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473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA

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Barbara Williams Blakey

April 4, 1934February 4, 2020
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Barbara Williams Blakey, 85, of Harrisonburg passed away on February 4, 2020 at her home.

She was born on April 4, 1934 in Crewe, VA and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Bertha Campbell Williams.

Barbara received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and her Master’s degree from James Madison University. She was a business teacher at Harrisonburg High School until she retired. She was a member of Valley Association of Retired Educators (V.A.R.E.) and the Teachers Association.

She was a member of the Eleven Oaks Baptist Church in Crewe, VA. She was the pianist for the choirs, a Sunday school teacher and choir member. In Harrisonburg, she became a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and was a Sunday school teacher and choir member.

On December 14, 1958, she married George H. Blakey, Jr., who preceded her in death on November 6, 2006.

She is survived by two sons, George Henry Blakey III and wife, Lori, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Gerald Hueston Blakey and wife, Angela, of Smyrna, GA.; two grandchildren, Nia Lillian Blakey and Garrett Hueston Blakey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara particularly enjoyed taking her vacations with her children, and her devoted niece Irene Pat Farrar.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Berthel Parker, Susie Farrar, Sarah Redd and Virginia Ford; two brothers, Charles Williams, Jr. and Clinton Williams.

The family will receive friends 4-6 pm, Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A graveside service will be held 10 am, Monday, February 10, 2020 at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, a memorial service will follow at 11 am, at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Hay officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 205 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com

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  • Asbury United Methodist Church

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 9, 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Monday, February 10, 2020

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Gerald Winston

February 16, 2020

To the family of Mrs. Blakey,
I was so Blessed to have Mrs. Blakey as a teacher at Lucy Simms School. I am a graduate of Harrisonburg High, class of 1965. History was made, and she helped us at Lucy Simms School, preparing us for our future What I learned in her business classes prepared
me for the business world that I was a part of. My prayers are with you.
Gerald M. Winston-Plainfield, NJ.

James Akerson

February 13, 2020

Mrs. Blakey was a good neighbor, and a dignified, nice lady. Blessings go to her family.

Becky Driver

February 12, 2020

I had Mrs. Blakey for a typing class at HHS. She was a wonderful teacher and person. I have often remembered that class as the most useful one I ever took. The skills she taught got me through many graduate school papers, thesis and dissertation. My prayers are with her family and devoted niece at this time of loss. May good memories sustain you,

Bill Kramer

February 11, 2020

I was very fortunate you have Mrs. Blakey as a teacher
at HHS and she was unfailingly kind and patient and
because of those traits, a wonderful teacher. She
helped many students, me included. May her family
find solace and peace and know many of her students
are better for her having taught us.

Bibb Frazier

February 10, 2020

We’ve Lost A Pillar of Our Community!

Mrs. Blakey’s grace, beauty, kindness, wisdom and presence made her so.

Barbara leaves behind a stronger Harrisonburg built on a foundation she lovingly built by uplifting and encouraging the many hundreds of students and friends who had the honor of knowing her.

I’ve known her since becoming friends with her son, George H. Blakey III, in first grade at Anthony-Seeger Elementary. She’s always been a positive thread in my life, grade school field trips to HHS Senior activities, early Cub Scouts to earning Eagle Scout with George.

I hold the greatest respect for both Mr. and Mrs. Blakey— they always set a standard of accountability for me.

George, my love goes out to you and to Gerald in your loss. She’s proud of you!

Bibb

P.S. — I agree with Neal M. that God has a special place of honor in Heaven for folks like your Mom.



Arnold & Mary Ann Washington Martin

February 10, 2020


Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Blakey family. "Miss Blakey" was a great teacher. She was caring, concerned and compassionate. It was an honor to have been students of hers at Lucy F. Simms School. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Karen Lam

February 10, 2020

Mrs. Blakey was my typing teacher at HHS, she was a wonderful lady and always so kind to me.
God bless your family at this difficult time.

Karen Colaw Lam

Jane and Henry Bowers

February 10, 2020

Dear family,

We want to express our sympathy to the Blakey family upon the death of Barbara. She was a dear and sweet lady whom we admired and respected as a coworker at HHS in the 70's. May you be comforted in your loss by gratitude for a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Nancy Lowder

February 9, 2020

George and Family,
I was fortunate to take a typing class your mother taught at HHS , graduating in 1969. I found it an invaluable skill as and undergraduate as well as a graduate student. Your mom was so kind and so patient. Teaching at that time had to be a trying time for her. She did so with grace and dignity. She made such an impression on me. I put the keyboarding skills to excellent use when computers came on the scene. I wanted her to know how much she had meant to me. Again, invaluable for my profession as an elementary school administrator. Several years back, I contacted Mrs. Blakey by mail to express my gratitude. She and I spoke by phone on a couple of occasions. She was so proud of you and your brother and your families. She loved traveling and being with you all. May peace be with you now as you continue on life’s journey.
Nancy Webster Lowder

Diana Thomas Coleman

February 9, 2020

Ms. Blakey was an incredible mentor and inspiration for young black women in our community. She was my FAVORITE teacher! She supported me in so many ways, such as helping me finish my education and assisting me with purchasing gowns for important events in my youth. I had lost my mom three years prior to meeting her and she took me under her wing. She was a real friend and mentor to me who I will truly miss. Love you Ms. Blakey 💖💖💖

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Biography

Barbara Williams Blakey, 85, of Harrisonburg passed away on February 4, 2020 at her home.

She was born on April 4, 1934 in Crewe, VA and was the daughter of the late Charlie and Bertha Campbell Williams.

Barbara received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and her Master’s degree from James Madison University. She was a business teacher at Harrisonburg High School until she retired. She was a member of Valley Association of Retired Educators (V.A.R.E.) and the Teachers Association.

She was a member of the Eleven Oaks Baptist Church in Crewe, VA. She was the pianist for the choirs, a Sunday school teacher and choir member. In Harrisonburg, she became a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and was a Sunday school teacher and choir member.

On December 14, 1958, she married George H. Blakey, Jr., who preceded her in death on November 6, 2006.

She is survived by two sons, George Henry Blakey III and wife, Lori, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Gerald Hueston Blakey and wife, Angela, of Smyrna, GA.; two grandchildren, Nia Lillian Blakey and Garrett Hueston Blakey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Barbara particularly enjoyed taking her vacations with her children, and her devoted niece Irene Pat Farrar.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Berthel Parker, Susie Farrar, Sarah Redd and Virginia Ford; two brothers, Charles Williams, Jr. and Clinton Williams.

The family will receive friends 4-6 pm, Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A graveside service will be held 10 am, Monday, February 10, 2020 at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, a memorial service will follow at 11 am, at Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Stephen Hay officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 205 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com