Obituary of Grady Lee Blakely
Rev. Grady L. Blakely, age 84, of Troy, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 12, 2018.
Grady was born in Clemmons, North Carolina, the son of the late James William Blakely and the late Ivy Mae Ellis Blakely. He was a graduate of Fruitland Bible Institute and Luther Rice Theological Seminary.
Grady, or “Preacher Blakely” as he was lovingly known, was a loyal servant of the Lord for over 60 years. He pastored many churches in his career, to include Farmer Missionary Baptist Church in Farmer, NC, Gravel Hill Baptist Church, Denton, NC, Dunn’s Grove Baptist Church, Albemarle, NC, Oxford Memorial Baptist Church, Taylorsville, NC, Drexel Memorial Baptist Church, Drexel, NC, Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Taylorsville, NC, Southside Baptist Church, Thomasville, NC, Union Grove Baptist Church, Seagrove, NC, Laurel Hill Baptist Church, Troy, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Troy, and Cornerstone Baptist Church, Biscoe, NC.
Grady loved his family and helping others. He was known to be a patient, kind, gentle, faithful man of God. He preached God’s Word with compassion and conviction, leading countless souls to the Lord. He continued his ministry until just weeks before his death when he was not physically able to do so. He spread the gospel not only behind the pulpit, but with his puppet ministry, singing with his side-kick Jimmy, who was loved by children as well as adults. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed many hunting trips out west, fishing and gardening.
Grady is survived by his wife, Linda Cagle Blakely; sons: Larry Blakely and wife, Becky of Lenoir, NC and Tim Blakely and wife Martha, of Troy, NC, Robby Cagle and wife Faith, of Mt. Gilead, NC, and Kevin Cagle and wife, April of Seagrove, NC; daughters: Bronda Green and husband Bob of Taylorsville, NC, Ann Lucas and husband Ronnie of Troy, NC, Jean Wilson, Honea Path, SC and Annette Chappell of Seagrove, NC; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; brothers: Carlos Blakely, Lexington, NC and Mattie B. James, Reidsville, NC. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Fain Blakely, 5 brothers and 1 great grandson.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 6-8 pm at Pugh Troy Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., Troy, NC. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 2 pm at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 819 Mt. Carmel Church Rd., Troy, NC, with Rev. Rodney Holmes, Rev. Stuart White, Rev. Larry Blakely, Rev. Mike Green and Tim Blakely officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Community Home Care & Hospice, 533 S. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, NC 27203 or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 103, Troy, NC 27371.
On-line condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com.
Pugh-Troy Funeral Home is serving the Blakely family.