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816 W. Broadway
PO Box 407
Winnsboro, TX 75494
Phone: 903-342-5211
James Blakeney

James Ray Blakeney

Monday, August 18, 1930 - Saturday, January 12, 2019
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JAMES RAY BLAKENEY, 88, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019, in Mineola, Texas. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 pm, Friday, January 18, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Mineola, with Dr. Phillip Casper and Dr. Mark Neeley officiating. A family visitation/ reception will follow immediately in the youth building.
Ray Blakeney’s colorful life began in Palo Pinto County where he was born on August 18, 1930, and was reared near Mineral Wells, Texas. During World War 2, he sold newspapers and souvenir pillows to servicemen stationed at Camp Wolters. Occasionally, he was allowed to assist with marching drills. He also worked at the famous Baker Hotel as an elevator boy and bellhop when so many men were called to active duty. During one summer break, he unknowingly received exposure to asbestos at Los Alamos, NM, where he worked as an insulator during the development of the atomic bomb. Another summer, he succumbed, to the polio virus which accounted for his characteristic limp. Never complaining about limitations, he pursued a career with the T&P Railroad as a telegrapher and with the Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads as the Mineola Agent.
Having moved to Mineola in 1954, he and his wife, Peggy Dennis Blakeney, joined Mineola’s First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and chairman of many different committees. Active, also, in the community, he served on the Meredith Foundation Endowment Committee, the Mineola Historical Museum Board, the Ramey Water Board, and the Mineola Club Lake Board.
Ray Blakeney was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Peggy, his parents (James Edgar and Emily Elizabeth Kidwell Blakeney), 2 brothers (Troy Erbie and Winford), 2 sisters (Chessie and Hazel Davenport Haas), and 2 great-granddaughters (Hailey Dixon and Sadie Andrews). Survivors include daughters (Brenda and husband Kieffer Vermillion) of Aledo, TX; (Cindy and husband Clark Wheeler) of Gainesville, FL; and (Robin and husband Russell Bush) Tyler, TX; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Mineola, or to the Mineola Historical Museum.
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  • Service

    Friday, January 18, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, January 18, 2019 2:00pm
    First Baptist Church - Mineola
    204 N. Johnson St.
    Mineola, Texas 75773
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    Dr. Mark Neeley
    Bro. Phillip Casper
  • Interment

    Roselawn Memorial Garden
    5396 S State Highway 37
    Mineola, Texas 75773
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The best Poppy, Dad, and a all around great person that beat us all to Heaven.
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Brenda, Cindy and Robin - your sweet father was deeply respected and loved by his community a that you are the best daughters he could have.
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Posted at 10:42am
In our neighborhood, James "Ray" was our patriarch!!! As President of our HOA for 15+ years he was our go to guy! Conversations with him were such a joy, especially when he reminisced about the evolution of the "railroad" that he loved. He will be missed in our neighborhood!!!! Scott & Debbie

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