Born: Thursday Sep 1, 1927

Died: Saturday Oct 2, 2021


Jones H. (Buddy) Blakely

September 1, 1927 - October 2, 2021

Jones H. (Buddy) Blakely, 94, passed away on October 2, 2021, at Coble Creek Health Care in the Twin Lakes Community, Burlington, NC. He was born in Fountain Inn, SC on September 1, 1927, to J. Hoyt and Willie Mae Garrett Blakely.  He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bobbie Campbell Blakely and three children:  Carol Blakely and husband Steve Pagano of Pine Level, Vicki Blakely of Greensboro, Jones H. (Chip) Blakely III and wife Noelle of Wilmington, granddaughters Sara and Ava Blakely of Pinehurst, and step-grandchildren, Rocco and Jenna Salerno of Wilmington.  

Buddy graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1944.  A graduate of Furman University, he majored in biology and chemistry and began his career as a chemist at the Union Bleachery Division of Cone Mills, Inc. in Greenville, SC in 1948.  He was promoted to Assistant Laboratory Manager in 1950 and to Laboratory Manager in 1968.  In 1971, Buddy accepted the position of Director of Corporate Research with Fieldcrest Mills, Inc. in Eden, N.C., and was promoted to Division Vice President of Research and Technical Services in 1986.  He retired from Fieldcrest-Cannon in 1990.  

While in Eden, Buddy was an active member of Leaksville United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher for the Men’s class, sang in the choir, played the handbells, and served on the Administrative Council.  Buddy and his wife, Bobbie, moved to the Twin Lakes Community in 2001.  Buddy was very active there and served as President of the Men’s Luncheon, President of the Twin Lakes Auxiliary, and on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Ministries of Alamance County.  He participated in the estate sales and the outreach program, ‘That Others May Eat.’  He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid fisherman. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date with internment in the May-Foley Memorial Garden.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Resident Assistance Fund, Twin Lakes Community, 100 Wade Coble Drive, Burlington, NC 27215, or to Authoracare (Hospice) 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215



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Bobbie, Carol, Vicki, and Chip. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Buddy was an inspiration to all!!! I hear my Dad and Buddy having conversations about Politics now!!! Great Men really do think alike!!! Know that memories are the greatest of gifts. Love to you all.
Sherry B Grogan

Dear Blakely Family, I am so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. I have many happy memories of Buddy after years of singing in the choir together. He had a beautiful voice. I have the recipe for his sausage and egg breakfast casserole that I enjoy sharing with friends and family. He shared it with me after a choir breakfast and I have enjoyed if for years. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers and he is remembered fondly.
Beth Pulliam

Buddy was a good friend. He was very involved in LUMC during his time in Eden. I was fortunate to serve with Buddy in the United Methodist Men & in the church choir. We both were in the textile industry & we both loved to fish. We shared many stories & good times together. He was a mentor to me & many others. Always had a smile & a good story to share. His leadership at LUMC was faithful & strong. My love goes out to Bobbie & the entre family. I will miss you greatly my friend.
Eric Barker

Buddy was a dear friend and we enjoyed many trips with he and Bobbie, New Mexico, Hawaii, Scotland. He was always there to help if we called on him. Our time together at LUMC was very special, we enjoyed hearing him in the choir and also musical productions done by the church. I can still taste his 5 flavor pound cake. We will miss him very much. Love and sympathy to Bobbie, Carol, Vicki and Chip. Brenda & Jim
Brenda Stutts

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