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Shelvie Kirks Blackwell

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Sept. 18, 1940 — Oct. 28, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Shelvie Kirks Blackwell, beloved daughter, sister, mother and grandmother, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

Born Sept. 18, 1940 in Selma, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Clarence Taylor Kirks and Dolly Norris Kirks.

She worked at Tapps, AIA Insurance Agency for several years. Her biggest accomplishment was owning several Western Sizzlin restaurants with her husband.

She was the wife of the late Thomas Walter “Buddy” Blackwell Jr. and was happiest when she was with her husband. She loved traveling, shopping and enjoyed the hobbies her husband enjoyed, which included boating, motorcycling and radio-controlled airplanes as well as remote-controlled cars. She was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Hopkins Ward.

Surviving are her daughters, Cyndi Blackwell Dudley of Summerville, S.C. and Susan Blackwell Miller and her husband, Stuart Miller of Cornelius, N.C.; son, Thomas Walter Blackwell III and his wife, Kimberly Sarvis Blackwell of Lexington, S.C.; grandchildren, Nicholas Taylor Dudley (Jessica), Corey David Dudley (Kristie), Matthew Richard Dudley (Katherine), Marshall Evan Dudley (Lauren), Amberly Nicole Miller, Melissa M. Brewer (Trey), Ashley Renee Blackwell, Katherine Michelle Blackwell and Thomas Walter Blackwell IV; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Holcombe, Brantlee Dudley and Taylor Dudley; sister, Sharon K. Walling (Mike); and her beloved poodle, “Sadie.” In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Mark Dudley.

A graveside service was held on Nov. 1 in Greenlawn Memorial Park with Tim Branham officiating. The family received friends at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 140 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 210, Columbia, SC 29210. Memories may be shared at