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May 27, 2022


Frances Irene Chadwick Blackwell

December 30, 1930 - May 25, 2022

Frances Irene Chadwick Blackwell, age 91 and a resident of the Hackley Community, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday May 25, 2022. She was born on December 3, 1930, the eldest of nine children to the late Herman Chadwick and Margaret Boswell Chadwick of Maben, Mississippi. Fran graduated from the Draughon’s Business College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she met and later married the love of her life, the late Gifford Blackwell. She had a full-time job as a wife and mother of four children. Fran loved working alongside her husband building a successful dairy business, until his untimely death. She also loved gardening for flowers and plants, as she had quite a “green thumb”. Fran was a longtime active member of Thomas First Baptist Church, where she was a member of the W.M.U. and enjoyed teaching Sunday School. She truly loved the Lord and her church family, making countless cherished friendships and memories through the years. Her friends and family were special to her and she was blessed to be able to travel with both. Maw Maw loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren unconditionally with all her heart. She was a wonderful example of strength and courage to them all.

Survived by: Daughter and Son in law: Kay and Harold Mosher of Baton Rouge; Sons: Michael Blackwell, Todd Blackwell both of Franklinton; Grandchildren and Spouses: Hayley Mosher, Scott Blackwell, Jake and Miranda Blackwell, Shea Blackwell and Amanda Sammons; Great-grandchildren: Kenzie Blackwell, River Blackwell, Beau Blackwell, Lana Grace Blackwell, Piper Shealyn Blackwell, Paisley Fullerton; Sisters: Faye Agnelly, Mary Murray, Peggy Keane, Judy Williams; Brothers and a Sister in law: Herman “Buddy” Chadwick, Charles and Hope Chadwick; Also numerous nieces, nephews and other family members

She was also preceded in death by her son Gregory Alan Blackwell, sister Betty Jean Dawkins and brother Marvin Chadwick.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Tuesday May 31st from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am Tuesday with Rev. Harold Gaddy officiating. Burial will follow in the Thomas Cemetery.

The family wishes to express a sincere thank you to all those who provided care and support to our mother, including her beloved church family, Dr. Jerry Thomas and the entire staff of Thomas Community Health Center and the nurses and therapists of Pulse Home Health.

Pallbearers: Shea Blackwell, Scott Blackwell, Jake Blackwell, Harold Mosher, Pat Murray, Hershel Creel

Honorary Pallbearers: Harold Thomas and Dr. Jerry Thomas

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