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Reeves Funeral Home

3308 North Main Street, Hope Mills, NC

OBITUARY

Marvin Eugene Blackwell Sr.

August 21, 1958September 13, 2019
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Marvin (Eugene) Blackwell Sr, 61, passed away September 13, 2019. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Vicki Ann Blackwell, daughter Sabrina Ann (husband Jason Atwood), son Marvin Eugene, Jr. (wife Samantha), and grandson Jaxon Atwood. Mr. Blackwell also leaves behind his sister Rita (husband Maylon Hobbs), and his brother James Earl Blackwell. He also leaves behind many other family and friends. The services will be held Monday, September 16, 2019 at 2 PM at Hope Mills Church of God, 4830 Cameron Rd, Hope Mills, NC. There will be a visitation from 12-2 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hope Mills Church of God Building Fund.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2019

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Mary Lewis

September 14, 2019

Eugene was a wonderful friend. He always had something to say to make you laugh or words of encouragement. He will truly be missed. I am praying for the family and I love all of you. Wish I could be there for his going away service.

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Marvin Eugene Blackwell Sr. he was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to him because he was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around him had whatever they needed. Marvin was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what he meant.

      Marvin was born on August 21, 1958 at the General Hospital in Hope Mills, NC. He was the son of Marvin and Evelyn Joyce Blackwell. Marvin was raised in Hope Mills, NC. During his childhood he learned to be reliable and respectful. Marvin was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. He found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Marvin's personality throughout his life.

      Though Marvin was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with his family, he was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Marvin was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Marvin worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Marvin was raised with two siblings. He had one sister, Rita Hobbs, and one brother, Earl Blackwell. Marvin and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of his experiences, Marvin was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although he had an exacting nature, Marvin was always tactful. One thing Marvin will certainly be remembered for is that, when he got up in the mornings, he was ready and raring to go. As a young boy, Marvin had a number of interests and was an active child. Marvin took part in softball and football. He was a team member playing football, softball, and bowling.

      For Marvin, the school routines were never a problem although he generally preferred variety to structure. He seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And he was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Marvin was also adept at details. He was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. He attended South View High School up to the 11th grade. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      There was one thing that all of Marvin's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that he was a talker. He could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Marvin was such a popular person throughout his life. But Marvin was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Marvin was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While he maintained personal standards and his own personal values, Marvin was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Marvin was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Marvin was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Marvin made friends, he made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of his best friends were Darlene, Ronald, and Shelby.

      Marvin was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call his sentimental and a romantic at heart. His kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around his. Marvin cared for what others thought and carried that into his marriage. On June 10, 1977 Marvin married Vicki Ann McLaughlin at a chapel in Dillion, SC. Compassionate and devoted, Marvin worked hard to make his new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Marvin and he made every effort to maintain it with his family. Marvin was blessed with two children, Sabrina Blackwell, and Marvin Blackwell Jr. They were also blessed with one grandchild, Jaxon Atwood. Marvin was always conscious of the feelings others had. He was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Marvin was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. His secret of success in this area was simple: Marvin would listen before he would act.

      Taking his work seriously came naturally to Marvin, and he expected the same from those around him. Marvin was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. He was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in his good communication skills. Marvin was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Marvin handled well. He could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” His primary occupation was in textiles and as a propane technician. He was employed for 18 years for Dixie Yarn, and for 25 years in propane. He brought harmony to his work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for his colleagues.

      A methodical man, Marvin enjoyed spending time working on his various hobbies. He had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that he could have something to show for his efforts. His favorite pursuits were fishing, softball, and football.

      Marvin was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth his best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Marvin was always enthusiastic and a great team player. In high school, Marvin played football. Recreational sports included softball and bowling. Marvin also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, football, hockey, and college basketball.

     His high moral standards and traditional values served Marvin well with his faith. Religion and faith were important to him. He was a member of the Hope Mills Church of God for 50 years. During that time, he was a head usher, and a member of the Boys Club Board of Directors. He was well respected because he was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner he could.

      A generous and compassionate man, Marvin accomplished much during his lifetime. Though he never set out to gain individual recognition, Marvin was recognized and given awards for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. One of his most prestigious awards included a dedication from Ferrellgas.

      Not only did Marvin enjoy traveling, but he also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. He was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. He rarely tired of going back and revisiting his favorite places. Favorite vacations included the beach, the mountains, a Carnival Cruise, Disney World, and Sea World.

      Marvin was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of his favorites was Tank, a Chinese Sharpei, who was a best friend for 10 years. His family was rounded out by his dogs.

      Since it was easy for Marvin to meet and get to know new people, he quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once he met those new friends, he loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since he was practical and cost effective, Marvin was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2015 from Ferrellgas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in fishing, and staying active in his church. Even in retirement, Marvin stayed in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered him.

      Marvin passed away on September 13, 2019 at St. Pauls, NC at home. Marvin fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife Vicki Blackwell, his daughter Sabrina Blackwell, his son Marvin Blackwell, his sister Rita Hobbs, and his brother Earl Blackwell. A Memorial Service was held at Hope Mills Church of God. Marvin was cremated.

      Marvin was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever he said something, he meant it. Marvin was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. He was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. He was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember him for most is the fact that he was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life he touched will miss Marvin Eugene Blackwell Sr.