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September 8, 1956 ~ February 22, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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In Loving Memory of Burnett "Bernie" Blackmon Jr.
Burnett "Bernie" Blackmon Jr., beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away at his home in Carrollton, MS on February 21, 2023. Born on September 8, 1956, to Burnett Blackmon Sr. and Jane Blackmon, Bernie was a devoted family man, a proud Navy veteran, and a cherished member of his community.
Bernie is survived by his son, Grayson Blackmon, who resides in New Jersey with his two daughters, Scarlet Lily Blackmon and Rose Ada Florence Blackmon, who affectionately called him "Grand Pappy." He is also survived by his sister, Dawn McMinn, her husband Billy McMinn, and their children Bo and Mary Beth McMinn. Bernie was a proud great-uncle to Mary Beth's two sons, Landon and Logan McMinn and Bo's two daughters and son., Keighly, Paicelyn and Sawyer
Bernie attended Greenwood High School and bravely served his country in the Vietnam War as a Navy Veteran. He was honorably discharged after serving at Naval Air Station 1 on Whidbey Island, WA, and was assigned to the USS Enterprise.
Throughout his life, Bernie's larger-than-life personality left a lasting impression on everyone he met. He dominated conversations with his magnetic presence and passion for storytelling, regaling listeners with tales from his travels, adventures, and life experiences. Bernie had a remarkable memory and sharp wit and could recall names and minute details from events that had taken place years before.
Bernie's love for blues and rock music, fishing, checkers, cards, and literature was evident to everyone who knew him. A voracious reader, he had a particular fondness for literary classics. He was a very kind and loving person, with a special affection for animals.
After retiring from Greenwood Utilities, Bernie enjoyed his retirement by dedicating his time to fishing, following sports such as MS State and the University of Southern MS, and visiting with friends. He also continued to indulge his love for reading, always eager to learn and explore new worlds through literature.
Bernie's passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. His infectious spirit, warm heart, and love for his family and friends will be deeply missed. Bernie's memory will live on through the stories he shared and the countless lives he touched. Rest in peace, Burnett "Bernie" Blackmon Jr.
A memorial service will take place at Carrollton Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Saturday April 22nd at 2 P.M.