William Hardy Blalock, 89, delivered a single rose to parents at his church when a baby was born

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William Hardy Blalock
William Hardy Blalock

Our loving husband, father and brother, William Hardy Blalock, died July 21, 2015, at the age of 89.

Bill was born in Kinston on March 3, 1926. He grew up in Reidsville and moved on to live in Pennsylvania, Kansas and Maryland before returning to North Carolina. For the past 36 years, he made his home in Wilmington.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ida Cherry Blalock, to whom he was happily married for 67 years; children, June Blalock (Bob Jambou), William H. Blalock Jr. (Clara) and Vicki Hite (David); sister, Frances “Plum” Alston Trent; grandchildren, Chris Blalock (Dani) and Philip Blalock (Sara); and great-grandsons, Jakob Lanning and Carter Blalock.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and received his chemical engineering degree from N.C. State in 1951. He worked for various corporations, finishing his career with the National Starch and Chemical Corporation in Leland.

Bill was very dedicated to church and community activities. He was a member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian church where he taught Sunday school, served as an elder on various committees over the years and kept the senior’s group (Keenagers) busy with bridge and other activities. Each time someone from the church had a new baby, he would deliver a single rose to the new parents. Bill volunteered at the International Seamen’s Center at the State Port for 31 years and helped with Meals on Wheels.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015, at Andrews Mortuary. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the International Seamen’s Center or Habitat for Humanity.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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