The Rev. Dr. John Haywood Blakemore, 73, a Methodist pastor at several churches in the Washington area and a former executive secretary of the Virginia United Methodist Board of Education, died Wednesday at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. He had a stroke.
Dr. Blakemore was born in Corinth, Miss., and graduated from the University of Mississippi. He earned bachelor's degree in theology at Duke University and a doctorate in theology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashburn, Va. He was ordained in 1935.
His first church was Bethesda Methodist Church in Bethesda. He then was associate pastor at Epworth Methodist in Washington. From 1940 to 1945, he was pastor of Trinity Methodist Church in Alexandria and during that time oversaw the building of the church's present structure. He returned to Trinity in 1954 and remained there until 1958. He was pastor of the Fairfax United Methodist Church from 1968 to 1970 and then moved to Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg, from which he retired in 1972.
Dr. Blakemore, who was pastor at several other churches in Virginia, was a former vice president and president of the Virginia United Methodist Board of Education. He was executive secretary of the organization from 1962 to 1968. In the 1960s, he also served as cochairman of a committee that arranged the merger of the black and white branches of the Methodist church in Virginia.
Dr. Blakemore, who lived at Keezletown, Va., at the time of his death, was a trustee of Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Va., for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife, the former Carlotta DeLong, of Keezletown; two daughters, Mrs. Cowles A. Meredith of Lynchburg, and Mrs. Ralph W. Drayer Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio; one son, J. Haywood Blakemore IV of New York City, and three grandchildren.