2010-2019, FL, Compiled by James W. Blankenship jkblank1(at)sbcglobal.net

 

SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi , FL, Transcribed by Jim @ Blankenshipweb.com

Blankenship, Brenda Joyce 61, 17Jan1950 - 28Feb2011, (Florida), WV-233-88-6539

Blankenship, Cherie Marie 51, 23Mar1960 - 02Jun2011, (Florida), FL-266-47-4741

Blankenship, Dennis Eugene 56, 11Jun1953 - 30Mar2010, (Florida), FL-266-08-6303

Blankenship, Harold C. 60, 07Jul1950 - 08Jan2011, (Florida), KY-403-68-9932

Blankenship, Leonard Douglas 57, 16Aug1953 - 25Jan2011, (Florida) , CA-547-84-7345

 

Alachua

 

2011, Gainesville, Alachua Co., FL, Obituary

The Gainesville Sun, (FL) - January 14, 2011

William S. "Bill" Martin, 83, passed away on January 7, 2011 at E.T. York Haven Hospice Care Center in Gainesville. He was born in Atlanta, Texas on July 6, 1927, growing up in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

He enlisted in the Marines in 1945 and served one year. He moved to Miami, Florida in 1946 where he served 11 years with the National Guard and Air Force Reserves. Bill married Shirley Blankenship in Miami, Florida in 1950. He began his career with Southern Bell Telephone Company in 1947 as a lineman. He was transferred to Gainesville, Florida in 1959, where he worked in PBX installation. Bill retired with 43 years of service on December 3, 1988. He was an avid Amateur Radio Operator for 17 years. He was voted Ham Operator of the year for 2010. Bill and Shirley raised their six children in Alachua, Florida from 1959 to 1972 then moved to Gainesville. They were members of First Baptist Church of Alachua.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley, and six children, Terry Shelley of Gainesville, Linda (Fred) Walker of Alachua, Cindy (Steve) Cox of Gainesville, Peggy (Richard) Rogers of Destin, Billy (Angie) Martin of Gainesville and Jimmy Martin of Gainesville, as well as 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on January 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Forest Meadows Funeral Home Chapel, 725 NW 23rd Avenue with Reverend Elwood Baker officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Gainesville, Alachua Co., FL, Obituary

The Gainesville Sun, (FL) - April 5, 2014

William E. "Bill" Wentworth Jr. passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was born on September 19, 1926 in Tampa, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents William E T Wentworth and Myrtle Frost, and sisters Kay Wentworth and Jane Rountree.

He graduated high school in Tampa, Florida and attended The University of Florida.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Rountree Wentworth, sister Nellie Pitzer, brother-in-law Don Rountree, sisters-in-law Jewell Thomas, Esther (Bob) Day, Chloe Roundtree. Nieces Patricia (Terry) Lindsey, Susan (Tom) Haines, Darlene (Lindsey) Holzapple, Renee (Rob) Waggener, Robin (Jack) Nohejl, Kay (K) Edwards. Nephews Don "Skip" (Sylvia) Rountree, Jason Thomas, Jhett Thomas, Clint (Chelsi) Blankenship, Bryan (Michele) Roundtree, Kevin (Susie) Smith, Bob Grayson. Great-nieces and nephews, Teresa (Tony) Ruccione, Trisha (Roger) Henshaw, Angela Rountree, Travis (Elisa) Lindsey, Elaina (Jim) Fischer, Nikki (James) Thompson, Robyn (Eric) Deveau and many great-great nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private memorial in Bill's memory in accordance with his wishes.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Hawthorne, Alachua Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.cremation-america.com/obituary.aspx?MemberId=83972&MName=Albon%20Kerner%20Blankenship

In Loving Memory of Albon Kerner Blankenship, 10/24/1923 - 1/10/2011. Albon Kerner Blankenship of Hawthorne passed away January 10, 2011 at Shands at UF. He was 87. Mr. Blankenship was born in Pineville, WV. He was a welder and was retired from N & W Railroad and the City of Gainesville. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife, Vesta Blankenship of Hawthorne; two daughters, Linda Williams of Gainesville and Deborah Duffie of Archer; four sisters, Jean Sabol of Cleveland, OH, Ruth Rhodes of WV, Georgena Clagg of DE, and Charlene Mustain of VA; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 13 at Forest Meadows Memorial Park East, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Hawthorne, Alachua Co., FL, Death,

Published in the Florida Times-Union on June 5, 2011

Cherie Dowling Blankenship, 51, of Hawthorne, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011 in Palatka. Masters Funeral Home of Interlachen 386-325-4564.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Alachua Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Albon Kerner 87, 24Oct1923 - 09Jan2011, Hawthorne, Alachua, FL, WV-234-22-1411

 

Bay

 

2013, Panama City, Bay Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Panama City News Herald on March 24, 2013

Mrs. Louise Thrasher, 72, of Panama City, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at a local hospital. Mrs. Thrasher was born November 24, 1940 to Carthel and Verniese Hall in Alabama. She was a life long resident of Panama City. Mrs. Thrasher was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church for many years, and she was currently a member of The Rock of Panama City. Mrs. Thrasher enjoyed shopping with her grandchildren, reading, and collecting dolls. She also enjoyed traveling.

Mrs. Thrasher was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin T. Thrasher, father, Carthel Hall, and a niece Summer Gayle Laurita.

She is survived by her two sons, Allen Thrasher of Panama City and Phillip Thrasher of Cape Coral, FL; two daughters: Cindy Ray and husband Mike of Panama City and Connie Brantley of North Carolina; mother, Verniese Hall of Panama City; nine grandchildren: Stacey Blankenship and husband Matt, Kelli Davis, Josh Ray, Shanna Waters and husband Franke, Jason Brantley, Anthony Brantley, Kimberly Brantley, Kaemyn and Gracie Thrasher; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene Hall and wife Teresa; four sisters: Annette Self and husband Frank, Janice Grant, and Gayle McGill and husband Robert, and Elaine Chappell and husband Wayne.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2012 at The Rock of Panama City with Apostle F. Nolan Ball officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Panama City, Bay Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.heritagefhllc.com/obituaries.htm

Mrs. Nancy Ann Blankenship, age 82, passed away at home Monday, April 8, 2013. She was a member of Carlisle Baptist Church for 37 years and loved planning church luncheons and was a dedicated gardener and sure loved her flowers.

Nancy is survived by her son: Gordon Blankenship; granddaughter: Mandy Lynn Blankenship; sisters: Verna Ramey of Virginia, Glenis Lester of Virginia, Lelia Lawson of Tennessee; sisters in laws: Linda Gay Justice of North Carolina, Willa Mae Melvin of Virginia, Barbara Kay Matney; brother: Thurman Lester; brother-in-laws: Sanford Blankenship and Ed Blankenship.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her husband: Retired Master Sergeant Vernon Blankenship and her son: Harold Douglas Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Carlisle Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Kuhn officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Pallbearers will be Hank Osborne, Waverly Osborne, Marlin Druker, Huey Morrison, Lance Campbell and Lee Nguyen.

Those wishing to extend a word of condolence may do so at www.heritagefhllc.com Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services 247 N. Tyndall Parkway Panama City, Florida 32404 850-785-1316

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Panama City, Bay Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Panama City News Herald on August 7, 2013

Marge Thornton, 82, of Panama City, joined her Lord and Savior and loved ones in Heaven, Monday, August 5, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Chattanooga, TN and was a resident of Panama City for 60 plus years.

Marge was a member of St. Andrew Baptist Church, where she attended the Gleaners Sunday School Class, and a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She was an accomplished basket maker, enjoyed spending time at the Bay County Home Extension, and loved traveling with friends and church members. Marge served as the FSU-Panama City Student Government Council Secretary for 7 years. She enjoyed gardening, and was known for her "green thumb".

Marge was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James (Jim) Thornton, her father, Charles Robert Clemones and her mother Lula (Polly) McWilliams.

Survivors include her children, Danny Thornton, Carol Wellman (Chuck) and Joyce Cartrett (Monty); her brother, Charles Clemones (Arlene); sisters, Betty Walrond (Tom), Iberia Yvonne Blankenship and Debi Thompson (Jim); 2 grandchildren, Reese Heable (Jen) and Jamie Roberts (Charlie); and her great-grandchildren, Tori, Brian, and Julianne Fender.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00 AM Monday, August 12, 2013, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Morris Denman officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Panama City, Bay Co., FL, Death

Published in Panama City News Herald on Oct. 13, 2013

David Chris Blankenship, 58, of Panama City, died on Friday, October 11, 2013.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Panama City, Bay Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Panama City News Herald on June 29, 2014

Wynean Tweedie, 79, of Panama City, passed away, June 27, 2014. Mrs. Tweedie was born the daughter of Clarence Lee and Lois Parr on June 1, 1935 in Andalusia, Ala.

Mrs. Tweedie was in the hotel management industry with her husband for many years. She attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

She is survived by her husband, James Tweedie; children, Denisa Blankenship and husband, Randy, Michael Maddox, Wayne Maddox and wife Kristin, William Plotz, and Pauline Tweedie. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters, Ruby Smith, Jean Pugh, and Wilton Parr; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Blankenship, Laura Quezada, Matthew Blankenship, Scott Blankenship, Austin Maddox, Sean Maddox, Michael Maddox, Michelle Maddox, and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Mrs. Tweedie also leaves her poodles, Honey and Penny.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Elaine Parr, and two beloved poodles, Missy and Princess

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop David Wells officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bradford

 

2011, Starke, Bradford Co., FL, Obituary

The Gainesville Sun, (FL) - September 2, 2011

Mrs. Arrie Mae Browning Futch age 64, of Starke passed away Thursday, September 1, 2011 at her residence. Mrs. Futch was born on November 1, 1946 in Starke to the late Willard and Louise Thomas Browning and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a founding member of Sampson City Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. Arrie was a retired assembler, enjoyed sewing, quilting and loved animals.

