Joseph Blake Broom

Joseph Blake Broom

19, Columbia

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at First Baptist Church Columbia for Joseph Blake Dimattia Broom, 19, of Columbia, who died on Monday, April 10, in Poplarville. Interment will follow in New Bunker Hill Cemetery. The Rev. O.J. Seals and Parker Dungan will officiate. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. until the time of the services at First Baptist Church Columbia.

Joseph Blake Broom was born Sept. 18, 1997, with a ball in his hand and a smile on his face. Blake was a quintessential all-American boy who lived life fully and loved others abundantly. As an athlete, scholar, friend, teammate, brother and son, Blake approached every role in his life with great passion.

Blake was an outstanding student graduating number three in the Class of 2016 at Columbia High School. He was honored to be selected to the CHS Hall of Fame.  He was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and a Superintendent's Scholar. He was a Homecoming Escort his junior and senior years. Blake was selected by the faculty at CHS to be a Wildcat Ambassador, and elected Most Intellectual by his classmates. Blake was a freshman at Pearl River Community College. It was his goal to continue his studies to become a Petroleum Engineer. 

Blake was an athlete who excelled in many sports including football, basketball and baseball. However, his first love was always baseball. The sport played a major role in his life from the time he was an All-Star every year in Dixie Youth to the time he was a starter for the CHS Wildcat baseball team. Blake was a talented player both offensively and defensively. He was versatile on the field playing the positions of first base, pitcher and outfield. For the 2016 season, Blake led the team with the most RBIs (18) and tied for the most hits (21). Blake was recognized also as an All-District player for the 2016 season. For his leadership on and off of the field, Blake was awarded the Dale Palmer award for the CHS baseball team. 

There were many facets to Blake Broom. He enjoyed following politics and cheering on the LSU Tigers. Blake's sense of humor helped always put others at ease. With his bright smile he was a polite young man who had a talent for making everyone feel special. 

Blake was a young man of God. Many recall his excitement at making his public profession of faith. Blake knew love. Blake knew the love of his Heavenly Father. Blake was greatly loved by his parents, Sherry and Jody, his brother, Dylan, and his entire family. Blake was indeed loved by many. He never shied away expressing his love to others by actually saying the words "I love you" to his friends and family alike. Being loved is certainly part of the measure of a person, however giving love back to others is the far greater gift. Blake Broom will be best remembered for the joy and love he shared. 

He was preceded in death by A.J. Prine, Sylvia Prine, Lela Broom, William Broom, Henry Dimattia, Mae Higgins Dimattia, Colon Perque and Winnie Perque. 

Survivors include his parents, Joseph and Sherry Broom; brother, Dylan Broom; paternal grandparents, Carroll and Roberta Broom; maternal grandparents, Dominick and Valerie Dimattia; great grandparents, Gerald Rodgers and Mazy Rodgers; uncle, Chad Guidry; aunts, Melissa Broom, Vicki Shattuck, Renee Dimattia, Donna Dimattia and Kelli Smith (Joseph) and their daughters, and cousins, Cassie Shattuck, Cannyn Huff, Sara Duke and Ashley Fogg.

Pallbearers will be Scooter Ginn, Ethan Seals, Peyton Walley, Logan McDowell, Nathan Foxworth, Heath Greenlee, Patrick Morris and Drew McElroy. The Columbia High Baseball Team of 2016 will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." 1 John 4:7

Family and friends may sign an online guest book at www.hathornfuneralhome.com.

Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.