BRANDON

 Peggy Lewis Blackwell was born July 22, 1938 to A.G. and Helen Louise Lewis, of Jackson and she went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 21, 2017. Visitation was Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.  Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2017, in the chapel of the funeral home.  Burial will be in Beezer Cemetery in Smith County.  Mrs. Blackwell began studying piano at the age of 6 years old.  She continued and started playing for her home church, Griffith Memorial Baptist, for their opening assembles at the age of 9.  At 16, she started studying organ and soon was substituting for the organist of the church.  She graduated from Central High School in Jackson, where she was the accompanist for the choral music class and played the piano for musical productions.  She attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she studied organ and piano and got a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  She was the first choral music teacher at Whitten Jr. High School in Jackson, where she enjoyed teaching and producing musicals to give the students an opportunity to perform on stage.  She not only taught in a school setting, but she gave many piano lessons to students in her home.  After returning from Hawaii, she pursued her Master’s degree in music (organ) and began teaching at Hinds Community College in 1983 until 2000.  She loved her students and was very proud of their accomplishments.  Peggy was the organist for the following churches:  Griffith Memorial Baptist Church, Robinson Road Baptist Church, Woodville Heights Baptist Church, Hendricks Avenue Baptist church, Jacksonville, Fla., Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hi., Pine Lake Baptist Church, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Flowood.  She also has served as a Youth Choir Director and a Children’s Choir Administrator.  She loved her Lord and tried to serve him to the best of her ability.  She gave God the credit for all the accomplishments in her life. Peggy loved people and she especially loved her family.  Her husband, William C. Blackwell of 36 years; her son Robert Lewis Bickley (wife Debbie); grandson Randy; her son Sidney Charles Bickley (wife Ellen); grandson Benjamin (wife Lena) and granddaughter Caroline.  Her extended family includes Wesley (wife Patricia) and Avery Breazeale, William Blackwell Jr., Christopher Blackwell, and Heather Blackwell Costalla (husband Bob). In lieu of flowers please make a donation to any church music department of your choice, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), or any mission organization. You may share condolences at www.ottandlee.com