Rev. Joseph Lenord Blake,, Jr., died September 30, 2017

Written by Brust Funeral Home on October 3rd, 2017

BlakeRev. Joseph Lenord Blake,, Jr., was born on August 14, 1930 in Bamford, AL.  He was the sixth child born to the late Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Sr., and Charlie Bee Blake.  Rev. Blake was a true believer of Jesus Christ.  He confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age in Alabama.  He was active in a community choir for many years.  At a young age, Rev. Blake halted his education to work and support his family.

Rev. Blake later moved to Cleveland, Ohio and united with Morning Star Baptist Church, under the late Pastor Cole.  Rev. Blake served under Pastor Cole’s leadership for many years.  Rev. Blake accepted his call to the ministry in 1952, and served as the Youth Minister at Morning Star Baptist Church.  Rev. Blake is a veteran whom served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.  Rev. Blake was a commander of the Western Reserve post of The American Legion.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr. and Mary Otis Blake were united in holy matrimony on August 18, 1956.  To this union five (5) children were born:  Rhonda L. Blake, Chandra B. Blake, Jovita L. Blake, Keith L. Blake and Kelvin S. Blake.

Rev. Blake pursued a higher level of education and attended American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee.  Rev. Blake completed and earned his degree in Theology.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., and family united with Unity Baptist Church and served as Assistant Pastor for many years under the pastoral leadership of the late Rev. E.L. Ross.  He remained a faithful member of Unity Baptist Church under the current pastoral leadership of Rev. Edward L. Cryer.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., was a 50 year member of Ecclesiastes Lodge No. 120 Free and Accepted Masonry.  He was a 32° Mason.  He was also a member of Ecclesiastes Lodge No. 101, and member of Bezaleel Consistory No. 15.  Rev. Blake was a guest speaker of the Mundy Service.

Rev. Blake was passionate about teaching and preaching God’s word.  Rev. Blake’s commitment to encourage and support Christian Education was demonstrated as a teacher for The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Annual Session for many years.  Rev. Blake mentored young ministers and equipped Christian leaders with the necessary information and teaching techniques to fulfill their respective roles in their local ministries with excellence.

Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr. was installed as pastor of Sacred Trinity Missionary Baptist Church on March 5, 1980.  In 1990, Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., received an honorary doctorate degree in theology and earned the title of Dr. Joseph L. Blake, Jr.  Dr. Blake led the congregation of Sacred Trinity Missionary Baptist Church until September 30, 2015.

Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Blake, Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Joseph L. Blake, Sr., and Charlie Bee Blake, brothers, Charles Otis Blake, and Thomas A. Blake, Sr.; sisters, Mary Strickland, Josephine Collier, Deloris Davis, Joan Jones, Mildred Preston and Eunice Gaddis.

Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Blake,,Jr., made his transition to be with the Heavenly Host on September 30, 2017.  Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Blake, Jr., leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Otis Blake; His loving children, Rhonda L. Blake, Chandra B. (Bobby) Morton, Jovita L. Blake, Keith L. Blake, Kelvin S. (Kathleen) Blake; Eleven (11) grandchildren, Carlos M. (Loreal) Blake, Ciandra J. Blake, Kourtni J. (Will) Ocacio, Leonard K. Blake, Desiree J. Blake, Kiara M. Blake, Keith L. Blake, Jr., Riante A. Blake, Ka’Mile J. Blake, Kelvin S. Blake, Jr., Paige J. Morton; Eight (8) great grandchildren, Kamari M. Traylor, Kamara M. Traylor, Kobe J. Ocacio, Carlos M. Blake, II, Dawnelle M. Blake, Khylie J. Ocacio, Khalil E. Blake, Ka’Leah J. Irving; His siblings, Timothy H. Blake, Sr., Wilbert E. Blake; His sisters-in-law, Doris L. Pitts, Sarah B. Oglesby, Evelyn Blake, Alice Blake, Coreen Blake; Brothers-in-law, Benjamin Jones, Nathaniel Davis, Fred Collier, Eugene Oglesby; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.


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