Some photos from the immediate and extended families!

Janis and Eric at the Santa Fe Ski Area - January 2003

The Blackwells in Wyoming with Phelps Lake in the Background
August 2001


Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth as Clara in The Nutcracker - December 1995


Here is my Odyssey of the Mind team. Most of us have been doing O.M. together since elementary school! In 1996 we went to World O.M. competition in Ames, Iowa and won fourth place in our division!

Jonathan Blackwell

Jonathan as Perchik in the Lubbock High School production of Fiddler on the Roof

Go to Duke University Homepage

Camden Shakespeare Company - Summer of 2000 (Camden, Maine)

                     \ *****
                                                  Issue #1                                                                      Issue #2
                                     News From Below quarterly (Jonathan Blackwell, Graphic Arts & Design)_________________

Jonathan in Wyoming, August 2001, with the Grand Tetons in the distance and
his impression of the same scene on canvas.

Visit Jonathan's Art Website - www.artof

Another Painting from the Grand Tetons, August 2001

Program from the Duke Production of A Chorus Line

Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy

Some examples of Jonathan's Art Works

Some examples of Jonathan's Photography

David Blackwell

David playing one of his many wooden flutes

Visit David in the Glass Blowing Studio

Go to Naropa Institute Homepage

Go to Austin College Homepage

Go to Texas Tech University Homepage


Jonathan, Elizabeth and David at The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park, New York City  - December 1998

Homepage of Christopher Blackwell - A good place to learn some classical Greek and the finer points of skydiving!

Good Again Cover
Allison Jody Blackwell - Check out GOOD AGAIN, her new CD

Hoyt Blackwell
September 20, 1890 - November 8, 1988


My father, Hoyt Blackwell, was president of Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina for almost forty years. He grew up in a small farming community in South Carolina where for ten years he was a rural mail carrier. He trained in a heavy artillary unit in the U.S. army in World War I and was sent to France, but the war ended before his division was sent to the front. After returning to the states he went back to school at a small Baptist academy in the mountains of North Carolina. He then went on to finish college and to pursue graduate education in theology and New Testament Greek with classes at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; Yale Divinity School; Union Seminary in New York City; and Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1934 he married Olive English Brown of Erwin, Tennessee, whom he had met when invited to a meal after serving as a guest minister in her church. They returned to the little mountain town of Mars Hill where he had finished his pre-college education and he became a teacher of bible and Greek. After several years at Mars Hill College he was placed in charge of a major fundraising and expansion program.  Not long after this he was selected in a unanimous vote by the board of trustees to become president of the school. In this role he oversaw the steady growth of the physical plant and educational programs and the transition of the junior college to full senior college status. Upon his retirement in 1966 he left the school free of debt and with a substantial basic endowment. On campus, his nickname was "Daddy" Blackwell (first given to him in his bachelor days when he was a "house parent" in a men's dormitory, but perpetuated because of his personal concern for students and his legendary wave of the hand to anyone he passed). Even though he was in his mid-seventies when he retired he enjoyed more than twenty more years in the community which he had chosen as his home and was a sharp student of current affairs until his death at the age of 98. He is greatly missed by his family and his community.

Parents of Hoyt Blackwell:
Ransom Lemuel Blackwell (1851-1917) and Mary Louzetta Hilton Blackwell (1857-1947)
of the Flat Creek community near Kershaw, South Carolina


Go to Mars Hill College Homepage

Olive English Brown Blackwell
September 30, 1903 - May 21, 1995


Olive as a freshman at Carson-Newman College
in Jefferson City, Tennessee


Olive's sophomore college photo.
At the end of her freshman year, Olive and several classmates
came down with Typhoid fever after drinking water from a contaminated
spring while on a picnic. She lost most of her hair from the high fever, and
by the next spring it had regrown and was naturally curly!


Janis Lucile Elam-Blackwell


Return to Home Page

Last Update of this page June 20, 2013