May 16, 1918 – March 9, 2011
ANDERSON, SC - Luther Eugene “Gene” Blackwell, age 92, of 311 Simpson Road and long-time resident of Lake Shore Drive, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Anderson, SC, Mr. Blackwell was a son of the late William Fletcher Blackwell and Dolia Ione Bowen Blackwell. He retired from textiles and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Sybil Smith Blackwell of the home; daughters, Betty Holliday-Smith and Brenda McClure, both of Anderson, SC, Marilyn Knowles of Chapin, SC, Carolyn Stewart-Martin of Anderson, SC and Judy Bryan of Savannah, GA; brother, Dewitt Blackwell; sisters, Margaret Jones, Pearl Harrington and Alice Hendrix; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by sons, Herbert Alton Blackwell, Tommy David Blackwell and Luther Eugene “Sonny” Blackwell, Jr., three brothers and three sisters.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Hwy 81 N, officiated by the Reverend Thomas C. Maxwell. Immediately following the graveside service, the family will host a reception at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill, 208 S. Main St, Anderson.
The family will be at the home of his daughter, Betty Holliday-Smith, 2910 Midway Road, Anderson, SC and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Friday, March 11, 2011 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Alpha 1 Foundation 2937 SW 27th Avenue, Suite 302, Miami, FL 33133.
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