Junious Blake

Junious Henry Blake

April 23, 1929 - July 3, 2020
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Junious Henry Blake of Durham, North Carolina transitioned to his heavenly home on Friday, July 3, 2020 at the age of 91. After several weeks of declining health, Junious, “JB” as he was affectionately called, passed peacefully with his beloved wife, Mattie, and daughter, Marilynn, at his bedside.

JB was born on April 23, 1929, in Surry County, Virginia to Johnston Henry Blakes and Constella Burrell Blakes. He had no formal education because he worked to support the family doing odd jobs around town and on the family farm. JB worked at the Young Men’s Shop for more than 45 years. However, it was his work ethic and desire to help others that made him a great men-tor for many young men from Merrick Moore and Hillside High Schools who worked there alongside of him. JB also worked at Mechanics and Farmers Bank for over 23 years and was a father figure and mentor to men and women alike who looked to “Mr. Blake” with admiration and respect as a friend and confidant with many words of wisdom.

JB and Mattie were married forty-four years and loved to fish and travel. They welcomed many family and friends on camping and fishing trips and traveled to forty out of fifty states. JB was a longtime member of Union Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, sang in the Male Chorus, and volunteered on the Social Committee for several years.

Junious is preceded in death by his brothers, Jesse "JC" Harris, Elmus Harris, Harold Harris, Sr., James Randolph Harris; and daughter-in-law Lynn Blake.

Junious Blake’s memory will be cherished by his wife, Mattie Pearl Blake; children, Henry Curtis Blake, Houston, TX; Veronica B. Johnson (Lee), Durham, NC; Marilynn B. Iverson (Daryl), Anderson, SC; Janice B. Lee (Robert) Crofton, MD; Timothy Carr Blake, Atlanta, GA; Stacey Cameron Blake (Mark) Atlanta, GA; and Carl Berry, Jr., Durham, NC; and sister, Mable McLean (Eugene) Durham, NC;and a host of grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday July 7, 2020 | 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday July 7, 2020 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Ellis D Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel
    419 Dowd St
    Durham, North Carolina 27701
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to the Covid 19 pandemic please remember to practice the guidelines of social distancing. Only five people will be allowed into the funeral home at time. Mask are required by the City of Durham and State of NC. Please remember to sanitize your hands upon entrance and exit of the funeral home. We appreciate all of your patience as we work through this together.
  • Graveside service

    Oak Grove Memorial Gardens
    3712 Cheek Rd
    DURHAM, NC 27704
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    Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic the services will be a Private Service. The family invites you to visit during the visitation on Tuesday and have a program.
    Rev. Prince R. Rivers
  • Interment

    Wednesday July 8, 2020 |
    Wednesday July 8, 2020
    Oak Grove Memorial Gardens
    3712 Cheek Rd
    DURHAM, NC 27704
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Glenda Blue Rogers

Posted at 07:38am
Thinking of you....
with extra special care during this time when
memories are stirred and the greatness of your
loss is felt afresh. Please know you are being lifted
up in prayer, that God would give you peace and comfort
and the reassurance of His unchanging love for you.
Peace, love and blessings,
Glenda Blue Rogers

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