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Friday, June 17 2022
Elizabeth Penn Blackburn Callis

Posted by: Clarke and Staples Funeral Homes AT 06:47 pm   |  Permalink   |  14 Comments  |  Email
I was fortunate to be a 3rd grade student of Penny's upon her graduation of Longwood College! I have fond memories of that year! Sending love and prayers to the family,
Posted by Cynthia Smith on 06/17/2022 - 08:16 PM
My deepest condolences to the Blackburn, Callis, and Hodges families on the passing of their loved one. Mrs. Callis was such a gentle spirit whose presence was always quiet-- but never went unnoticed. I am so grateful that she opened the doors of her beautiful home to my Mother these last 27 months of this pandemic. For that, and much more, I will always be grateful to her... and for her. ❤️
Posted by JuanCarlos Gascón on 06/17/2022 - 08:28 PM
Prayers for the family from Emmett and Edna Williams sorry for your loss
Posted by Emmett & Edna Williams on 06/17/2022 - 08:33 PM
God bless and comfort the family at this sad time.
Posted by Jackie B. Conner on 06/17/2022 - 09:03 PM
Penny was a kind and thoughtful friend. My sympathy is with your family. May you be given the strength you all need in the days ahead. I know you have many memories to share and remember.
Posted by NANCY MARSHALL ALDER on 06/17/2022 - 10:15 PM
Prayers, love and hugs for the family in their loss. She will be missed by the community.
Posted by Rhonda Clements on 06/18/2022 - 01:05 AM
Thoughts, prayers, and love to you all.
Posted by Sara Atkins on 06/18/2022 - 08:01 AM
Penny was such a sweet lady; my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of their loss. She will be missed.
Posted by Louise T Callis on 06/18/2022 - 08:13 AM
Our sincere condolences to the families and to our good friends Jody and Karen Blackburn
Posted by Amy and Mike Davis on 06/20/2022 - 10:16 AM
Our prayers are with you - Love Caroline and Kester
Posted by Kester and Caroline Freeman on 06/20/2022 - 06:04 PM
Sorry for your loss. Prayers and comfort for all of the family.
Posted by ANN MOORE on 06/21/2022 - 12:55 AM
Penny was so loved! What a wonderful woman she was. You all are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead.
Posted by Nicole Hawthorne on 06/21/2022 - 11:02 AM
I'm so sorry to hear about Penny. Sending love to the family.
Posted by Margaret Mahaney on 06/21/2022 - 11:34 PM
She was a very nice lady. Heartfelt Sympathy to the family.
Posted by Mike Pettry on 06/25/2022 - 07:42 AM

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Elizabeth Penn Blackburn Callis, 80, passed away on June 17, 2022.  The great granddaughter of William Franklin Kennedy, one of the founding fathers of Kenbridge, Virginia, Penny was born on March 22, 1942.  The eldest of six siblings, Penny grew up in Kenbridge, attended Kenbridge High School, and graduated from Longwood College in 1963.  After a brief career as an elementary school teacher, Penny dedicated her life to maintaining a warm and comfortable home for her husband of 54 years, the late William Jerry Callis, and their daughter.  Through the years, her many domestic specialties included gardening, preserving vegetables from the garden, cooking, sewing, knitting, quilting, and cross-stitching.

A lifelong member of Kenbridge United Methodist Church, Penny was active in the Priscilla Circle and served as Sunday school teacher, vacation bible school director, and president of the United Methodist Women.  She was an active member of Lunenburg Country Club and served as club rental chairperson for many years.  She volunteered in numerous capacities and assisted with fundraising at Kenston Forest School for over 30 years.  She enjoyed spending time with her large extended family and hosting annual multigenerational family beach vacations.  In her later years, her happiest times were those spent in the company of her two grandchildren, whom she adored and of whom she was immensely proud. 

Penny was predeceased by her husband, William Jerry Callis, her parents, Joseph William Blackburn and Elizabeth Penn Wilkinson Blackburn, and a brother, Robert Wilkinson Blackburn.  She is survived by her daughter, Kristin Elizabeth Callis Hodges, son-in-law, Emory Melvin Hodges, granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Hodges, and grandson, Samuel Emory Hodges.  Also surviving are her sister, Mary Jane Buchanan and her husband, Miller, her brother, Joseph William “Jody” Blackburn and his wife Karen, her brother, David Kennedy “Ken” Blackburn and his wife Beverly, her sister, Leslie Blackburn Osborne and her husband, Randy, a sister-in-law, Laura Still, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no visitation, and a graveside service will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kenston Forest School, 75 Ridge Road, Blackstone, VA 23824, or Kenbridge United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 926, Kenbridge, VA 23944. Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge, in charge of arrangements.

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