Rev. Russell Blackwell, Jr. was born on May 29, 1949, in Manning, South Carolina. He was
the oldest son of six children born to the Rev. Russell Blackwell, Sr., and Mrs. Dorothy
Tarleton Blackwell. His paternal grandparents were the Rev. Allen Blackwell and Mrs. Hennie
Jackson Blackwell of Manning and his maternal grandparents were Mr. Butler Julian “B.J.”
Tarleton and Mrs. Hallie Stokes Tarleton of Paxville, South Carolina. Russell, entered into
eternal rest on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at McLeod Health-Clarendon, Manning, SC.
Russell accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at an early age. He joined the family
church and was baptized at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Manning.
In 1968, Russell graduated from Manning Training School in Manning, South Carolina, and
was immediately drafted to serve in the United States Army. On July 26, 1968, he enlisted at
Fort Jackson Military Base in Columbia, South Carolina. He served a tour of duty in Okinawa,
Japan, and was honorably discharged from the military on July 22, 1970.
Upon completion of his military duties, Russell worked as an apprentice under his father on
many construction and brick masonry projects. He also apprenticed as an auto body repairman
before moving to Bridgeport, Connecticut, to follow his dream of becoming a full time artist.
He entered a drawing contest and won a scholarship to attend Paier College of Art in Hamden,
After graduating with a degree in Drawing and Painting from Paier, Russell began making plans
to start his family. In 1973, he returned to Manning to marry Susie Johnson of Jordan, South
Carolina. Rusty (his beloved nickname) and Susie moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where
four children were born to this union. Russell was no stranger to hard work. In addition to
his art shows, he also worked as a bus mechanic for many years.
Russell’s artwork has been exhibited in many art shows. He was commissioned to paint the
portrait of the mayor of New Haven, the Honorable John Daniels, a painting still hanging in New
Haven City Hall today.
Russell and Susie decided to move back to Manning about 20 years ago. Russell and Susie
took on the full-time job of caring for his father and did so with much tender love, patience and
devotion until Rev. Blackwell passed away in 2008. In his spare time, Russell volunteered to
help build homes for Habitat for Humanity.
For the past eight years, Russell has been the resident political cartoon artist for The
Westchester County Press, a newspaper member of the National Newspaper Publishers
Association. He never missed a week of publication since he joined the paper in 2009. He
submitted and published more than 400 cartoons. Russell’s cartoon –“Rusty Nails Politics,”
has over 12,500 fans, nationally and in Westchester County, New York, where the paper is
published each week. He used his sense of humor to tell the readers what’s going on in politics
on the national level.
He was preceded in death by His sister, Georgette Blackwell Jones, brother, John Richard
Blackwell and granddaughter, Kyra Blackwell.
Russell is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mrs. Susie Blackwell; his four children: Stephani
e Blackwell of Camden, SC; Russell Blackwell III of New Haven, CT; Staff Sergeant
Dexter Jermaine (Velda) Blackwell of Arizona, and Deputy First Class Police Officer Gabriel
Blackwell of Manning; six grandchildren: LaBella, Kayla, Lennix, Ethan, Gabriel, Jr. and John.
He is also survived by his brother, Tarleton Blackwell of Alcolu; two sisters, Sandra Blackwell
of Yorktown Heights, NY and Carolyn Blackwell Coleman of Milford, CT; two brothers-in-law:
Caldwell Johnson of New Haven, CT and Johnnie Johnson of Irvington, NJ; three sisters-in-
law: Hester Jackson of Manning, Annie Johnson of New Haven, CT and Lucille Johnson of
New Jersey; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. “Adopted” son, Henry Blair and his
church family at True Word Baptist Church in Paxville, SC., where Russell served as a faithful
member and Assistant Pastor, where he will be sorely missed.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his son, Gabriel Blackwell, 11982 Pinewood
Road, Manning, SC.
|Reverend Russell Blackwell, Jr.
Date of Birth: 05-29-1949
Date of Death: 07-20-2017
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Final Resting Place
Fourth CrossroadsChurch Cemetery
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
105 Dinkins Street
Rev. George Windley, Sr.,Officiating
Assisted by Revs. Robert Gibson
and Sylvester Adger
Final Resting Place
Dyson's Home for Funerals Chapel
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Reverend Blackwell will be placed
in the church for viewing one hour
prior to the service
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