Blakeney James Kearbey was born Blakeney James Melton on August 19, 1997, to parents Brandy (Hankins) and Curtis Melton in Poplar Bluff, MO. Blakeney is survived by his Mother Brandy Kearbey, Father Shane Kearbey, Grandparents Susan Blakeney, Dennis and Peggy Hankins, Jerry and Cleta Kearbey. Surviving siblings include Chase Kearbey, Corey Melton, Miles Melton, Madison Melton, Sidney Ervin and Michelle Brower, the family of Debbie and Derek Wilson, the family of Mary and Jack Baker, the family of Tracey and Terry Cox, the family of Sue and David Blakeney, the family of Jason Tiemann, Bert Spradling and the Spradling family, Peggy Dee and family, Donna Jackson family, Daniel Hankins family, Clara Brannum family and David Hankins family. Also, surviving Blakeney is the family of Kimmie Inman, and all special family in Springfield, MO. Blakeney’s family also would want to express their knowledge of his love and appreciation for all his teammates, coaches, and families from Little League, High School, College, and Semi Professional Baseball throughout his life.
Blakeney was at times very stubborn and driven to achieve his dreams, his way! He seemed to choose the road less traveled in most cases and overcoming obstacles was his greatest strength. He thrived and performed his best when the chips where down and the pressure was reaching its pinnacle. Blakeney always had the undeniable belief that if given the opportunity, he could will a positive outcome or utilize his God given abilities along with the performances of his teammates to achieve success and become champions. Blakeney was an amazingly kind person with a huge heart that gravitated to anyone that appeared to be an underdog. He was a person anyone would want in their foxhole when the bullets where flying. He had a loyalty to his friends and family that will never die. Blakeney lived his life in the moment and was always full of adventure and although he left this world too soon, he left his memory as an example to many. He is now on his greatest adventure connecting with the many friends and family members that preceded him into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blakeney’s family would like to invite everyone to come celebrate his life on Thursday, April 14th, 2022, at Cotrell Willow Ridge Funeral & Cremation Services located at 1100 Iron Bridge Rd, Poplar Bluff, Missouri. A public visitation will be held from 2:00 – 4:00pm with the funeral service to follow beginning at 4:00pm. Blakeney’s Pastor, Jason Jordan from Westside Church will be conducting the ceremony.