ODUS PERRY BLACKWELL Odus Perry Blackwell was born in Alabama, April 22. 1883 passedaway August 13, 1975 at his home in Guthrie. Rev. Blackwell came to Oklahoma in 1904 with his parents. He farmed a few years, then enteredthe ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was admitted for trial into the OklahomaAnnual Conference on 1912 received into full connection and ordained a Deacon in 1915. received Elders orders and ordination in 1919. He was married in 1907, and to this union five sons were born Before the death of Mrs. Blackwell in 1922. In 1924 Rev. Blackwell was married to Nina B. Miller in Helena, Oklahoma. The five sons and a nephew Ronald Squires and adopted daughter, Margaret, made their home with them. In 1929 the oldest son, Virgil, passed away. Among the charges served over the years were Yewed-Lambert· BuffaloFollett, Texas; Sharon; Waukomis; Piedmont; Aline; Braman; West Guthrieand Oilton. Rev. Blackwell also servedas conference statistician and was a memberof the Board of Conference Claimants. He served 42 years. Retireing at the age ofin 1955, but serving the church at Oilton for another two years. He Moved toGuthrie in 1957, living to be 92 years of age.
Rev. Blackwell is survived by his wife, Nll1a, of the home; one brother Clifton of Enid; five sons, Cecil of New Iberia, Louisiana; Max of Oklahoma City; Marion of Denver, Colorado; Jack of Lubbock, Texas; Ronald Squires of Yorba Linda, California; one daughter, Margaret Loy, of Oklahoma City; thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at West Guthrie United Methodist Church on August 15, 1975, with Dr. Winfred T. McBride and Rev. Cecil L. Boldin & officiating. Interment was in Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie.
OFFICIAL JOURNAL ONE HUNDRED Thirty-TIIIRD SESSION SINCE THE ORGANIZATION OF METHODISM IN OKLAHOMA and the Ninth Annual Session of the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA May 25-28,1976 J. CLIFTON SPROULS, Editor P. O. Box 60565 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106 ELSON P. HARGROVE, JR., Editor ot" Statistics P. O. Box 667 Frederick, Oklahoma 73542