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Erskine B. Blackmon of Hilton Head Island, SC passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 23, 2013. He was born March 3, 1922 in Pleasant Hill, SC to the late Naomi Bowers Blackmon and Irvin Bynum Blackmon. Erskine grew up in the Lancaster, SC and Pleasant Hill, SC areas and graduated from Heath Springs HS in Heath Springs, SC. After attending Clemson College for two years, he withdrew to join the US Army Air Corps. He became a military transport pilot commander and served in the Asiatic Pacific arena during World War II. His service decorations included the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal for Air Offensive Japan Ground Combat (Iwo/Jima) and The Air Medal GO 25 HQ 20 AF with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster. Upon release from the US Army Air Corps, he returned to Lancaster, SC and began an occupation as an accountant. During this time he met and married the love of his life, Clyde Lucille Collins. Later in his career, he became the clerk for power generation calculations at Bowater Paper Mill in Catawba, SC. His hobby was flying and after retiring to Hilton Head, he became an active member of the Hilton Head Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter. He is survived by his wife, Clyde Lucille Blackmon; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Patty Blackmon of Hilton Head; two grandsons and daughters-in-law; four great grandchildren; John, Michelle, Nora, and Davis Blackmon of Loganville, Ga. and Matthew, Brooke, Emmala and Palmer Blackmon of Kennesaw, Ga;sister, Melba Cooper of Piedmont, SC and brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Imogene Blackmon of North Myrtle Beach, SC. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, at All Saints Episcopal Church. Interment and Military Honors will be held at the All Saints Church Columbarium following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hilton Head Humane Association. Online condolences may be sent to www.theislandfuneralhome.com.