John Blaylock, Sr.
John Carl Blaylock, Sr.
John Carl “Johnny” Blaylock Sr. passed away on April 20, 2011 at the age of 62 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina after a long and brave fight against cancer. Born November 16, 1948, “Johnny” was the oldest child of Carl Buster Blaylock and Neville Mullens (both deceased). He adored and treasured his loving and dedicated wife, Louise Beverly Blaylock, who was by his side for 25 years. Johnny never met a stranger and anyone who met him would never forget him. He was known for his outgoing personality, his love of people and for always being a good and caring friend and neighbor. He would be the first to help anyone in need and often assisted people whose cars broke down or plowed neighbors’ driveways in winter – always without being asked. Johnny was a lifelong resident of West Virginia and had lived in Mercer County for19 years. He shared his wife’s love of animals. Their loyal and beloved dogs who will join him in Heaven are Boomer (Sheltie), Princess (Collie), BJ (Sheltie) and Blackjack (Shih Tzu). Johnny was a member of Rich Creek Baptist Church (Spanishburg). He worked at the Capels Coal Mine for 14 years and later worked at the Princeton Post Office and the Princeton Detention Center. He was a very patriotic U. S. Army veteran and proudly served in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and the United Mine Workers of America. He loved spending time with family, friends, Vietnam veterans and his dogs. A special dog Boomer echoed his master’s patriotism by serving as a guard dog for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall when it passed through their area.