Blackwell, Laura A.

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Laura A. Blackwell, age 92, of Bluefield, Va., departed this earthly life on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Westwood Center after a long illness. Laura was born September 5, 1916 in Floyd, Va. daughter of the late John C. and Nellie Yates Agee.

She attended public schools in McDowell County, W.Va. Laura married Sam W. Blackwell on November 24, 1934 in Welch, W.Va. Their union lasted 57 years until his death in November 1991.Laura worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a postal clerk and assistant postmistress in Helen, W.Va. until the late 1960s. She then moved to Princeton, W.Va. with her husband Sam when he was transferred. She lived there until May 2004 when she relocated to Bluefield, Va. to live with her nephew, Eddie Harman, whom she thought of as her son and affectionately referred to him as “Penrod.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Blackwell; three brothers: Willard, Wilson and Wilton; one sister, Hazel Agee Farley.

Those left to cherish and celebrate her life and memory are Penrod and his children who looked on “MawMaw Laura” as their second grandmother, Laura Hash, Morgan Harman, and Cameron Harman, Bluefield, Va. and her great-grandchildren Ellie and Sarah Hash. Also left to cherish her memory are one brother Robert Agee and his wife Shirley Hicks Agee of Pocahontas, Va.; two sisters Juanita Harman of Bluefield, Va. and Helen Lee of Bluefield, W.Va. and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside services celebrating the life of Laura Blackwell will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Princeton, W.Va. with Dr. Allen Hammond officiating.

Friends and family are invited to join us in remembering Laura’s life. Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until time of service.

Rodriguez Bluefield Funeral Home, Bluefield, Va. is serving the Blackwell family.For more information, or to have the funeral home pass along your condolences, visit