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Blalock, Walter and Pearl

October 23, 1899 - June 26, 1994
September 14, 1895 - January 10, 1969

Tobacco was the backbone of their farming operation and provided the income that enabled them to send all three children through college.

Walter Henry Blalock and Pearl Barnes were married in 1920 and lived in Lucama. After Walter's death, Pearl continued an active interest in the operation of the tobacco farm to which she and Walter moved when they married and on which they raised their three children: Doris B. Maroney of Indianapolis, Indiana; Thomas Carlton Blalock of Raleigh, North Carolina and Sara B. Stephenson of Greenville, North Carolina. She sold the farm in 1991 to David Blalock whose grandfather was Walter's brother.

An outstanding tobacco farmer and farm family, they were recognized in 1940 by the Progressive Farmer as a Master Farm Family. Both were active in their church, the Little Rock Free Will Baptist Church. Walter served as a deacon and church treasurer. Pearl taught an adult Sunday School class for 23 years.

Walter was a veteran of World War I. He started the Wilson FCX Store in 1946. He served on the Lucama School Board for 3 years and as a Wilson County Commissioner for 16 years.
Pearl was active in Extension Homemakers for more than 50 years. She was named Wilson County's Mother of the Year in 1965 and was one of the "Five Pearls of Lucama."

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