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James A. Blackwell

August 18, 1953 March 13, 2019
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James Arthur Blackwell, 65 of Blackstone, VA entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at VCU Medical Center (MCV Hospital) in Richmond, Virginia. He was born on August 18, 1953 in Lunenburg County, VA to Mary Alice Blackwell Garland and Daniel Smith.

James was known to many as Mike or Michael. He attended Lunenburg County Public Schools and joined St. Matthews Baptist Church, Kenbridge, VA at an early age.

For 40 years, Mike was a tractor trailer driver. He loved being on the road and over the years was employed by CWT, Inc., Simmons, Inc., Nottoway Lumber, and Southside Transportation. Mike had an infectious personality and was sure to make everyone around him smile. He loved softball and played on several teams over the years; he also loved fishing.

Mike leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 47 years, Clara R. Blackwell; one son, Daryl Coleman, Sr. (Latrece), Amelia, VA; twin daughters, Stacy Blackwell, of Blackstone, VA and Tracy Gee (Tyrone), of Kenbridge, VA; grand-children, Brandon Blackwell, of Blackstone, VA, Jasmine and Daryl, Jr. Coleman, of Amelia, VA, Tyrone, Jr. and Tiffany Gee, of Kenbridge, VA; one great-grand-daughter, Caleah Blackwell, of Blackstone, VA; three brothers, Daniel Smith, Jr. (Brenda), Ronnie Smith, and Lloyd Smith (Doretha), all of Kenbridge, VA; five sisters, Rosa Mae Garland of Kenbridge, VA, Ann Wells (Maurice), of Richmond, VA, Virginia Baker of Maryland, Sandy Seward of Kenbridge, VA, and Pamblet Johnson, of Chester, Virginia; one uncle, Calvin Bagley of Maryland; one brother-in-law, Richard Coleman, Jr. of Blackstone, VA; god-daughter, Lateria Williams, of Blackstone, VA; and a host of nieces and nephews; devoted best friends James Neal, William (Y) Jones, Floyd Clay, and Samuel Epes, all of Blackstone, VA; and many cousins and other friends.

Funeral Services Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Level Baptist Church, 901 Wills Rd., Amelia, VA 23002. Interment church cemetery.


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