Virgil Blackwell


Virgil Lee “Bert” Blackwell, 77, a resident of Cleveland, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at the family residence.

He was the son of the late Virgil and Callie Ann Blackwell. He was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Ott McCann; his brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Martha Blackwell; and his half-brother and his wife, Ralph and Barbara Blackwell.

Bert retired 10 years ago from Flowers Bakery in the maintenance department, with over 17 years of service. He was an avid NASCAR fan and fisherman. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Margaret Blackwell; his daughters: Debbie Strickland and her husband, Charles, and Darlene Bruggenwirth and her husband, Brad; his grandchildren: Niki Garcia and her husband, Roberto, Shana Mathis, Karissa Fullerton and Christopher Strickland; along with five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Street Chapel, with Pastor John Adkins officiating.

The interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with military honors.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 12 noon until 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

We encourage you to share your memories and condolences with Bert’s family by going to his memorial page at


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