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Reverend Dr. Ray Stewart Blake Sr.

September 2, 1931 September 13, 2018
Reverend Dr. Ray Stewart Blake Sr.
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Reverend Doctor Ray Stewart Blake was born in Indian Rock, Virginia to the Late Jessie and Pearl Blake. He was the youngest of six children. He departed this earthly life on Thursday September 13th 2018 at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, Hospice, Bronxville, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Sylvester, Jesse Jr. and Oscar and his 1stwife Reverend Dr. O.E. Blake. As a young lad, he was referred to as a “peculiar” Child, by a dear old aunt.

Reverend Blake attended Elementary School in Indian Rock, Virginia until the age of 10Yrs. After the death of his father, his mother moved the family to Beckley, West Virginia, where he continued his education up to the 10th Grade. At age 14, he hired himself out as, houseboy/handyman/errand boy in exchange for room and board, also working nights as a taxi company dispatcher.

Reverend Blake returned to Virginia at the age of 16 and was employed by the James River Limestone Quarry Co. At age 18, he came to Newark, NJ. He washed cars at a car wash and was later, promoted to mechanic’s helper. In 1952 he was inducted into the United States Marine Corps, serving 2 yrs. during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954, and went to work at a factory.

Reverend Blake met his 1st wife, Ernestine in 1954 who was also from West Virginia. They were married on April 1, 1955. To their union came four beautiful children Renee, Ray Jr., David and Jonathan. Rev. Blake accepted Christ into his life April 13, 1961 under the ministry of the Late Apostle Arturo Skinner. He was ordained and began evangelizing in 1964 under the Godly leadership and instruction of Apostle Skinner. He established and started pasturing, the White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center in 1965 at 28 Main Street in White Plains, NY; With only six members. He drove from Newark, NJ, To White Plains 3 times a week, still working at his factory job during that time.

In 1965 Pastor Blake started full time ministering and moved his family to Mount Vernon in 1969. In 1968 he moved the church from White Plains to 10 West 3rd. Street in Mount Vernon. Due to the growth of his membership, the church relocated in 1977 to the present location of 10 South 8th Avenue in Mount Vernon, NY.

Rev. Blake’s theological education includes: Deliverance Bible Institute-Newark NJ. Diploma 1965. United Christian College, Inc. Brooklyn NY. Honorary Degree-1983. (Doctor of Sacred Scriptures), Bachelor Religious Education -1984. (Bible Study Psychology of Counseling), Masters-Theology-1985.

To the sadness of Rev. Blake, his children and the WPDEC family, was the passing of our first lady Rev. Dr. O.E. Blake on March 23, 2003. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, friend and most of all a child of God.

Rev. Blake later married Miss Wanda Hamlin of Mount Vernon NY on October 9, 2006.

Pastor Blake was called, chosen, and ordained by God to bring deliverance to the hearts of people from all walks of life. During his 53 years of pastoring, he was a true shepherd, a father, brother, counselor and many other things to his flock. He was even this to those outside of his flock. He preached the unadulterated Word of God with Holy Ghost power and with such boldness, that at times, this would cost him the loss of a supposed friend or a wavering member. He admonished his followers just as a father would admonish his children that he loved. Rev Dr. Ray S Blake, Sr. obeyed God rather than man.

One of the promises that God gave Rev. Blake, in the early part of his ministry was, “If you be real with God, God will be real with you”.

Pastor Rev Dr. Ray S Blake, Sr. will be greatly missed by all who knew, loved and respected him. He leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory His wife Wanda Hamlin-Blake of Mount Vernon, NY; daughter Renee M. Blake-Smith of Mount Vernon, NY; Ray S Blake, Jr. of Mount Vernon, NY; David Anson Blake and wife Lori Blake of Queens, NY; and Jonathan Blake of Mount Vernon, NY. Two sisters Dematris Lester of Whitsett, NC and Tessie Hairston of Union, NJ; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews other relatives and countless friends, Associate Pastor Reverend John Tyer Jr. Ministers, and the entire White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center church family.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” 3 John 1:4

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12:00 PM 9/28/2018 12:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 9/28/2018 9:00:00 PM
White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center

10 South 8th Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10550

White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center
10 South 8th Avenue Mount Vernon 10550 New York
United States

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29

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10:00 AM 9/29/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center

10 South 8th Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10550

White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center
10 South 8th Avenue Mount Vernon 10550 New York
United States

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29

Sep

11:00 AM 9/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center

10 South 8th Avenue
Mount Vernon, New York 10550

White Plains Deliverance Evangelistic Center
10 South 8th Avenue Mount Vernon 10550 New York
United States
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