Charles Richard Blackwelder, 72, long time Mount Olive resident, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, September 17, 2014, while at Kitty Askins Hospice Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Blackwelder who lived in Hillsborough; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Caldwell and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Blackwelder; and a brother, Joe Blackwelder who was from Lexington.
Richard is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly Scarborough Blackwelder; his daughter and son-in-law, Meredith and Mike Kinder, and their sons, Ryan and Drew, all of Raleigh; his son and daughter-in-law, Garrett and Corrie Blackwelder and their daughters, CJ and Valli, all of Greenville. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Sandra Blackwelder; nephew, Michael Blackwelder; a niece, Julie Huneycutt and husband, David, and great-nieces, Laura and Rachel, as well as sister-in-law, Shirley S. Johnson and husband, Glenn, and nephew, Brooks Lee.
He graduated from Hillsborough High School as a three sport athlete, then graduated from East Carolina University. He served in the N.C. National Guard from 1966-1973. After coaching football at Orange High, he and Beverly moved to Mount Olive where, in 1974, he opened Blackwelder Insurance Agency. After mergers with fellow insurance agents, Glanton Barwick, Hain Ficken, and Eldon Thornton, he opened offices in Goldsboro and Faison, and continued in the business until he retired in 2005.
Richard was a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Olive where he served for many years as Sunday school superintendant, church training director, and chairman of the deacons. He had served as president of the Mount Olive Rotary Club, Mount Olive Exchange Club, Mount Olive College Trojan Club, and Mount Olive Boys Club. He served on the board of directors for Raleigh Savings and Loan Association, and he worked tirelessly with his father-in-law in the design and construction of Scarborough Field at the University of Mount Olive. He loved coaching little league baseball and flag football, but most of all, shagging tennis balls for Meredith and basketballs for Garrett.
Visitation with the family will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, and will be followed at 3:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary with a service of worship to remember Richard and his many contributions . Dr. Dennis Atwood will be officiating, and interment will follow in Martin-Price Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Tyndall Funeral Home.