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James Blakeley

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James Calvin Blakeley, age 81, of Pearson Chapel, TX quietly passed away early Friday morning, August 31st 2018 at the Hospice of the Pines in Lufkin, TX.  Born December 6, 1936 in Lovelady Tx, James was one of six children born to Helen Marie Jackson and Claude Wesley Blakeley and an older half-sister born to Helen and Doyle Tolbert.

Raised in Lovelady, James loved anything having to do with the outdoors and being in the woods. His passions were trapping, hunting (bow/gun), pranks, playing the guitar, singing and just making people laugh and feel good with his quick-witted humor and captivating smile.

As a teenager, James would sing on the radio at Crockett’s radio station KIVY and even performed on two live television shows. In 1955 at the age of 18, James moved to Houston to begin his career as a tool & die machinist. He returned home every weekend to be with his family and with the love of his life, Wilma Jean Coon of Pearson Chapel. They were married in 1956 and formally began their journey in Houston but never forgot their roots and returned to Lovelady seemingly every weekend.

The proud parents of one son and two daughters, there was never a doubt as to the love they had for their children or to their ability to make them feel safe, secure and special. With love, patience, humor and the ability to teach, James shared his passions with their children who cherish the memories and agree today that they are truly blessed to be the children of Wilma and James Blakeley.

After 35 years with Texas Instruments, James retired in 1996 at the age of 60 and immediately began making plans to build their retirement home in Pearson Chapel. Completed in November 1997, they moved in and began the next chapter in their lives. Unfortunately, Wilma passed away in 2000 but after some time James was able to move forward and found joy once again with the support of his children, sisters, friends and through his life-long passions.

With respect to passions, like a child waiting for summer, he especially looked forward to his annual bow-hunting trips (30+) to the beautiful mountains of Colorado and truly enjoyed building deer stands not only for himself but others as well here in Texas. At the age of 71 he picked up the game of Golf which soon became another strong passion for him and played as much as possible each year. James continued to enjoy playing his guitar, singing, writing his own songs and singing karaoke with family and friends.

James was a very loving, kind and considerate man who truly cared for others and would find a way to give you the shirt off his back even if he didn’t have one.  For many, he was the “one to call” when it came to fixing or learning pretty much anything.  If he didn’t already know how something worked, he could figure it out since he was really an “Engineer’s Engineer”.  He even designed and built his own Compound Bow back in the 70’s.

James never lost his quick-witted prankster personality, his captivating smile or his ability to make people laugh and feel good about life. For those fortunate enough to have known James, we’re sure they would agree.

James is survived by his children, David Blakeley of Houston, Shirley Blakeley of Seabrook, Donna Blakeley Crowson and husband, George of Pearson Chapel; sisters, Marie Driskell of Lovelady, Ruby Sexton of Lovelady, Anna Ruth McKenzie of Pearson Chapel, Carolyn Level and husband, John of Titusville, Florida; sister-in-law, Cleo Blakeley of Lovelady; brother-in-law, Norman Kuehn of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean Coon Blakeley; parents, Claude and Helen Blakeley; brother, Coy Blakeley; sister, Louise Speaker.

Funeral services for James Calvin Blakeley will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 3, 2018 in the Lovelady First Baptist Church, Lovelady, TX with Rev. D. R. McNaughton officiating.  Interment to follow in the Lovelady Antioch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lovelady Antioch Cemetery, P. O. Box 400, Lovelady, TX 75851

Online condolences may be made at www.callawayallee.com

CALLAWAY-ALLEE FUNERAL HOME

 

3 Comments
  1. I was privileged to be Pete’s hunting buddy for 50 years, and ultimately his Colorado connection. We were truly brothers in our hearts. Save me a little place in heaven near you.

  2. Ruby, I was not aware of your brother’s passing when we saw you the other night. Clifford and I would like to offer our condolences to you, Denise and his family. Sounds like he was a very talented man.

    Barbara Beeson Fultz and Clifford Beeson

  3. David and Donna, I was so shocked and saddened to discover your dad passed away! I just got to visit with Pete a few weeks back at another funeral. It was so good to see him! Pete never changed. Always had a smile, a twinkle in his eye and a compliment. I sure will miss him. He was at my house many a time when I lived in Lovelady and I loved him dearly. He was just one of those people you felt better for having known and he always made YOU feel better, just talking to him or being around him. And, I LOVED his prankster side! :]
    I am so sorry. I would have attended had I known. You were lucky to have had such a sweet and wonderful father. or “Killer”, as we knew him. I’ll miss him.

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