She was preceded in death by her brother Irving Browning, sisters: Wanda Chitty and Annie Lou Thomas.

Survivors are her husband of 45 years Robert Futch of Starke; daughter Angela Alford of Interlachen; twin sister: Murley Blankenship (Gerald); brothers: Vollie Browning (Debbie); George Browning all of Starke; grandchildren: Tiffany Jenkins of Tallahassee; Matthew "Eric" Jenkins, Jr.; Chayton Alford both of Interlachen.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Dewitt C. Jones Chapel in Starke with Pastor Glenn Cathy officiating. Interment will follow in Sapp Cemetery, Raiford.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Brevard

 

2012, Indialantic, Brevard Co., FL, Death

Published in Florida Today on July 18, 2012

June F. Blankenship, 73, of Indialantic, died Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Melbourne, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on May 26, 2011

Sarah (Yelton) Leighty, 73, loving and devoted wife, mother and grammy, loyal friend and retired teacher, departed this life on May 21, 2011. Born in Dayton, KY, she moved to Brevard in 1961. She earned her B.S. at University of Kentucky and her M. Ed. at Stetson.

She is survived by her husband, Dale (Skip) Leighty; her children, Laura Wade (Steve), Lisa Blankenship (Dave), and Erik Leighty (Bethany); her grandchildren, Trent, Garrett and Sarah Wade, Rebecca and Alex Blankenship and Harland Leighty, and her sister, Mary Kay Yelton.

Service at 5 pm Thursday, May 26 at Florida Memorial Funeral Home, Rockledge.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Melbourne Beach, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on July 10, 2013

Lt. Col. William C. Floyd (Ret.) passed away at Wake Forest Medical Center in [Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co.] NC on July 3, 2013, following complications of surgery.

He commanded 3rd Force Recon. USMC in Vietnam in 1967-1968 and authored a book Green Ghosts, in recognition of the valor of the marines he served with.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jerry Duncan Floyd also formerly from Greenville; two daughters, Robin F. Blankenship and Dale Floyd; and two granddaughters, Bonnie and Kate Blankenship.

His love of God, family and country will be his enduring legacy. He was dearly loved by his family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Melbourne, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Susie-Herdman&lc=4468&pid=166040855&mid=5613066

Susie Ann Herdman, 79, of Melbourne died Thursday (7/25) at her home. She was born in Plymouth, West Virginia on Feb. 20, 1934.

Susie was a dedicated wife and mother who loved spending time with her family. She grew up in Nitro, West Virginia and moved to Melbourne with her husband and sons in 1962. She worked as an electronics assembler at Geospace and Helper Instruments before retiring in 1993. She enjoyed watching sporting events, visiting Walt Disney World, and traveling to West Virginia to see family and friends.

Susie is survived by her husband of 58 years: Dwight, two sons: Tim and Tony both of Melbourne.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Effie Crawford; a brother: Harold W. Crawford, Sr., and two sisters: Emogene Blankenship and Eleanor (Tootsie) Snodgrass. She also leaves behind several beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday (7/29) noon in the Fountainhead Funeral Chapel. Entombment will follow in Fountainhead Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Mims, Brevard Co., FL, Death

Published in Florida Today on August 24, 2012

Virgil Blankenship, 77, of Mims, died Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

Arrangements by North Brevard Funeral Home, Titusville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Palm Bay, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on October 14, 2012

Deborah Jean Blankenship, 60, of Palm Bay, died Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Arrangements by Brownlie- Maxwell Funeral Home, Melbourne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Palm Bay, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 8, 2013

Pansy "Pam" Whittaker, 71, of Palm Bay Fla., formerly of Princeton, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at her residence. Pam was born in Mercer County on April 14, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John and Barbara Gore Blankenship. Pam was educated in Mercer County. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. Pam will be remembered for the love of her dogs, her music and playing bingo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie (Butch) Whittaker; one son, David Lockhart; along with six brothers, Arley (Little Joe), Biel, Jack, Lewis and Lee Blankenship; and one sister, Mary Martin.

She will be sadly missed by her three daughters, Trina Steele of Maryland, Lynn Lockhart of Fort Pierce Fla., and Tonya Sutphin of Princeton; two brothers, Sidney Blankenship and wife Frances of Lima, Ohio and John Blankenship and wife Sandi of Princeton her twin brother; three sisters, Verlie Chambers of the Zeigler Ill., Sarah Pettrey of Princeton, and Martha Dawley of Palm Bay Fla., who watched and cared for her daily; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Pam Whittaker will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the Oakvale Freewill Baptist Church in Oakvale with the Rev. Gene Pennington officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Palm Bay, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on June 24, 2013

Emily Suzanne (Suzi) King was born into this world on August 11, 1980 in Charleston, WV, on a beautiful sunny day. On June 19, 2013, God decided to bring her home on another sunny day. She filled our days with sunshine and happiness and she is and will be sorely missed. She was surrounded by family and friends when she went home to be with the Lord. Suzi had an active childhood, playing all stars softball, cheerleading and was an honor student. She grew up in St. Albans, WV and was a graduate of St. Albans High School. She later attended WV State University and Kaiser University in Florida.

She is survived by her parents, Emily Moseley Hack and Robert Keith King. She lived at home with her mother in Palm Bay, FL. She is also survived by her son, Aaron James Blankenship; her brother Jerry L. Billups, II, and family of St. Cloud, FL; sisters Sally Hart and family of Lake Worth, FL and Jennifer Seeman and family of Chatsworth, GA; her uncle James E. Mosley, II, and wife Martha and family of San Antonio, TX; her aunt Beverly Moseley Weiner and daughter Stephanie (Scooter) of Charleston, WV; and special friends Travis Reed, Shannon Wills and Jada Martin.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents James and Mildred Moseley and Walter and Sally King; her brother Stephen King; her cousin James E. Mosley, III; and aunt Donna Reed.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 4pm -6pm at Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care in Palm Bay, Florida.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Titusville, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today from October 7 to October 9, 2012

Avery Rose Oakley, 81, of Titusville passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012. She was born January 16, 1931, in Kokomo, IN. Avery came to Brevard County in 1977. She worked at Delco Electronics in Kokomo for 18 years and retired from McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Titusville. She was a life-long member of the VFW.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Matilda Worthy; three brothers, Jack, Jimmy and Johnny Worthy; a sister, Donna Creviston; and a daughter, Claudenia Barnett.

Survivors include her brother, Gene Worthy; two sisters, June Quillen and Deena (Mike) Crawford; three daughters, Sondra (Joe) Schimmoller, Louella Osbourne and Kathy Blankenship; five grandchildren, Christy (Rob) Williams, Courtney Ross, Jeremy Taskey, Jason Bellamy and Christy Bellamy; eight great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at North Brevard Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Titusville, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on June 18, 2013

Betty Florence Conn Cairns, 88, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013. She was born March 9, 1925, in Somerset, PA, to Samuel and Ilga Bell Conn. She and her family moved to Titusville in 1955.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair M. Cairns; son, Dalton Cairns; mother and father; and siblings, Mary Bell Browning and James Conn.

Survivors include her children, Marlene Blankenship (Jack) and Wann Cairns (Cathy); eleven grandchildren, Debi Frakes (Joe), Bill Cairns (Pam), Candi Rosa (Jose'), Jack Blankenship, Jr., Rick Blankenship (Kim), Eugenie Collins, Michelle Cairns, Susan Linville, Bethany Semonski, Brent Holloway and Emily Monac (Matt); twelve great-grandchildren, Kate, Kelli, Crystal, Jessica, Jared, Kyle, Derik, Kiersten, LeAnn, Kaden, Mattisyn and Zoe; and four great-great-grandchildren, Landon, Mason, Wyatt and Dalton.

She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her life. In her healthier years, she was an avid fisherman. Her main hobby was work. She loved gardening and working in the yard. She had a true green thumb. She and her husband operated many businesses in the community for many years. She retired from McDonnell Douglas. She will always be remembered as a little character full of life, love and so much fun to be around. She will be missed and remembered by all that surrounded her.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville beginning at 2:00pm until the funeral service at 3:00pm. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Titusville, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on May 3, 2014

Dana D. Blankenship from Titusville, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 1, at her son's home in Bulls Gap, [Hawkins Co.], TN.

Dana was a vibrant, lovely woman who enjoyed life to the fullest. She was kind and gracious to everyone she met. Her willingness to help others will be remembered by the many people she has come in contact with through the years. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Titusville and always enjoyed the wonderful people at her church.

Dana was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Delp and Sallie Delp; by her husband Carl Blankenship; and her sons Larry Blankenship and Jimmy Blankenship; brothers Lloyd and Elvin Delp; sisters Maxine Griffith, Jeannette Archer and Juanita Wolffe Markham.

Survivors include her son, Stan Blankenship and his wife Darlene of Bulls Gap, TN; daughter Betty McElroy and her husband Alan, of Hoover, Alabama; two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; her only surviving sibling, Gene Delp and his wife Audrey of Ohio.

