Bobby Leto Blackmon




April 23, 1936 - July 20, 2017

Fuquay-Varina – Bobby Leto Blackmon, 81, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home in Fuquay-Varina. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m. at Barbour's Chapel Advent Christian Church, 164 Barbour’s Chapel Road, Four Oaks, North Carolina.

Bobby, one of four children, was born on April 23, 1936 in Four Oaks, North Carolina, the son of the late, Rheto and Annie Blackmon. After graduating from Four Oaks High School, where he lettered in baseball and was selected “Best All Around” student in his graduating class, Bobby went on to enjoy a successful 36-year career with General Telephone & Electric Corporation (GTE), from which he retired in 1993.

Bobby married the love of his life, Mae Christine Smiley, on June 21, 1959. Together Bobby and Christine lived a full and active life. They enjoyed traveling (especially cruises), square dancing, and of course, spending time with their children and grandchildren. Bobby loved all his family deeply, but he was especially proud of his two grandsons, James and Andrew. Bobby and Christine founded the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry and were members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Willow Springs, North Carolina.
Bobby loved learning, history, golfing, fishing, baseball, Four Oaks, and Carolina sports. Above all, Bobby loved the Lord. He was an avid reader of the bible and taught Sunday School for many years.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 58 years, Christine Smiley Blackmon; daughter, Yvonne Daugherty and husband, Kevin Daugherty; daughter, Maria Tobin and husband, Mike Tobin; grandsons James Philip Daugherty and Andrew Tyler Tobin; brother, Billy Blackmon; sisters, Mary Helen Strickland and Ruth Metcalf; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry (216 West Academy Street, PO Box 1463, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526) and Meals on Wheels (402 Mclean St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526).