Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Thomas Alexander “Tommy” Blakely, Jr., of Pawleys Island, 88, died Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Tidelands Community Hospice House of Georgetown. Graveside funeral services were held Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Williamsburg Cemetery, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home. Mr. Blakely was born March 6, 1925, in Kingstree, the son of the late T.A. Blakely, Sr. and Rheta Derrick Blakely of Lane. He served in the US Naval Amphibious Forces during World War II, stationed in the South Pacific. He was the owner of C. Tucker’s Department Store of Kingstree, served on the Williamsburg Technical College Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board of Kingstree Federal Saving and Loan, past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6500 and a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of Kingstree United Methodist Church. He was married to the late Sylvia Tucker Blakely. Survivors are: two daughters, Myra Blakely and Charlesann Blakely Graham, both of Pawleys Island; one son, Thomas A. “Tab” Blakely, III of Pawleys Island; one sister, Mary Florence “Floopie” Geddings of Charleston; one brother, Richard J. “Dickie” Blakely of Kingstree; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 or Kingstree United Methodist Church, 510 N. Longstreet Street, Kingstree, SC 29556.