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Dr. Samuel Joseph Blackwell Jr.

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Dr. Samuel Joseph Blackwell, Jr.

Roswell, GA

Dr. Samuel Joseph Blackwell, Jr., passed away September 28, 2017 with his wife, Harriet McLean by his side at their home in Roswell, GA. A private memorial service will be held.

Sam was a Memphis native, a graduate of Whitehaven High School, Auburn University and University of Tennessee Medical School. He was a well-respected cardiologist who helped open the first Chest Pain Emergency Center in Memphis at St. Francis Hospital and was known for his broad abilities as a diagnostician. Before attending medical school, he was a Naval officer and relished telling his family and friends of his experiences during that time, including flying carrier-based aircraft. His fascination with flight began at a young age, getting his pilot's license well before he was licensed to drive a car.

He had many passions and interests outside of medicine. Sam was an avid sailor and spent more than a decade captaining his Sparkman & Stephens sailing yacht "World Enough", eventually becoming a member of the Ocean Cruising Club after twice completing his childhood dream of crossing the Atlantic under the power of sails with his son, Sam.

A HAM radio enthusiast since he was a young boy, he designed and built multiple radios while also befriending fellow radio enthusiasts from across the world during a time before the immediacy of cell phones and internet.

He was also a talented craftsman and particularly fond of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose works were the inspiration for his Hardemann County house. The house was meticulously designed by Sam and built by local artisans from the area. He was fond of the hummingbirds who seemed love the place as much as he did.

To his family he was a loving husband, brother, father of three, stepfather of three, father-in-law and grandfather to six. To them, he was known for his dry sense of humor and a personality that is impossible to capture in words. Sam was kind, compassionate, intelligent, witty and a true gentle-man who will be missed greatly. His family will miss his cooking and his love of ice cream - vanilla cones from McDonald's being one of his favorites.



He was not a man who sought a lot of attention, even when it was most warranted. Had he written this he would most likely have said "All in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 8, 2017
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