David Richard Blackwell
  • 96 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 30, 1919
  • Date of passing: Jun 2, 2015
Let the memory of David be with us forever

David Richard Blackwell, 96, a lifetime resident of Granville County passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Crawford Toy and Francis Frazier Blackwell on April 30, 1919. A graduate of Oak Hill High School in 1939, he later served on the school’s board of education. He worked as a tobacco and dairy farmer all his life and in fact still worked until recently on the dairy now owned by his son.

David was active in the life of Mountain Creek Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday School superintendent, chairman of the building and grounds committee and chairman of the cemetery committee. He presently serves as a church trustee.

In the community, he worked as a member of the Mountain Creek Community Development Association. In 1983, he became a charter board member of the Cornwall Fire Department, and continued until 2014. He was also a charter member of the Cornwall First Responders Squad.

In 1941 he married Miss Pearl Gresham and they were married for fifty-five years until her death in 1996. Together they raised a son Eugene (Joy) and two daughters, Deloris Owens (John) and Joyce Cifers (Ben). David has nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, a sister, Ruth Coats (Alfred) and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. In 2002 he married Myrtie Blackwell who died in 2008. He is also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Belle Wilson.

David is known for his extensive travel to all fifty states and several foreign countries which include mission trips to Honduras, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 5, 2015 at Mountain Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Johnny Richards. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 668, Oxford, N.C. 27565, Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department in care of Mark Boyd, 9532 Cornwall Rd., Bullock, N.C. 27507, or Gideons International.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening June 4, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30 P.m. at Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at the home.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by J Vaughn on 30th June 2015

"Dear Blackwell Family:
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, David. The death of a loved one is a crushing blow. There are really no words  that equal the depth of sadness it brings. I hope that you will take comfort though in knowing that our loving Creator years to bring back those who are "sleeping in death" (1 Thess. 4:13) In due time may he bind up your broken hearts until one day when your tears of sadness will de replaced with tears of joy when the righteous possess the earth forever. Ps 37:29"

This tribute was added by Bobby Moss on 5th June 2015

"I was very saddened to learn of David's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. David was a good Christian man. He loved his family, friends, his community of Mountain Creek and his Church. He will be greatly missed. Keep the faith and remember one day we all will see him again. I thought a lot of him and Pearl. The Gresham's and Moss families are kin.

With Deepest Sympathy,
Bobby G Moss ( a cousin)"

This tribute was added by Vickie Powell on 3rd June 2015

"Our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of David through Aunt Mary Belle. He was very dedicated to his family and community.

Wayne Wilbourne
Tim, Vickie (Wilbourne) and Lex Powell"

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