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Dorothy Oldham Williams

September 2, 1924 ~ March 11, 2019

Services will be held: March 30, 2019

Hester Rouse Garner

July 9, 1931 ~ March 19, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Sandra Faye Collins

07/01/1947 ~ March 18, 2019

Services will be held: March 21, 2019

Pastor James L. Upchurch

September 15, 1941 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 22, 2019

Letha Faye Etheridge

6/6/1939 ~ 3/16/2019

Services will be held: March 20, 2019

Jacob Joseph Sanok, III

10/24/1952 ~ March 17, 2019

Services will be held: March 23, 2019

Wayne Allen Taylor

1-29-1943 ~ 3-16-2019

Services will be held: March 19, 2019

Karen Keith Stewart

October 9, 1961 ~ March 7, 2019

Services will be held:

Joseph Alan Blake

03/27/1955 ~ 08/04/2018

BENSON – Joseph Alan Blake passed away on Saturday, August 4, at home, surrounded by his family. Joe was born on March 27, 1955 at Mary Elizabeth Hospital in Raleigh. He was the eldest of four boys of Geraldine and Alan Blake.

Joe graduated from Garner High School in 1972 and began his career of welding, at Rockwell International. Over the years, he worked at various construction companies throughout Raleigh before starting his own business, B&B Portable Welding. Joe finished his career working as Mechanic IV with the North Carolina Department of Administration.

In 1978 he joined the National Guard and was trained in Fort McClellan, Alabama. Joe served our country proudly as a Military Policeman attached to the National Guard Unit in Raleigh NC. for 12 years. His service confirmed his devotion to country which continued throughout his life.

Joe met Rhoda Marie in 1979 over the CB radio. “Soldier Boy” and “Little Mama” were surprised to discover they only lived a block apart. They were married in 1980 and spent the last 38 years enjoying their life of hard work, riding motorcycles, traveling, and fishing at their river house. Together, they raised their son, John “TJ” Blake.

He is preceded in death by his father Alan, his brother Ricky and his nephew, Kit.

He is survived by his wife, Marie Blake; son, TJ Blake (Malia); mother, Geraldine Blake; brothers, Keith Blake (fiance Margaret), Scott Blake (Sara); grandchildren, Tyler and Brooklyn Blake; and a host of favorite nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Garner on Friday Aug. 10 at 2 PM. with procession immediately following to the gravesite at Montlawn Memorial Park, Raleigh.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday Aug. 9 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at the funeral home in Garner.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta Georgia at https://www.gatewaycr.org/ways-to-give/ or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Condolences to the family may be made to bryan-leefuneralhome.com



6:00 - 8:00 pm

at the funeral home



2:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funera;l Chapel
1200 Benson Road Garner, NC 27529

Burial following at Montlawn Memorial Park


  1. Tasha Burdette

    I have no words. I love you Uncle Joe.

  2. Kathy grady

    Joe I miss you always. Thank you for taking care of my sister like you did for the last 30 plus years

  3. Donna Combs

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to the Blake family. Joe will certainly be missed at FMD. He was a quiet and soft spoken man but his presence was always known.

  4. Kathy Combs

    My heart goes out to Marie and the family. May you always cherish the wonderful memories. Prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Hugs and love!

  5. Susan Ballard

    We are deeply saddened to hear that Joe will no longer be with us but take comfort in knowing that he is in the presence of Jesus. Joe was a kind spirited man that would give you the shirt off his back if he knew you needed it. We will cherish the many wonderful memories we had with Joe and Rie. God bless the Blake family.
    Al and Susan Ballard

  6. Larry Smith

    May God comfort the family at this time. Joe Blake was my co worker at NCDOA- FMD . He always had a smile on his face no matter the circumstances. When I seen him at work we would almost always salute each other as we both served in the Arm Forces. This is my final salute to Joseph A Blake. You will be missed…

  7. Erica

    My deepest condolences to the family. Losing a loved one in death is one of the most difficult experiences in life. We all long for the time when we can say with confidence, “Death is swallowed up forever. Death,where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54,55)

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