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Nancy Overcash Blackwell, 91, formerly of Davidson, North Carolina and widow of Herbert Hoover Blackwell, passed away Saturday morning, January 9, 2021, at the Oaks at Pooler.

Born in Davidson, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Jimmie Lee Overcash and the late Katie Spencer Overcash. Mrs. Blackwell was a former longtime faithful member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Davidson where she served as church organist and was a former Deacon and Elder. She later joined Davidson College Presbyterian Church.

As a senior in high school, Nancy’s journey at Davidson College began with a work study position in the Alumni Office. This transpired into a life-long career at Davidson where she retired after  61 years of service. In September, 2000, the Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House was named in her honor for her years of devotion to the students, faculty, staff and college. She was an avid sports fan and especially loved to attend women’s basketball and volleyball games.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Drayton Levi Mitchell; sisters, Mabel Farrington, Sue Morrow and a brother, Jimmie Lee “Junior” Overcash, Jr.

Surviving are one daughter, Deborah “Debbie” B. Mitchell and her husband, Eddie, of Savannah; one son, Victor S. Blackwell and his wife, Sherry, of Matthews, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Brian Blackwell, Cory Mitchell and his wife, Dallas, Kylie Russell and her husband, Chris, and Eric Mitchell and his wife, Breanne; four great-grandchildren, Anthony Blackwell, Cohen Mitchell, Porter Mitchell and Kayden Russell; two sisters, Betty Morton and her husband, Parker, of Durham, North Carolina and Kay Spilker of King, North Carolina, and nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the special people at the Oaks in Pooler for their wonderful love and compassionate care that they gave her.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Remembrances: The Nancy Overcash Blackwell Scholarship at Davidson College – P.O.Box 7170 Davidson, North Carolina 28035-7145.

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  1. Jane Anderson says:

    Prayers continue to be with you in the days ahead in the loss of your mother.!
    Thinking of you.’

  2. Gardner Roller Ligo says:

    The world is dimmed with the loss of lovely, lively Nancy. From the time I was a Davidson “coed” in 1971 to the present, Nancy was ever the personification of grace and generosity and doing the right thing at the right time. I was always so happy on a day I got to cross her path, whether in our work together with Davidson alums (she seemed to know them ALL) or when we just found ourselves in the same place at the same time. Her energy, her loyalty and love for this place and its people, and her elegant self were always–and will always be–an inspiration and a model for all of us who were lucky enough to know her. My love and heartfelt condolences to all her beloved family.

  3. Brad Johnson says:

    I remember “Mrs. B.” fondly as a warm and welcoming presence when I started Davidson as a first-year student back in August 1990. I held a work study job for 4 years working in the Annual Fund/Alumni Affairs offices and always enjoyed my interactions with Mrs. B, especially working Alumni events. What they say is definitely true: Mrs. B. knew EVERYONE and EVERYTHING about them! She was a true Davidson treasure and is unparalleled in her love for Davidson.

    To her surviving family and friends, I am sorry for your loss. Cherish the memories you have of Mrs. B. and know that she’s watching over all of you.

    Brad Johnson
    Davidson Class of ’94

  4. Linda Kunkle says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I was just thinking about her.
    She was such a pleasure to work with and was glad to know her.
    My heartfelt condolences to you are all her family.

    Linda Kunkle

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