Donald Blakely of West End

Donald “Bruce” Blakely, age 52, of West End, passed away November 25th, 2021, in his home from natural causes. Bruce was born on January 4th, 1969, in Greensboro. He graduated from Pinecrest High School. He spent his life serving others both in his personal life and career. He was a talented painter, builder, and handyman who could fix almost anything. He worked with his father as a painter for many years, and as a car salesman. He was a loving father, son, brother, and friend who many knew as “Bru Bru.” He was a kind man who never met someone he couldn’t have a conversation with. Bruce is survived by one daughter, Lauryn Lewis (Joe), three nephews, Dillon McKenzie (Jessica), Nathan McKenzie, Johnny McKenzie, his mother, Brenda Blakely of West End and his faithful four-legged sidekick Sadie. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Blakely, and his sister, Dawn Thompson.

A memorial service was held at Boles Funeral Home in Seven Lakes on Sunday, November 28th, 2021, at 3 p.m. Following the memorial, a private burial service for family and close friends will take place at Doubs Chapel Cemetery.

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Service arrangements have been entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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