Carolina, on Sunday, November 26, 2023. He was the son of
David Blalock Jr. and Grace Blalock, born on June 7, 1958, in
Fayetteville, North Carolina.
David’s journey was a tapestry woven with the threads of farming, surfing, marine surveying, and a passion for the open ocean. As a young and rambunctious adventurer, David's roots run deep in the fields of the Blalock family farm in Linden, North Carolina, where his love for farming blossomed and endured for 25 years. From the tobacco, corn, and soybean fields to the rhythmic waves of the ocean, David's heart was tethered to the beauty of nature. David's love for the ocean was palpable and enduring. He rode the waves during his high school years and effortlessly split his time between the idyllic town of Linden and the sun-kissed shores of Holden Beach. His profound connection to the sea led him to become a marine surveyor, a profession he pursued with passion and dedication for 18 years after graduating from Chapman School of Seamanship in Jensen Beach, Florida. An ardent lover of fishing, David's enthusiasm for the sport was boundless. He spent six exhilarating years in the Southern King Fish Association Pro Division with his team, exhibiting an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of the perfect catch.
David's passion extended to local kingfish tournaments in both
North and South Carolina, etching his mark on the competitive fishing landscape.
Beyond the sea, David was a beacon of joy with an infectious sense of humor. Ordinary moments transformed into unforgettable laughter in his presence, making him the life of every gathering. His love for grilling out with friends showcased his warm and welcoming nature, creating cherished memories around the barbecue. David was a loving father and a source of pride for his two daughters, Ashley Blalock of New York and Stephanie Moore of Chesapeake, Virginia.
He is survived by his father; David Blalock Jr. (wife, Margaret Jenny Blalock), of Linden, North Carolina; sister, Kathryn Bowers (husband, David Bowers), of Greensboro, North Carolina; granddaughter Emma Claire Moore.
David Blalock III will be remembered as a great friend, full of excitement and fun, who always came sliding in sideways, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to know him. May his love for the ocean, his passion for fishing, and his zest for life inspire us all to embrace each day with joy and adventure.
A celebration of David's life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in David's memory.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leefhandcrematory.com for the Blalock family.