James Harold Blake, 86, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Hock Family Pavilion. He was born in Durham, son of the late John Dee Blake and the late Emma Lucille Mock Blake. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Bennett Blake and grandson, Trinity Smith. He was a teacher, coach and administrator at Southern High School.
Mr. Blake is survived by his daughters, Ruth Anne Blake Lipscomb of Durham, Mary Catherine Blake Hopson and husband, Robert of Durham, Elizabeth Kathleen Blake of Durham; sons, John Edward Blake and wife Carolyn of Durham, David Stuart Blake of Durham; grandchildren, Rachel Taylor and husband, Chris of Durham, Sean Blake and wife Abbey of Raleigh, Travis Blake of Durham, Derek Smith of Denver, CO, Rebekah Smith of Raleigh, James Hopson of Durham; great grandchildren, Payten Smith, Kyleigh Taylor, Joleah Peace; nephew, Bill Blake and niece, Debbie Buck.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Monday at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham with Chaplain Phil Wiggins and Rev. Jim Baggett officiating. Burial will follow in Markham Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Clements Funeral Home. They invite friends to come to the funeral home for viewing and to sign the memorial register anytime on Sunday.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc., in Durham, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.clementsfuneralservice.com