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Bruce B. Blackmon

Dr. Bruce B. Blackmon of Buies Creek died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

He grew up in Buies Creek, received his education at Campbell Junior College, N.C. State University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In 1952, a carload of Buies Creekians drove to Wilmington to ask him to come home to be their doctor. He did. Over the next 70 years, he took care of the people, and the people took care of him.

Deep involvement in the life of his community defined the life of Dr. Blackmon, supporting his church, the fire department and Campbell University. He served on various medical boards at the local and state level and was instrumental in developing a county mental health center. He was a four-time recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Dr. Blackmon developed and encouraged growth endowment funds for churches, educational institutions and municipalities. His commitment to nature and conservation prompted him, at age 88, to plant a pine forest to be harvested in 35 years.

Dr. Blackmon was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Lelia Lawrence Blackmon; his parents, Junius Fulton Blackmon and Katye Hatcher Blackmon; and his sister, Bradeene Blackmon Vail.

A service celebrating the life of Dr. Blackmon will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Baptist Church, Buies Creek. Visitation with the family will follow. The family will have a private interment service at Buies Creek Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Drs. Annette and Joe Burke of Lumberton, Elizabeth and Bruce Jobe of Lumberton, Bruce and Lyn Blackmon of Charlotte, Juanita and Matt Lojko of Greensboro, Linda and Dr. Eric Bourhill of Callaway, Va., and Diane and Earl Jones of Coats; grandchildren, Andy Burke (Ashley), Ben Burke, Bryan Jobe, Katye Jobe, Chris Blackmon (Christina), Michael Blackmon (Katie), David Lojko (Melody), Layton Bourhill, Lida Bourhill and Celia Bourhill; and his nieces, Cathy Vail and Anna Vail Strickland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bruce B. and Lelia Blackmon Fund, Memorial Baptist Church Growth Endowment, P.O. Box 485, Buies Creek, NC 27506; or to Buies Creek Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 447, Buies Creek, NC 27506.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington.

Dr. Bruce B. Blackmon

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