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John Robert Blackburn

Mr. John Robert Blackburn, 79, of Whiteville, died Thursday, March 25, 2010 at his residence. He was born November 8,1930 in Columbus County, the son of the late Samuel Hilton & Lizzie Polk Blackburn. He was a graduate of Williams Township High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean conflict. He was married to his wife, Geraldine Garrell, since 1952 and he served as a deacon, teacher and choir member of Trinity Baptist Church.
A funeral service with military honors will be conducted 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 28, 2010 at Trinity Baptist Church by Rev. Stephen Bailey & Rev. Donald Hardwick. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Tabor City.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Garrell Blackburn; a son, John Robert Blackburn, Jr. of Carolina Beach, NC; two daughters, Annette Powell & husband, Pat, and Robin Holt, all of Whiteville; eight grandchildren, Amos Holt & fiance, Holly, Faith Cribb & husband, Joe, Libby Willoughby & husband, Michael, Brooke Campbell, 2 LT. Clint Campbell & wife, Dana, Patrick Powell & fiance, Jackie, Eric Powell and Heather Blackburn & fiance, A.J.; six great grandchildren, A.J. Willoughby, Kasey Willoughby, Emma Cribb, Conor Cribb, Hope Felmlee and Matthew Felmlee. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Paul Blackburn; three sisters, Thelma Spivey, Louise Graham and Edith Gray Watts.

The family will receive friends 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Peacock Funeral Home.

The family would like to express a special thank you for the service and attention that was given by Dr. Yubin Kang, Community Health Care & Hospice, Tracy Gore, Annie Snowden and Amy Dudley.


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  • Created by: Andrew Blackburn
  • Added: 27 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50335737
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Robert Blackburn (8 Nov 1930–25 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50335737, citing Forest Lawn Baptist Church Cemetery, Tabor City, Columbus County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Andrew Blackburn (contributor 46937860) .