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Flavd Blyden, Sr.
May 10, 1937 February 24, 1995
Viewing 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
Saturday March 4, 1995
John Thomas Memorial Chapel
Service 12:00 Noon
Cathedral Church of All Saints
Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands
The Rev. Carlisle Ramcharan,
Dean Thomas W. Gibbs, III Celebrant
Western Cemetery No. 2
'I Thomas. V.1,
Fiavel Blyden, Str.
Plavel lyden was the seventh of fourteen
children born to Albortha and William dlydea. He
wes educated to the Public School system of the
Virgia Islands. where he achLeved a trade is
sechaic before enlietiag i tthe military whtre
he *rved proudly from 1956 1958 in the 92nd D
Upon completion of hbi military career lavel was
employed by VICORP, which was roorganiad into
what is today the Virgia Islands Water and Power
Authority (WAPA). Me worked his way up through
the raaks, taking every opportunity to improve
hi eelf and to enhance hi knowledge at each
level of job elevation. Me attended many training
asemiars. locally and abroadd and *arned nuarous
certificates of achikevemet.
Irs career at WAPA was what dream are made of -
sustaiaed clib from the bottao to the top -
tartiag as aa Oiler and risnag to the position
of Plant SupOriateadent and Coordinator of
Preventat ive Maiteanace.
On October 22, 1960, he exchanged marital vows
with his childhood sweetheart the former Daryl
Ottley. Through this union, they had three
children, ravel Jr.. Ployd (deceased) and
After devoting thirty years of service to the
Virgin Islands Water & Powr Authority. Flavel
retired on March 14. 1990.
eN spoke proudly of hs lifetime accomplishments
despite his bumble beginnings and he alwys
encouraged his children and grandchildren to
strive to achieve the m ot. Me said. "You have a
better foundation than I did growing up*.
Wife Beryl Ottley Blyden
Children iFavel Dlyden, Jr. &6 elecia Blyden
Brothers Joseph, Allen, Rudolph, Reuben and
Sisters lanthe Kitt, Maude Andrews,
smnAe Blyden, Joyce Jones,
Ona Rabsatt, Oracia Clouden,
Docena Blyden & Rose Marie George
Daughter-in-law Cheryl Blyden
Sheena, Akeela, Deshaun, Flavel &
Akisha & Anika Smith
Numerous other Relatives & Friends
rFavel Blyden, Jr.
Warren Bstrada, Sr
Nonroe Steele, Jr.
Clarence Ottley, II
Order of Service
Dean Thomas W. Gibbs III, Celebrant
Burial of the Dead Rite II............... Pg. 491
Lesson: ....................... Isaiah 611 1 3
Psalm 23 ........ (Page 476 King James Version)
Epistles ................... Revelation 7:9 17
Gradual Hymn .......................... Page 410
Gospels ........................ John 10:11 16
Homilys ............................. Dean Gibbs
Apostle's Creed ....................... Page 496
Prayers of the People ................. Page 497
Offertory Hymn .... Mine Ryes Have Seen the Glory
Great Thanksgiving .................... Page 361
Communion Hymn ........................ Page 335
Post-Communion Prayer ................. Page 498
Hymn .................................. Page 610
Commendation .......................... Page 499
Recessional Hymn ...................... Page 625
Flavel enjoyed an active retirement. Taking the
time to be closer to his wife, children and
grandchildren. He was also able to take
advantage of a hobby he enjoyed traveling. It
gave him the opportunity to reestablish
friendships and visit family. Retirement also
gave him the opportunity to spend more time in
the kitchen, honing his culinary skills.
preparing special local dishes.
The weekend before his untimely passing Plavel
had the opportunity to spend his final visit with
his son and his family whom he had not seen since
Most dear to Flavel were his seven grandchildren
in whose lives he played an active role and
received great joy from their presence. He
looked forward to hearing from those who though
far away were still very close to his heart.
Flavel was an athlete in his own rights. He
played softball on several teams and was an avid
pool player. He could be seen taking his daily
walk which usually ended with a swim at the
Flavel enjoyed watching the news as he said "we
need to be up to date about what is happening
around us because it affects us". Daddy left us
too soon. His loss to the family is deeply felt
and painful, but, we are strengthened and
consoled by the knowledge that God does not give
us a burden heavier than we can bear.
In the words of the Philosopher, Jarvis "So, let
us trust His with our troubles for He is loving,
kind and wise and most often trials and troubles
are but blessings in disguise".
No one will ever understand the great void
that exists in my heart today. Someone most dear
to me is gone, and I did not even get to say so
We had a very special relationship. You
were the best father and the greatest grandpa
anyone could ever imagine having. I shall miss
our heated discussions about social issues and
You made an impression on Kisha that will
last forever. I smile when she says to me "uh uh
Mommy my grandpa say ...". because I know how
much what you said .iSant to her. You were the
world to her. She will miss you but she
understands that "Grandpa is with Jesus". And
little Amika, even at six months she senses that
something in her world will never be the same.
Daddy: This is not good bye, but rather ...
until we meet again. God knows best.
Love, Fele, Kisha & Nika
Dad, we miss you very much and can't
imagine life without you. You have left a void
that no one can fill. But we know you have gone
to a better place. We are happy for the time you
spent with us. You were a great father, father-
in law, grandfather, teacher, friend, and
inspiration. I was very happy and proud to have
you beside me as my best man at my wedding.
You were always there for me nc matter
what. And we will love you always. 'Till we
Flavel, Cheryl, Flavel & Jamal
A TRIBOUT FROM A BUDDY
Flavel, affectionately known as Mr. "B0 was
my close friend and social partner. Whenever he
was called on to help, he responded willingly.
On many occasions he volunteered that help.
Mr. O"n will be deeply missed by his family
and close friends. I shall be braves and now I
say farewell until we meet in our heavenly home.
Wilfred R. Baptist*, Sr.
OF NR. B A true and loyal co-worker and friend,
one of few WAPA co-workers who affected my life
beyond the work place. I will miss him.
Assistant Executive Director