Mr. James Edward Blance Jr., affectionally known as “Wonk,” transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
Wonk was born August 27, 1984, in Knoxville, TN. He was 37 years old.
Wonk had an infectious smile, a wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. He always had a positive and respectful attitude no matter what was going on. He was never seen in a situation where he didn't believe that eventually everything would work out. Wonk was very respectful and treated others with respect. He was so appreciative and thankful to those who positively influenced his life. He loved his kids and family unconditionally. Wonk was a special young man and it is obvious that God had a hand in his life, He would often say to his mother “I hope you know how blessed and grateful I feel to have you for my mom.” We are all blessed to have known him for his spirit of gratitude even during times of constructive criticism. As we read his powerful writings today it is evident that his passing is not in vain. Wonk is leaving a baton for us to pass on for change. We stand with him in the name of Jesus. We will see him again!
Preceded in death by his father, James Edward Blance, Sr.; grandmothers, Barbara Prigmore and Carrie Mae Middlebrook; grandfather, James Franklin Middlebrook.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Cameron Lee and Harlem Blance; daughter, Semajah Blance; mother, Angela Blance (Robert Yeary); brothers, Cory, Caleb and Aaron Blance, Mahlon Holt; sisters, Yahara and Tahara Holt, LaQuesha Hall, Shay Wilson, Kiesha (Tory) Moran and Aaliyah Blance; maternal aunts and uncles, Glenda (Stanley), Charles Middlebrook (Brenda), Teresa Oglesby, Jamie Middlebrook, Anthony Middlebrook (Samantha), Frankie (Gary) Yowell, Terri (Mac) Coleman, and Dr. Chris Middlebrook; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Saturday, April 23, 2022, family and friends may view from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Payne Avenue Baptist Church, 2714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Knoxville, TN. Social distancing and face coverings required. Funeral service to follow with Reverend Anthony Rodgers officiating and Reverend R.S. Brown, Jr. as the eulogist. Interment at New Gray Cemetery, 2724 Western Avenue, Knoxville, TN, where a white dove release will conclude the service. Flowers may be delivered to the church prior to the viewing. Professional arrangements entrusted to Patton Funeral Home, Brian L. Buckmon, LFD 1-800-824-8283 or www.pattonfuneralhome1962.com
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