Dana's wish was to be cremated; therefore, no visitation will take place.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Public Records: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K1V2-7TX

Blankenship, Dana Bernice b.24Feb1923 - Residence 2009: Titusville, FL,

Relatives: Bernice D. Blankenship, Carl Blankenship

 

+2014, Titusville, Brevard Co., FL Obituary

Published in Florida Today on July 8, 2014

Goldie Dodson Blankenship, 92, of Titusville, FL, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014. She was born on March 27, 1922, in Ralston, OK and grew up in El Dorado, KS.

In 1938, she married Rubert Blankenship. They were married for over 60 years. Goldie was a member of the Nazarene Church and also attended the Church of God of Titusville.

Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Rubert Blankenship in 1999.

She is survived by a daughter, Janet L. Howell of Titusville; a son, R. J. Blankenship and his wife, Heidi of Naples, FL; three granddaughters; four great grandsons; and one-great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at North Brevard Funeral Home in Titusville. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Rubert, 83, 23Aug1915 - 26Jun1999, Titusville, Brevard, FL, KS-513-07-6760

 

Brevard Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankinship, John J. 90, 15Jun1920 - 06Jan2011, Cocoa Beach, Brevard, FL, KS-512-03-6742

 

Broward

 

2011, Deerfield Beach, Broward Co., FL, Obituary

Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - January 11, 2011

Blankenship, Harold C., 60 of Deerfield Beach, Florida died suddenly on January 8, 2011. He was born on July 7th, 1950 in Lawrenceburg, TN, raised in Kentucky and was a resident of Florida for the past 40 years. He served in the United States Army and during his tour of duty in Vietnam he was awarded five service medals.

Harold was predeceased by his parents Eula Mae and Troy Blankenship, siblings Rex, Ray, Larry and Linda Faye.

Survived by sisters Shelby Cutler and Regina Wallace; High School sweetheart and wife of 40 years Cathy; Children Stacy, Christopher Todd (Kristen) and the two loves of his life grandchildren Christopher and Kimberly.

Celebration of his life calling hours will be on Wednesday the 12th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home, 217 E Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 954-427-5544.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL, Obituary

Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - December 13, 2010

Blankenship, Mildred A. "Millie," 92, of Ft. Lauderdale, passed away Friday, December 10, 2010. Millie is survived by her daughters, Beverly Haisley of Ft. Lauderdale, and Toni Blaser of IN; son, Jack Irwin of IN; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Friends may call Thursday, Dec. 16, 5 to 8 pm at the Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center, 2505 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors. Further services and entombment in Indianapolis, IN.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Hallandale, Broward Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Sun-Sentinel on August 28, 2012

Dr. Sherrill E. Ward, 78, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Dr. Ward served the local community for 32 years as a compassionate veterinarian at Ward Animal Hospital in Hallandale.

He is survived by Debra, his devoted wife of 35 years; loving children, Vicky Baker, Cheryl Toby Ward, Gene Ward and Jackie (Michael) DeVito; cherished grandchildren, Jessica (Nelson) Villaneuva, Sarah Ward, Allison and Matthew DeVito; adored great-granddaughter, Sophia Villanueva and sister Sharron Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 11 am at the home of Peter and Sharon Gelbwaks.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Pompano Beach, Broward Co., FL, Obituary

Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - December 16, 2011

Handrahan, Janice Mary, of Pompano Beach, FL, born in Detroit, MI, on December 31, 1924. Married Richard "Dick" Handrahan of Waltham, MA, for 49 years. They moved to Pompano Beach, FL, in 1971. After a lengthy illness, she passed on Saturday evening, December 10, 2011, with family by her side. Janice was a very strong willed mother, grandmother, sister and wife. As her own sister described her, a tenacious spitfire, Janice was not one to hold back on her opinions.

Janice is survived by her sister, Ruth Donner O'Hara of Midland, MI; eight children, Thomas P. Handrahan, Eileen M. Handrahan, Jann-Carol Handrahan, Richard J. Handrahan, John V. Handrahan, Ruth A. (Handrahan) LaChance, Patricia M. Blankenship and Joseph A. Handrahan; and 10 grandchildren. Janice retired as the registrar for Blanche Ely High School of Pompano Beach, FL, where she was known as the "Lady in the Safe." True to her religious beliefs, he went to volunteer for 20 plus years with The Sisters of Mercy at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Viewing service and religious services held on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Viewing Service 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Religious Service 12 Noon, Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 200 W. Copans Rd., Pompano Beach, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Titusville, Brevard Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Florida Today on May 22, 2011

Dianne E. Douglas, 64, of Titusville, Florida, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Titusville. She was born January 15, 1947 in South Amboy, New Jersey.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Douglas; parents, Samuel and Elizabeth Dilks; sister, Deborah Laberty; brothers, James Dilks and William Dilks; daughters, Dawn Blankenship and Denise Mattes; sons, Samuel Davis, William Davis and James Davis; 18 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday, with a Funeral Mass being celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:30 AM.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Broward Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Mildred Alice 92, 26Feb1918 - 10Dec2010, Fort Lauderdale, Broward, FL, IN-304-09-9102

Blankenship, Thomas 85, 12Sep1924 - 01Jun2010, Pompano Beach, Broward, FL, PA-191-14-0374

 

Calhoun

 

+2011, Clarksville, Calhoun Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 25, 2011

Mrs. Toby Lee Pate, age 86, of Clarksville, FL passed away Saturday night, May 21, 2011 in Port Saint Joe, FL. Toby was born on December 30, 1924 in Holmes County, FL and had lived in Calhoun County for most of her life. She worked as a custodian at Carr School in Clarksville for over 14 years. Toby attended the Abe Springs Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include, seven sons, Harold Pate and his wife, Lou of Cottondale, FL; David Pate of Cottondale, FL; Herman Pate of Fountain, FL; Donnie Pate and Stephanie Wolfe of Tallahassee, FL; Phillip Pate of Tallahassee, FL; Michael Pate of Ebro, FL; Hester Pate of Clarksville, FL, two daughters, Judy Fritz and her husband, Steven of Fountain, FL; Sybil Lolley of Port Saint Joe, FL, brother-in-law, Darrell Blankenship of Ponce De Leon, FL, 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm (CDT) at Peavy Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Scotty Lolley and Reverend Robert Kimberling officiating. Interment will follow in the Abe Springs Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Charlotte

 

2012, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Co., FL, Obituary

North Port Sun (FL) - May 2, 2012

Robert E. 'Bob' Munford, 85, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2012, in Port Charlotte, in attendance with his wife and family. He was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Petersburg, Va.

Bob served in the U.S. Army Infantry during World War II, where his service was spent in the Pacific Theater, stationed in Kobe, Japan. He was an Honors Graduate in Physics from Clemson A&M College and, upon graduation, Bob became a member of the original Space Task Force Group, which later became the National Aeronautical Space Administration, working in Langley, Va., as a task force Group Aeronautical Engineer. Bob later moved to 'The Cape' in Florida, and later to 'Mission Control' in Houston, Texas, until his eventual retirement there. He participated in the Mercury, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. Bob was the engineer responsible for the electrical power distribution and sequencing on the NASA Mercury Spacecraft. At the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Bob was the Head of the Electrical Power Distribution and Sequencing Section, in the Instrumentation Systems Branch, in the Instrumentation Electronic Systems Division, of the Engineering Directorate. He was also the Apollo Program Command and Service Module Subsystem Manager for the Electrical Power Distribution and Control Subsystem. Bob played a critical role not only in the success of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, but also the Apollo 13 mission and its safe return. He was involved in the later NASA Skylab, Apollo Soyuz Test Project, and the Space Shuttle Programs. After retirement from NASA, Bob continued his work with Eagle Engineering as a consultant for the Aerospace Community, and his last job was the design of the power system for the 'Wake Shield Experiment,' which flew on three Shuttle Missions. Bob was not only an excellent engineer and manager, he was a great mentor for his colleagues and others that were fortunate to have worked with and for him. Bob was a pioneer in Aerospace Design and implementation.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Eva; daughters, Georgia (Lupo) Munford and Rosalind (Blankenship) Munford; son, Robert Munford Jr.; grandchildren, Travis, Samuel and Katelyn; sister, Mildred Munford Moore; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Co., FL, Obituary

Englewood Sun (FL) Date: July 29, 2012

Eva J. Munford, 79, of Port Charlotte, Florida died Monday, July 16, 2012 following shortly after her husband of 59 years Robert E. Munford who also passed this year on April on the 27th, 2012. She was born September 4, 1932 in Folkston, Georgia.

Eva had a wonderful life and a marvelous adventure that included a rich and colorful life with her husband Bob who retired from NASA after a long dedicated life from the start of the space program till his retirement shortly after the space station and shuttle programs. Eva graduated from Glen Academy in Brunswick Georgia and began nursing school shortly before being married in Kingsland, Georgia, after which they motored north on an open-ended honeymoon. While visiting with relatives in Baltimore Bob was offered a position with the Voice of America, so she followed her husband to Manila, in the Philippine Islands. Upon returning to the US after that posting Bob and Eva started a family shortly after Bob enrolled at Clemson University where he graduated with honors with a degree in Physics and Eva had their first two children daughter Georgia and son Robert Jr. Bob and Eva moved for his position with NASA beginning in Langley Virginia where the family increased to three with the birth of their youngest daughter Rosalind. NASA soon moved Eva and family to Cape Canaveral and shortly thereafter the Family decided that a less conventional living arrangement was needed so Eva and Bob purchased a yacht 'the Joyce' a 51 foot Wheeler and moved the entire family aboard. The yacht was located in Edgewater, Florida until the Family's relocation to Houston when Eva and Bob again moved for a position at the Manned Spacecraft Center and Mission Control with NASA. Eva spent with her family nearly twelve years on the yacht Joyce providing her family with a rich and colorful and unique life that continues their involvement in the marine business even today. She will be remembered as a loving mother, dedicated friend and outgoing personality enjoyed by everyone she met and embraced in her wonderful and joyous life.

Eva is survived by daughters Georgia Munford Lupo, Rosalind Munford Blankenship and son Robert Munford Jr.; grandchildren Travis, Samuel and Katelyn; and her sister-in-law, Mildred Munford Moore, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Port Charlotte, Charlotte Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on April 19, 2013

Mary P. Hansen, (formerly Mary Blankenship) passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013 while staying at the Hospice House in Port Charlotte, FL after a long battle with heart disease. Mary was born on January 14, 1930 in Orlando, FL and lived there until she moved to Port Charlotte in 1994 upon her retirement.

The family is currently planning a Celebration of Life at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, FL. Cremation services provided by the National Cremation Society.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Citrus

 

2011, Floral City, Citrus Co., FL, Obituary

The Spokesman-Review, (Spokane, WA) - May 19, 2011

Hubbard, Charles Lamar Born February 19, 1956 ~ Passed away May 5, 2011 (Age 55) Born in Atlanta Georgia to Arthur and Kathleen V. (Norcross) Hubbard. Passed away in Floral City, FL on May 5, 2011. He was raised in Spokane and attended and graduated from Rogers High School (1974).

He was preceded in death by his Father Arthur (1992), and his Brother James Arthur Hubbard (2000).

He is survived by his mother Kathleen, his brother Harold, and sister Kay, all of Spokane, daughter Jana, Tampa, FL, stepsons, Mark Wing and Brett (Ellie) Wing, all of Tampa, Scott Wing of Denmark; Dean Blankenship , St. Catherine, FL, and James O'Neal, Floral City, FL; seven grandchildren, an extended family of aunts and uncles many nieces, nephews and cousins.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Inverness, Citrus Co., FL, Obituary

Charleston Daily Mail (WV) - December 20, 2012

Mrs. Cynthia O'Connor Blankenship, 68, of Inverness, Fla., went to be with her Lord at 5:20 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Cynthia was born February 12, 1944, in Dunlow, W.Va. (Wayne Co.), a daughter of the late Fletcher Spry and Goldie Ramey Spry.

Twice married, she is survived by her ex-husband, Larry O'Connor, Grafton, W.Va. and was preceded in death by her second husband, Nelson L. Blankenship, (a former Sheriff & Clerk of Harrison County, W.Va.) on June 9, 2007.

Surviving Mrs. Blankenship are her son, Larry Brian O'Connor & his companion, Sandra Lawson and her three children, April Lawson, Erica Lawson & Aaron Lawson and their nine children, all of Hernando, Fla., who Cynthia thought of as her grandchildren & great-grandchildren and whom she loved dearly. Also surviving are her two step-sons, Larry P. Blankenship and his wife, Bonnie, Bridgeport, W.Va., and Garry B. Blankenship; her three brothers and five sisters and their spouses: Bill & Edith Spry, Fort Gay, W.Va., Cleve & Wilma Spry, Valley Grove, W.Va., Richard Spry, Lumberport, W.Va., Ina & Otis Watts, Lumberport, W.Va., Nancy & Roy Moon, Fort Gay, W.Va., Clista & Jim Radcliff, Clarksburg, W.Va., Mary & Joe Wright, Waynesboro, Ga. and Yvonne & Doug McQuaid, Lumberport, W.Va.; and a special sister-in-law, Glenda Spry, Lumberport, W.Va.; and several nieces & nephews.

In addition to her husband & parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Arlie Spry. Cynthia was a graduate of the old Lumberport High School, Class of 1961. She was Baptist by faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Boca Grande, Fla. She retired as a manager from AT&T in 1989, with over twenty-five years of service to the company.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Robert Shingleton presiding. Interment will follow in the Boring Cemetery on Davisson Run Road.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Clay

 

2013, Fleming Island, Clay Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.jonesgallagherfh.com/obits/obituaries.asp?listing_id=192370

Sally Ann Blankenship, age 59 [June 26, 1954], of Fleming Island, passed away, Sunday, December 22, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Lee Blankenship and a son, Benjamin Lee Blankenship and wife, Yuki of Chicago.

No services are scheduled at this time. Helm-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Services

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Orange Park, Clay Co., FL, Death

The Florida Times-Union, (Jacksonville, FL) - December 11, 2011

Timothy Dean Blankenship, 48, of Orange Park, FL passed away Friday, December 2, 2011.

A Dignified Alternative-Hatcher Cremations (904) 260-2522

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2012, Orange Park, Clay Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Florida Times-Union on November 21, 2012

Roland Constantino Pantano, 77, passed away on November 19, 2012 in Orange Park, FL. He was born in New Kensington, PA, graduated from Duquesne University where he was a member of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity and served in the US Army, where he was a boxer, both in college and the military. Mr. Pantano was a successful mortgage broker, was a member of St. Catherine s Catholic Church and volunteered with the Salvation Army.

He was predeceased by his son, Tim Blankenship and brother, Frank Pantano.

Survivors include his loving wife, Esther Pantano; 3 sons: Bob (Cathy), Michael (Darcy) and Seth (Cathy) Blankenship; daughter, Teresa (Dean) Kelley; brother, Armand (Bea) Pantano; sister, Carmela (Val) Lemma; daughter-in-law, Betty Blankenship; 4 grandchildren: Tim, Dylan, Jordan and Kendall; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held 2 PM, Friday, November 23, 2012 at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, FL 32073.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Collier

 

2012, Naples, Collier Co., FL, Obituary

Naples Daily News (FL) - April 4, 2012

Mr. Armand L. Fresia, 89, of Naples, FL, died on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Naples. He was born in Pittsfield, MA on February 10, 1923 to John and Josephine Fresia.

Mr. Fresia graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1940. He entered the Army Air Corp where he served as a a B-17 bombardier. He was a decorated combat veteran of WW II. He held the Purple Heart and multiple air combat citations. He returned to Pittsfield where he worked as a machinist for the General Electric company for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He was married to Vera Chiaretto also of Pittsfield, who died in 2003 in Naples. Mr. Fresia and his wife moved from Pittsfield to Naples in 1987. Mr. Fresia was an avid golfer and a member of various clubs in Berkshire County and in Naples.

He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Blankenship of Athens, OH; his son, Jerry Fresia of Lenno, Italy; his sister, Gloria Chiaretto of Oxford, MA; his brother, John F. Fresia of Milton, VT; his grandson, Randy Blankenship of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; his granddaughter, Allyson Blankenship of Concord, NC; and his great-grandsons, Nicholas Blankenship and Christian Delgado; as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service is being planned for June in Naples, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Naples, Collier Co., FL, Obituary

Naples Daily News (FL) - May 1, 2013

Danial 'Danny' Reese (born Reese Danial Blankenship) 61, of Naples passed away suddenly on April 28, 2013. Danny was born in Havre de Grace, MD to Helen Sullivan Blankenship and the late Reese J. Blankenship and grew up in Delta, PA. He was a 1969 graduate of Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove, PA where he was an all-state sprinter for the track team.

Danny began his successful career as an on-air radio personality on WNOW in York, PA, and then moved on to WPOC (Old Blue Eyes), WITH, and WCAO in the Baltimore, MD market. After 20 years in the radio industry, Danny then moved into the public relations, insurance, mortgage and sales fields.

Danny is survived by his loving wife, Ronni.

They relocated from Maryland to Naples in 2005 to enjoy the Florida sunshine and lifestyle. Danny never lost his passion for music. He brought his high school rock and roll band, Sites 'N Sounds, together in May, 2010 to perform once again for their Maryland/Pennsylvania fans, and they continue to reunite twice a year for performances there. In 2011, Danny joined the Fort Myers-based classic rock band, Redemption, as their front man, and they performed throughout Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Matlacha, and Naples.

Danny is also survived by his loving children, Lauren Reynolds of Abingdon, MD, and Adam Reynolds of Baltimore, MD. He also leaves behind his mother, Helen Blankenship; devoted brother and sister-inlaw, Dick and Denise Blankenship; and sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Randy King, all from Stewartstown, PA; along with many nieces and nephews. DR will continue to rock on in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., immediately followed by a prayer service at Fuller Funeral Home, 4735 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Naples, Collier Co., FL, Obituary

Naples Daily News (FL) - July 22, 2014

Sandra 'Sandy' L. Baker, 55, of Naples, passed away on July 19, 2014. Born in Bellevue, NB, she was the daughter of Lee Jacobs and the late Donald Blankenship.

Sandy was married to Mr. Jack Baker Jr. for seven years. She graduated Warner Robins High School in Georgia and proudly owned and operated Sandy's Grooming in Naples. She was an animal lover and defender and took pride in her show dogs; she had a great sense of humor and will be greatly missed by many.

Sandy was predeceased by her father.

She is survived by her mother, Lee Jacobs and stepdad, Chuck; her beloved husband, Jack Baker Jr.; daughters, Jill Pearce and Kaitlyn Baker; brothers, James Donald and Ronald Dean Blankenship.

A Visitation will be held at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109 on Thursday, August 24, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. with a Service at 5:00 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Columbia

 

2014, Lake City, Columbia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Lake City Reporter on July 17, 2014

Mrs. Laura Louise Kelly (Johnny Mae), 77 of Lake City, FL passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 in Palatka, [Putnam Co.], FL. Laura was born in Lake City, FL on January 30, 1937 to the late Beatrice and Samuel Grant.

