Born Sept. 22, 1926, in Wetumpka, Ala., she spent most of her life in Silver Spring, Md., and had lived in Anchorage, Alaska, Savannah, Clewiston, Fla., and Los Angeles. She was a daughter of the late Jasper Hoten Sr. and Icie Darnell Bleckley and granddaughter of the late Albert Asbury and Sarah Hopper Darnell and the late Joseph Frank and Josie Beck Bleckley. She was a graduate of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Junior College, where she received her teaching degree. She was an executive administrative assistant for the U.S. government with the Department of the Army and Department of Agriculture and had received numerous distinguished awards from both departments while living in California. She was a member of the Marvin Memorial Methodist Church in Silver Spring, where she served as a children’s Sunday school teacher, a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation, and a den mother for the Cub Scouts as well a Brownie leader. She was honored to have lived in the Washington, D.C., area and participated in many political functions, including those in the White House and various embassies.
She was preceded in death by: brothers, Jim Ed, Jack and Jasper “Junior” Bleckley; and sisters, Margaret Ann “Peggy” Williams, Viola P. Bleckley and Martha Sue Bleckley. She was the last member of her immediate family.
Survivors include: a son, Jeffrey Wayne Fisk of Monroe, N.C.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah Diane Pate and husband David and Katherine Frances Lee and husband Jeffrey, all of Loganville; a sister-in-law, Charlene Bleckley-Phillips of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Walter N. Williams of Madison, Fla.; three grandchildren, Brandon Bleckley Stewart, Sarah Darnell Blackwelder and Logan Davis Darnell Pate; a stepgranddaughter, Jessica Suzanne Lee; a great-grandchild, Weston William Stone; several loving nieces, nephews and cousins; and her best friend, Mickey Fisk of Woodbridge, Va.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Betty’s Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronia Hunter and layman Lloyd Hunter officiating. Burial followed in the Betty’s Creek Cemetery in the Bleckley family plot.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 241, Clayton, GA 30525; or American Kidney Foundation Inc., 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
Hunter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com.
The Clayton Tribune, May 24, 2012