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James Elton Blakey, Jr.

March 23, 1927 - March 16, 2014

James Elton Blakey Jr, 86, of East Palo Alto, California passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer on Sunday March 16th, 2014. He was born in Luling, Texas to James Elton and Mayme Alice Blakey.

James, better known to many as Mr. Blakey was a strong, family loving man who championed for civil rights and community development. Mr. Blakey was a small business owner, former Vice Mayor (1986-1987) and former Mayor (1988) of East Palo Alto.

Mr. Blakey was a man who lived a life of compassion and hard work, and he instilled these traits in all those that he encountered, especially his family. He is preceded by his father, mother, and son Cornel Blakey. He is survived by his son Sekou Tou’re Blakey, daughter Aqila Lynette Blakey-Armstrong, as well as grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

Mr. Blakey is celebrated for his wisdom, strength, pride, perseverance, kindness, personal growth, and spiritual devotion.

There will be a memorial service for him on Saturday, March 29, 2014. See the details below.

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