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Dr. James Edward Blackburn, II

January 29, 1935 - December 9, 2021

Dr. James “Jim” Edward Blackburn, II went home to be with the Lord on December 9, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Jim was born in Frankfort, Ky. on January 29, 1935 to Dr. Winfrey Porter Blackburn and May Viehe Blackburn. After graduating from Frankfort High School, he went on to receive a BS degree from Vanderbilt University. Jim fulfilled his dream of becoming a physician with a medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. While serving his residency at the University of Virginia in 1959, he met his wife, Patricia “Pat” Riley Blackburn. They were married in 1962 and had two children. After serving two years in the Navy as the physician on the guided missile cruiser, the USS Boston, he returned to UVA for completion of Orthopedic residency.

Jim and Pat settled in Lynchburg where he started practice as an Orthopedic surgeon. He retired from medicine in 1994 and spent his days in his workshop crafting beautiful furniture and restoring brass era antique cars.

Jim served as Junior Warden at Trinity Episcopal Church for many years and managed the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery for over 30 years. He was also a longtime member of the Lynchburg Antique Car Club and participated in many car shows in the area including the Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John P. Blackburn and David V. Blackburn; and brother-in-law, Harold L. Riley.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Riley Blackburn; daughter, Linda Marceau (Gary); son, Jay Blackburn (Tammy); brother, Winfrey Blackburn; granddaughter, Catherine Blackburn (fiancé, Maclaine Stener); grandsons, Bryan and Porter Marceau; step-granddaughters, Savannah Miller and Sydney Winship; step-grandson, Adam Rippel; great-grandchildren, Charlotte and McAllister Stener; step great-grandchildren, Conner, Georgia, and Ada Miller, and Madden Winship. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, William “Bill” Riley (Priss), David Riley; sisters-in-law, Mary Jo Thompson (Evan) and Barbara Riley; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Ariana Wilson (Visiting Angels), Margaret Diggs, Cara Tomlin, Vanessa Calloway (Visiting Angels), and Laura Watlington (Heavenly Hands) for the loving care they provided to Jim during the last weeks of his life.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Dear Blackburn family: I never met Dr. Blackburn ... but I know his daughter, Linda. Her life speaks reams about him as a father. He must have been quite the man. Our hearts go out to each member of his family, but especially Linda and her immediate family because we know them. Blessings and peace to each one. Rita and Ron Gaskins

Posted by Ron Gaskins on December 13, 2021

Pat Our heartfelt sympathy goes to you and Linda and Jay for your loss of Jim and their Dad

Posted by Jane and Bob Whisnant on December 13, 2021

Pat Sending you and your family thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss of Jim. May many fond memories and your faith in God sustain you. With deepest sympathy, Polly Petty Wimer

Posted by Polly Wimer on December 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Posted by Brenda Wright on December 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Posted by Brenda Wright on December 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Posted by Brenda Wright on December 12, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the family. May the love of family and friends be a great comfort to you at this time. With deepest sympathy, Dot Morcom

Posted by Dot U. Morcom on December 12, 2021

After a horrible JEEP rollover in 1973, Dr Blackburn put my body back together. He was a exceptionally skilled surgeon as well as a very compassionate human being. I am very thankful he was my healing physician.

Posted by Greg Reid, Toano, VA on December 11, 2021

A man I so admired for his many talents and oh how I loved his humor! Sending love and light to his family, especially Pat, Linda, and Jay and to Dr. Blackburn as he takes his next journey home. Hugs and blessings as you come together with shared memories.

Posted by Kelley Lacks on December 11, 2021

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