Winston-Salem Dec. 8, 1950 - March 4, 2016 William F. Blackmore Jr. , of Falls Church, Virginia, died Friday March 4 of heart failure following a long struggle with multiple sclerosis. The son of W. Frank Blackmore and Eleanor Cain Blackmore, he was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of the South at Sewanee, he moved to Washington, DC for a promised job with the Senate Watergate Committee headed by North Carolina Senator Sam Ervin. When the Committee lacked the funds to fill the position, Bill took a job with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Five years later, he was recruited to serve as an Economist in the newly created Energy Information Administration. Although he was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis in 1988, he persevered and devoted 35 years to federal civil service. Bill had a keen intellect and endless curiosity about the world, loved literature, avidly followed current affairs, and was a committed Democrat. His puns were always intended. Something of a daredevil and mischief maker, he led an adventurous youth. When illness took away his active lifestyle, he soldiered on stoically, committed to supporting his family, who were the center of his world. His greatest joy was watching his loving, talented children grow into thriving adults. He is survived by: his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth "Barry" White of Falls Church; his daughter, Lydia Blackmore of New Orleans; his son and daughter-in-law Frank and Julia Blackmore of Pittsburgh; his sisters, Susan Hannah, Martha Atwood, Alice Hicks, and Ina Kamenz, and their families. The family will host a memorial service Saturday May 7 at 11:00am at Forsyth Memorial Park Chapel, 3771 Yadkinville Rd, Winston-Salem. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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