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Johnie Cue Franklin Blake

A Life Well Lived

A life that leaves a legacy worthy of emulation is a life well lived! (Author unknown.) The vibrant and colorful existence of Johnie Cue Franklin Blake, indeed, affected the lives of others in countless positive and meaningful ways. Early on Monday, February 24, 2014, she departed from this world.

Born in Tollette, Arkansas, Johnie, affectionately known as "Cue," was the second child to bless the union of the late Oran Palmer Franklin and the late Maple F. Brown Franklin. After attending high school in Norphlett, Arkansas, Johnie earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the institution currently known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She completed the Master of Arts degree in English Literature at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Other postsecondary institutions where she studied included Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont; and The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska. Continuing her studies, this scholar earned the Doctor of Education degree in English Literature at East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas.

Professor Johnie Blake demonstrated high academic achievement and lovingly held her students to high standards of performance. She demonstrated her commitment to enhance life for students, faculty, staff and alumni by serving on various committees throughout her tenure at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Mentoring and nurturing her friends and students throughout her lifetime, Johnie Cue was a readily approachable source of strength, guidance and support. She rendered more than 33 years of service as an excellent English teacher and was granted the title of Professor Emerita upon her retirement.

To further enrich the lives of others, Blake gave generously of her resources, assistance and time to civic, social and professional organizations. She was one of the founding board members of the Bethel AME Church Community Development Corporation of Tallahassee, Inc., an organization that provides affordable housing for low income families. She was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, in which she willingly participated in on-going community service projects. Among the honorary societies in which she held membership and offices were Sigma Tau Delta (English) and Phi Delta Kappa (Education.)

Blake enjoyed friendships that knew no boundaries with respect of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic status or geography. She saw wonders of the world, shook hands with a Pope, posed for pictures with former President Jimmy Carter, and amassed the general comforts of life. Yet, she made it a priority to remain connected with people of all walks of life. While she was an avid reader, who constantly sought new knowledge and spoke "the King's English," she also delighted herself in genuine interaction with the least articulate and less educated. While she enjoyed playing Bridge, she competed with the best in Bid Whist. While she had no children, she became Godmother to the off springs of many of her close friends. Among other positive attributes, "Cue" will be remembered for her warm heart, her love of people, especially children; her love of animals, especially cats; her sense of humor and for her passion for life, travel, and fun.

Johnie was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Victor P. Franklin, Sr. and Theodore Franklin; and a sister, Irene Franklin Argun. She is survived by her nephews, Victor P. Franklin, Jr. (Kimberly), Lakeside, CA, Oran Palmer Franklin III, Wrightsville, AR and Glenn Bernard Franklin, North Little Rock, AR; nieces, Lisa R. Harrison, Sacramento, CA and Margerie Wise, Omaha, Nebraska; great nieces, Elan Jewel Burnley, Sacramento, CA and Tammy Henry, Tacoma, WA; great nepews, Eric Franklin, Jacksonville, FL and Joshua Franklin, Baton Rouge, LA; other relatives and many God children. She also leaves to mourn her passing devoted friends, Edith Strong, Annie B. Wilson, Dr. C. G. Marquess, William H. Cotton and Deloris Harpool, of Tallahassee, FL, along with other special friends too numerous to name.

An Omega Omega Service will be conducted in Blake's honor by the Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. The burial will take place in Tollette, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Miracle Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 1329 Abraham Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304, in honor of Johnie Cue Franklin Blake.


Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2014
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