheville Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28791


Monday, February 11, 2019
1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Shuler Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • February 09, 2019
    Karen Andreasen says:
    This beautiful woman has gone home to be with Jesus. I will miss her dearly. I've know Mrs. Blakney ALL my life we met when I was 5 days old. Lila Blakney has been such a wonderful influence on me and many others, it's because of her that Jesus lives in my heart. I have such wonderful memories of our family Mrs. Blakney and Mr. Blakney on summer camping trips in the Carolina Hemlocks camp ground on the Nantahala River in North Carolina. Her delicious pecan pie and so much more. She never forget to send me a birthday card every year, we had a special bond since our birthdays were only a few days apart. I will miss our telephone conversations and our occasional visits. Until we are reunited again in heaven and see each other, oh what a day that will be. ❤❤

  • February 11, 2019
    Sandra Norman says:
    Cheryl and James and all the family, you had a wonderful mother and grandmother. I only knew Lila for a short time but both Raymond and I enjoyed the time we had with her. Thinking of you.