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Minister Christine V. (Cain) Williams Blackshear

May 29, 1941 ~ August 5, 2021 (age 80)

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Minister Christine V. Cain Williams Blackshear, 80, of 1872 Watson Avenue; Bronx, NY, peacefully transitioned from time to eternity on Thursday morning, August 5, 2021 at the home of Edward and Jacquelyn Lindemann.  Christine was born May 29, 1941, in Emporia, VA to the late Joseph A. Cain and the late Earnestine P. Cain.  She received her early education in the Greensville County Schools and was a graduate of the E. W. Wyatt High School class of 1959.  Christine possessed a true love for people and entered the nursing field at an early age.  She attended and graduated from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.  She was employed by the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, NY which was later renamed NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital.  Christine was a charge nurse and worked in the operating and emergency rooms.  Christine dedicated 46 years of service as a nurse.  She retired from the NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital in 2009.


At an early age, Christine was baptized at the Macedonia Baptist Church; Emporia, VA.  Upon moving to New York, Christine united with the Sharon Baptist Church; Bronx, NY.

Christine united in holy matrimony with Ralph Williams and to this union, 2 children were born, Pamela Yvette Williams and Christopher Kevin Williams.

In August 1977, Christine united in marriage with Dr. Frank J. Blackshear and joined the Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church where he was the Pastor.  Frank Lance Blackshear was born to the couple in September 1978.

Christine served in ministry with her husband for many years and was the epitome of a spirit-filled First Lady.  She was a very supportive Pastor’s wife and an example for the women of Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church (GZHBC). She served GZHBC in the following capacities: President of the Free Women In Christ (FWIC) and a Sunday School teacher.

Minister Christine loved to travel locally and abroad.  One of the highlights of her life before retiring was purchasing a home in Emporia in which she named “The Ponderosa.”  During her long weekends off and during vacations, she enjoyed spending time by the pond at her home in Virginia.

Minister Christine was proceeded in death by her parents, Joseph A. and Earnestine P. Cain, her brother Cornelius Cain, and her husband, Dr. Frank J. Blackshear.

Minister Christine will be fondly remembered by: her 3 children, Pamela Yvette Williams of Virginia Beach, VA; Christopher Kevin Williams of New York, NY and Frank Lance Blackshear (Jessica) of New York, NY; grandchildren,  Christopher Lance Williams (Amar), Christopher Corey Williams, Ashley Williams Brown (Byron), Kiana Dressman (Mark), Sierra Blackshear, Christopher Justin (CJ) Williams and Catalina Williams; great-grandchildren,  Noelle Brown, Israel Brown, Judah Brown, Malachi Brown (all of Virginia Beach, VA); Sophia Dressman of Bronx, NY and Amir Williams of Bronx, NY; siblings, Joseph Kiser Cain (Shirley), Robert Earl Cain (Barbara), Donnie Edward Cain (Sharon), William Bernard Cain (Arletha) all of Emporia, VA; Jacquelyn Lindemann (Edward) of Bronx, NY; Yvonne Gage of Upper Marlboro, MD and Nellie Thornton (Johnnie) of Daytona Beach, FL.  Christine will be missed by her nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends (a close friend, Rosetta Jackson).



Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Minister Blackshear's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  


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Graveside Service
August 14, 2021

11:00 AM
Macedonia Baptist Church
30 Quarrell Road
Emporia, VA 23847

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