She received her education in Columbia County. Laura received Christ in her life at an early age. She was a member of Lee's Chapel. She dedicated several years of service at the Holiday Inn of Lake City. She enjoyed baking, taking care of her family and helping others out whenever she had the chance. Laura was joined in holy matrimony to Willie Clyde Kelly.

She is preceded in death by her husband Willie "Clyde" Kelly, daughter Curtice Edwards, sisters Hannah Green, Ola Mae Duckworth, Henrietta Grant and Christine Henry, brothers Samuel Grant, James Grant, Duke Grant, Milton Hughes and Eddie Roy Grant.

Left to cherish her memories are brother Eddie Lee Grant (Anita), children Beulah Hall (Oscar)-Palatka, Arthur Pate- Lake City, Patricia Robinson- Tampa, Laura Nichols- California, Diane Gaines- Jacksonville, Emma Melendez (Tony)- Lake City, John Pate- Lake City, Michael Pate (Debra)- Lake City, Arnita Hughes (Xavier)- Lake City, step-children Calvin Twensey (Darlene)- Lake City, Cynthia Twensey- Ft. Lauderdale, Patricia Twensey, James Kelly (Shandra), Sedric Kelly, Arthur Kelly, James Allen, Towanda Jurden- Orlando, Charles Jurden (Khaliah), Kunta Jurden- Orlando. Sisters in law Mary Hughes- Jasper, Catherine Grant- Lake City, Alma Owens (Wallace)- Lake City, Mary Ella Blankenship, and Verner Preston (David). Brothers in law Deacon Narvell Kelly (Betty), Deacon DeLeon Kelly (Marilyn), David Kelly (Edna) and Maxwell Kelly. Laura also leaves behind a host of devoted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Special friends include Mrs. Josiana Scott, the Barber Family and the Lizzie Thomas Family.

Funeral services for Laura Louise Kelly will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Lake City, FL. Inc. 550 NE Martin Luthur King Street, Lake City, FL. Alvin J. Baker, Pastor. pastor Sammie Lee Daniels officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

DuPage

 

+2013, Wheaton, DuPage Co., IL, Obituary

Virginian Pilot Newspaper Sunday, February 15, 1953,

Myrtle Pablo Blankenship Age 75, widow of Harvey W. Blankenship Sr., died Saturday morning, February 14, 1953 at the home of her son, Harvey W. Blankenship Jr., in Wheaton, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Pablo and Mrs. Margaret Pablo; she was born in Portsmouth, where she resided until 1946.

Besides her son, surviving is a sister, Mrs. Faith Tunstall of Washington; 2 grandsons, Robert Blankenship and Richard Blankenship and several nieces and nephews.

The body will arrive from Chicago Monday afternoon, February 16, 1953 and will be taken to the Snelling Funeral Home, where funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, February 17, 1953 at an hour to be announced. Virginian Pilot Newspaper

Researched by Ann Marie (Byrnes) LaDue Email: RMidgette@aol.com

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Duval

 

+2010, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion/obituary.aspx?n=j-c-blankenship&pid=145175891

Mr. J. C. Blankenship, 84, passed away on Sunday, September 5, 2010. Mr. Blankenship was born in Dooley County, Georgia and was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy - WW II. Mr. Blankenship retired in 1991 with more than 40 years service with Frito Lay.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mrs. Irene Blankenship; 2 children: Gail (John) Bowen and Mike (Nyra) Blankenship; 4 grandchildren: Kim (Andy) Buchanan, John (Leah) Bowen, Jr., Sam Mason and Heather Mason; 4 great grandchildren: Dallas, Caleb, Devin and Erin.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Peeples Family Funeral Home, North Jacksonville Chapel, with Rev. Andy Buchanan, officiating. Additional services and burial will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Riverside Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Florida Times-Union on December 29, 2010

Daisy B. Blankenship went home to her heavenly father on Sunday, December 26 after a brief illness. Daisy was born in September 1922 in Scotland Neck, NC. to the late Paul and Pearl Hale.

Daisy was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years Sidney Blankenship. Daisy was co-owner of C & B oil company for many years and worked in the office as well as book keeper. Daisy was a loving and devoted wife and mother throughout her life.

She is survived by two sisters, Elsie Gordon and Barbara Whitehead, three children, Frank (Tonja), David (Connie) and Kathy Boxsom (Joe), six grandchildren, Greg, Troy, Matt, Wesley, Jason and Rachel and six great-grandchildren. Daisy will be sorely missed by her family and friends but we all know she is in the arms of our Lord today.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM. Wednesday, December 29, in the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. The funeral services will be held in the same location on Thursday December 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

The Florida Times-Union, (Jacksonville, FL) - July 11, 2011

Smith Barfield, 90, went peacefully to be with her heavenly father on Saturday July 9, 2011 at her home with her loving daughter and son-in-law. She was a very loving mother and grand mother who loved cooking and baking wonderful meals for her family and taking special care of her children and grandchildren. She was born in Charlton County Georgia on September 10, 1920 to Mathew and Gussie Victoria Smith. She was a member of the Baptist faith and a member of North Jacksonville Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank S. Barfield in 1982, sons, John W. Barfield, Sr., and Ricky C. Barfield, grandsons, John W. Barfield, Jr., and David M. Smiley in 2010; siblings, 3 brothers, Ernest, Wilbur, and R.M. Smith; 3 sisters, Jessie Melzer, Louise Jones, and Hazel Hildebrand.

Survivors include her daughter, M. Elizabeth (Bettye) Blankenship and husband Ray; granddaughters, Tresa Lang, Leasa Barfield, and Michelle Sanders and husband Chuck; great grandchildren, Owen Ward, John Barfield, III, Jade Lang, Jonathan Smiley and Trey Sanders; and many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (Today) July 12, 2011 at 11am in the chapel of Cedar Bay Funeral Home 405 New Berlin Road Jacksonville, with Rev. Billy T. Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

The Florida Times-Union, (Jacksonville, FL) - April 11, 2012

Ella Mae Dozier Madeley was born on August 24, 1917 in Singer, Louisiana. She is the last of her generation of one brother, Phil Dozier and four sisters, Allene Dunlap, Melba Reed, Gladys Fruge and Irene Blankenship. She was 94 years old at the time she passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ella Mae was a member of the South Jacksonville Church of Christ. She has lived in Jacksonville, Florida for the past 17 years and was a former resident of the Beaumont, Texas area. She married Milton H. Madeley, Sr. on January 1, 1936. She lived her life with her husband, Milton Harold Madeley, Sr. for 72 years. She was his faithful wife and companion. She was the mother of their three children.

Ella Mae is survived by her three children: son Milton Harold Madeley, Jr of New Iberia, Louisiana and two daughters, Patricia M. Ashley of Cabot, Arkansas and Linda M. Cooper of Jacksonville, Florida; eight grandchildren, Larry Madeley of Mobile, AL, Tamara Simpson of Flagstaff, AZ, Beth Morel of New Iberia, LA, Sharon Woodson of Maumelle, AR, Sherridon Dobbs of Grayson, GA, Shannon Wagner of Odessa, FL, Christina Dressel of Green Cove Springs, FL and Laura Roberts of Lynchburg, VA; twenty nine great grandchildren; one great, great grandson and numerous nephews and nieces.

There will be a graveside service at the Village Mills Cemetery of Village Mills, Texas at 10:00 AM Friday, April 13, 2012. Farmer Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

The Florida Times-Union, (Jacksonville, FL) - August 8, 2012

Thomas Richard Blankenship, 57, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. He was born on August 6, 1954, to Jack and Virginia Blankenship.

Thomas retired from the United States Navy after more than twenty years of service. Thomas loved spending time with his special friends, Red, Monica, Leo, and Rick and Jackie Ann Vargo. He could spend hours watching racing on the NASCAR circuit and eating seafood boils.

Thomas is survived by his mother, Virginia Blankenship, and many friends. He will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.

A graveside service with full military honors, followed by interment, will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

The Florida Times-Union, (Jacksonville, FL) - August 9, 2012

Ward Lee Harris, Sr., 86, entered into rest on August 8, 2012. He was born on June 1, 1926 in New Orleans, LA. He served in the US Navy during WWII and received his bachelor s degree from the University of Florida. Mr. Harris retired from First Union Bank. He was an avid golfer and fisherman.

Ward is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Martha C. Harris; children, Susan (Jim) Antoon, Lee (Jeannie) Harris, Anne (Bob) Blankenship, Bill (Susan) Harris, Amy (Gregg) Morrill, Mike (Sheila) Harris; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and brother, Jack (Sara) Harris.

Mass will be held Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10 am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11665 Fort Caroline Road Jacksonville, FL. Interment will follow at Arlington Park Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Florida Times-Union on Dec. 24, 2013

Jean Lott, age 75 of Jacksonville died Saturday, December 21, 2013. Jean was born to the late Steve and Rosalee Williams on August 7, 1938 in Cochran, GA. She was a graduate of the class of 1957 of Bleckley County High School and was a retired manager with IRS.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Lott and her sister, Jeanette Shinholser.

Jean is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Blankenship of Grantville, GA and Donna Jean (Jon) Cerasaro of Jacksonville; 2 grandsons, Matthew and Nicholas Cerasaro; 2 granddaughters, Amber North and Emily Losciale; 3 great grandchildren; 3 nieces and 1 great-niece.

A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26th, at Chapel Hills Memory Gardens, 850 St. Johns Bluff Rd. N, Jacksonville.

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Duval Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankinship, Daisy B. 88, 13Sep1922 - 26Dec2010, Jacksonville, Duval, FL, FL-263-20-7573

Blankenship, John Charlie 84, 03Mar1926 - 05Sep2010, Jacksonville, Duval, FL, GA-256-32-4522

 

Escambia

 

2011, Cantonment, Escambia Co., FL, Death

http://obitsforlife.com/obituary/323245/Blankenship-Joy.php

Joy G. Blankenship, 67, Born on Sunday, May 30th, 1943 and of Cantonment, passed away on March 21, 2011. Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Funeral

http://www.pnj.com/article/20120119/NEWS0601/201190311/Death-notices-Jan-19-2012?odyssey=nav|head

Charles Blankenship, 68, of Pensacola died Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

Visitation: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Tracy Morton Memorial Chapel. Services: 1 p.m. Saturday at Westside Church of Christ.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in LaFollette Press on March 28, 2013

Wadena Burress, 96, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Campbell County, died March 20. She was a member of Emerald Coast Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Burress; daughters, Helen Ford, Aileen Burress; son, Ronnie Burress; parents, John W. and Ettie McGhee Blankenship.

She is survived by daughters, Gail Kimberlin and husband, Jackie and Della Falzone; son, Robert Earl Burress; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Walena Blankenship, Juanita Orick, Jettie Goins and Janice Branam; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 24 with Bro. Luke Kirklin. Interment was at River View Cemetery in Smokey Junction. Cross-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Ettie, 81, 15Sep1891 - 15Jun1973, Duff, Campbell, TN, TN-412-82-4927

 

2013, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on April 17, 2013

Curt Edward Uber, (1943-2013) 70, of Pensacola, FL was born February 9, 1943 in Bridgeport, Conn. and was called home on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Curt served 2 years in the Army and retired from the Escambia County School District after 30 years of service. He continued to work in his locksmith business until his passing. He loved fishing, hanging out with the boys on Saturday mornings, and crawfish from Cubs.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Baby Uber; his loving father, Curt C. Uber and mother, Edna A. Uber.

Curt will be missed greatly by his wife, Clara Parker Uber; his children, Naomi A. Uber (Mike) , C. Eric Uber (Timmany); his brother, Richard C. Uber; sister, Elisa Uber Swafford (Glenn); grandchildren, Dustin Gilley, Christian Bishop, Ryan Bishop, Erica Uber, Denise Blankenship, Gregory Blankenship; three great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

Graveside Funeral Services will be at 1PM on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the Harold Cemetery, Harold, FL (Highway 90 on Good Range Road) with Chaplain Ed Norris, officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on Dec. 31, 2013

E. M. "Mike" Broussard Etheridge, a long time native of Orange Beach, Al. and Pensacola, Fl., was born October 22, 1934 in Golden Meadow, La. and passed away December 26, 2013.

She retired a Medical Records Specialist for the State of Florida Department of Corrections with over 20 years of service. She was also the original Owner and Developer of Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach, Al. and several small businesses that included the "Tourist Trap" retail stores with locations in Gulf Shores, Al. and Fort Walton Beach, Fl.

She was married to the late John Harvey Etheridge, Jr. and is survived by two brothers, one sister, and seven wonderful children: Captain Chet Adams (Tracy), Ava Lewis (Tim), Captain Tommy Adams (Heather), Andrew Adams, April Blankenship (John), Meme Ward (Blake), and Tony Adams as well as eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church of Holy Spirit at 10:00 A.M., December 31, 2013 with interment to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery at 11:45 A.M..

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 12, 2014

Ada Louise Kimball Shaw of Pensacola, FL. passed away Monday, December 9, 2013 at 93. She was born December 21, 1919 to Clyde H and Antoinette Flood Kimball in Dallas, TX. She resided at Carpenters Creek where she had many wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Sr., her parents, her son, Henry K Blankenship and her grandson, John Patrick Shaw.

She is survived by her sons, Walter Lawson Shaw (Sherry), Elbert T. Shaw, Jr. (Cheryl) and Harry C. Shaw (Debra). She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

At her request, a simple family service will be held.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Valdosta Daily Times (GA) - January 15, 2014

Jacob "Andy' Malham, 1963-2014, 50, of Pensacola, Fla., passed away on Jan. 11, 2014. He was previously from Valdosta, Ga.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Rai Jeane Hendry; father, Jacob Malham; and son, Robbie Malham.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Malham; stepson, Joshua Ruger; stepdaughter, Julana Blankenship; sister, Desirai Pannell; brother, Walt Malham; and grandchildren, Jaiden, Darius, Zipporah, Ruzenka, and Johnathan.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until funeral service begins at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 15, 2014, at the Trahan Family Funeral Home, 419 Yoakum Court, Pensacola, Fla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on Mar. 22, 2014

Rhonda L. Hixon (G MOMA) was born January 15th, 1963 to Murphy Nation and Verdell Nation Johnson in Houston, Texas. She departed this life on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at her home in Pensacola, FL.

Rhonda accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized the old fashion way in the Lillian Bay by the late Rev. Leonard Parrot and she united with the New Mt. Marriah Baptist Church in Lillian, Alabama. She was a dedicated member of New Mt. Marriah until Sept 1, 1982 when she married Archie L. Hixon and moved her membership to Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. To this divine union they were blessed with two beautiful children. Rhonda reunited with New Mt. Marriah Baptist Church August 12, 2001 under the leadership of Rev. John Harris until his retirement then under Rev. Bryan C. Mack, Sr. where she served until her health started to fail. Rhonda worked for Wal-Mart for over 25 years serving in various departments such as cashiering, pharmacy tech, department manager of Health and Beauty Aids, electronics department and the Vision Center.

Rhonda leaves to cherish her memories two devoted children: Rachel Hixon and Megan Hixon both of Pensacola, Fl, a devoted husband and special friend Archie L. Hixon of Pensacola, Fl. Very devoted parents: Verdell Johnson of Lillian, Al, Murphy (Ethel) Nation of Houston, Texas, Russell Johnson of Pensacola, Fl. Seven sisters, five devoted: Rose (Elbert) Ervin, Mary (Levi) Robertson both of Lillian, Al, Voncile Nation of Milton, Fl, Sharon Nation of Pensacola, Fl, Cynthia McCorvey of Albuquerque, New Mexico, LaTish Nation and Temara (Willie) Davis both of Houston,Texas, one devoted brother: Larry (Selena) Nation of Tampa, Fl. Three beloved grandchildren Brandon DuBose, Aubrey Blankenship and Xavier Blankenship, Jr. (will be here in May) all of Pensacola. Five godchildren: Sheleda Hilton, Michael Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Brylan Harris, Nyandra Lewis. She also leaves to cherish her memories several uncles one devoted: Willie Morris, several aunts, three devoted: Myrtle Morris, Gertrude McCrary and Louise Marsh (Henry), cousins, numerous nieces and nephews who were all devoted, other relatives and a host of very good friends and co-workers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 20, 2014

Reverend Andrew Lehman Blankenship; July 28, 1927 to June 17, 2014

Rev. Andrew L. Blankenship, 86, of Pensacola, FL joined the Celebration in Heaven on Tuesday, June 17, 2014. He was born on July 8, 1927 in Repton, Alabama to the late Lehman Blankenship and Elizabeth Hancock Blankenship.

Rev. Blankenship started the Pensacola Deliverance Temple over 60 years ago, but had started preaching the gospel over 70 years ago. He preached his last sermon here on earth on June 8, 2014. He brought thousands of people to Christ - Oh, what a crown full of jewels he has received.

Rev. Blankenship is survived by his daughter, Wanda Larocque; two granddaughters, Angela Petty and Krystal Hardy; grandson, Rocky ( Kally) Casey; great grandchildren, Carson, Brookly, Skyler, Kaleb, McKenzie, MaKailyn, Chloe, and Mejia; and one great great grandchild, Connor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Helen McBride, officiating. Burial will follow in Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Pensacola, Escambia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on June 27, 2014

Janice Palmer McLellan, 77 years young, died early in the morning on June 24, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital. She died peacefully and without pain with a friend by her side. After living many more months and even years beyond what we all thought possible, she left behind her tired little shell and took flight into a world of ecstasy and new adventures. Finally she is able to breathe freely.

In her younger years, Janice was striking in her beauty. She had deep, soulful eyes and a flare for the dramatic. She had a beautiful singing voice and was head of the Color Guard in high school. But her greatest assets throughout her life were her great humor and her storytelling abilities.

As a young wife and mother, Janice lived abroad in Spain, Bahrain, and New Foundland. She traveled to Portugal and Italy and was the first Navy wife to explore the churches and ancient ruins of Ethiopia by herself. In her forties she was a political muckraker and an outspoken feminist. In her fifties she became a Pensacola reporter and was published as a true crime writer. In her sixties she developed a career as a respected genealogical researcher and author. She wrote and published the book, Varner, Verner, Werner; Families of America, which traced 28 families, and is considered a gold mine for Varner researchers. Her Southern Roots column was published in the Pensacola News Journal for many years.

She loved deeply and well, and for that she will be greatly missed by her family. She leaves behind her heartbroken husband, George Ronald McLellan who was her devoted caregiver.

Her passing leaves a deep hole in the hearts of her two loving daughters, Julie and Valerie Blankenship. Her twin sister, Jackie Wood and her sister, Sylvia Brock, were devoted to her and were her constant companions in her hour of need. She leaves behind her dear nieces and nephew, Becky and Bryan Brock, Jenny and Joanie Wood and Kathy Jones. Vel Crane was her cousin and beloved friend. She considered stepson, Gary McLellan as her son.

Janice's friends were always precious to her, and she was a thoughtful and loving friend to many, among them were Anne, Jill, Kathy, Mary, Mack, Lois, Lou, Sharon, Terri and Teresa.

Funeral service will be held at the Faith Chapel North, Hwy. 29, Cantonment, FL on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens.

On Sunday, June 29th, there will be a Celebration of Janice's Life at The Fish House from Noon - 3:00 Bring memories, stories, tears and laughter for sharing.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Escambia Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Addie Virginia 69, 07May1941 - 05Jan2011, Pensacola, Escambia, FL, FL-262-74-0278

Blankenship, Josephine Gloria 74, 01Oct1935 - 25Sep2010, Pensacola, Escambia, FL, FL-263-48-2888

Blankenship, Joy G. 67, 30May1943 - 21Mar2011, Gonzalez, Escambia, FL, FL-263-66-9088

Blankenship, Patricia A. 51, 20Dec1958 - 20Jul2010, Pensacola, Escambia, FL, FL-266-49-1762

 

Flagler

 

2014, Palm Coast, Flagler Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/glovier-robert/article_7d12631e-c5c1-5678-88ec-83e9ffb70e11.html

Robert "Bunny" Glovier, born Feburary 1, 1940, lost his battle with lung cancer on August 14, 2014. Known for his outgoing personality and love of life, he will be greatly missed by many.

Survived by a brother, Arvil Glovier; a daughter, Sonja Blankenship; two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bunny was creamted at Clymers Funeral Home in Palm Coast, Fla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Franklin

 

Franklin Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Henry Claude 86, 03Sep1923 - 10Mar2010, Eastpoint, Franklin, FL, GA-259-28-0459

 

Gilchrist

 

2012, Bell, Gilchrist Co., FL, Obituary

Anchorage Daily News (AK) - June 20, 2012

Mrs. Claudette Maxine Graham of Bell, Florida, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Haven Hospice in Lake City [Columbia Co., FL]. She was 73. Born Dec. 1, 1938 in Bell, Florida, Mrs. Graham moved to Alaska in 1976 and returned to Bell in 2004.

While in Anchorage, Alaska she worked as General Manager for Ken Wrays Printing for 27 years. She enjoyed painting as an artist, fishing, reading and cooking. She was a Baptist and a member of the Moose Lodge in Fanning Springs.

She is survived by daughters, Beth (Dan) Dyer of Denver. CO, Terri (Marty) Blankenship of Bell, FL and Angie (Bret) Edwards of Seminole, FL; step children, Tommy (Joyce) Graham of Lake City and Sherry (Michael) Major of Ocala, FL; brothers, Jerry Fletcher of Hatch Bend, FL and Howell Fletcher of Alvin, TX; sisters, Kay Knighton of Lake City, FL, Billie Jean Howard of Alachua, FL and Sylvia Rowell of Ruskin, FL; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and many extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her brother Jimmy.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Haven Hospice, 6037 US Hwy 90 West, Lake City, Florida.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Gilchrist Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Paul 81, 07Sep1928 - 27Aug2010, Bell, Gilchrist, FL, OH-300-24-7982

 

Hernando

 

+2012, Spring Hill, Hernando Co., FL, Funeral

Published in TBO.com on October 5, 2012

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tbo/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=160273727#fbLoggedOut

Marie Blankenship, 93, of Spring Hill, died Oct. 3rd.

Funeral Svc., Sat., 2 p.m. at Wesleyan Village in Brooksville. Brewer & Sons, 352-796-4991

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Spring Hill, Hernando Co., FL, Obituary

http://brewerfuneral.tributes.com/show/Marie-Hall-Blankenship-94534405

Marie Hall Blankenship, 93, passed October 3, 2012. Marie and her husband celebrated over 63 years in the Gospel Ministry.

In 1934 Marie Blankenship served as a pastor wife's of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Pleasant Hill, Ark. In 1939 she graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Ark. They moved to New Orleans where her husband Adrian Blankenship studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and became Pastor of Pearl Haven Baptist Church, Brookhaven, Miss.

Then from 1945 to 1957 they served as Missionaries to Brazil appointed through the International Mission Board. They served in Fortaleza Ceara, Brazil and Florianapolis Santa Catarina, Brazil. They then served at First Baptist Church, Lenoir, NC and at Derita Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC. In 1980 they helped start a church in Columbus, Ohio and taught classes at San Pablo Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL. From 1988 until Rev. Blankenship's death, they served at the First Baptist Church of Naples.

She is survived by her children, Beverly Bradley of Bristol, Va., Adrian Gerald Blankenship, Naples, FL., Charles Hall Blankenship and Daniel Gene Blankenship both of Jacksonville, Jon Emory Blankenship of Burlington, NC and Carl Brent Blankenship of Brooksville, FL; thirteen grandchildren, Michael, Robert, Adrianne, Jamie, Bart, Brett, Angel, Carly, Brittany, Daniel, Jessie, Heather and Jan; and sixteen great grandchildren, Kyle, Colin, Casey, Molly, Gabriel, Abigail, Katie-An, Courtney, Sydney, Zachary, Jacob, Skylar, Ayden, Mason, Victoria, and Charli.

Memorial Service and Celebration Saturday, October 6th at 2 p.m. Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL, 34601 with Dr. Muller, Pastor, officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Highlands

 

2012, Lorida, Highlands Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on September 12, 2012

Patricia Ann Blankenship, age 50, of Lorida, FL, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012, in Sebring. She was born December 6, 1961, to Buck and Mary (Barnett) Nolen in Hialeah, Florida, and had been a resident of Lorida since 1972, coming from Hialeah. Ann was of the Christian faith. She loved music, fishing and being with her grandchildren and she was the life of the party.

She is survived by her daughters, Dawn Marie Tyler, Lehigh Acres, FL, and Heather Rachelle Sullivan (Randy), Brunswick, GA; sons, Ricky Herschel Tyler, Jr., Brunswick, GA, and Brad Allen Tyler (Heidi), Lorida, FL; sisters, Barbara Weeks, Perry, FL, Mary Steele, Ft. Myers, FL, Pam Talbot, Tampa, FL, Cathy Repa, Lorida, FL and Carol Tyson, Lorida, FL; brothers, Elvis Nolen, Lorida, FL, Billy Nolen, Lorida, FL, and Dennis Nolen, Michigan; and ten grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 13, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. until service time at 4:00 p.m. at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Chapel, Sebring, with Rev. Mike Hill officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Sebring, Highlands Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on Apr. 1, 2014

Sara Houghtaling Butcher, 82 of Sebring, Florida peacefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She joyfully joined her great-granddaughter Heather who also went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2014. Sara was born May 4, 1932 in Randolph County, Alabama, the daughter of the late Lizabeth Chaffin White and Merton Chaffin.

She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Sparta Road Baptist Church in Sebring. Those who knew Sara saw a strong, giving, loving and God fearing woman who waited for the day to walk alongside her blessed Lord. Although her life here on earth was full of physical pain and suffering Sara knew her faith would guide her way.

She was preceded in death by her late husband Don Houghtaling, Sr., a son, Chris Allen, two sisters, Alta Blankenship and Mary Landreth.

Surviving Sara is her beloved husband Edwin Butcher, three daughters, Kathy Breed (Ricky) of Murphy, N.C., Felicia Goddard (Marty) of Punta Gorda, Fl., Stacy Sams Tolar (Lee) of Sebring, Fl., two sons Don Houghtaling, Jr. of Treasure Island, Fl. And Mark Allen (Betty) of Murphy, N.C. , two sisters, Sherry Rasmus (Don) of Blue Springs, Missouri and Robbie Longshore of LaGrange, Ga. and one brother Max Chaffin (Sandy) of Okeechobee, Fl. Sara was also blessed with 24 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and a multitude of extended family and friends that she loved dearly.

There will be a Celebration of Sara's life on Wednesday, April 2,2014 at 1 :00 p.m. at Highlands Hammock State Park (Bear Pavilion).

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hillsborough

 

2012, Brandon, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

The Tampa Tribune, (FL) - May 23, 2012

Tarina Gail Lewis, 53, of Brandon, passed away May 20, 2012. She was retired from Hillsborough County Planning and Growth Management.

Preceded in death by her parents Edgar and Helen Blankenship and a grandson Jasper Wayne Lewis.

She is survived by her son Joshua and his fiancee Anna Gianino, 2 daughters, Azure Gipson and her husband James, and Audrea Lewis, three grandchildren, Bricen Hauss, Ryland McGough and Trent Gipson.

Funeral services will be held 10 AM, Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Stowers Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

+2013, Gibsonton, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on June 30, 2013

Aaron D. Blankenship, 92, of Gibsonton died June 21, 2013.

He is survived by his daughter, Ann Andrews; sister, Faye Harvey; grandchildren, Debbie Brown and Larry Thomas Andrews; great grandchildren, Nicholas Aaron Brown, Lexxie Brown, Justin Andrews and Jason Andrews , as well as, former son-in-law, Larry Andrews.

Mr. Blankenship was a World War II veteran receiving a bronze star from the Aleutian Islands campaign, "The Forgotten Battle." He was a retired business man, most notably Blankenship's Meat Market. In his younger years he was on the Board of Directors for Landmark Bank and Northside Bank, and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Tampa Jaycees.

