Nella Mae Durham Blackburn, 89, of Roaring River passed away Monday, July 8, 2019, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Macedonia Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Durham Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Blackburn was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Wilkes County to Erastus Jones and Dossie Clementine Wiles Durham.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Eli Blackburn; one sister, Evelyn Durham Welborn; and one brother, William Cody Durham.

She is survived by seven sisters, Darlene Durham Grit of Roaring River, Susie Durham Hawkins of North Wilkesboro, Violet Durham Jolly of Winston-Salem, Perdetha Durham Transou of Gaffney, S.C., Betty Jo Lovell of Princeton, W.Va., Mary Ann Casey of Bolivia and Patsy Ingram of Raleigh; two brothers, E.J. Durham and wife, Patricia, of North Wilkesboro and Hayden Durham and wife, Linda Sue, of Roaring River; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Durham Family Cemetery, c/o Anita Tharpe, 2580 Greenhorn Road, Roaring River, N.C. 28669.

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