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William Craty Kon Blai

It is with our deepest sympathy for the Blai (Gblai), Barjolo and Ben families to announce the passing of our dear father, husband, brother, grandfather, and friend William Craty Kon Blai. He passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia surrounded by loved ones.

William was born to the late Johnny and Glayonoh Gblai on August 15, 1952 in Kparblee District of Nimba County, Liberia. He moved to the United States of America in 1973 to pursue his education at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA. He received his bachelor's in English and Master's of Education. He married his sweetheart Louise Letcontin Johnson and together they raised, three children: Lindell, Dwayne and Yvette. A devoted soldier and veteran of the U.S. Army and owner of his own computer business, William is survived by his wife Louise, children, three grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by a host of siblings including Troh Gbehe Pierre, Martha Dennis, Rebecca Tankwai, Betty Kun, and many others.

Wake Keeping & Viewing:
Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5:00 pm-7:30 pm ET. 
Joseph Jenkins Funeral Home,
2011 Grayland Avenue
Richmond, VA 23220

Funeral Service & Repast: 
Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 am. 
Second Baptist Church,
1400 Idlewood Ave.
Richmond, VA 23220

The repast will be immediately following service at 1:00 pm.

Mount Calvary Cemetery
1400 S Randolph St, 
Richmond, VA 23220

Contributions can be made to the following:

1) Bank of America Account: 435047174658

2) Transfer money using Zelle to Bank of America using account above or using email ""

3) Venmo to @William-Blai-1

May the Lord be his soul! He will be missed!