Mr. James W. Blakely Jr.
Statesboro - Mr. James W. Blakely Jr., 76, entered eternal rest on September 14, 2016, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born to the late James W. Blakely Sr. and Thelma Hill Blakely in Waycross, Georgia, on March 31, 1940. He received his education in the public schools of Ware County and was a graduate of Center High School, Class of 1957. He went on to pursue his education in music, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University, Class of 1961. He was a member of the famous Marching 100 marching band, where he played alto saxophone. After graduating from Florida A&M he moved to Statesboro, Georgia, where he met and married Glarushia Riggs. He later was employed at William James High School, where he became band director, and later at Southeast Bulloch High School. Mr. Blakely later became the social services director of Grace Nursing Home and the social services coordinator at Pecan Manor Rehabilitation. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Tony Harris. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Glarushia Blakely; and children Micheal Cobb, Tonilynn Thomas, Miyoshi Morris, Bettina Blakely, Nicole Blakely Boulding and Chenagi Blakely. A life tribute and celebration service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Snella's Chapel, 17 Allen Circle, Statesboro, Ga. Please sign our guestbook online at www.sextonhallfh.com. Service entrusted to Sexton-Hall Funeral Home, 5 Birkenhead Road, Port Wentworth, GA 31407; (912) 964-4336. Statesboro Herald, October 13, 2016 Sign the Legacy online guestbook at www.statesboroherald.com.
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