|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1851|
|Death: ||Mar. 27, 1936|
Obituary - Church Publication
Richard Yeadon Blackwell was born in Houston, Mississippi, February 4, 1851.
He was raised in a Christian home and professed faith in Christ Jesus early in life. He was admitted on trial in the Memphis Conference, December 9, 1878, and into the full connection, November 19,1880.
His health failing somewhat, he took the supernumerary relation December 15, 1885. He returned to active ranks of the itinerancy November 21, 1887. November 16, 1903, he took the superannuate relation. His first appointment was Mifflin Circuit in the Lexington District. Brother Blackwell was very effective as a circuit preacher. His superannuation did not mean the end of his effectiveness as a citizen of his community.
He moved to Calvin, Okla. and bought the county newspaper. He was its active editor for over thiry years. He was the first mayor of Calvin. He was the chaplain fo the first legislature that met in the capital at Oklahoma City, and was one of the prime movers in securing statehood for Oklahoma.
He preached far and wide, both from the pulpit and with his pen.
On April 22, 1882, Brother Blackwell was united in matrimony to Miss Katie Littleton, who with Mrs. Douglas B. Phillips, a daughter, survive to mourn his departure, which occured on March 27, 1936.
The funeral services were conducted by Dr. S.H. Babcock, presiding elder of McAlester District, Oklahoma Conference, the interment being in cemetery at Calvin, Oklahoma. A man of sterling character, he made the world better for having passed through it. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and did outstanding work in the State of Oklahoma among the brethren.
Thomas Michael Blackwell (1813 - 1865)
Katie Littleton Blackwell (1863 - 1947)
Douglas Blackwell Phillips (1883 - 1964)*
Thomas John Blackwell (1845 - 1923)*
Richard Yeadon Blackwell (1851 - 1936)
Henry Ellan Blackwell (1855 - 1943)*
James Matthew Blackwell (1857 - 1924)*
Mary Elizabeth Blackwell Blackwell (1862 - 1941)*
Note: Chaplain of State House of Rep. 1919
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Originally Created by: Shelley
Record added: Sep 21, 2007
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