Legacy of Love\n\n\n\nElijah Blake, has gone home to glory and salvation. He passed peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 28, 2022. He was born on March 22, 1941 as the only child to the late Alexander Blake and Evelina Wright in Charleston, South Carolina.\n\nWhen he was a young boy, he moved to Richmond, Virginia to live with his aunt due to his mother's passing. He then became a native of Church Hill resident and completed his primary years of schooling and graduated from Armstrong High School. He later furthered his education at ODU in Norfolk, Virginia.\n\n\n\nHe later enlisted into the Unites States Navy on February 16, 1962 where he traveled the world on the USS Randolph and then transferred to the Navy Reserves in 1965 until 1968, all during the Vietnam War. He loved telling stories of all the different things he was able to experience going overseas during his time in service. Once Elijah retired from the military, he started his career as a printmaker and enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed celebrating his family's accomplishments, attending their award ceremonies, hobbies, and sports games. He was a sports lover and would watch all the teams he enjoyed most, football, basketball and baseball. Elijah's favorite football team was the Redskins. He never missed an episode of The View or Columbo. He had to watch all his westerns everyday, which he called his "programs". In his spare time, he listened to nice melodies of jazz.\n\n\n\nHe was a devoted Jehovah's Witness all the way until the end, however before he closed his eyes, he was able to confess and give his life to Jesus Christ where he then peacefully went home to be with the Lord.\n\n\n\nAs you can see Elijah touched so many lives, too numerous to name. His legacy will be forever, and he will be missed dearly by many.\nHe leaves behind a daughter, Teresa Blake Robinson; grandchildren, Crystaline Blake, Tacharri Hopkins, Fred London IV, Anthony Blake, Breanna Blake and Naiomi Blake; eight great grandchildren, Joshua, Janiyah, Elexius, Leveah, Eric, Liana, Corbin and Prince; and a host of other relatives, friends and family members from his congregation.\n\n\n\nFuneral service will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 11 AM at Mimms Funeral Home, 1827 Hull St. Interment VA Veterans Cemetery at Amelia.