Reginald 'Reggie' Gwyn Blackburn

Reginald “Reggie” Gwyn Blackburn, 63, of North Wilkesboro, husband of Shelby Pilkington Blackburn, died on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Wilkes Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

The family will receive friends Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Reggie was born on Oct. 29, 1958, in Wilkes County to John W. Blackburn and wife Reba Clara Blackburn. He was member of Fairview Baptist Church and worked for Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years, as well as a volunteer firefighter for Knotville and Shepherds Crossroads fire departments for 30-plus years.

He is survived by his wife Shelby of 34 years; his daughter, Samantha Nicole Kelly and spouse Katrina Kelly of North Wilkesboro; a son, Mathew Ray Souther of North Wilkesboro; one granddaughter, Zayleigh Nicole Kelly; and brother, Jeffrey Blackburn of North Wilkesboro.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Humane Society of Wilkes, P.O. Box 306, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659.

The family requires anyone attending visitation must wear a face covering.

Online condolences may be made at

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