OBITUARY

Dorothy Davis Blackard

October 7, 1930April 28, 2018

Linden, NC

Ms. Dorothy Davis Blackard, age 87 of Linden passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Dorothy was born on October 7, 1930, in Linden, North Carolina the daughter of the late Ira Laney and Dora Rouse Davis. As the youngest of eight children, she had a larger than life personality that followed her throughout her entire life. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Esther Brantley, Myrtle Tew, Effie Bill and her brothers, Arthur, Carl, Howard, and Earl Davis. Dorothy was a devout Christian and a lifelong member of Parker’s Grove United Methodist Church where you could find her sitting in the same pew every Sunday. She enjoyed participating in her Women of the Church group and singing gospel hymns with her family and friends. After graduating from Linden High School, she trained as a secretary, a profession she loved and truly embraced. For 48 years, she proudly served as a secretary and mother hen to the Fort Bragg Dental Command, retiring as secretary to the Dental Commander. Dorothy was a very glamorous woman who enjoyed dressing up, wearing red lipstick and Beautiful perfume. She loved living in Linden where she saved up to build her own house in front of her childhood home. She enjoyed traveling and visiting friends and family. Her favorite hobby was gardening and she loved being surrounded by flowers, especially roses, sunflowers and orchids. She enjoyed animals – especially dogs. In January of 1954 she gave birth to her pride and joy, Dora Frances. She was fiercely protective, loving, and incredibly courageous mother. Humor, wit, and a network of caring family members helped her persevere as a loving mother and kept everyone laughing until her final days. In 1987, she became a grandmother to her only grandchild, Rebecca Frances, who openly admits to being blessed with the world’s greatest Granny. She is survived by her daughter, Dora Frances Ruck, son-in-law, David Carl Ruck, Granddaughter, Rebecca Frances Ruck, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm at Cromartie Miller Funeral Home in Dunn, NC followed by a funeral service in the Chapel at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Don Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Parker’s Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends and Family are invited to a celebration of life gathering to be held at the Linden Community Building after the burial.

The Ruck family is eternally grateful for the invaluable help of Dorothy’s caregivers Myra Hicks, Bonnie Brown, Robin Purcel, Nancy Parker and Amy Hunt. Donations in her memory can be made to Parker’s Grove Cemetery Fund, care of Erwin United Methodist Church, 600 Denim Dr., Erwin, NC 28339

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Payton Walker

May 10, 2018

Hello Blackard Family, I'm a neighbor living in the area.
Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post. I too, well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise,of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5:28,29. I hope , that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor P.D.Walker.

FROM THE FAMILY