Former state Sen. Harris Blake died Monday at his home in Moore County, Senate leader Phil Berger’s office announced. Blake, a Republican, was 84.
He served 10 years in the state Senate, from 2003-2013. In his final year in the Senate, his colleagues elected Blake deputy president pro tempore, a largely ceremonial post. Last year, he received the state’s highest honor, induction into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Blake, who owned Pinehurst South Realty, was involved with the nonprofit Carolina China Council, which promotes business, cultural and educational exchanges between the Carolinas and China.
Blake was a candidate for Congress in the mid 1980s.
“Sen. Blake was a self-made man who spent his life helping others and giving back to his community, state and country,” Senate leader Phil Berger said in a statement. “From serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War to representing the people of Moore and Harnett counties in the North Carolina Senate, he was the epitome of a public servant. He was an unfailing advocate for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and – most importantly – for his constituents. Sen. Blake was a dear friend, and my colleagues and I will miss him greatly.”