Blake Norwood, 68 of Raleigh, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. He was born July 27, 1946 in Durham, NC to Arnold and Carol Norwood. Blake is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Myra, their daughter Laurel, loyal dog Bucky Von Norwood, his brother David, sister Nancy Bishop, niece Kelly Sears, and several nieces and nephews.
Blake retired from the NC Dept. of Transportation in State-Wide Planning Division where he worked as a civil engineer and project manager. He was awarded the Governor's Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his service to the state.
Blake served in the U.S. Army and then completed his military service in the Army Reserves, where he retired as a Colonel.
Blake was the founding Race Director of the Umstead 100 Mile Endurance Run for 20 years where he was a leader, friend and mentor to ultra runners everywhere.
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Blake was a devoted husband, father, and friend. He was a leader who touched the lives of everyone he met.
Services will be held on Saturday November 1, 2014 at 2:00 at Bay Leaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bay Leaf Church Road, Raleigh, NC 27614. Burial and visitation will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bay Leaf Baptist Church Benevolent Fund.
A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 405 South Main Street, Wake Forest, NC. (919-556-5811)