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James "Jim" Kenton Blackwood, 79, of Fairmont, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with cancer.
Jim was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Charleston, the third of four children of Rear Admiral E. Neale Blackwood and Gertrude G. Carmen-Blackwood.
Jim graduated from Charleston High School in 1955 and went on to achieve his architectural degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
He began his professional career as an architect at a local firm, later acquiring the company himself, to create Blackwood Associates Inc., Architects and Planners. Jim was the architect-of-record for numerous award-winning projects and hundreds of important buildings around the state. Throughout his honorable career, Jim was committed to providing employment and learning opportunities for many younger professionals.
A talented artist, Jim was passionate about the mountains of West Virgina, and he loved to photograph and paint scenes of wildlife. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Jim leaves behind his best friend and wife of 57 years, Sally Watters-Blackwood; his daughter, Kitty M. Blackwood; his son, Kenton Q. Blackwood and his wife Diana Johnson-Blackwood and their daughter Kate; his granddaughter, Analisa Blackwood-Marshall and her husband Captain Bernard Marshall and their daughters Kennedy and Madeline.
Jim is also survived by his sister, the matriarch of the Blackwood clan, Mary-Margaret Blackwood-Grady, her children Bob, Pat, Tim and John, their spouses and children and grandchildren, and his oldest brother E. Neale Blackwood Ed.D. and his wife Jo Lambert-Blackwood Ed.D their sons Andrew Blackwood Ed.D. and Matt Blackwood Ph.D. and their wives and children. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Deb Mills-Blackwood Ph.D. and her daughter and son-in-law Kim and Lee, as well as numerous dear nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Douglas; his younger brother, Dan; and his brother-in-law, Bob Grady. He was respected and loved and will be greatly missed by those he considered his friends.
A simple service celebrating his life will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Domico Funeral Home.
Published on May 14, 2017
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