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Shirley P. Blackwell, 90, a McCarthy Court resident, died Sunday afternoon, April 14, 2019 at Carolina East Medical Center.

Born April 29, 1928, Shirley was a native of Milford Connecticut,  she earned her Bachelor’s at Syracuse University in Special Education, with double Master’s Degree,  from John Hopkins. She later married, a widow, Robert S. Blackwell Jr. (deceased) January 1970, then settled in Bowie, Maryland.  After retirement, they moved to Fairfield Harbour in New Bern.

Although Shirley loved the arts, music and opera; her main passion was writing poetry.  For several years she was a free lance book critic for the New Bern Sun Journal.  She was also a member of the Unitarian  Universalist Fellowship of New Bern. 

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Dwynne M. Blackwell-Furberg (Roman) of Bellingham, Washington, and Andrea M. Blackwell, Eugene, Oregon; son, Vincent DePaul Blackwell (Lisa) of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Audrey E. Furberg, Veronica M. Estrada and Dana Hill; her brother, Charles W. Diggs (Regina) of Jacksonville, Florida.

Shirley’s wish is that you remember her while sipping your wine.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the CCHC Foundation,  They provide support and resources to patients and their families in Eastern North Carolina who have been touched by cancer.


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  • Monday, April 15, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Oscars Mortuary
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    Shirley usually arrived from McCarthy Court early for worship service, so she heard the choir rehearsing. It was important to me to have a few words with her--her calming presence always served me well, and that lovely smile never failed to convey. What a gracious lady. Yes, I will remember her when I sip my wine. I am so glad to have known Shirley.
    ~ Judy Harrison   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. may GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.
    ~ M Jones   New Bern, NC
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    May the love of God and the peace that he provides calm your hearts and help you to endure. I am sorry for your loss. – Phil 4:6,7
    ~ Marlena
  • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Please except our condolences. When a dear love one dies it one of the most painful things that can happen to a family. Almighty God Jehovah offers comfort and strength to endure in the Holy scriptures. At John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3-5; Acts 24:14 are just a few scriptures that tells of the resurrection hope by means of Jesus Christ. This is a sure hope from Almighty God Jehovah who cannot lie. Again my condolences. For more information on when someone you love dies visit the web site
    ~ Katie Lester   Latta, SC
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Shirley was a long time friend and will be missed.
    ~ Paula E Urban   Trent Woods, NC
  • Monday, May 6, 2019
    We're sorry to hear about your recent loss. Accept our sincere condolences. May you find strength from the words of Philippians 4:13 which says: "For all things I have the strength through the one who gives me power." What a loving God who cares about each one of us. He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us. You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez