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Obituaries for the Blankenship Family

Marie Blankenship

PINEVILLE -- Marie Blankenship, 75, died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born Oct. 9, 1922 in Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Perry Andrew and Etta Toler Harvey. Mrs. Blankenship was co-owner of Rite Way Food Market and attended the Pineville Church of God. She was a 51 year resident of Pineville. She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Harvey; and an infant brother. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Curtis Blankenship; three sons, Dan Blankenship and his wife, Karen, Jerry Blankenship and his wife, Kathy, and Eddy Blankenship and his wife, Sheila, all of Pineville; a daughter, Peggy Baldwin and her husband, Larry of Kopperston; a brother, Howard Harvey and his wife, Evelyn of Mallory; a sister, Eloise Grimmett and her husband, Junior of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a step-granddaughter. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, with the Rev. Silas Mullins officiating. Entombment will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Friends may call 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

 

Myrtle A. Blankenship

MOUNT HOPE -- Myrtle Leo Adkins Blankenship, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 1998, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born May 21, 1917, at Terry, she was the daughter of the late Lonie and Almay Jane Stewart Adkins. Mrs. Blankenship was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Opal White; three brothers, Vester and Jimmy Adkins and Jimmy Compton; and two sisters, Maxine and Mildred Smith. Survivors include her husband, Monroe Blankenship; a daughter, Betty Blankenship and her husband, Bill, of Cleveland, Ohio; three brothers, Virgil Adkins and his wife, Edith, of Piney View, Lacy Adkins of Lanark, and Roy Adkins and his wife, Jean, of Pontiac, Mich.; a sister, Odebell Harrah of Hinton; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

William H Blankenship

DOBSON, N.C. - William Homer "Bill" Blankenship, 75, formerly of Beckley, died Friday, June 4, 1999, in a Winston-Salem, N.C., hospital following a long illness. Born July 26, 1923, at Winding Gulf, he was the son of the late C.H. and Linda Amanda Jane Southern Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a retired coal miner, working 37 years in the coal industry. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II in India. He was preceded in death by a daughter, two sisters and two brothers. Survivors include his wife, Roxie Thompson Blankenship; two sons, Bobby Blankenship and his wife, Robin, of Beckley and Rex Blankenship and his wife, Denita, of Lexington, S.C.; three daughters, Patty Hayes and her husband, Chuck, of Meadow Bridge, Becky Keith and her husband, Jimmy, of Oxford, N.C., and Judy Richardson of Dobson; a brother, Harold Blankenship of Beckley; his stepmother, Ethel Blankenship of Beckley; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a multitude of family and friends. Services will be 1 p.m. today at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Cody Harmon Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call one hour before services at the funeral home. Sophia-Midway VFW Post No. 4326 will conduct military graveside rites. Cody Jr., Gilbert and Robert Harmon, Joe and Carlton Lowe and Michael Blankenship will serve as pallbearers. Charlie, Robert and Clayton Blankenship and Gary, Michael and William Hayes will serve as honorary pallbearers. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

Michael Blankenship

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - Michael K. Blankenship, formerly of Rock, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at his home. He was the son of Mrs. Auldie (Lillian) Blankenship of Lilly Street, Beckley, formerly of Rock. He is also survived by a brother, Bruce E. Blankenship, a funeral director for Melton Mortuary, Beckley. Arrangements by Brensfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown, and Seaver Funeral Service, Princeton.

 

John Blankenship

CLEAR FORK - John Howard "Johnie" Blankenship, 73, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, in a Charleston hospital following a long illness. Born June 15, 1927, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late John Blankenship and Dolly Bradbury Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a lifelong resident of Clear Fork and was a retired coal miner from Eastern Associated Coal with 40 years of service. He was a member of Clear Fork Advent Christian Church, where he served as an elder and a trustee. He was a founding member of The Gospel Proclaimers as well as a member of the Blessed Hope Singers. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Faye Matney Blankenship; four brothers, Jerry "Jack," William L. "Tom Pete," Charles E. "Charlie" and Roy Blankenship; four sisters, Adda Short, Grace and Margaret Blankenship and Nora Shannon; a son, Donnie R. Blankenship; and a son-in-law, Walter E. Barlow. Survivors include his wife, Rosa Lee Altizer Toler; a daughter, Connie Yvonne Blankenship Barlow; a daughter-in-law, Darlene Counts and husband, Steve, of Clear Fork; three stepdaughters, Gloria Elkins of Oceana, Patricia Herndon and husband, Roger, of Lincolnton, N.C., and Nancy Steffey of Oceana; a stepson, Michael Toler and wife, Patty, of Denver, N.C.; a sister, Beulah Short and husband, Jim, of Clear Fork; grandsons, Jeff Barlow and wife, Anitra, of Sabine, Shannon Barlow of Clear Fork, Tyler Counts of Clear Fork, and Joshua Morgan of Mill Creek; step grandsons, Ron Elkins and wife, Maria, of Rock Hill, S.C., Don Elkins and wife, Kim, of Waxall, N.C., Eddie Elkins and wife, Tracy, of Denver, N.C., and Mickey Elkins of Denver, N.C.; granddaughters, Tiffany Short and husband, Kevin, of Jonesville, N.C., and Lisa Barlow of Oceana; step granddaughters, Robin Valdez and husband, Manny, of Statesville, N.C., Ginger Williamson and husband, Steven, of Denver, N.C., and Leslie Ann Toler of Denver, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Marissa Moore, Laken and Alex Barlow, Jordan and Jared Barlow-Browning, Haley Acord, Jacob Barlow, Christopher, Brittney and Derek Elkins, Destiny and Dustin Williamson, and Lonnie, Levi, Joshua and Tiffany Valdez; as well as several nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Clear Fork Advent Christian Church with the Rev. Eddie B. Aliff officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Evans Memorial Chapel, Oceana. Pallbearers will be Buck Short, Ricky Blankenship, Harry Bryant Cook, Mike Blankenship, Toney Argabright, and Greg Morgan. Arrangements by Evans and Evans Funeral Directors, Oceana.

 

Monroe Blankenship

MOUNT HOPE - Monroe Blankenship, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born June 12, 1936, in Pie, he was the son of the late Leonard and Ella Mae Skeens Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship retired from Ford Motor Co. and was a member of United Auto Workers Local No. 1250. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle L. Adkins Blankenship; two sisters, Carrie Belle Blankenship and Anna Marie Crum; and a brother, Roy Blankenship. Survivors include his wife, Novella Lee Blankenship; a stepson, Luke Hess and his wife, Rita Karen, of Bradley; seven brothers, Andy and his wife, Pat, of Hickory, N.C., Bill and his wife, Betty, of Cleveland, Donald and his wife, Belva, of Omar, Troy of Delbarton, Paul and his wife, Kathy, of Delbarton, Roger and his wife, Betty, of Rossmore and Larry Bruce and his wife, Sherry, of Stirrat; two sisters, Brenda Fox and her husband, Lloyd, of Raleigh, and Linda Faye Hatfield and her husband, Bill, of Gilbert; and a step grandson, Luke Earl Hess, II. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. Phillip Lilly officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

Dallie Blankenship

Dallie “Jack” “Lucky 7” Blankenship, 48, of Glen Daniel, died Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000, following a sudden illness. Born June 12, 1952, in Glen Rogers, he was the son of Ruby Mae Blankenship Cole of Surveyor, and the late Troy Cole. Mr. Blankenship was a lifelong resident of Fairdale and a 1972 graduate of Trap Hill High School. He was an equipment operator for the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, prior to RCSWA, and a retired coal miner. He was a member of UMWA Local Union 1961. He was preceded in death by a brother, Troy “Buddy” Cole II. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Carrie Louise Allen Blankenship, married Nov. 21, 1972; two sons, Michael Blankenship and his wife, Amy, and Jason Blankenship, and a grandson, Tyler Blankenship, all of Fairdale; a brother, Stanley David Cole of Fairdale; and four sisters, Phyllis Belcher of Bolt, Faye Pavlik of Glen Daniel, Betty Brown of Fairdale and Pat Armstrong of Glen Rogers. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Fairdale Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Carter and Gary Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Allen Family Cemetery, Brenty Hollow Road, Fairdale. Friends may call 7 to 10 p.m. today at the church. Pallbearers will be Ureal Allen, Claude Brown Jr., Eric Clemons, George Bragg, Charles Hill and Matt Barley. Arrangements by Melton Mortuary, Beckley.

 

Lacy F. Blankenship

HIX - Lacy F. Blankenship, 90, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at his home. Born Sept. 19, 1910, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of the late Albert F. and Melisa Davis Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Moose Lodge of Hinton. He was a retired conservation aide for the state of West Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Jane Holliday Blankenship; two sisters, Lucy Duncan and Pearl Brison; and five brothers, Jim, Homer, Ira, Delbert and Elmer Blankenship. Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Harris of Abingdon, Md.; six sons, Clark Blankenship of Alderson, Paul Blankenship of Hinton, Roy Lee Blankenship of Bluewell, Carson Blankenship of Rainelle and Dean Blankenship and Maynard Blankenship, both of Hix; 22 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and 11 step great-great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home Chapel, Lewisburg, with the Rev. Eddie Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Honor Guard Division of Parks and Recreation will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

 

Larry D. Blankenship

PRINCETON - Larry Daniel Blankenship, 45, of 309 Harrison St., died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Princeton Community Hospital following a long battle with cancer. Born Aug. 29, 1955, in Pipestem, he was the son of Audry H. Blankenship of Pipestem and the late George W. Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a short-order cook for McDonald's in Princeton and was a 20-year resident of Princeton. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Anthony Daniel Wayne Blankenship. Other survivors include his wife, Jean R. Blankenship; a son, Robert Blankenship and his wife, Friday, of Princeton; two daughters, Lois Blankenship and Jeanette Miller, both of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Charlene Miller, Danielle Blankenship, Brandon Blankenship, Chelsey Miller, Cody Blankenship, Cristy Blankenship and Justin Blankenship; two sisters, Brenda Haase of Rainelle and Joan Blankenship of Pipestem; and a brother, Rodney Blankenship of Pipestem. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Burns-Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory, Athens Road, Princeton, with the Rev. David Barnette, Evangelist Willie Cecil and the Rev. Terry Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Courthouse Road, Princeton. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends of Larry's will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Memorial Funeral Directory, Princeton.

 

Calvin H. Blankenship

MILL CREEK - Calvin H. Blankenship, 71, died Monday, June 25, 2001, at the VA Medical Center, Salem, Va., following a short illness. Born Feb. 14, 1930, at Shannons Fork, Brenton, he was the son of the late Elmer and Eva Miller Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship served in the U.S. Army during World War II, was employed by Eastern Associated Coal of Kopperston for 10 years and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary Blankenship Wimmer; a granddaughter, Tina Jean Walker; a sister, Merlie Adkins; and two brothers, Troy and Coy L. Adams. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Emma Jean Blankenship; a son, Coy L. Blankenship and his wife, Karoline, of New Baltimore, Mich.; four daughters, Jeanette Saunders and her husband, Mike, of Red House, Audrey Jenings and her husband, Roger, of Saulsville, and Serena Browning and Kimberly Lafferty, both of Brenton; three sisters, Allie Sheline of New Lexington, Ohio, and Kathleen Acord and Lillian Dancy, both of Brenton; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville, with the Rev. Lee Fisher and Larry Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Military rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

 

Gertrude D. Blankenship

Gertrude D. Blankenship, 86, of 150 Autumn Lane, Beckley, died Saturday, July 14, 2001, in a Fayette County health care facility after a long illness. Born Oct. 21, 1914, in Johnson County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lou Danial Daniels. Mrs. Blankenship was a retired LPN having worked at Beckley Hospital, was a member of the First United Method-ist Church, Beckley, where she was the teacher of the Jane Anderson Sunday School Class and was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Blankenship, in 1974; a son, E. Fred Blankenship; and eight brothers and six sisters. Survivors include five daughters, Minnie Lou Chafin and her husband, Sam, of Barboursville, Barbara Bray and her husband, Donald E., of Springfield, Mo., Maysha McKinney and her husband, Don, of Terre Haute, Ind., Amy Burrow and her husband, W. O., of Myrtle, Miss., Van Blankenship Dawkins of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two sons, Thomas D. Blankenship and wife, Barbara, of Marietta, Ga., and Robert R. Blankenship and wife, Linda, of Marion, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Blankenship McLeod of Goodyear, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, with the Rev. Dr. Gregory L. Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, and one hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Heber St., Beckley, WV 25801. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

Betty Blankenship

Betty Jane Blankenship, 60, of Matheny, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at her sister's residence at Davin. Born April 5, 1941, at Pine Knob, she was the daughter of Stollie Parsons of Matheny and the late Earl Parsons. Mrs. Blankenship was a homemaker and a member of the Oceana Church of God. She was employed by the Wyoming County Opportunity Council and Palm Memorial Gardens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Blankenship; and a son, Jonathan Blankenship. Survivors include a son, Charles Blankenship and fiancée Nikki of Lexington, Va.; a daughter, Charlene Cohen and her husband James of Beckley; a brother, James Parsons and his wife June of Macedonia, Ohio; a sister, JoAnn Harless and her husband Oral of Davin; and three grandchildren, Aleisha Childers, Cindy Childers, and Tristan Childers. Service will be 12 noon Tuesday at the Oceana Church of God with the Revs. Randy Bowles, Eugene Sparks and J. L. Riffe officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home, Oceana.

 

Mabel B. Blankenship

NEW RICHMOND - Mabel B. Blankenship, 90, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, in a Beckley hospital following a long illness. Born June 14, 1911, in Sophia, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Emma Harris Richards. Mrs. Blankenship was a homemaker and had been a resident of Wyoming County since 1951. She was a member of New Richmond Chapel, where she was a member of the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Blankenship; a daughter, Frankie Powell; four brothers, Eugene, Mason, Clint and William Richards; and three sisters, Irene Wood, Lydia Wood and Thelma Haga. Survivors include three sons, Robert Blankenship and his wife, Tracey, of Yadkinville, N.C., David Blankenship and his wife, Martha, of Spotsylvania, Va., and Dallas Blankenship and his wife, Helen, of Georgetown, Ky.; two daughters, Janet Huffman of New Richmond and Judith Lester and her husband, Dennis, of Dobson, N.C.; a brother, Estel Richards of Beckley; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at New Richmond Chapel with the Revs. Alfred Laxton and Ronald Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville, and one hour before service Sunday at the church. Friends will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Service, Pineville.

 

Evelyn G. Blankenship

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -Evelyn G. Blankenship, 65, formerly of Coal City, died at 4:10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, Greensboro, N.C., following a short illness. Born Sept. 7, 1936, in Coal City, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Thompson and Nellie Thompson. Mrs. Blankenship was a retired factory worker. She was a member of East Heisley Church, Mentor, Ohio. She lived in Kernersville for the past five years, having moved from Mentor. She had lived in Ohio for more than 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Blankenship; and a sister, Margaret Nelson. Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Trocke and her husband, Robert, of Oak Ridge, N.C., and Anita Fauchier and her husband, Charles, of Norwalk, Conn.; a brother, Paul C. Thompson of Chesapeake, Va.; three sisters, Sue Simpson of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Hattie Blevins of Coal City and Betty Blankenship of Mentor; and a grandchild, Sarah Trocke. Service will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Rose and Quesenberry Peace Chapel, Beckley, with the Rev. James Compton officiating. Burial will follow in Thompson Cemetery, Coal City. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Beckley.

 

Donald R. Blankenship

CLEAR FORK - Donald Ray Blankenship, 49, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at his home following a long illness. Born Sept. 15, 1952, at Simon, he was the son of the late Robert Lee Blankenship and Maggie Walker Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was formerly employed by Stevens Construction Company. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gloridean Paynter. Survivors include his wife, Glenna Faye Blankenship; three sons, Robert Lee Blankenship and his wife, Valeria, of Virginia, Allen Ray Blankenship and his wife, Mary, of Clear Fork and Brian Blankenship and his wife, Michelle, of Virginia; a stepdaughter, Glenna Vivette of North Carolina; two stepsons, Jesse James "J.J." Dunford and his wife, Alice, of North Carolina and Jonathan J. Conn of Clear Fork; four brothers, Roger Blankenship and his wife, Retha, of Coal Mountain, Richard Blankenship and his wife, Linda, of Elk Lick, Ronald Blankenship and his wife, Sarah, of Kentucky and Ralph Blankenship of Oceana; three sisters, Rosalee Walls and her husband, Darrell, of Lillydale, Diana Richards and her husband, Arthur, of Michigan and Teresa Epperhart and her husband, Larry, of Kopperston; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Branch Church of God with the Rev. Jerry McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the Bud Harvey Cemetery at Cedar Creek. Friends may call after 6 p.m. at the church. Pallbearers will be the employees of Community Response. Arrangements by Adam Toler Funeral Home, Oceana.

 

Ward L Blankenship

LYNCO - Ward L. Blankenship, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, following a short illness. Born Nov. 6, 1919, at Long Branch, he was the son of the late Kenny and Cynthia Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a member of Long Branch Free Will Baptist Church and a retired coal miner, having worked at Hamp Hill in Coal Mountain. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Martha Kennedy; and three brothers, Ott, Loeal and Henry Blankenship. Survivors include his wife, Edith Rose Blankenship; a son, Farley Blankenship and his wife, Diane, of Cox's Mills; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Service will be noon Monday at Adam Toler Memorial Chapel, Oceana, with the Rev. Lonnie Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements by Adam-Toler Memorial Funeral Home, Oceana.

 

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