Johnathon E. "Johnny" Blake, 22, of Zeigler, passed away Wednesday December 1, 2021 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be held 10:00am-11:00 am Friday December 17, 2021 at Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor John Koonce officiating. Burial will be in Wiley Cemetery, Colfax. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Johnny was born July 4, 1999 in Bloomington, a son of Marshall and Karla (Kirby) Blake. He is survived by his father Marshall Blake of Saybrook and his siblings Travis Blake of Fairbury, Emily Blake of Saybrook, Victoria Blake of Saybrook, Vanessa (George Vincent) Blake of Fisher and Alexander Blake of Saybrook. Paternal grandmother Susan (David Lee) Welch of North Carolina and his paternal grandfather Randall Blake of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his mother Karla, step mother Petrina and his maternal grandparents.
Johnny was valedictorian of Shaw Academy in Scotland County North Carolina Class of 2018 which he was very proud of. He was a strong-headed, red-headed wild card. He grew up fast and rough but never let it hold him back. He fought for what and who he believed in and stood by you and protected you. He loved his family and friends with all of his heart and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.