Walter Edward Blake Sr. affectionately known as "Blakie" was called to his Heavenly Home on March 1, 2011 at Talbot Hospice House at the age of 89. He was born in Easton, Maryland on April 4, 1921 to the late Benjamin and Daisy Blake. Blakie was educated in the Talbot County School system, until he was drafted into the United States Army in 1943. He served in the Army for two years and six months. He was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Technical Staff Sergeant. During the 1945 Session of the General Assembly under Gov. Herbert O'Conner Blakie was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for recognition of services rendered in World War II. He also received a Letter of Recognition and thanks for services rendered in the armed forces from President Harry Truman. After serving in the U.S. Army, he enrolled in Carvel Vocational Trade School in Baltimore, MD. He completed two years of Master Shoe Repair, and graduated in 1948 under the G.I. Bill. After graduating from Carvel, he owned and operated a shoe repair business on Port St. in Easton, MD. He also owned and operated a local tavern called the "Little Tavern" formally located on West St. in Easton. On August 16, 1958, Blakie married Gladys "Shirley" Blake from this union two children were born Faith A. Blake and Walter E. Blake Jr. He was a member of New Queen Esther AME Church located in Ivytown, MD. Blakie served as Chairman of the Trustees and became a lifetime member. He was awarded the first ever Richard Allen Award for outstanding and untiring performance to God, church, and country. He also received the African American Male Achievement Award from Bishop H. Hartford Brookins of the AME Conference. Blakie was also the recipient of the Citizens Citation from then Mayor of Baltimore, Kurt Schmoke. Blakie was a "Lifetime" member of the American Legion Post #77 located in Easton, MD. He has held various offices since his membership in 1953: Post Commander for 18 non-consecutive terms, 1st Vice, 2nd Vice, Sergeant of Arms, and Service Officer. In 1972, he was elected the first African-American County Commander of Talbot County. He held this position for three terms. In 1975, he was elected the first African-American executive committeemen from the North Eastern Shore District. In 1977, he was the first African-American elected to serve as a delegate from the North Eastern Shore District to the National Convention held in Denver, Colorado. Blakie served as a delegate to the Maryland Convention for 35 consecutive years. He also served as chairman of the building committee for the $150,000 addition to the Post. Blakie also participated and assisted in the organization of the 1st Color Guard presentation of the American Legion Post#77 in Ocean City, MD. Blakie also served as the Past Exalted Ruler of the Samuel T. Hemsley Elks Lodge #974. He held the office of Exalted Ruler for 12 non-consecutive terms. Blakie was also a member of the Masonic#16, receiving his 32nd degree in 1998. He served as the Past Senior Warden of the Eastern Star Masonic Lodge. Blakie was also a member of the NAACP where he participated in the Big Brother program as well volunteered his time with the Talbot County Cancer Society. Blakie was employed and retired as the Head Custodian for the Talbot County Board of Education after 18 years of service. Since 1995, Blakie along with his children, Faith and Walter Jr., owned and operated Blake's Environmental Services. Blakie enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and sports. Those who shared his life, loved him dearly and will cherish his memory; his wife of fifty-two years, Gladys "Shirley" Blake (Easton, MD); five daughters, Barbara Blake (Easton, MD), Vera Blake (Baltimore, MD); Vanessa Lawrence (Easton, MD), Faith Blake (Easton, MD), Karen (Edward) Roberts (Trappe, MD); two sons, Frank (Marvel) Deshields (Cambridge, MD) and Walter Blake Jr. (Easton, MD); eighteen grandchildren,; thirty-four great-grandchildren; seventeen great-great grandchildren; a devoted and loving sister and brother-in-law Doris & Roland Roach of Easton, MD; a devoted friend, Jimmy Dixon, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 11am at Union Baptist Church 233 Glenwood Ave Easton, MD with a viewing two hours prior to the services. Interment will follow in the Eastern Shore Veteran's Cemetery Hurlock, MD. Condolences sent to www.henryfuneralhomepa.com.