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Calvin Lee Blackstock Sr.

Calvin Lee Blackstock Sr., 89, was peacefully called to his heavenly home with his Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home.

Calvin was born in News Ferry on Aug. 13, 1923, a son of the late Elmer L. Blackstock and the late Irene O. Blackstock. He was raised in Halifax County and was a past member of Pleasant Grove Congregational Christian Church until relocating to Danville, where he was an active member of the congregation at Third Avenue Congregational Christian Church.

At Third Avenue Church, he served his Lord and Savior through faithful duties as a deacon beginning in 1975 and served on the board of deacons six times. Prior to his decline in health, Calvin was honored for his service and dedication as the recipient of the Servants Award at Third Avenue Church in 2006. He unselfishly gave of himself to the church through the years by visiting those unable to attend services, assisting other churches, filling the pulpit when needed, teaching Sunday school, leading evening prayer time, participating in the CTR (Christian Training of the Retarded), ushering and greeting church members, and leading Wednesday night Bible studies.

Mr. Blackstock began his career in men’s retail at the Belk store of South Boston in the 1940s. He opened his first business, a local country store, in Vernon Hill. In 1972, he opened the doors of Beanie’s Army and Navy store in downtown Danville. He provided daily service to customers at Beanie’s until retirement.

Calvin married Elizabeth Farmer Blackstock, who predeceased him July 1986 after 37 years of marriage. Calvin and Elizabeth had one son and two daughters, C.L. Blackstock, Carolyn B. Roberts and Judy B. Renna.

Calvin is survived by his caring wife of nearly 27 years, Lemma C. Hart Blackstock, who gracefully cared for him through his declining health with never-ending love and dedication. He is also survived by his son, C.L. Blackstock, and wife Diane Blackstock of Danville; two daughters, Carolyn B. Roberts and husband David Roberts of Currituck, N.C. and Judy B. Renna of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, Angela B. Garcia (Juan), Greg C. Blackstock (Caroline); and Michael W. Roberts; and four great-grandchildren, Cynthia Garcia, Dylan Walker, Sarah Garcia, and Tyler Blackstock.

The family would like to thank our extended family who helped us take such loving care of Mr. Blackstock and provided ongoing support throughout Calvin’s decline in health. Thank you also to everyone at Liberty Hospice and Roman Eagle Memorial Home for your dedicated service and assistance.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main chapel with the Rev. Frederick J. Vicks officiating. Interment will follow the service in Highland Burial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the residence.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Third Avenue Congregational Christian Church or to Liberty Hospice.

Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel is respectfully serving the Blackstock family.

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