Charles Bernard Blount, Sr.

Charles Bernard “Dit” Blount Sr., age 95, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. He was born in Hattiesburg on May 17, 1925 and was a long-time resident. 

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of seventy-one years, Jean Buckalew Blount, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Newton B. Blount, one brother, Buford Blount, all of Hattiesburg, and infant granddaughter, Kelley Ann Blount of Gulfport.  Survivors include his sister, Mary Lewis of Dallas, Texas, two sons, Charles Bernard “Chuck” Blount Jr (Jo Ann) of Gulfport, and Newton Buford “Tudor”  Blount (Denise) of Columbia, five grandchildren, Katherine Blount Alexander (Darren) of Hattiesburg, Elizabeth Blount Wise (James) and Charles Bernard Blount lll (Katie) of Gulfport, William Charles Blount (Rachel) of Madison, and Emily Blount Noland (Ryan) of New Orleans, twelve great grandchildren, Jack, Lucy, and Luke Alexander, Clark, William, and Reid Wise, Grace and Charles Bernard Blount lV,  Hayden and Scarlett Blount, Ivy and Archie Noland, and several nieces and nephews.

  Mr. Blount’s parents died when he was very young, and he was raised by loving relatives in Richton.  After graduating from Richton High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy. During World War II, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres.  Upon returning to Hattiesburg after the war, he married his high school sweetheart, Jean Buckalew, on May 12, 1946, and they made their home in Hattiesburg. 

Mr. Blount received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1949. He immediately joined Citizens Bank of Hattiesburg, where he served until his retirement in 1990 as Senior Vice President. An active member of the community, he served in several roles within the Hattiesburg Optimist Club, American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, and YWCA. 

Mr. Blount was a long-time member of the USM Golden Eagle Club, the Hardwood Club, the Diamond Club, and was an enthusiastic supporter of all facets of the university.  An avid sportsman, he was a past member of the Hattiesburg Country Club, Elks Lake, and loved spending time at his fishing camp on the Jourdan River in Bay St. Louis for over forty years.  A faithful and active member of First Baptist Church for many years, he served as a deacon and taught Sunday School.  Later, at Main Street Baptist Church, he continued his service as a deacon, as a member of The Hut Sunday School Class, and as a building/grounds committee member. 

His happiest moments were spent in the company of his family and friends.  Over the years, he loved watching his grandchildren, and more recently his great grandchildren at their sporting events and dance recitals.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Provision Living for their loving support during his residency.

Due to Covid, there will be a private family graveside service to celebrate Mr. Blount’s life on Friday, February 19, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Main Street Baptist Church, 11 Main Street Baptist Boulevard, Hattiesburg, MS 39402.

Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, MS is in charge of arrangements.