Dr. Bruce B. Blackmon of Buies Creek entered peacefully into eternity January 8, 2017. He grew up in Buies Creek, received his education at Campbell Junior College, NC State University, and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. In 1952, he was delighted when a carload of Buies Creekians drove to Wilmington, NC, 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. Oh how he loved Buies Creek!
Dr. Blackmon was a servant of God, husband, father, grandfather, doctor, writer, inventor, friend, advocate, visionary, confidant, and storyteller. His house was always full of people, laughter, and love. He welcomed strangers into his home, and they left as friends.
Deep involvement in the life of his beloved 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. His countless hours were spent well and with a servant’s heart. He was a four-time recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
A visionary and advocate for making things better for future generations, 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 believed in making the world a better place, and he left the world a better place. He would be the first to say his greatest endowment was his grandchildren.
Dr. Blackmon is survived by 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, whom he affectionately described as “the stars” in his life: Andy Burke (and Ashley), Ben Burke, Bryan Jobe, Katye Jobe, Chris Blackmon (and wife, Christina), Michael Blackmon (and wife, Katie), David Lojko (and Melody), Layton Bourhill, Lida Bourhill, and Celia Bourhill; and his nieces, Cathy Vail and Anna Vail Strickland. Dr. Blackmon was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 62 years, Lelia Lawrence Blackmon, his parents, Junius Fulton Blackmon and Katye Hatcher Blackmon, and his sister Bradeene Blackmon Vail.
The Blackmon family members extend their deepest appreciation to the caregivers who have been so important to their father. Thank you to Vanessa Hammonds who was an important and gentle attendant in the final days. And, with more love than they can express in words, the family embraces Jen Henderson, who for nearly eight years, cared for “Pop” and all who gathered around him.
A service celebrating the life of Dr. Blackmon will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., at Memorial Baptist Church, Buies Creek. Visitation with the family will follow. The family will have a private interment service at Buies Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memorial Baptist Church (Bruce B. and Lelia Blackmon Growth Endowment Fund), P.O. Box 485, Buies Creek, NC 27506; or to the Buies Creek Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 447, Buies Creek, NC 27506.
Saturday January 14th, 2017
271 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
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Saturday January 14th, 2017
271 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
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Vickie Bain Wilson lit a candle on Mar 1 2017 04:12:37 AM
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Blackmon on a book he wrote about 5 years ago about how to solve problems in our country. He wanted a copy mailed to every congressman and senator in Washington, which I did at his request. Dr. Blackmon was so knowledgeable about world affairs and political issues. He was smart as a whip. It was a pleasure working and knowing Dr. Blackmon. I had the utmost respect for him. Our world was a better place because he helped so many people through his medical practice and sharing his vast knowledge with the world.
Tisa Loizou, Angier, NC
Submitted by HT Loizou on Jan 13 2017 04:08:09 PM
The Centreville, Virginia Jobes send our heartfelt sympathies to the Blackmons and their extended family. Unfortunately, we won't be able to make it to the service tomorrow but we will be there in spirit. Dr. Blackmon was a beautiful light in this world. He was a peaceful, gentle man who embraced life and taught us all lessons about kindness and generosity. Some of our fondest memories are beach trips with Dr. and Mrs. Blackmon and times spent at the lake house with the whole Blackmon family. He was a mountain of a man who will be greatly missed but who led an amazing life and impacted so many people.
Submitted by Steve, Denice, Henry and Nick Jobe on Jan 13 2017 09:34:50 AM
Always loved Dr. Blackmon as a child and as an adult. He could give a mean penicillin shot that made us all well. Prayers to all. There will never be another like him
Submitted by Norma Carol McDonald Broglin Murphy on Jan 11 2017 07:27:50 PM
Melba Blackmon Golightly and family send our sincere sympathies to the Blackmon family. We all have such fond memories of our visits for many years to Buies Creek to see all your family, especially summer get-togethers at the lake. We will be keeping you all in our prayers. Carol Golightly Wiggs
Submitted by Carol Wiggs on Jan 11 2017 06:19:42 PM
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Jessica Taylor lit a candle on Jan 11 2017 12:32:45 PM
On January 8th the stars in Harnett County dimmed briefly as one of the best loved Physicians anywhere joined his most loved wife. But they are now sure shinning bright in Heaven as these two wonderful souls are again together. Fred and Linda Robinson
Submitted by Fredrick Robinson on Jan 11 2017 09:30:57 AM
Mrs. Donna Keyser Currin lit a candle for Dr. Bruce B. Blackmon
Mrs. Donna Keyser Currin lit a candle on Jan 11 2017 12:38:58 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Blackmon family. I know that all of you were proud to say, yes that's my father, who took care of all the residents of Buies Creek in whatever their needs may have been. I'll always remember Dr. Blackmon the most by all of the times my father would have to call him during the night, when my mother was having one of her migraine headaches, no matter what time it was, Dr. Blackmon would be there to give my mother a shot to get rid of her pain. That's what u call a very kind, caring,loving and Christian man. Always thinking of others. It would be wonderful if we had more special people in this world like Dr. Bruce Blackmon. I'll never forget him for who he was and taking such good care of my mother. God Bless this family during the loss of their father.. Mrs.Donna Keyser Currin
Submitted by Mrs. Donna Keyser Currin on Jan 11 2017 12:36:54 AM
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