Blake was born May 21, 1996 in Marianna, FL to Azur Barber and James Sims. He was a graduate of Marianna High School and soon after, enlisted in the United States Navy in 2017. Blake was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and had plans to move back closer to Marianna in the near future. He was an E5 Petty Officer Second Class and was proud to serve his country. Blake loved spending time on the water, riding his motorcycle, and music.
Blake was preceded in death by his step-brother, Gabriel Bledsoe.
He is survived by his parents, James Sims (Miranda) of Marianna and Azur Barber (Brent) of Greenwood; step-father, Kevin Barber of Marianna; step-sisters, Starla Bledsoe and Sarah and Natalie Bedini; step-brother, Hunter Bedini; grandparents, Jimmy and Eldridge Sims and Clayton and Verna Terry all of Marianna; great grandparents, Lois Sims and Paula Bryant of Marianna; uncles, Dewayne Sims, George Thurston, Charlene Terry, and Lyle Terry; and lifelong best friend, Austin Selman.
Funeral services for Blake will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Marianna Chapel Funeral Home with Brother Scott Hagan officiating, Marianna Chapel Funeral Home directing. Full Military Honors will be provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of service, at Marianna Chapel Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.