My grandfather passed away last week and I flew home to attend the services. Below are a few excerpts from his obituary. Just a quick heads up – my grandfather was AWESOME and took the instructions to “be fruitful and increase in number” quite literally.
He had 17 children. Yes, 17 children. First marriage, 4 children. Second marriage – to my Grandmother who is still alive and kicking – 13 children. Yes, my Grandmother had 13 children. FYI – just in case it wasn’t already clear, don’t mess with me, I rolls DEEP!
Mr. Hartie Blake, Sr., 103 years old, entered into eternal rest at 8:30 am on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at his home. He was born on February 14, 1909 to the late Robert and Louella Avant in Como, Mississippi.
He retired from Allied Products at the age of 77 in 1987. Shortly after he retired he started his own lawn service and mowed lawns until the age of 100.
Mr. Blake leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Louise, at home; six sons, 10 daughters, 51 grandchildren, 86 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by one daughter, 9 siblings, a grandson and a great grandson.
Mr. Blake loved the Lord and it was reflected in his daily living. His secret to longevity was daily talks with the “Man Upstairs” reading the Bible and staying away from doctors. Mr. Blake loved being busy and was always on the move; on the first of the month he would drive what he called “old people” around to take care of their business. He enjoyed gardening, and yard work. He stopped driving and shoveling snow at the age of 99.
“A story completed; a page turned; a life well lived – a rest well earned!”