Willis Blackshear, Montgomery County recorder since 2006, died Monday after battling cancer. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Services set for county recorder Blackshear, who died Monday

Services for longtime Montgomery County Recorder Willis E. Blackshear, who died Monday, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

The event will take place in the Smith Auditorium of Sinclair Community College Building 12.

OBITUARY: Blackshear praised for work in community, politics

Blackshear served the past 12 years as the county recorder, winning election three times to the office that maintains land and property records — tracking sales, liens, mortgages and deeds. In 2016, he was elected the first black president of the Ohio Recorders’ Association.

Local leaders praised Blackshear for his work in battling predatory lending, and for encouraging more black voters and leaders to get involved in local politics. He served on multiple community boards.

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An obituary on the H.H. Roberts Mortuary web site suggests that memorial contributions be made to “The Willis E. Blackshear Sr. Scholarship Fund” of The Dayton Foundation, 40 N. Main Street, Suite 500, Dayton, Ohio 45423.

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