Nelda W. Blake

Nelda W. Blake

Nelda W. Blake 92, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017, at her home.

She was born June 28, 1925, in Nelson County, VA, a daughter of the late Henry and Anne Wood. She was pre-deceased by her husband, A. V. Blake and a daughter, Virginia B. Oyster.

Nelda was a gantry crane operator at Newport News Naval Shipyard during World War II. She and her husband moved to Myrtle Beach, in 1945 and they began building Blake Motel in 1957. Nelda was recognized on the boulevard as the “Lady in the Window”. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach and a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include, her son Acie V. “Ducy” Blake and with Brenda, two daughters, Kathryn Elliott and husband John, Vera Blake and four grandchildren, Byron Blake, Jessica Elliott and Moriah and Zoe Baxley.

Funeral services will be 2:30 PM, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at McMillan-Small Funeral Home with Dr. Wayne Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Ocean Woods Memorials Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to service from 1:00 PM until 2:15 PM.

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Created On: 12/15/2017 09:44:20

Please accept my condolences for the passing of your dear loved one. When someone we love dies, the heartache and grief can be great. I hope that you can be comforted knowing that Jehovah God cares for you and sees your pain. (1 Peter 5:7) "He is close to the brokenhearted and He saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18) May you find comfort and relief during this grievous time, as you cherish the precious memories of Nelda.

Wendell Wood
Amherst VA
Created On: 11/15/2017 18:49:12

Sorry to hear of our great loss but,
Thankfully I got to visit her a couple of times
Recently. May we all remember the good times and the pleasantries she brought to our lives.
May the family stay strong during our sorrowful
With sympathy,
Wendy and Rookie

Chris Walker
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 11/15/2017 18:47:57

The family and I are so very sorry for your loss Ducy. We're Keeping you, Brenda, Byron and the family in our prayers.

Judy Payne
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 11/06/2017 13:00:10

On behalf of the Myrtle Beach Chapter # 180, Order of the Eastern Star, I wish to extend to the Blake family our deepest sympathy and offer heartfelt thoughts in the loss of your loved one.

Sister Nelda was a devoted member of our Chapter and a good and faithful servant to the Order. People pass on, but their memory lives on in our hearts. Sister Nelda touched the hearts of all who came to know her and was well thought of in the masonic fraternity.

Star love,
Judy Payne, Worthy Matron
Myrtle Beach Chapter #180 OES

Elaine Davis Robertson
Union,SC 29379
Created On: 11/06/2017 12:59:26

The Davis Family will forever be grateful for your Mama and the Blake Motel for our awesome vacations there! We will love and miss her! We will always look for her in her "window"! Hugs and Prayers to you all!

Glenda Huffstickler
Shelby, NC
Created On: 11/06/2017 12:58:47

When I think of Mrs. Blake I can’t help but smile. Each visit to The Blake Motel was like visiting family. Oh all the fun we had there. And she wasn’t scared of anyone. We are all better for having known her. And heaven got better yesterday when she went to her forever home. I love you all and will continue praying for you. Love, Glenda Thurkill Huffstickler

Barbara Sloan
Created On: 11/06/2017 12:58:05

I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing, Ducy. May she rest in peace.

Deborah Bailey & Catherine Dewan
myrtle beach
Created On: 11/06/2017 12:57:35

My mother and I are very sorry for your loss. You are the greatest people we know. We will pray for you both and your family. We are just next door.

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