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Celebration of Life


Theodore "Coach" Blake

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Nov. 23, 1929         Aug. 03, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Greenville Baptist Church
Stamps, Arkansas

Grambling Memorial Cemetery
Grambling, LA

Rev. Niche Robinson, Jr.

Friday, August 12, 2016 between the hours of 11:30am until 5:00pm


Theodore “Coach” Blake was born November 23, 1929 in Stephens, Arkansas to the late Louis and Stella Blake, he accepted Christ at an early age.

‘Coach Blake’ received his education from Carver High School in Stephens, Arkansas upon completion of high school he attended Arkansas AM &N where he received a Bachelor Degree in education and joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

‘Coach’ enjoyed an extensive coaching career at: Wilson, Arkansas, Stephens, Arkansas, Stamps, Arkansas and Lewisville, Arkansas

His teams won many championships which resulted in ‘Coach’ being inducted into the Arkansas Basket Ball Hall of Fame in 2000.

He retired from Lewisville High School after many years of services. Upon his retirement, ‘Coach’ love for children continued as he was employed by Kiddie College and SAYS.

‘Coach’ believed in giving back to the community.

He departed this life August 03, 2016 at 7:13am at Seaton Medical Center in Harker, TX.

He is preceded in death by his parents, son, Harry Lewis Blake, brothers, Leno Blake, Louis Kendricks, grandson, Kenneth Wayne Ensley. 

He is survived by a loving devoted wife of 15-1/2 years. Sheila. One daughter: Crystal (Tim) Carter of Cleveland, OH; son: Robert Ken Ensley of Stamps, Arkansas, Linnie Wear of Holland, TX; one sister: Maudena Johnson of Saginaw, MI. Grandchildren: Ebonie Blake, and Harrison Gonzales of Cleveland, OH; Celesta “Fee-Fee” Ensley of Baltimore, Maryland, Shariya Davis of Little Rock, AR., three great grandchildren, Cangela, Crystal and Caleb of Cleveland, OH., and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends to mourn his passing, including 3 sisters-in-law: Deborah Jones of Pontiac, MI, Debbie Svoboda, of Mt. Clemons, MI, and Mary Bell of Saginaw, MI brother-in-law Winston Sherman Jr. of Roseville, MI.