Vernon Eugene Blackburn Jr.

Vernon Eugene Blackburn Jr., better known as Junior, husband of Karen Blackburn, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Watauga Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. James Wingler and Rev. Jeff Blackburn officiating. Burial will be at Yadkin Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mr. Blackburn was born Oct. 23, 1970, in Wilkes County to Vernon Eugene Blackburn, Sr. and Mary Sue Shew Blackburn. Junior was a member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church and owner/manager of Blackburn Grading and Excavating. He enjoyed riding his ATV, participating in drag racing and dirt track racing and working on old cars.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Walker Blackburn of the home; two sons, Zack Blackburn and Garrett Blackburn, both of North Wilkesboro; his father, Vernon Blackburn Sr.; and his brother, Shone Blackburn and wife, Tonya, of North Wilkesboro; his in-laws, Dean and Brenda McManus; a sister-in-law, Kimberly Taylor and fiancé, Travis Alvis; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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