Cover photo for James Metrius “Crow” Blake's Obituary
James Metrius “Crow” Blake Profile Photo
1936 James 2022

James Metrius “Crow” Blake

November 25, 1936 — January 17, 2022

Mr. James “Crow” Metrius Blake, of Durham, NC, age 85, passed away on January 17, 2022.

James was born on November 25, 1936, a son of the late F.L. and Lula Blake. Mr. Blake was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. James was a hard worker. He devoted 46 years to his job with Nello Teer Company. He was always willing to help and share his knowledge with others. James was a UNC Tarheel fan. He loved to play golf and be outside in his garden. James will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Blake was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Virginia Dare Porterfield Blake; brothers, Ollie Blake, F.L. Blake, Jr., and Jesse Carl Blake; and sisters, Rachel Everette, Josephine Hamilton, Sarah Champion, and Bessie Blake.

Mr. Blake is survived by his son, Jonah Wayne Blake (Diane); daughter, Linda Gale Piper (Russell); brother, Johnny Blake (Peggy); grandchildren, Heather Ryder, Jarrett Piper (Kari), Kaylynne Piper, Ernest Piper (Kayla), Alexiz Piper, and Jamie Howell (Melissa); great-grandchildren, Jonathon Howell, Jamison Howell, Stella Godwin, Jaxson Ryder, Raquel Piper, Eila Piper, and Winston Piper; as well as numerous other loving family members and friends.

No services will be held at this time.

Flowers are acceptable.

To plant a tree in memory of James "Crow" Metrius Blake, please visit our Tribute Store.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James Metrius “Crow” Blake, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Hudson Funeral Home and Cremation Services


Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 14

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree