SOUTHPORT — Leonard Blair Harmon, age 81 of Southport, died peacefully at Elmcroft Memory Care/Assisted Living in Southport on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
He was the beloved husband of Sara Harmon for 56 years. Blair was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Christian Brothers College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and spent his career with DuPont. Blair and Sara lived in Wilmington, N.C. from 1967 to 1973 when a new DuPont plant was built in the Leland / Navassa area.
They fell in love with the area, and upon retirement, moved to St. James in 1999, just after the town was incorporated. In 2001 Blair was elected to be the second mayor of St. James. He served from 2001-2005 and was instrumental with getting planning done for the Community Center.
He was a model railroad enthusiast and served on the board of Wilmington Railroad Museum for 12 years. He enjoyed golf, fishing, dancing and paperwork. He struggled with Alzheimer’s for eight years.
Blair is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sara Harmon; sister, Anne Gipson; nieces and nephew, Tina Gipson, Leslie Logan (Jeff) and Michael Gipson; great nephews and nieces, Braxton Odle, Presley Hixon, Tiffany Ross (Justin), Kelly Gipson and Alicia Michaels, Parker Logan (Hannah), Reagan Logan, Andrew Gipson, and Lauren Gipson. Also surviving is his special brother in-law, Sam Dexter (Karen); niece, Lauren Miller (Chris); great nephew Rylan with baby girl, Miller, due in December.
A memorial service will be held at a later date due to the COVID pandemic. Memorials can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 S. Nash Street, Southport, N.C. 28461 or Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or www.alz.org. Shared memories and expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com