Robert Ross (Bob) Blackwell

Died: Thu., Apr. 27, 2017


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 30, 2017
Location: Yanceyville Presbyterian Chuch

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Sun., Apr. 30, 2017
Location: Yanceyville Presbyterian Chuch

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Judge Robert (Bob) Ross Blackwell age 89 of Blanch, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Danville Regional Medical Center.  Judge Blackwell was born in Rockingham County, the son of the late William Pinkey Blackwell and Mabel Ross Apple Blackwell, in addition to his parents he was preceded by his wife of 58 years, Virginia Mattox Blackwell.  Judge Blackwell graduated from Mars Hill College.  He then continued his education by graduating from Wake Forrest University School of Law.  He practiced law for 30 years, and also served as Chief District Judge for Judicial Districts 17A and 9A comprising the following counties- Person, Caswell, and Rockingham.  Judge Blackwell also served as an Emergency Judge until his retirement, presiding in 90 counties.  Judge Blackwell was very active in the community and received numerous awards and honors.  Judge Blackwell was a Mason with the Caswell Brotherhood Lodge Chapter 11 A. F. and A. M., a member and Elder at Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, a member of the NC Bar Association, NC State Bar, American Legion, V.F.W. and Penrose Country Club. He was an avid hunter and golfer. Judge Blackwell was also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II.  Judge Blackwell received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Governor Beverly Perdue, the NC State Bar 50 Year Award.  Judge Blackwell served as board Attorney for Caswell County Board of Education, as well as board attorney for the Caswell County ABC Board and Town Attorney for Milton.  Assistant Solicitor of the Reidsville Recorders Court, Board Attorney for Yanceyville Sanctuary Board, District Bar Counselor with NC State Bar, District 17 A.  

Surviving are his sister Barbara Blackwell Page (Eugene), sister in law Betty R. Blackwell, and the late Charles Blackwell, nieces, Doris Page Willamson (Neil) of Burlington, Dr. Donna Page of Asheville, Kim Blackwell Polites (George) of Truckee, California, Robin Page (Steve Jenkins) of Boulder, Colorado, Angela Tuggle of Eden, Dr. Barbara Dell Page (Dr. Scott Diede) of New Hope, Pennsylvania, and nephews Scott Blackwell Page (Betty Chow) of New York, New York, Charles Dameron Blackwell II of Reidsville, sister in law Betty R. Blackwell, and the late Charles Blackwell, and a godson Cameron L. Farmer.

The funeral services will be held at Yanceyville Presbyterian on Sunday April 30, 2017 at 3:00 pm by the Rev. Robert Hillman. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow at Lick Fork Primitive Baptist Cemetery.  

Pallbearers will be Scott Page, Chuck Blackwell, Allen Blackwell, Dwayne Apple, R. Lee Farmer, Stuart Watlington, and Cameron L. Farmer

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles S. Crumpton, G. Allison Page, R. Arnold Rogers, Wally Ewalt, J. Neal Watlington, James Y. Blackwell.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Yanceyville Presbyterian Church, Caswell County Animal Protection Society, or the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter.  

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Rachel Morton
   Posted Sat April 29, 2017
I would like to share a comforting Scripture from God's inspired Word, the Bible with the family. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you. I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember Jehovah God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)

Richard Schivley
   Posted Sat April 29, 2017
It has been my honor and privilege to have known, Bob Blackwell. He was a, "one of a kind", for sure. I'll miss seeing him around town. He would, always, "pick" at me and joked a lot about me being a, Yankee. He was a delightful, caring and honest person. He had compassion and love for those he served. He will, truly, be missed by, so, many! I am, so, fortunate to have known Bob....

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