Stephen “Blake” Eades, a beloved father, a devoted husband, a loving son, a loyal friend, a fearless Marine, a dedicated police officer, and a proud member of the Army National Guard, passed away on June 25, 2023, one day before his 49th birthday. His untimely departure leaves an immense void in the hearts of all those fortunate enough to have known him. Blake's life was one of exceptional honor, sacrifice, and unwavering dedication to serving his country and community, earning him the deepest respect and admiration.
Blake was born on June 26th in Abingdon, Virginia and from the very beginning, he displayed a genuine concern for others and a compassionate nature that left an indelible mark on all who crossed his path. His innate ability to bring solace and comfort during times of distress exemplified the true character of a selfless and caring individual.
A shining testament to his unwavering commitment to service, Blake embarked on an extraordinary journey with the United States Marine Corps. Fearlessly protecting the values and freedoms cherished by all, he demonstrated unwavering loyalty, discipline, and unwavering courage, earning the respect of his peers and the eternal gratitude of his nation.
After his honorable service with the Marines, Blake continued his mission to safeguard his community by joining the ranks of the police force, all while maintaining his commitment to the Army National Guard. As a police officer and soldier, he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to upholding justice and ensuring the safety of those he had sworn to protect. Blake approached his duties with an unwavering blend of compassion, integrity, and unwavering professionalism, serving as an inspiration to his fellow officers and the community he faithfully served.
Beyond his professional achievements, Blake's greatest joy and purpose in life stemmed from his roles as a loving father and devoted husband. His children, Mallorie and Grey, were the light of his life, and he endeavored to provide them with guidance, support, and boundless love. As a husband, he was a true partner and confidant, steadfastly standing by Amber through both the challenges and triumphs of life.
Blake's optimism, sense of humor, and genuine kindness were a source of inspiration and strength to those fortunate enough to know him. Whether he was sharing stories with friends, extending a helping hand, or offering a compassionate ear, Blake's genuine warmth and unwavering friendship touched the lives of countless individuals.
Blake Eades leaves behind an enduring legacy that will forever resonate in the hearts and minds of those who were blessed to have known him. He is survived by his devoted wife Amber, and his beloved children, Mallorie and Grey. He also leaves behind his mother Donna Shortt; and father Stephen Eades and step-mother Brenda Eades. Blake is survived by his brother Matthew Eades and wife Julie; his brother Colin Eades and wife Megan; father-in-law and mother-in-law Gene and Brenda Cunningham; a sister-in-law Angela Farley and her husband Stacey; a brother-in-law Eric Cunningham and wife Tonya; as well as a host of nieces and nephews, extended family members, and dear friends who will forever cherish the memory of his remarkable life. Blake is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Havard & Helen Shortt, paternal grandparents A. Mont & Margaret Inez Eades.
The family wishes to extend the deepest gratitude to the physicians, nurses, and staff of Wake Forest Cancer Center where Blake received the highest quality of healthcare and genuine compassionate care.
A memorial service to celebrate Blake's life will be held on Thursday, June 29. Visitation with the family will be at Pleasant View Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with the funeral service following at 1:30 p.m. at Pleasant View Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating. The burial will immediately follow the funeral at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with members of the Abingdon Police Department serving as pallbearers. Military rites will be conducted by the Virginia Army National Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Responder Outreach Foundation by mailing a check to First Responder Outreach Foundation, 270 Bogey Drive, Abingdon, VA 24211, by making a gift online at firstreponderoutreachfoundation.org/donate, or by delivering cash or check to any First Bank & Trust branch for the First Responder Outreach Foundation account.
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The family of Stephen “Blake” Eades is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.