Thomas Blakely

August 26, 1934August 18, 2019
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GASTON – Funeral services for Thomas Leonard Blakely, 84, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, with interment to follow in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 107 W. Park Blvd., Ste. 220, Columbia, SC 29210 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Mr. Blakely was born August 26, 1934 in Taylors, SC and passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019. He was a son of the late William Blakely and Myrtle Masters Blakely. Mr. Blakely served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict, and met his wife while stationed at Lincoln Air Force Base in Nebraska. He worked in the flooring industry. He was a man who never said no, was very forgiving, believed in his faith and loved his family. Mr. Blakely is survived by his daughters, Priscilla Ann Mock, Nancy Blakely-Spencer; son-in-law, David Spencer; daughter, Alicia Howe; son, Thomas Leonard Blakely II, several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews to whom he was known as “Uncle Buster.” He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Meredith Darlene Blakely; daughter, Janice Porter; granddaughters, Anastasia and Kim; grandson, Luke; great-granddaughter, Hope; great-grandson, Isaac and siblings, Irene, Lorene, Jeanette, Carl and Harold.


  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, August 25, 2019
  • Burial Sunday, August 25, 2019


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Jean Gregory

August 26, 2019

Uncle Buster you'll be truly missed but I know you are free from pain & you are celebrating your birthday with all your brothers & sisters. Happy Birthday in Heaven Uncle Buster 😘

Ashley DeHaai

August 23, 2019

Back when he was "Poo-Pah" because itty bitty Aaron couldnt say Grandpa yet.
Everytime Grandpa and Aaron were together, they both just lit up. So happy to see eachother, constantly making eachother laugh....I'll never forget towards the end, Aaron asked Grandpa "You wanna race?!" And Grandpa surely told him, I'll race you!! I will forever miss the bond they had and always wish he was here for Aaron to keep building that with him. We will miss him dearly.

Stacy Hanseling

August 21, 2019

Stacy Hanseling

August 20, 2019

Grandpa, you are my best friend! "My most favorist person in the whole wide world!" You were so humble, giving and forgiving! You never let hate stay in your heart, never! I used to get upset (still do) over things, you used to always tell me, "stop, what good is that going to do?" "Stop letting a situation control you, when you can control the situation." Grandpa, you were so independent, you wouldn't even let me help you when you were sick.You used to pick me up from school when I said I was sick. Mom didn't believe me, but you did. Then took me to waffle house, each time!! The way you kicked uncle Tom to wake up to make sure he made it to my wedding is something that's makes me smile. You used to talk to me about the "good ol days" Grandpa, my heart hurts so bad, sometimes I can barely breath or control myself! You were so strong, held on for so long! You would give the food out of your mouth for anyone! I would do anything to have you back, one more phone call, one more hug that I could never let go of, watch you drink coffee with your tiny little sips, watch you walk your tiny little steps, watch a Clint Eastwood movie with you. Unselfishly, you are with grandma and my sister, that's where I find peace. You are not suffering, you are not in pain, and I gained the "most handsomest man in the world" as an angel! As hard it is for to try and understand we don't breath the same air anymore, it makes me more at peace you can breath freely now! I love you with every ounce of me! One if my worst fears was loosing you or mom, now I face reality. Even though I hurt and in pain. I'm also at peace! Be with me always, like you said grandpa!! I love you!!! You would reply, "love ya too girl!!"

Janice Knight

August 20, 2019

Our Love and prayers for the family . Uncle Buster is not hurting or suffering anymore and he's with all his love ones in the arms of God. Love you Uncle Buster