JAMES L. (Jim) BLACKWOOD II
August 1, 1949 – August 14, 2020
James L. (Jim) Blackwood II passed away unexpectedly at his home in Darlington, South Carolina, on August 14, 2020.
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, to the late Irvin S. Blackwood and Josephine (Jo) Robinson Blackwood, Jim graduated from Grimsley High School with the Class of 1967 and then earned a B.S. degree in engineering from North Carolina State University, graduating in 1971. He had fond memories and stories about the lifelong friendships he made as a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at North Carolina State. He went on to obtain a degree from The University of North Carolina School of Law in 1974, and was then commissioned in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Navy, stationed in Charleston, South Carolina.
After his service as a naval officer, Jim returned to Greensboro to practice law. Growing up on the golf course of Starmount Forest Country Club, the links were where he spent many a weekend and evening. He was an enthusiastic UNC football fan, movie lover, and avid reader. He enjoyed browsing the shelves at the library and book store.
Jim is survived by his wife of 31 years, Cyndi Bonnoitt Blackwood; his five children: Shannon Reed (Jay), Jennie Blackwood, Dustin Ham (Kate), Gray Ham (Kathryn), and Luke Blackwood; four grandchildren: Kenan Reed, Lilly Reed, Jake Ham and Tyler Ham; his brother, Steve Blackwood (Debbie); and his constant companions, “Trouble” and “Grizzly”.