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Mrs. Glarushia Riggs Blakely
Sexton-Hall Funeral Home
Mrs. Glarushia Riggs Blakely
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Glarushia Riggs Blakely, 89, entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Ga.
    She was a longtime resident of Statesboro and was born to the late Herbert H. and Beatrice Billingsley Riggs on December 19, 1929, in Macon, Ga. After graduating from high school, she attended Savannah State College.
    In 1948, she joined the Army Waves Medical team as she pursued her career in the U.S. Army. She also attended the University of Louisville in Kentucky while in the service.
    After serving in the military, she graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago in 1955. While attending Worsham College of Mortuary Science, she met her first husband, Seabarn Morris, and to this union, two children, Ahmed and Miyoshi Morris, were born.
    She later moved to Boston, Mass.
    Although her passion was to be a veterinarian, she decided to move home and work in her parents’ businesses, in spite of having been accepted for employment at Philadelphia General Hospital as a registered nurse.
    She was employed at Georgia Grace Nursing Home as nursing home administrator and at Riggs Funeral Home as funeral director.
    In 1967, she married the late James W. Blakely and to this union, three daughters, Bettina, Nicole and Chenagi Blakely, were born.
    In 1989, she reopened the nursing home as the Georgia Grace Personal Care Home and cared for many patients for over 20 years.
    In spite of working two full-time jobs in the family businesses, she volunteered at the local animal hospitals and served in civic organizations, such as the Raggedy Ann Civic Club, the Victims Witness Program, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was a faithful member of the Original First African Baptist Church (Statesboro).
    For many years, Glarushia found some time to write poetry. A rare treat, she truly enjoyed writing. The National Library of Poetry accepted a collection of her poetry for publication during the 1990s.
    In 2011, her son, Ahmed Morris, departed this life and on September 14, 2016, her devoted husband of 49 years, James Wilbur Blakely, entered into eternal rest.
    Glarushia leaves to mourn her passing: her daughters, Miyoshi Morris, Bettina Blakely, Nicole Blakely Boulding and Chenagi Blakely Baldera (Geronimo); 10 granddaughters, one grandson, 10 great-grandsons, four great-granddaughters, one great-great-grandson and one great-great-granddaughter. Three sisters, who preceded her in death, are Valerie Thomas, Artimece Grant and Almanette Lampson. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who loved her.
    The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at Original First African Baptist Church on Westside Road, Statesboro, GA. The Rev. Bennie Brinson is the pastor and the Rev. Frankie L. Owen is the eulogist.
    The family will meet friends and guests immediately following the service for repast at The Hall on Vine, 19 East Vine Street, Statesboro, GA.
    Sexton-Hall Funeral Home, 5 Birkenhead Road, Port Wentworth, is in charge of the arrangements.; (912) 964-4336.

Statesboro Herald, June 7, 2019
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