Bertha Louise Smith Blackwelder

Published 9:21 am Tuesday, December 7, 2021

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Mrs. Bertha Louise Smith Blackwelder, 96, of Mocksville, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021.
She was born Sept. 20, 1925 in the Smith Grove Community of Davie County to the late Joel Marvin and Bertha Viola Bowden Smith. Louise was a member of Chestnut Grove United Methodist Church. She graduated from Mocksville High School in 1944, and married Harvey Franklin (Bud) Blackwelder Jr. on Nov. 14 of the same year. Louise worked in the cafeteria at William R. Davie Elementary School and then later at Drexel Heritage Furniture. Her life was dedicated to helping her husband on the family Guernsey dairy farm they started in 1948. In her free time, she enjoyed knitting, painting, and raising garden plants. She even taught decorative painting for many years at both the Davie County and Yadkin County Senior Centers. In her more than 60 years as a member at Chestnut Grove UMC, she was a Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, and Vacation Bible School volunteer. She especially enjoyed being a part of the United Methodist Women’s Chicken Pie Ministry. “Granny B,” as she was so affectionately referred, was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt.
In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by: her husband of 43 years, Bud Blackwelder; a son, Roger Wayne Blackwelder; a daughter-in-law, Vickie Hendrix Blackwelder; and her 9 siblings and their spouses, Margaret Smith, Joseph Smith (Wilma), Ella Gray Brewer (Gilmer), Ruth Smith, Edith Anderson (Zollie), Mary Merrell (Aubrey), Mattie Sue Blackwelder (T.A.), Fred Smith (Louise), and Peggy Vogler (Eugene).
Louise is survived by: her daughter, Linda Blackwelder Harpe (Kenneth); grandson, Slayton Harpe (Emily); granddaughters, Jennifer Helton (Jeremy) and Alaina Price (Braxton); great-granddaughters, Kathryn Harpe, Jane Harpe Helton, Meredith Harpe, and Ardin Clair Helton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Lambert Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob Briggs and the Rev. Chip Webb officiating. Interment will follow in the Chestnut Grove UMC Cemetery.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Lola Hellard, Wanda Cranfill, Shiloh Carter, the staff of Willowbrook Rehabilitation Center, and the nurses of Wake Forest Baptist Hospice-Wilkes for their tender loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chestnut Grove UMC, 2812 US 601 North, Mocksville, NC 27028.