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Phyllis B Blake
Dec 24, 1928 to Jan 05, 2015

 

Most people look upon death as a dark and gloomy thing, but the death of the righteous is like the lowing cloud that shuts off the sun at noonday. It has a bright side and silver lining. The fields that were green a few days ago are now brown. Sister Phyllis Bradley Blake, daughter of the late Walter Bradley and Ella Carter Bradley, was born on December 24, 1928 in Elliott, (Lee County) South Carolina. She departed this life on Monday, January 5, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. She devoted many years of faithful service to her family church, school, communities and people in general. At an early age she became a member of New Zion A. M. E. Church, Wysacky, South Carolina. Throughout her life she served diligently and faithfully in many church and community activities. Sister Blake obtained her formal education in the public schools of Lee County and graduated from Mayesville High school, Mayesville, (Sumter County) South Carolina. She continued her education at Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina, where she received a Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education. She also completed course work toward her Masterís degree at North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro, N. C. and did further studies at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina and South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. In 1958, she was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Willie Samuel Blake of McClellanville, South Carolina. To this family one daughter was added, Audrey Marcinia Blake. For over 36 years, Sister Blake was a devoted educator in Georgetown, Charleston and Lee County Schools; she taught hundreds of students at the following schools: West Lee Elem, Lower Lee Elem, Rosemary Elem, South Santee Elem, and McClellanville Elementary. While living in McClellanville, South Carolina, she continued her career in teaching in the public school system. She was touched by the Holy Spirit to become a member of the Shiloh Seventh-day Adventist Church, Charleston, South Carolina under the leadership of Pastor Willie Taylor. Throughout her time there she devoted her time working with numerous of church offices and community organizations. After moving to Sumter she became a member of Berea Seveneth-day Adventist Church, where she served in the capacity as the Sabbath School Department, Church Clerk, Secretary of the Womenís Ministry, Secretary of Senior Organization and worked the Community Service Center Office. She will long be remembered for her distinguished involvement as thee assistant leader of the Berea Community Service Center. She retired after fourteen years of service. She leaves to cherish her precious memory and legacy of faith and love: one daughter, Audrey Marcinia Blake of Atlanta, GA; two grandsons, Maurice Wayne Heriot, Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, William Blake Heriot of Atlanta, Georgia; three sister-in-law, Faye Bradley Cleveland, Ohio, Barbara Blake of New Jersey, and Mary Blake of North Carolina; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward, Joseph, William, and Isaac Bradley; three sisters,Louise Joe, Mary Stukes, and Carrie Simon. Funeral services will be held 2:30 p. m., Monday, January 12, 2015 from the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church, 675 South Lafayette Drive, Sumter, with Pastor Marquis Jackson, officiating, Pastor Calvin B. Preston, eulogist. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 17 Byrd Street, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:30 p. m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 2:00 p. m. Floral bearers will be Deaconess. Pall bearers will be Deacons. Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cainsí Mill Road, Sumter.
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