WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- William Eugene Blackmon, 66, husband of Marlene Ferguson Blackmon, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Born April 18, 1940, in Indian Head, Md., he was a son of the late Worth R. and Louise Richburg Blackmon. He was a retired U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, having served from June 1960 through May 1982, including two tours in Vietnam. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. Mr. Blackmon sold insurance for various companies after his retirement and was a member of Clarendon Baptist Church in Alcolu.

Surviving besides his wife of the home are a daughter, Rebecca "Becky" Gansle and her husband, Brian, of Carrollton, Texas; three sons, Richard Brian Blackmon of Chevy Chase, Md., William Robert Blackmon and Benjamin Dean Blackmon of Statesboro, Ga.; a granddaughter, Gabrielle Gansle; a stepdaughter, Michelle M. Cline and her husband, Rodney, of Advance, N.C.; a stepson, William Martin Moon of Winston-Salem; a step-grandson, Tucker Jacob Cline; a sister, Lillian Barwick of Manning; and a sister-in-law, June B. Blackmon of Greensboro, N.C.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Worth R. and Wilbur A. Blackmon; and two sisters, Margaret B. Morrison and Mary Belle M. Richburg.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning with the Rev. Kirk Carlisle officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery in Alcolu.

The family will receive friends at the residence of Lillian Barwick, 1297 Peggy Lane, Manning.

Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory of Manning is in charge of arrangements.