Robert Franklin Blackburn, 55, of Purlear died Saturday, May 2, 2020, at his home.  

Private graveside services will be held at Boiling Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Donnie Shumate and the Rev. Joey Moore officiating. Friends may visit Robert on Wednesday, May, 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. until noon at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home before the service.

Mr. Blackburn was born July 14, 1964, in Wilkes County to Shelmer Doyle Sr. and Ruby Viola Pardue Blackburn. He was employed for over 30 years by Tyson Engineering Group and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.  He served on the Wilkes Rescue Squad from 1989 to 2019 and was a volunteer fireman and first responder with Champion Fire Department.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Blackburn is survived by his daughter, Anna Elizabeth Blackburn and Joseph Andrew Shores of Thurmond; his twin sons, Andrew Shelmer and Matthew Joe Blackburn, both of North Wilkesboro; one sister, Martha Pardue Blackburn and husband, Steve Bolden, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and one brother, Shelmer Doyle Blackburn Jr. of Purlear.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Ruby Pardue Blackburn Adult Daycare Center, P.O. Box 984, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

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