Robert Alvis Blackwood, 74, of 5655 Big Woods Road, died Monday, September 22, 2008 in UNC Hospital. He was born in Durham County, NC on April 13, 1934, the son of Alvis Marvin and Lilly Canada Blackwood. He was a utility and building contractor and a veteran of the US Navy, serving in the Korean War. Robert was a service officer for Legion Post #6 Chapel Hill. Robert formed a bugle corps of volunteers from Northwood High School Band to play taps for veteran funeral services. He was also a local historian and an avid hunter who loved to share his stories.
Surviving are his wife, Ann Lowe Blackwood; his son, Shannon Blackwood of Chapel Hill; a sister, Shirley McFarling and husband, Bobby, and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Farrington Road Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, to be followed with a service conducted by Rev. Jim Greenly. Burial will follow in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to Farrington Road Baptist Church, 5936 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Arrangements are under the care of Griffin Funeral Service of Pittsboro.