James E. (Buddy) Blakeley, 75, after having endured Alzheimer's disease for several years, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, with his family by his side.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elmeady Blakeley Pumphrey.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Carolyn Blakeley, two loving daughters, Angela Reese and her husband, Donald of Panama City and Carol Meeks and her husband Tony of Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL; three grandchildren that filled his life with joy, Tyler Reese, Tanner Reese, and Brittany Meeks; three sisters and their families, Pat Johnson (Ray), Linda Coram (Lloyd), all of Panama City and Dorothy Filippi (Pat) of Newark, IL, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Drs. Kenneth and Margaret Wiggins of Panama City, and many nieces and nephews.
Buddy will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, PopPop, friend, and helper to many. Born April 2, 1938, he spent his life in the St. Andrew area. He graduated from Bay High School in 1957, loved fishing, boating, teaching his grandchildren all about the boats and fishing, coaching little league baseball, and travelling. After high school, Buddy was employed at Arizona Chemical, where he retired after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club. After his retirement, he began to work on small engines as a hobby. He served in the US Army and the Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. Buddy was devoted to his faith, serving as an ordained deacon at St. Andrew Baptist Church and Emerald Coast Fellowship. He loved singing in the choir and being able to serve where needed at the church.
A Celebration of Life with be held 4:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Steve Taylor and Dr. Art Zediker officiating. Family visitation will be one hour prior to service time.
Thank you to the workers at Covenant Hospice Inpatient Care for the gentle and compassionate care of Buddy. You were angels, preparing him for his journey home; God Bless You. As a lasting memorial, donations may be made to Covenant Hospice, Bay County Council on Aging, Emerald Coast Fellowship Building Fund, Clifford C. Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, or the Bay County Animal Shelter. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed at www.kentforestlawn.com .
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Oct. 9, 2013