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James Nathan Blackwell, Sr

Rev. James Nathan Blackwell, Sr., 84, a beloved pastor and resident of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, and long-time resident of Abbeville County passed away, Sunday at the Saint Francis Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 2:00 P.M., Wednesday (January 6) at the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home, 208 South Main Street, Abbeville, South Carolina. Friends may visit with the family before the service from 12:00-2:00 P.M. at the funeral home chapel. His son, Rev. Nathan Blackwell, Jr. will officiate. Those wishing to sign Rev. Blackwell's guestbook online may do so at www.ChandlerJacksonFH.com.

Pastor Blackwell was born May 1, 1931 in Newport, Tennessee to Jessie James& Ota Blackwell. He was the oldest of twelve children. He was a graduate of North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. He served as the pastor of Nine Forks Baptist Church and Peter's Creek Baptist Church in Pickens County. His last pastorate was the West Side Baptist Church in Abbeville, SC, where he faithfully served from 1964-1998 and founded West Side Christian School. He was affectionately known to everyone as "Preacher" Blackwell.

Rev. Blackwell has received numerous awards and recognition for his outstanding service to his community. In 1997 the South Carolina Senate and the House of Representatives both recognized Rev. Blackwell for his 21 years of exemplary service to the Abbeville County Emergency Medical Services System: Serving as a Certified EMT since 1975, serving as the County EMS Director since 1986; teaching EMT courses at Piedmont Technical College; serving as an Emergency Care Instructor for the Red Cross; teaching classes for DHEC; and personally answering countless calls for emergency medical help. In 2000, Abbeville County EMS honored his leadership and service by naming the county control station the James Blackwell Emergency Operations Center.

He is survived by his wife, Lacerne Clark to whom he was married for nine years. Other surviving family members include three sons: Nathan (Trish) Blackwell of Saint Cloud, FL; Phil Blackwell of Altamonte, FL; and Ken Blackwell of Kissimmee, FL. Brothers: Clint (Dorothy) Blackwell of Travelers Rest, SC; Harold (Darlene) Blackwell of Dacusville, SC; Sisters: Patricia (Roger) Clontz of Travelers Rest, SC; Doris Compton of Travelers Rest, SC; Brenda (Luther) Taylor of Travelers Rest, SC; Step Children: Thomas (Lindsey) Moncrief of Yankee Town, FL; Shawn (Jeffery) Stanton of Augusta, GA, and Patsy (John) Caroline of Sevierville, TN; 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Nell Carroll Blackwell to whom he was married for 55 years until her death in 2005.

"Preacher" Blackwell will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Gardens in Abbeville.

In Lieu of flowers memorials in memory of Rev. Blackwell may be made to Cornerstone Church Memorial Fund, 2925 Canoe Creek Rd. St. Cloud, FL 34772 or Peters Creek Baptist Church 972 Shoals Creek Church Rd. Easley, SC 29640.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
12:00 - 2:00 PM


Funeral Home
Chandler Chapel, Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
2:00 PM


Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
2699 Hwy 72 W
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

Memorial Contributions

Cornerstone Church
2925 Canoe Creek Road
St. Cloud, FL 34772 Peter's Creek Baptist Church
972 Shoals Creek Church Road
Easley, SC 29640

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Mrs. Blackwell and family, I was so sorry to learn of Rev. Blackwell's passing. He was a regular attendee at the Senior Group at our church, where we shared in fellowship. Many wonderful memories. My heartfelt simpathy and prayers are extended to you in your great loss.

Ray Massey Jan 13 2016 12:00 AM

He was a rock and huge inspiration to me, from Kindergarten through graduation as well as later in life. He will be missed.

Michael Poore Jan 6 2016 12:00 AM

To Nathan, Phil and Ken and your family, my sincere thoughts and prayers go out to you. Preacher Blackwell had such a powerful influence in your lives and that Godly influence was felt by so many in the community around you. I know there are no words that can take away the sense of loss that you feel. Just know that you are being lifted up in prayer.Debbie Uldrick

Debbie Uldrick Jan 6 2016 12:00 AM

Ken and Family, Preacher was such a wonderful man. Just being around him always made me feel good. He lived a life that was the epitome of Chirst on Earth. He served all mankind with humility, love and grace. It was one of the great pleasure of my life to work with and know Preacher Blackwell.

Joe Clamp Jan 6 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one.Thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Francis Vinson Smith and husband Fred Smith Jan 5 2016 12:00 AM

The vision Preacher Blackwell had to start a Christian school has greatly blessed so many over the years. I can remember the camp meetings in that pasture and praying that I would get to come to the school. A bus route started that Fall, and the 6 years I spent at Westside are precious memories to me! He carried out God's plan for his life - and there is no greater success than that!

Debbie Boggs Sellew Jan 5 2016 12:00 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Blackwell family. Preacher was truly a blessing to me and my family for many years. He is rejoicing in Heaven and we will miss him so very much. God bless you all.

Rita and Fred Moore Jan 5 2016 12:00 AM

When Jesus died to change the trend of human thought, He also died to change the road of human history. Through a false philosophy, mankind was pursuing a fatal destiny. The impact of the cross bent human history out of the course in which it was flowing, and directed mankind toward God. I praise God that He has sent messengers in the likeness of men who have spread the Good news like Pastor Blackwell. Our deepest sympathies go from our hearts to yours in this time of grief. May God comfort his family with peace and precious memories!

Randy & Anita Parker Jan 5 2016 12:00 AM

Words can't express the respect and love I have for Preacher Blackwell. He not only touched my life but the lives of my family and so many others.On behalf of the Tullis and Vinson families, we send comfort to you during this sad time.I can see him now in heaven rejoicing.

Reba Vinson Jan 5 2016 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for the loss, Jay was a great man. I enjoyed the short time that I got to know him. I know he made my Mother very happy, and that they had a wonderful life together. Jay made time for anyone that needed him and it is our loss.and Gods win, because he now has a great Angel. He will always be in our hearts.

Patsy Caroline Jan 4 2016 12:00 AM

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