Stevens & Grass Funeral Home

4203 Salines DR, Malden, WV


Larry Eugene Blake

October 1, 1939March 7, 2020
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Larry Eugene Blake, 80 of Columbus, OH passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred T. Blake and mother, Mary Elizabeth (Walker) Blake; brother, Harold Wayne Blake; daughter, Victoria Lynn, and son, James “Stuart”.

Larry was a graduate of DuPont High School, class of 1958. He was in the U.S. Army. Over the years, he was employed with NYC, Penn Central, Conrail, UTU, Hocking Valley Scenic Railway and was a Columbus Trolley Owner. He was a past Master of the Salina Lodge #27 A.F. & A.M., Malden; past Worthy Patron of the Salina Chapter 81 Order of the Eastern Star, a 32nd Degree member of the Scottish Rite Bodies, a Member of Aladdin Temple, A.A.O.N.M.S past Masters Unit and was a member of The Shriners. Larry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and a friend to many.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce A. (McMann) Blake; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Angela Blake of Bellefontaine, OH; daughter-in-law, Lisa Syner of Charleston, WV; grandchildren, Kristen Blake, Morgan Matics, Mary Blake, Anna Blake; great grandson, Blake Matics; sisters, Judy Ranson, Shirley Jean Comer, Debra McCarty; brother, Alfred “Kenny” Blake.

Funeral service will be 12:00pm, Friday, March 13, 2020 at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden with Reverend Edward Jarrett officiating. The burial will follow the service at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. A visitation with family and friends will be from 6:00-8:00pm, Thursday, March 12 at the funeral home.


  • Joyce A. McCann Blake, Wife
  • Gary Blake (Angela), Son
  • Lisa Syner, Daughter-in-law
  • Kristen Blake, Grandchild
  • Morgan Matics, Grandchild
  • Mary Blake, Grandchild
  • Anna Blake, Grandchild
  • Blake Matics, Great-Grandson
  • Judy Ranson, Sister
  • Shirley Jean Comer, Sister
  • Debra McCarty, Sister
  • Alfred "Kenny" Blake, Brother
  • Alfred T. Blake, Father (deceased)
  • Mary Elizabeth Walker Blake, Mother (deceased)
  • Harold Wayne Blake, Brother (deceased)
  • Victoria Lynn, Daughter (deceased)
  • James "Stuart", Son (deceased)


  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 13, 2020


Larry Eugene Blake

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Debbie McCarty

March 11, 2020

I have a memory to share of my Brother Larry. Went to Columbus one year to help him decorate the trolleys for Christmas. It was in a big building.The building had an attic with steps Mind you . Larrys stuff was stored up there. So I told him I would go up and get it as soon as I got done sweeping out the Trolley. He was starting to have trouble with his legs. When I came out of the trolley this big white thing fell down in front of me. Needless to say it scared the holy crap out of me. I look up and Larry was in the attic laughing his butt off. Moral if the story he never let anything get in the way of him doing what he needed to do. And he didnt want me climbing those steps. Such a strong willed Man. I will always miss you and love you.

Leilani Bennett

March 11, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Leilani "Loni" Bennett and Rick Hughes

Marilyn Lowery Mevers

March 10, 2020

Growing up I was babysat by Maw Maw and Pawpaw Brown who lived beside of Larry and Joyce. We would play in the woods behind Larry's house and roll down the side yard. Larry would be out there in the yard when we got older and would join in encouraging us to play fair and root us on in our yard games. Larry was a great dad to all of us creeker kids. RIP Larry. I will miss your FB comments.

Jim Keener

March 10, 2020

Larry was my brother-in-law for 48 years and for most of those he was my brother.
We would argue constantly about unions and politics and all the idiots in the world. Even if we agreed on a subject neither of us would admit it. Why spoil a good argument with facts.
I love him like a brother and will miss him so much.
Right now he is up there trying to unionize heaven
Rest in peace Larry

Jesse Ranson

March 10, 2020

My favorite memory of my Uncle Larry was when I was a child, my Mamaw and Papaw took me to Columbus for a visit, they went somewhere and left him to babysit me. He was told I did not like ice cream and he asked me if I wanted a bowl of ice cream and I said yes. Now I am still eating ice cream.

Jean Comer

March 10, 2020

Larry was always the go to person whenever there was a problem. He was more like our Dad than our brother. I love and will miss him a lot.

Lisa Syner

March 10, 2020

Wow, share a favorite memory. So, so many to choose from. Probably a favorite memory is when Stu and I first got engaged, Larry pulled me to the side one night and said "I just want you to know, I'm not really sure how to do this father-in-law thing but I'll do my best". My response was "Well, I'm not sure how to do this daughter-in-law thing either but I'll do my best too". We hugged, laughed and agreed to just do our best. Thirty-nine years later I can proudly say that we figured it all out just fine. Larry was a second Dad to me, and in 1998 when my Dad passed away, he became my surrogate father. I love this man so much and cannot tell you how much I will miss him. Watching him become a first-time Grandpa was amazing and boy did he love those girls! Then, last September we got the pleasure to see him become a Great Grandpa. I'm so thankful he got to meet Blake (named to honor this family) at Christmas and hold him. He got to see current photos and videos the night before he passed and he just smiled away and said "That's my Great Grandson." I love you so much Larry and will always miss you being here. I know you are now reunited with Stu and many other loved ones and that does my heart so much good. Please give each other hugs from all of us down here and we will see you one day. All My Love, Lisa