Former state senator and founder of Nacogdoches' Roy Blake Insurance dies

Former state senator and founder of Nacogdoches' Roy Blake Insurance dies
Mae and Roy Blake (Source: Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors)
Mae and Roy Blake (Source: Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches native Roy Morris Blake died on March 4 at the age of 88.

Blake, a former state senator, founded the Roy Blake Insurance in 1963, and he was an active member of Nacogdoches' First United Methodist Church.

"He was a member of a pioneer East Texas family, being the great-grandson of Judge Bennett Blake whose footprints are stamped across the pages of Texas history" stated his obituary.

Services for Blake were scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 201 E. Hospital Street. Dr. Jeff McDonald will officiate the service. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park.

Blake, who was born on March 29, 1928, was the youngest of six children of Lynn T. and Pattie Lee Hall Blake. Blake graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1945, and he went to Texas A&M University for a year before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, the obituary stated.

After his military service, Blake returned home to Nacogdoches and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. He married his late wife Mae Deanne Goodwin, of San Augustine, on June 28, 1949, and they had five children.

"His distinguished career in public service began early in 1951 as he completed his brother Bennett's term as District Clerk," the obituary stated. "He served on the Nacogdoches City Commission for three terms beginning in 1965."

Blake was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972, and he served there until 1977. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1978, and he served in that capacity until 1989.

"While in the Senate, he served as chairman of the Senate Administration Committee and numerous other important committees," the obituary stated. "Senator Blake authored bills which would be important for many years."

He was elected president pro-tem of the Texas Senate, and his Governor for a Day Celebration was held on Oct. 17, 1987.

Blake served as the president of the Nacogdoches Jr. Chamber of Commerce, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Piney Woods Country Club, Booster Club, and Region 16 Texas Municipal League. He also served as director for the Fredonia State bank, the Stephen F. Austin State University Foundation, and the Rotary Club. In addition, Blake served as a member of the SFASU Board of Regents.

Blake was recognized as the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year, the Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, and Texas Legislator of the Year.

"Throughout his career as a public servant, Roy M. Blake was more of a statesman than a politician," the obituary stated. "Following his great-grandfather's footsteps, Roy made a difference for the people of the State of Texas and particularly for the citizens of Nacogdoches."

To read Blake's full obituary, click this link.

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