Yanceyville, NC -
A good and faithful servant, Charlie Simon Blackwell, Sr., 92 of Yanceyville passed peacefully at his home on Feb.9. “Sike”, as he was affectionately known, was born November 12, 1925. He was the son of Ada Blackwell Sellars and Ulysses Bigelow.
He attended Caswell County Training School and was a veteran of the iconic battle of Iwo Jima in WWII. He served faithfully in his beloved church, Yanceyville Missionary Baptist where he served as Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Bus Driver, and as a member of the Men’s and the Unity Choirs.
An avid reader of three daily newspapers, he was the author of numerous letters to editors boldly challenging any opposing viewpoint.
He drove long haul trucks for A.D. Swann, Vance, Jimmy White and Fleming Trucking Companies until the age of 87.
At the age of 91 he completed his autobiography, My Life, The Story of a Long-Haul Truck Driver. He was a member of Leasburg Masonic Lodge #648, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was recognized for over 64 continuous years of participation in American Legion Post 210. He was recognized by the Caswell County NAACP for his military service and was the subject of two award winning publications, A WW2 veteran remembers war and He Keeps on Truckin’. His experience in the military is recorded in the State Archives of North Carolina Veterans Oral History, and a flag was recently flown over the U.S. Capitol building in his honor.
He is welcomed in heaven by his devoted wife of nearly 60 years, Inez Graves Blackwell, daughter, Vivian Lipscomb, and sons, Michael, Charlie, Jr. and Bobby Blackwell.
Cherishing his precious memories are daughters, Betsy Poteat of Durham, NC, Vickie Morrow (Rev. David) of Burlington, NC, Carol Blackwell of Virginia Beach, VA, Derek Blackwell of Yanceyville, NC, daughter in love, Wanda Faye Blackwell of Alexandria, LA., brother Carl Blackwell, Sr. of Burlington, NC, sister, Lillian Bullock of Stone Mountain, GA.