David Emanuel Blake (1877-1917)

David Emanuel Blake was born of colored parentage Aug. 24, 1877, in St. James Parish, Jamaica, and died in Charleston, W. Va., Oct. 31, 1917. He was converted to the third angel's message in 1901, under the efforts of Elder W. W. Eastman. Brother Blake attended South Lancaster Academy, and entered ministerial work in Florida in 1905. He was united in marriage to Dr. Lottie C. Isbell at Birmingham, Ala., and after completing the medical course, connected with the Rock City Sanitarium, near Nashville, Tenn., where they both labored until 1912. From 1912 to 1916 the Doctors Blake engaged in self-supporting medical missionary work in the Canal Zone, Panama. His health having failed, he returned to the States and connected with the West Virginia Conference in April of this year, where he fell at his post of duty. Our brother leaves a father, mother, wife, and four children. He rests in hope.

-T. M. French, Adventist Review, November 29, 1917, pg. 22.