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OBITUARY

John William Blakely

November 3, 1949August 9, 2019

John (Johnny) William Blakely was born November 3, 1949, in Pontotoc, Mississippi to Bob and Mary Catherine Blakely.

After his family moved from Pontotoc, MS as a young boy he grew up in Belle Glade, FL and voluntarily joined the United States Marine Corps in 1969.

Johnny bravely served his country in Vietnam in the 1st battalion, 5th Marine Regiment as a rifleman and radioman based out of Da Nang Vietnam. Shortly after returning from Vietnam Johnny returned to Belle Glade where he met and married Jerry Charlene Kirchman and recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Johnny had a successful plumbing business for 30 years, where he enjoyed serving people of the Glades with his faithful dog Bear in tow. He was an avid Do It Yourselfer including renovating his home on Pine Island, he also enjoyed hunting and spending time on Lake Okeechobee.

Johnny was most proud of his 2 children, Jennifer Blakely Jacks (Jay Jacks) and Justin Ford Blakely (Erin Wells Blakely) and his 3 grandchildren Kylie Jacks Scott (Judson Scott), Haiden Blakely Jacks and Sawyer Ellere Jacks.

In 2006 Johnny retired to St. James City, FL on Pine Island where he enjoyed fishing with his wife Jerry and socializing with his friends at Froggy’s where he often made people laugh at his jokes and sense of humor.

Johnny passed away on August 9, 2019 in Fort Myers, FL at the Health Park hospital after an illness.

Johnny is preceded in death by his parents Robert Ford Blakely and Mary Catherine Blakely. He is survived by his wife Jerry Kirchman Blakely, his daughter Jennifer Blakely Jacks and her husband Jay Jacks of Auburn, AL, his son Justin Ford Blakely and his wife Erin Wells Blakely of St. Petersburg, FL; three grandchildren, Kylie Jacks Scott and her husband Judson Scott, Haiden Blakely Jacks and Sawyer Ellere Jacks also of Auburn, AL, his brother Robert Ford Blakely and wife Carolyn Stewart Blakely of Altamonte Springs, FL, his sister Mary Rebecca Blakely Sweat and husband Jim Sweat of Nevada, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial services in Mississippi and Florida to follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Semper Fi Fund, atwww.semperfifund.org<http://www.semperfifund.org> or by mail at Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.

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Jeanette Kersey

August 23, 2019

Johnny was a wonderful neighbor, I’ll miss seeing him on his golf cart and when he stopped by with mangoes or a story or two....
Once he knew that our grandson joined the Marines , when I’d see him he always asked about him. Johnny was was such a likable guy, that my husband and I will miss him and all the lives he touched on Pine Island.

Johnny Hood

August 15, 2019

What a great friend, Johnny was a teaser and loved stirring that pot always trying to get me in trouble with Patricia. He was so talented he could fix about anything and if he couldn’t he’d call me and get my expert opinion ha ha. We always enjoyed being around Johnny and Jerry they we always so much fun. Lots and lots of good laughs. I know he’s resting peacefully. I consider it a great privilege to have Johnny as a friend and respected him deeply.
Jerry stay strong and know that we love you.
Johnny and Patricia Hood

Kim Williams

August 13, 2019

My family and I send our Heart Felt Condolences to you Jerry as well as your entire family❤️ He was a kind, fun loving, honest to goodness wonderful man! He always asked about “pops” which made my heart happy. He took time to come and see Dad at the A Frame. A smile on his face always. We talked about my son Kyle being a Marine.

Semper Fi Our Friend,

Chill, Kim, Jay, Mike & Brett

Justin Blakely

August 13, 2019

This is difficult to write as I can't believe he is gone. He died way to young. As a kid, he was my hero and I was his "little buddy". He took me everywhere. We went hunting, fishing and when I turned 10 he let me start working with him during the summer (he paid a fair wage).

He taught me how to shoot at 5 years of age, going over the does and dont's, turning me loose with a BB gun around the yard (probably not a good idea nowadays). He let me do a lot of things on my own, whether that was riding 4-wheelers all over the neighborhood or woods, burning fires on his metal trailers, or taking everything apart to learn how it works (I put it back together too).

When I think back to growing up, I just remember all the projects we did together. Whether it was home remodeling projects, working on airboats or building hunting buggies; we had a lot of fun at the shop. It was a regular hangout for a lot of his friends and I always enjoyed going there. My dad had a "unique way" of solving problems and I think I almost died at least 3 times, but it was always a blast. I learned so much from him.

He had a quick wit and great sense of humor and always made those around him laugh. I enjoyed getting to know him in my adult life and drinking beers with the old man. There are a lot of memories to look back on and cheerish. He brought a lot of joy to those that knew him.

He wasn't always a perfect dad, he had a quick temper, but he was a damn good dad and I wouldn't want a different one. He loved us and did everything he could to set us up for success in life. I miss him so much and the thought of never seeing him again is a lot to handle. He will always be a part of me.

So long dad, I love you.

Steve McKinley

August 13, 2019

Where do I start? We have been friends since bicycle riding years. Always joking and cutting up with each other. His dad Bob ( nub) was in the cattle hauling business and Johnny talked me into going on a couple of trips from Davie to N. Fla. ( Johnny could drive that semi loaded with cattle like he had done it for centuries) . Well every 100 miles we would have to stop and make sure the cattle were standing, we had more cow manure on us than the trailer and it was a double decker! Lol! Lots of Laughs! We were in the military at the same time with the same discharge date, he picked me up in Charleston and he came from Camp Lejuene, ( how did people stay in touch back then????) He will always be known to me as Johnny Rap! And anyone else who knew him would understand why! Everybody grows older and drifts apart but the friendship is always there, all it takes is a phone call. Rest well, brother!

Paul Prescott

August 12, 2019

My name is Paul Prescott and I called Johnny Tiger, his whole life. We were close friends for 63 years and as kids growing up he was a big tease. Through the years we spent a lot of time together and had some great times. He was a very giving person, he would give you the shirt off his back but he always wanted it back, lol! Warren and I spent a lot of time hunting with this crazy guy and always had a blast. My mother and father, Sarah and OC, were crazy about Johnny and after my dad died he would check in on my mother pretty regularly which we all appreciated. I know that his family will miss him and so will ours. I know Jerry has had a rough couple of months but with God's help she will get through it. We will all miss you, Tiger! Love, Paul

Ann Tyler

August 12, 2019

Johnny and Jerry were my neighbors for many many years. We we had so many memories. I loved Johnny and l loveJerry and the kids. I remember one time l locked myself out of my house and we squeezed skinny little Justin through a window that was barely open. Troy will greatly miss his fishing buddy. My love to the family. Ann

Ralph Mead

August 12, 2019

I loved Johnny like a brother.he will be missed by me and all who knew him,,

Tommy & Debi Bayless

August 12, 2019

Tommy and I enjoyed coming in the East side door of the 🐸Pond Just to get such warm welcomes from you both. Johnny will be so missed. Sending our Love and Prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY