Andrew Gordon Blake, 22, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., great-nephew of Patsy Pobst of Piggott and great-grandson of the late Arthur and Edna Underwood, died Friday, April 7, 2006, at his home.
He was born Nov. 7, 1983, in St. Joseph, Mich. He moved from Detroit in 1989 to Tarpon Springs. He went to East Lake High School in Palm Harbor. He enjoyed playing football.
In 1998 he moved back to Michigan to be close to his family there and went to St. Joseph High School. He returned to Florida as a self-employed landscaper. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dunedin and was baptized there.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Bernita L. Gordon Blake-Foster and Dean A. Foster of St. Joseph, Mich.; his father and stepmother, Rollie Jay Blake and Bonnie (Cross) Blake of Tarpon Springs; three brothers, Rollie Jamese Blake and Matthew Cross of Tarpon Springs, and Jameson Cross of Gainesville, Fla.; his sister, Amber Blake of Clearwater, Fla.; his grandparents, Bernice E. Gordon of Stevensville, Mich., Joan Blake of St. Joseph, Mich., the Fosters of Galien, Mich., and Geri Chisholm of Tarpon Springs.
Funeral services were Thursday, April 13, at Curlew Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Palm Harbor, Fla. Rev. Joe Teague from the First United Methodist Church of Dunedin, Fla., officiated. Blessings of family were given by his parents and brother and a letter from niece, Kayla Blake. Pallbearers were R.J. Blake, Amber Blake, Matthew Cross, Jameson Cross, Patrick Tiller and John Blake. A cage of doves was released by R.J. Blake at the end of the funeral.