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Earlene Annette Blake was born on Sept. 27, 1944, to the late Freddie and Annie Lou Blake in Folkston. She attended Harris Memorial and Ralph J. Brunch High School in Camden County in which she received her high school diploma and was honored as salutatorian of the class of 1962.

Earlene continued her education at Bethune-Cookman College and received a bachelor’s degree. She went on to earn a master’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). She was an educator for the Volusia County school system. 

Earlene joined New Hope Baptist Church in Woodbine at an early age in which she served diligently until she moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. She was a trailblazer for the family. She stressed and demonstrated that you can make it if you try and put forth enough effort. 

She departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. She was preceded in death by both parents, Freddie and Annie Lou Blake, and brother, Ricky Blake.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories three sisters, Freddie Lockley, Easter Crum (Boston) of Woodbine and Cheryl Parrish (Levy) of Kingsland; three brothers, Richard (Pamela), Jessie in Jacksonville, Florida, and Gary Blake (Cynthia), in South Bay, Florida; as well a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Her memorial services will be held at noon Saturday, March 7, at On Eagles Wings Healing & Deliverance Ministries at 411 W. King Ave. in Kingsland.