OBITUARY

Donald Madison Blake

October 13, 1940February 15, 2021
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It is with great sorrow the family of Donald Madison Blake announces his unexpected passing on Monday the 15th of February 2021 at the age of 80. Don was born on October 13, 1940, in Henderson, Kentucky to the late Monroe Lee Blake and Essie Erma Wilkerson along with nine siblings.

Don Spent 29 of his eighty years of life serving his country as a member of the U.S. Army. During his service he and his family were stationed across the United States as well as overseas locations. Don finished his career as the Operations Sergeant Major of 5th Special Forces Group stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During his military career he served two combat tours of duty in South Vietnam.

Don is survived by his wife Linda Lee Blake and children Donald Keith Blake, Lisa Renee Mesa, Timothy Scott Blake, Shannon Denise Burchfield, Melissa Sasser Hart, Allen Dewayne Sasser; siblings, Richard Monroe Blake, Jerry Wayne Blake, Margie Louise Watson, Nadine Schwallier; 17 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday February 20, 2021 at one o’clock in the afternoon at the Lou White Memorial Chapel of White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Dr., Shallotte.

Interment will follow at three o’clock in Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Dr. Wilmington, NC with Full Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from twelve o’clock noon until one o’clock. You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com

Don loved animals and the family has requested in lieu of flowers memorials be directed to Paws Place, P.O. Box 67 Winnabow, NC 28479.

White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte Chapel

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Jerome Munna

February 20, 2021

Don will be missed by many. Always offering ideas on home repair, walking his dogs and stopping to chat will be missed. My kids enjoyed seeing him and dogs walking and he would stop and speak to them. He was a proud veteran and I salute you Sir!
Praying for Linda and family .

Kyle Lane

February 20, 2021

Sincerely apologize for your family’s loss. Don was an awesome story teller, and the energy in the room always centered around his smile and his jokes! I’ll never forget these attributes. I appreciate all of the tips and tricks you taught me as a young man on how to be a better handyman, and I appreciate you opening your arms and letting me feel like a Blake. Oh, and thanks for giving me the grand tour of your RV...I’ll always remember you popping in the ‘Overboard’ VHS tape so I could catch some rest in your driveway before a family event :) With love. Kyle.

Jeff Jackson

February 18, 2021

We have known Don for about 2 years. He has been a great and loving neighbor. He will be missed by everyone’s life he touched. Prayers to his family and friends.

Tina Schwallier ONeal

February 17, 2021

To an awesome Uncle whom lived life to the fullest!!! With honor and courage you served your country and I will always appreciate and respect your unwavering service. Gone, but never forgotten. Fly high and I will see you again. You will be missed. I love you Uncle Donnie. Rest In Peace.

Your loving niece,

Tina Schwallier O’Neal

Denise Cox

February 16, 2021

Don was such a great neighbor. Marshall and I enjoyed him coming by with the dogs. We would chat and catch up while letting Bailey and Ellie play. We would talk about. I can’t imagine Gator Grant without him. Makes me so sad. Please know that you all in our thoughts and prayers. We are here if you need anything. Love, Marshall and Denise Cox

Pat Carterette-adams

February 16, 2021

Don is kind, industrious and funny. Jack and I send our deepest and heartily condolences to the family.

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