Addie Pilkington Blackburn, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, December 23 at the CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. Born in Wayne County to the late Charlie A. and Elizbeth Brogden Pilkington (Parker), she was a graduate of Goldsboro High School Class of 1948. She worked for S.H. Kress for eighteen years and retired from Belk’s after 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stanley, NC and served on the Lord’s Supper Committee. Addie taught for the Stanley Total Living Center, W.M.U. and served as a former Noble Grand in the Rebekah’s in Goldsboro. In addition to her parents, Addie was preceded in death by her stepfather, William “Bill” Merritt, her husband, Grover K. Blackburn, Sr., her siblings, Albert Merritt, Robert Goff, Hezekiah Pilkington, Vadia Lancaster, Gloria M. Ricks, and Lizzie Reeves along with a daughter in law, Becky Blackburn.
A service to celebrate her life will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm at Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Goff, Jr. and Rev. Jason Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park and family members will greet friends at the grave.
Addie is survived by her children, Rev. Grover Blackburn, Jr. and wife, Holly and daughter, Debbie Blackmon and husband, Phil; her grandchildren, Blair and Josh Haire, Kayla and Jon Barfield, Jordan and Mandi Blackmon, Jonathan Blackburn, Hunter and Courtney Blackburn, and Lauren and Spencer Huggins, Austin and Katie Gardner, and Ethan and Tabitha Gardner; her great grandchildren, Kinsleigh Haire, Lucas Haire, Holden Blackburn, Grayson Blackburn, Boone Blackburn, Hannah Blackmon, Thomas Blackmon, Pippa Huggins, Brooks Huggins, Rex Huggins, Chance Hatley, Charlotte Hatley, Stetson Garnder, Waylon Gardner and Thomas Blackmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the First Baptist Church – Stanley, P.O. Box 490, Stanley, NC 28164 or to the North Clinton Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1243, Dunn, NC 28334.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home is serving the Blackburn family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com
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