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Donnia Jean Meeks Blakney
April 26, 1957 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 66) 66 Years Old
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Donnia Jean Meeks Blakney was first a daughter born April 26, 1957 to Howard Buck Meeks and Bertha Adline Meeks in Corinth, MS.
She was a sister to David, Mary, Hester and later to Alvin and Sean Meeks.
She was a friend. A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. She was your secret keeper and she told you secrets as well. She was always there when you needed her and often times when you didn’t. One of her friends had a brother named James Ray Blakney.
He would steal her heart and take her right out from under her daddy. He picked her up from school on April 23, 1974 as she got off the bus and took her to the courthouse in Colbert County, AL. She became his wife that day at sixteen years old. He took her back to school just in time for the bus to take her back home in Glen. He came back later in the week to get his bride. She left that bedroom window in the middle of a thunderstorm and ran to her husband in the dark and jumped in his truck and they left for Houston, Texas.
They later returned back home to Glen, MS when they realized they were going to have a child. She was a wife and a mother and this was her greatest legacy.
She became a mother to first Keith Daryl Blakney and then later to Jessica Mae. She was also a mother to her nieces and nephews, the neighborhood kids, her children’s friends and their friends as well. She was later a mother to Heather and to Earl. She was a mamaw to Morgan, Maddison, Austin and Jacob-Isaac. She was a mamaw to her great grandchildren as well—Carter, Cash, Hadleigh, Sadie and Joseph. She was always quick to fix your wounds with Betadine, your sickness with Vicks Vapor Rub and your heart with love that only she could give.
She was a wife to James for 49 years. She catered to his every need. She was truly a Proverbs 31 woman——”A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.“
And last but not least, she was a Christian. She had the spiritual gifts of service and mercy. She was a caregiver. It’s what she did and she did it well. Countless times she was there when someone took their last breath either someone she loved or someone loved by others. She always had to have somebody to take care of. She was doing just that when she was admitted in the hospital three weeks ago. She went to the store and made sure the pantry and fridge were full, everybody had medicine made up and she had someone come and take care of Mamaw while she was in the hospital.
I would encourage you to love like she did, to forgive like she did and live a life that reflects Jesus. This was her life. She always gave off herself sacrificially.
Do better, be better because you knew and were loved by Donnie Jean.
Visitation will be held Saturday, December 16, 2023, at Glendale Baptist Church, Glen, MS beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Following visitation funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bro. Sheldon Lambert and Bro. Jon Haimes. Interment will be in Glendale Baptist Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Donnia Jean Meeks Blakney. You may leave online condolences to the family at www.ludlamfuneralhome.com