DREXEL -- Paul Blackburn, 85, of Drexel, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Born in Mitchell County July 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Arthur Blackburn and Dolly Duncan Blackburn.
Paul was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was awarded the Korean War Service Medal. He was a member and deacon of Amherst Baptist Church and retired from Great Lakes Carbon. Paul loved gardening and was considered to be the mayor of Poteat Drive in Drexel. Mr. Blackburn was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother who loved his family dearly.