March 11, 2019

Born in: Indianapolis, In
Resided in: Indianapolis, In

John Earl Blakely, Jr.
November 26, 1963 – March 11, 2019

John Earl Blakely, Jr. known to many as Johnny Earl or Bub was born on November 26, 1963 to John Earl Blakely and Mary Ellen (Compton) Blakely in Indianapolis, Indiana. He passed away unexpectedly in his home on the morning of March 11, 2019.

He was the eldest of his siblings and had a large family on both sides. He lived on both the Eastside and Westside of Indianapolis growing up and attended George Washington High School.

He worked for many years as a forklift operator at the Dollar General Store Warehouse in Scottsville, Kentucky and had been a cook at serval different restaurants. He was a good cook and could make a meal from just about anything. Mom always said he was the only one out of her children who would never go hungry.

He never knew a stranger, he was a free spirit and you would never catch him without his hat, bandana or sunglasses on. He was a Colts fan, loved fishing, cold beer and good music. Bub loved kids and every kid he crossed paths with loved him. Many who spent time with him knew that money was something that would never stop him from having a good time. He was known for taking his kids, nieces, nephews, cousins and other neighborhood kids on what he called “big adventures”. They would walk through trails, down train tracks, pick worms, go fishing, take bus rides downtown, and play in the creek. He was a big kid himself and just loved being with them. “Making Memories” is what was the most important to him.

He enjoyed many good times over the years with friends, loved family gatherings and good food. He will be deeply missed by everyone who was blessed to have known him, his smile, his charm and his huge heart.

John is survived by his stepdad Johnny (Hoss) Singleton.

Sisters – Shannon Blakely, Kellie Adams (Gordon), Killy Blakely and Angela “Angel” Alfonso (Mark). He would always call and say “guess who loves you the most.”

Brothers – Tony Weddle, Chris Blakely (Amanda), Dennis Blakely and James Favors. Bub always said he was the better looking one.

Children – Ashley Nicole, Ryan Lee, John Nathan and Brandon Tyler. “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end, Amen.” They were his heart and soul whether they knew it or not.

Grandchildren – Riley, Nathaniel, Tristen, Jayden and Everly. Nathaniel and Tristen would call him “papaw down yonder” because he lived in Kentucky for a long time.

He is also survived by his girlfriend and long time friend Tonja Benton and her son Kyle (partner), uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins and life long friends.

He was preceded in death by his father John Earl Blakely, mother Mary Ellen (Compton) Singleton, sister Mary Ruth Blakely (who died in infancy) and long time love Mary Sue South of Scottsville, Kentucky. With all of the family and friends who passed before him, his welcome party in Heaven will be one for the books.

It’s hard to turn the page when you know someone won’t be in the next chapter, but the story must go on. He will live on in our hearts forever. We love you.


Visitation: March 16, 2019 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Legacy - Indianapolis
1604 W Morris St
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Funeral Service: March 16, 2019 1:00 pm

Legacy - Indianapolis
1604 W Morris St
Indianapolis, IN 46221

Graveside Service: March 16, 2019 2:00 pm

Floral Park Cemetery
425 N. Holt Road
Indianapolis, IN 46222

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  1. I love you Bub, you will forever be in my heart and I will always cherish and remember the memories I had with you! 💕

  2. We miss and love you very much. You had overcome so much and we know your body was tired, even if we was not ready to say goodbye yet. There are too many memories to count but you will always be with us.

  3. Man it doesn’t seem real I just seen u a couple of weeks ago and like always u was messing with me and you told me that you will always be my uncle no matter what even though your not my blood uncle I’ve known you my whole life love and miss you uncle bubby

  4. Man it doesn’t seem real I just seen u a couple of weeks ago and like always u was messing with me and you told me that you will always be my uncle no matter what even though your not my blood uncle I’ve known you my whole life love and miss you uncle bubby ❤️💙💙

  5. 40+ years 1 of my best friends I had a lot of plans for us this summer I already bought us concert tickets but I know you’ll be there with me tell Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Kivett, Mike Trackwell, my Mamaw and the rest of my family and can’t forget Mary Singlton that I miss them.

  6. John really don’t Kno what to say except you will forever be in my heart…..I can’t believe your gone …you just called me couple weeks ago you seem so happy … glad I got to meet you will forever Love you….you will be missed by many,

  7. My heart is hurting right now , but I know your in a better place and with your mama , you have been my friend for 34 years thru a lot of ups and downs , you always had the right words to say to me to make me feel better , I love you John , you will be forever in my heart .

  8. I love and miss you Bub. Sorry I hadn’t seen you for a while. I will always remember the times I spent with you and the fun I had seeing you when I was a kid. I love you and give my daddy a Big Kiss and Hug for me.

  9. I love you Bub.. you were always my Big Bub, the older brother that always watched over me even still these days! Trying to help keep me out of trouble when me and Kel would sneak drink when we were teenagers ..You had to take care of me a few times huh!🙄🤷🏻‍♀️ You were always my heart, you always made me think of Dad, sharing stories and memories! I’m gonna miss you a lot..the phone calls, our talks/ our inside jokes! This doesn’t seem real and definitely not fair but I know that you’re smiling, happy enjoying the reunion and still gonna keep an eye on us still! Love you Bub always n forever❤️Give my Dad a hug n kiss for me! Until we’re together again Cuz 🍻

  10. Man Bro this was a hard one. But, u would b happy to know we are all doing what u would want us to. U gave us such good memories. So many laughs and so much love. Gone But Never Ever Forgotten !!! I promise you that 😘

  11. As you know I’m pretty devastated. Who is going to eat all of my leftovers now? I know there were times that I distanced myself to protect my sanity. I never enjoyed being the responsible one. I had to lecture and scold you on a daily basis about your health and smoking habit just like mom would have because I wanted to keep you around forever. I just wanted to let you know there will always be a chocolate pie at my table in remembrance of you. I love you Bub.

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