“I love you daddy
“Jay & Kelley,
We are really sorry to hear about the loss of "Big Jay". I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he is no longer in pain and having to suffer from his illness. We will have you in our thoughts and prayers.
“I attended Andrew Lewis HS in Salem when Jay was at Jefferson and he was my adversary in track and football. In track I would beat him once in a while but he beat me most of the time in the hurdles. I remember the Jefferson-Andrew Lewis football game of 1958. Jay was an offensive half back and I was a defensive half back. Every play and under my breath I would say, "Don't give the ball to Blackwood." The following year I played for Virginia Tech and Jay was QB at Fork Union and...
“Jay and Kelley,
May you carry wonderful memories of your father forever in your heart. We pray that God comforts you as the days go by knowing that a fathers love never dies. Remember to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Your Dad is in good hands looking out for both of you from above.
The Niblett Family
Chris, Cliff, Orlando, Phillip, and Darrian
“Sorry to hear about 'Uncle' Jay. Give my best to the rest of your family.
“I am proud to say that Jay Blackwood was my dad. He had such great accomplishments .. He was well thought of and was a great sportsman. He asked me to move back in the house I grew up in, in the year 2000. I know this was his way of saying he needed my help. we kind of helped each other I guess you could say and I was with him in march when he suffered the stroke. I am deeply great full to have spent the last 12 and a half years with him and was by his side along with my sister when he...
“I wondered what happened to Jay Blackwood and sorry that I did in this way. As a kid growing up on Crystal Spring AVE in Roanoke and loving athletics, and living close to Victory Stadium, and never missing a Jefferson home game, I can say emphatically say Jay was the best high school QB that I saw play. He could do it all!! I saw him fake out a whole defensive team with a QB bootleg and walk into the end zone. I have never seen anyone do that since. Thanks for the memories Jay and may God be...
“Sue, so sorry for you and Jay's family for your loss. I often have thought of Jay over the years for he took me under his wings early in my life. I will truly miss knowing he has left us.
I have attached a picture of Jay and the Raleigh Court Lions taken around '50 or '51.
“Hello, Sue. I just wanted to say hello to you and to let you know that I have often thought of Jay over the years. He kinda took me under his wings when I was around 10 and he was 13.
I am sorry for your loss. All my best, Sue.
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James Matthew (Jay) Blackwood Jr., 73, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Jay was born on November 1, 1939, in Richmond, the son of James and Edwina Blackwood, and moved to Roanoke at an early age. He was a graduate of Jefferson Senior High School and Ferrum Junior College and...Read More