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Vinkler Harwood "Vinks" Blocker

1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Vinkler Harwood "Vinks" Blocker Obituary
October 19, 1936 - November 29, 2017
Vinkler "Vinks" Harwood Blocker III, retired senior intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, died on November 29, 2017, following a brief illness. He was the son of V. Harwood Blocker, Jr., and Hazel Silliman Blocker, and was born October 19, 1936, in Fort de France, Martinique, where his father was serving as U.S. Consul. He spent his childhood in Martinique, Brazil, and Mexico where his parents were assigned. He graduated from the Texas Military Institute in San Antonio, Texas; received his B.A. degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; and his Master's degree from American University.

Vinks began his overseas career in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and served in Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Brasilia, Brazil; Lima, Peru; Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following his retirement in 1994, he did private contract work in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan, Colombia and Chile. He was especially gifted in languages, speaking native Spanish and Portuguese. He met his wife, Stella Orgill Blocker from Memphis, when both were assigned to Santo Domingo. They had a "machine-gun" wedding in the midst of the Dominican revolution of 1965.

Vinks and Stella moved to Memphis in 1998 when he was still doing contract work for the government. He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church and especially enjoyed the fellowship of the Baguette Brothers Men's Bible study group. He had a big heart and always made those around him feel welcome and important. He never met a stranger. He loved reading and music and was an avid collector of Latin American art.

He is survived by his wife, his three children: Stella Silliman Blocker (Donnie Lamm) of San Antonio, Texas; V. Harwood Blocker IV (Megan) of Annandale, Virginia; and Elizabeth Blocker Tonelis (Tony) of Charleston, SC; and six grandchildren: Matthew, Sarah and Ben Lamm; Satchel and Silas Blocker; and Miles Tonelis. He also leaves his beloved Schnauzers, Nena and Henry.o

There will be a memorial service in Memphis, TN at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 4th, at Calvary Episcopal Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and a reception will follow the service.

On Saturday, December 9th at 11:00 a.m., a graveside service will be held in Hondo Cemetery, Hondo, TX. Memorials may be made to the .

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