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Thomas "Willie, T-Bone" Blakemore

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Thomas "Willie, T-Bone" Blakemore Obituary
Blakemore, Thomas "Willie", "T-Bone" Thomas Blakemore, age 59, of Gary, IN, transitioned into his heavenly home with his loving family by his side on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. He was born on June 27, 1954 in Gary, IN. Preceded in death by his beloved father, Jackie Blakemore. Thomas is survived by his loving mother, Katie Blakemore; his loving wife, Ruby Campbell-Blakemore; loving son, Christopher French (Monica); loving daughter, LaKesha Blakely-Bryant (Darren); his precious grandchildren, Kenedi French, Keve Jalaya, Daryan and Brycen Bryant; loving siblings, Mary (Jerry Drones) Rucker, Alice (Walter) Brooks, James Blakemore, Jacqueline Blakemore and Katie (Allen) Furey; former wife, Anglise A. French; several loving nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, and precious friends. Thomas graduated in 1973 from Lew Wallace High School in Gary, IN. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines. Thomas was formerly employed with the U.S. Steel Mill in Gary, IN and Westville Correctional Facility in Westville, IN. He moved to Georgia where he resided for the past 26 years. Thomas was known to his family and friends as the life of the party. He had a love for "Old School" music and was always known as a sharp dressing man, the six member of the original Temptations and a smooth dancer. Thomas loved his clothes, music, sports, playing pool and old movies. He never met a stranger. Thomas was a very knowledgeable person, remembering old news and keeping up with current events. He was a man who enjoyed his life and appreciated his loving family to the fullest. Those who knew him loved him for his charm and his ability to make you smile. Visitation will be Friday, June 20, 2014 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Ridgelawn Funeral Home, 4201 West Ridge Road, Gary, IN 46408 (219) 980-5555. The Celebration for the Life of Thomas Blakemore will be on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. with Reverend Billy Hawkins officiating at the funeral home. Willie will be deeply missed by his loving and devoted family and precious loving friends. God Grant Him Eternal Peace. Online condolences may be made at http://www.ridgelawnfuneralhome.com/.

Published in the Post Tribune on June 19, 2014
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