Harry Tinsley Blount, Jr. was a master sergeant.
Blount died Sunday Nov. 25, 2012. He was 61.
He was born Aug. 19, 1951, in Philadelphia to the late Harry T. Blount, Sr. and Elizabeth Braxton Blount. He was christened at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia where he lived with his parents and four siblings. He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. After graduation from Germantown High School, he attended Virginia Union University.
After basic training with the United States Air Force in Colorado, Blount joined the Air National Guard and became a logistics specialist in the Civil Service at the Willow Grove Naval Station in Willow Grove. He received many awards for his outstanding service with the 270th Engineering Installation Squadron among others. He was also a firefighter at the station. He also served as an adjutant in the American Legion, Post 968. In 2004, Blount retired as a master sergeant after 35 years of service to his country.
“Harry made friends easily with his beautiful smile and happy disposition. He was quick to lend a helping hand to a family member, friend, or stranger,” his family said. “His kindness and compassion towards others, as well as his desire to be useful, shone through as he assisted wheel chair bound patients until his illness, frontotemporal lobe dementia — which strikes people at an early age-became too advanced for him to continue.”
He and his wife of 31 years, Constance Appling Blount, lived in Horsham.
Blount enjoyed traveling within the nation and abroad, bowling and listening to jazz. His family said he loved family celebrations and socializing with close friends. When his children were young, he volunteered as a Cub Scout troop leader and participated in Girl Scout Activities.
He is survived by his son Ryan M. Blount; daughter Shauna L. Lee; brothers Benjamin L. Blount and Michael L. Blount; sisters Brenda B. Saddler and Barbara B. Armstrong; aunt, Annette Blount; uncle, David Diggs; five grandchildren; his wife’s niece whom he helped raise, Chandi Cullison, and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Dec. 7 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring House. Burial was in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown.