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Willie Belle Blackmon, 88, happiest when friends and family were gathered around her table

Willie Belle Blackmon

WILMINGTON — Willie Belle Blackmon, 88, went peacefully to be with her Lord Friday, July 17, 2020.

She was born May 14, 1932, in Bladen County, daughter of the late Lela Pearl Norris and Mckinly Barnes. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Emma Pearl Moore; and brother, Paul Barnes.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory two sons, Donald Blackmon (Donna) and Randy Blackmon (Lynn); three grandchildren, Alisha Blackmon Hardy (Jamie), Amber Blackmon DeMers (Robert) and Randy Blackmon (Michelle); eight great-grandchildren, Robbie DeMers, Arianna Blackmon, Lillian White, Dylan DeMers, Randy Blackmon Jr., Hailey Hardy, Shelby Hardy and Cash Blackmon.

She was the beloved wife of Grady Blackmon, her high school sweetheart. They shared 62 memorable years together. Belle was a devoted wife, loving mother, doting grandmother and giving and caring friend to all she met. She enjoyed sewing and working in her flower gardens. She loved to cook and was happy to have her family and friends gather at her table. She worked at Deutsch Relays for 20 years until it closed and was a dedicated member of Freedom Baptist Church.

The family will attend a private graveside service at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 21, at Greenlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Dodd Mays officiating.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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