John William Blake Jr.

July 28, 1933October 10, 2013

Retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant John William Blake Jr., 80, of Hope Mills, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013 at his home with his family by his side. He was born July 28, 1933 in Cumberland County to the late John W. Blake and Anna Mae Spence Blake. Mr. Blake was well known for his collection of antique cars. As a hobby, he restored and collected many. He was also an avid gardener, master craftsman, and wildlife enthusiast. He was a well-loved and well-respected man. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley Jackson Blake; his loving and devoted children, Willie Blake and wife Martha of Fayetteville, Holly Blake Rice and husband Clayton of Dalton, GA, Jay Blake and wife Kim of Atlanta, GA, Jeff Blake and friend, Vicki Sands of Hillsboro, Heidi Blake Maly and husband Pete of Fayetteville, and Jenny Blake Clabo and husband Mike of Hope Mills; sister, Ruth Blake Barr of Hope Mills; 25 grand and great-grandchildren; and special niece, Marianna Calhoun and husband Michael. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Reeves Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2013 at Hope Mills United Methodist Church with Dr. Dennis Sheppard and Chaplain Sam Harvin officiating. He will be laid to rest in Hope Mills Cemetery with the rendering of military honors.


  • Visitation Sunday, October 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 14, 2013

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Marianna Calhoun

November 6, 2013

I am so sorry for the tremendous loss of your precious husband, father and Papa. He was truly one in a million and they broke the mold when he was born. Heaven has received a very special angel and his presence here will be greatly missed. I loved him with all my heart and felt very priviledged to have such a close relationship with him. If any of you ever need anything I am a phone call away. May the good Lord bring you all peace and grace. Marianna, Michael, Sarah and Jonathan

October 15, 2013

Dear Blake Family, I am so sorry to hear of JW's passing. He was always very kind and caring towards me and I always appreciated what he did for me! I know you all will miss him greatly. I pray for peace and love to surround your family in this most difficult time. Much love, Terry LeBlue

Dan & Penny Sizick

October 14, 2013

Our sympathy to the Blake Family!!! Sorry for your loss. We live in the neighborhood will miss seeing Mr. Blake riding by our house, sometimes in his Antique Cars!!! May you savor the memories!! Blessings to all...Sincerely Dan & Penny Sizick <

Doralynn Beck-Lewis

October 14, 2013

Thinking of you all during this difficult time! Praying God's comfort and your beautiful memories help you through the days ahead.

Benny & Jane Cannon

October 13, 2013

We were sorry to hear of John's death. You are in our thoughts as you mourn a good man's passing. Sincerely,Jane & Benny Cannon

Kathy Brafford

October 13, 2013

I will always remember Mr. Blake and his antique cars. My sympathies to the entire family, I know you miss him already

Tommy Watts

October 12, 2013

To his family, John was a wonderful guy. A one and only.

Betty Sue Smith -Costa

October 12, 2013

Ms. Shirley and Family my Prayers will be with you.

October 11, 2013

Dear Holly, you and your family are certainly in my prayers and in my heart. I'm thankful you've had this time with your family and know you treasure each minute with your precious dad. He left you and your family many treasured memories and a lot of love. You are dear to me and I hope you feel my love all the way from Dalton. Love & blessings, Judy