Church H. Blakey, Agriculturist and Statesman.
Auburn In The Long Ago
Auburn Times – Mar 3, 1939
Mr. and Mrs. Church Blakey were lovely
people and they reared a family good in size and in quality - six sons and two daughters.
The sons, Church, Tom, Theodore, Hubert, Clayton and George; the daughters were: Nellie
and Lou. All of them were educated at Auburn College and father considered Mr. Church
Blakey one of his dearest friends and best patrons. Nellie married Dr. T. O. Helm, who
survives her, and lives in Bowling Green. Lou has never married; she lives In Louisville
and is the only one of the family now living. Theodore, a lawyer, died-recently at his
home in Beattyville, KY. Church and George
never married, but died as young men. -Tom was a doctor and lived in Hopkinsville, where
he had a wonderful, practice. Hubert operated the farm, which was only a few miles north
of Auburn. Clayton was a lawyer and spent most of his life in Louisville. George was about
my age and we were good friends. Mr. Church Blakey was in the Legislature and rendered
fine service, so everyone honored him by calling him Col. Blakey and he wore the title as
a true Kentucky Colonel. He was large of mind, body and heart and Mrs. Blakey was a true
gentlewoman. It was always a great pleasure to visit in their home or to go to a party
there. I was indeed fortunate to grow up in Auburn, where we had outstanding Christian men
and women, such as Col. and Mrs. Blakey. Of
course, I can never forget them and I delight to pay tribute to their memory. Col. Blakey
was a statesman, rather than a politician. Would that we had more of his type today.
J. HENRY BURNETT.