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Roger James Blake

Roger James Blake, 81, of Grand Island, Florida, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he grew up in Zephyrhills, Florida, graduating from Zephyrhills High School in 1958.

Roger joined the United States Marine Corps to serve his country.

He moved to Odessa, where he met and married the love of his life, Charlene.

In 1959, Roger moved his family to Levelland and began working in the old fields.

He worked many years for Sitton and Norton Drilling Company while raising his sons, coaching them and other young men in boxing and baseball.

Roger also loved auto racing and spent his spare time working and racing stock cars.

In 1981, Roger moved his family to Midland, to pursue his dreams of being part owner in a drilling company.

He retired in 1999, at which time he and his wife moved to Houston and then in 2003, they settled in Grand Island Florida.

Roger was a member of the American Legion and attended First Baptist Church of Umatilla.

He is survived by his five sons and their spouses: Sonny James (Sam) Blake of Dallas, Roddy Gayle (Teresa) Blake of Leesburg, Florida, Robin Alvie (Denise) Blake of Odessa, Bobby Don (Lori) Blake of Grand Island, Florida and Keith Shane (Jeri) Blake of Montgomery; three brothers: Charlie (Pauline) Blake of Daytona Beach, Florida, Donny Blake of Alabama, Lee (Martha) Blake of Inverness, Florida; and one sister, Ellen Blake Barrows of Zephyrhills, Florida; as well as nine grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Alice “Charlene” Blake in 2005.

He is also preceded by a great-grandson, Dalton Riley Lewis; a brother, Kenny Blake; and a sister, Mariam Blake Neal.

Services will be held at Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Chapel, Eustis, Florida, on Monday, February 1, at 2 p.m.

Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis.

The family received friends at the Funeral Home Sunday, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Flowers are accepted, or memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Umatilla.

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Arrangements by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.

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