Mr. Walter “Walt” Stanley Blackburn, Jr., 83, went home to his Lord and Savior October 10, 2020 surrounded at home by his loving family.
He was born June 4, 1937 in High Point, a son to the late Walter S. Blackburn, Sr. And Mary Koonce Blackburn. As a resident of this area all his life, he was a member of Springfield Friends Meeting where he was a member of the Dora E. Richardson Sunday School Class and chairperson of finance for many years.
Walt was a proud veteran of the US Army where he served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He was stationed in Germany from 1955-1958. That service began his love for aviation and years later he became a licensed private pilot.
In 1959 Walt and his father-in-law started Adams Wood Turning/Sedgefield by Adams and was owner until 2018. Through the 60 years of business he served on the Accessory Advisory Board at IHFC and in 2010 was honored by the High Point Chamber of Commerce as a fifty year old company in the community. One of his many passions was wood turning and the pride he took in selecting a piece of raw wood and seeing the beauty of the wood as it was turned and finished into a beautiful piece of furniture or lighting for the furniture market. In 1996 the company was honored by the International Home Furnishing Center (today IMC) as one of its oldest exhibitors.
During his 60 years of business, one of his greatest prides was having his three children work along side him in the family business. One of his greatest joys came when he became a “Grandpa”. He loved to share his business wisdom, work ethics, dry sense of humor and telling his military stories. He was their biggest cheerleader to accomplish their life goals. He loved being a Great Grandpa and cheering them on at baseball, softball and basketball games.
Surviving is his long-time partner, Martha Stewart of the home; two daughters, Terri Thomas and husband Craig of High Point and Sherri Jones and husband Mack of Jamestown; a son Keith Blackburn of High Point; two brothers, David Blackburn of Asheboro and Jim Blackburn (Janet) of Trinity; six grandchildren, Casie Thomas Pegg (Luke), Chad Thomas (Brooke), Taylor Thomas, Leah Mickey, Kendra Mickey and Tara Jones and six great grandchildren; Craig Austin and Finley Thomas, Tolliver and Ella Pegg, Kinley Grady and Maverick Jones. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Don Blackburn; and two sisters, Pat Greene and Vickie Blackburn.
Also missing Walt’s presence, encouragement and wit are his beloved nieces and nephews and a special niece, Tami Roberts; Greg and Chris Stewart; best friends Carroll and Dickie Springer, loving neighbors and many life long friends and business associates.
Special thanks to Hospice of the Piedmont for the care of Walt so that he could spend some valuable time with his family. Danielle, his Hospice nurse, and all the caregivers were great examples of care with love. We will be forever grateful for their service.
An outdoor memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 15, at Springfield Friends Meeting in High Point with Rev. Oliver Helsabeck and Rev. Josh Brown officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Mental Health Associates of the Triad, 910 Mill Ave., High Point, NC 27260 or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC. 27262.