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Mr. Jesse Rufus Blacknell

November 6, 1935 ~ September 15, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Mr. Jesse Blacknell Obituary

On November 6th 1935, a bouncing baby boy was born to James and Ethel (Jones) Blacknell, both preceded him in death. He was named Jesse Rufus Blacknell, the sixth of eight children (Sonny, Norman, Eugene, Helena, Dovie, Bithe, Prince) all who have preceded him in death. Jesse departed this life on Friday, September 15, 2023, in Orange County.

He ​attended the Durham County Schools (Pearsontown) and Merrick Moore High School. He worked as a mason and bricklayer under ALF&G, in and around Newark, New Jersey for a few years. Later moved back to North Carolina where he worked for Triangle Brick Company for more than fifty years until his retirement.

Jesse later met and married Desby Harris and they raised four sons, Scott, Christopher, Desmond, and Jesse (preceded him in death). He was a proud grandparent of six granddaughters, and two grandsons, a host of great and great great grand kids, adopted son Roy Riggsbee and devoted adopted daughter Carla Harp.

Jesse Rufus Blacknell joined Barbee’s Chapel Church at an early age, where he became a proud deacon and member of the male chorus.

Jesse is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 65 years, Desby Harris Blacknell and three sons, Scott Blacknell (Theodora Riggsbee) of Chapel Hill, Christopher Blacknell (Tanya) of Hillsborough, NC, and Desmond Blacknell (Geneva Long) of Carrboro, NC, sister-in-law, Jennifer Sykes and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, good friends, and neighbors.

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Public Viewing
September 22, 2023

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Jones Funeral Home Inc
112 S Graham St. P.O. Box 17235
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

September 23, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Barbee's Chapel Harvest Word Church and Ministries
5916 Barbee Chapel Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Celebration of Life
September 23, 2023

1:00 PM
Barbee's Chapel Harvest Word Church and Ministries
5916 Barbee Chapel Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Video is available for this event

Interment following funeral service
September 23, 2023

Barbee's Chapel Church Cemetery
7217 Kepley Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517


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