A memorial service will be conducted 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Adams & Jennings Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Lutz, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - February 27, 2010

Anna Faye (Osborne) Rose, 78, of Lutz, Fla., formerly of Clay, entered into rest Sunday, February 21, 2010. Born February 7, 1932, in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late Layton and Rebecca (Cline) Osborne.

Anna is survived by her sons, John Rose of Lutz, Fla., Jack Rose of Lakeland, Fla., and Glen Rose and Kelley Rose, both of Lutz, Fla.; daughters, Leona Ward of Plant City, Fla., and Shirley Potter of Xenia, Ohio; brother, John C. Osborne of Tampa, Fla.; sisters, Evalee Williams of Lutz, Fla., Pearl Paxton of Wallback, and Starling Birchfield of Charleston; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010, in Blankenship /Osborne Cemetery, Ovapa.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Plant City Times & Observer (FL) - November 7, 2013

Marilyn Joyce Blankinship, 78 of Plant City, died Oct. 26, 2013, at Community Care Center, in Plant City. She was born May 3, 1935, in North Florida.

She is survived by her son, James Warren.

The family will have private services.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Riverview, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 5, 2014

Judith Ann Clark, 72, of Riverview, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at home.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clifton L Clark; parents, Dennis Brown and Mildred Perry; brother, Teddy Brown; and her sister, Linda Parks.

Survivors include her children, Leisa (Michael) Clark, Jerry (Laurie) Clark, Marjorie (Gene) Clark Smith, Danny (Cathy) Blankenship & Denny Blankenship; stepchildren, Leigh (Pamela) Clark, Gary Clark, Keith "Bud" (Jan) Clark; her siblings, Ray Brown, Roy Brown, Carolyn Cook, Diana Woolum, Jerri Daniels; and her grandchildren, Jerry Leigh, Jordan, Tyler, Ryan, & Danny Ray.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the family home on Saturday, Jan. 11th, at 1 pm.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Seffner, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.haughtfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1481040/Warren-Jessica/obituary.php

Jessica Lynn Warren, 28 of Seffner died January 23, 2013, at her home. Born March 26, 1984 in Tampa, Florida, she was the daughter of James Warren and Donna James.

Surviving are daughter, Jada Genevisia; sister, Lisa Gilbertson; grandparents, Marylin Blankenship and Mary James.

A Funeral service will be 3:00 PM, Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Haught Funeral Home Chapel located at 708 W. Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. Plant City, Florida 33563.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Shell Point, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Clayton News Daily (Jonesboro, GA) - May 9, 2014

John William Wall, age 43, of Shell Point, FL, formerly of McDonough, GA died Saturday May 3, 2014.

Funeral Services will be held graveside at Ellaville Cemetery, 11:00 AM, Friday, May 9, 2014. Rev. Ryan Christopher will officiate. Active pallbearers will include Bob Allen, Roger Duncan, Clate Wall, Jerry Nesbitt, Edgar Smith, Chuck Smith, Danny Wall, and Steve Smith.

Mr. Wall was born September 9, 1970 in Atlanta, GA, the son of the late Moffat Lee Wall and Lillian Allethea Smith Wall of Williamson, GA.

He was a licensed real estate agent and homebuilder in Henry and Clayton County, Georgia. Mr. Wall was a 1989 graduate of Morrow High School and of the Methodist faith.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Wall is survived by two daughters, Kendell Ann Wall and Raygan Allethea Wall both of Maiden, NC; one brother, Henry Clate Wall and wife Courtney of Williamson, GA; and one sister, Julie Keith Wall of McDonough, GA. Also surviving are three nieces, Allie Wall, Amanda Wall, Maegan Blankenship ; two nephews, Lee Wall and Alex Blankenship .

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on March 8, 2010

Blankenship, Deborah Sue, 62, of Tampa, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2010. She was a secretary for Westshore Elementary School for many years.

She is survived by her loving mother, Elizabeth Corlew, and her brother, Paul Corlew.

Blount & Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (813) 876-2421

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Tampa Bay Times (FL) - May 20, 2012

George Steven Maret, 50, of Tampa, passed away May 16, 2012.

He is survived by his mother, Lee Maret; aunts, Jean Howard, Linda Smith, Toni Sue Blankenship, Connie Conn, Dorisa Little, Bonnie Hall, Jeanette Shaw and Shirley Simon; his dog, "Sweetie" and many friends. Condolences may be expressed online at www.macdonaldfuneral.com MacDonald Funeral Home Tampa, Florida 813-933-4950

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

The Tampa Tribune, (FL) - July 1, 2012

Roberta "Bobbie" Silver, passed away on June 30, 2012, at the age of 93. She was born June 27, 1919, in Idaho, and came to Tampa in 1950, where she owned a successful beauty salon. She was the loving wife of Cyril Silver, mother of Everett Nicks, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by Cyril; her sister, Mary Baldwin of Rathdrum, Idaho; grandsons, Keith Nicks of Jordan, Minnesota and David Burdick of Brooksville, FL; sister-in-law Ray "Rita" Gaffney of Tampa; nephews, Charles Stephen Gaffney (Sheila) of Tampa and Barry Gaffney (Cathy) of Plant City; four great nephews, David Gaffney (Tam) of Torrance, California; Scott Gaffney (Beth) of Tampa, Jeremy Gaffney of Plant City and Daniel Gaffney of Birmingham, Alabama; niece, Stacy Doutre (Darrell) of Sparks, Nevada; and nephew, Larry Blankenship of Citrus Heights, California. She also had two great-great-nieces, Wrenna and Kaili Gaffney, of Tampa.

Bobbie had a wonderfully unique style with a flair for the dramatic. She was a consummate hostess whether it was Passover Seder or a surprise birthday party for her husband. The only time Bobbie was less than gracious was when her beloved Green Bay Packers lost! Her cooking was legendary and ranged from matzo honey cake to chopped liver. She was always willing to share her recipes but the result was never quite as good as when she cooked it! Bobbie and Cyril travelled extensively, visiting China in the early 1980s and rafting down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. She enjoyed creating masterpieces in needlepoint and read extensively until declining health forced her to give up these cherished hobbies. She enjoyed visits from dear friends, Elena and Polly, and their tiny Chihuahua, Teak, who Bobbie adopted as her own. Bobbie always exhibited a zest for life and lived it to the fullest on her terms. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at Beth Israel Cemetery, 600 W. Indiana Avenue, Tampa, Monday, July 2 at 2:00 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on December 14, 2012

Mary Blankenship, 67, of Tampa, passed away Dec. 6, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Lesley Ratliff; family and friends. Mary will be forever loved and missed.

Florida Mortuary Funeral & Cremation Services 813-237-2900

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on February 8, 2013

Peggy Ann Clark, 82 of Tampa, entered into the kingdom of heaven on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. She worked for Hav-A-Tampa Cigar for several years and worked alongside her Husband, Horace, for 18 years at Clark's Grocery & Market in Tarpon Springs and Weeki Wachee before retiring in Tampa.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Toby and Wistee Blankenship, of Dover, as well as her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Mike Vukmanic.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 58 years, Horace; son, Keith (Sylvia) Clark of Spring Hill; daughter, Ann (Larry) Brees of Hudson, and daughter, Tina Evans of Spring Hill; grandchildren Toby, Chase (Lauren), JC, and Katie; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Addisyn, as well as her sisters, Dottie Hutchison and Fiffy Jean Blankenship of Dover. Peggy enjoyed life and was a loving wife and mother. She loved to fish with her husband and family, trips to the lake, as well as going to the casino with family and friends where she was always a winner!

Services will be held at East Thonotosassa Baptist Church, Antioch, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Garden of Memories, 4207 East Lake Avenue, Tampa, Fla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Toby, 78, 05Jan1902 - ??Oct1980, Dover, Hillsborough, FL, FL-263-26-3651

 

2013, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 16, 2013

Carl A. Anderson Jr. "Andy", 88, of Tampa, passed away Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at home. He was born on April 26, 1925 in Clearfield, PA, the youngest of five children born to Carl A. and Agnes Hilma (Thompson) Anderson.

Mr. Anderson retired from the U.S. Air Force after 35 years of service. He began his military career in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served aboard the USS Potawatomi in the Pacific Theater. After the formation of the Air Force in 1947, he transferred to the Air Force and finished his military career as Chief Master Sergeant. In addition to several peacetime postings, he participated in the Korean Conflict and the war in Vietnam, where he met his wife of 44 years, Ramphueng Dang Tawornprom Anderson. CMSGT Anderson retired from active duty in July 1983. He received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Good Conduct Medal from three branches of the service: U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with six devices, and the World War II Victory Medal, among many other decorations and commendations.

He is survived by his wife, Dang; and their two sons, and spouses, Andy Anderson (Constance) and Perry Anderson (Lorrie), and his children from his first marriage, Rick Anderson, Raymond and Sally (Anderson) Blankenship, Beth (Anderson) Kalinyak, all of California; his sister, Mildred Valentine of Murray, KY; 12 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 17th, at 6 pm, at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, FL 33609. The burial service will be held Friday, Oct. 18th, 2:30 pm, at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave., Bushnell, FL 33513.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Tampa Bay Times (FL) - December 22, 2013

Richard Tracy Blankinship went to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2013. Richard was born on Oct. 6, 1938 in Little Rock, AR. He graduated from The Citadel in 1960. He served in the United States Army and the Marine Corps. Richard lived most of his life in Tampa where he loved the warm sunshine and beautiful beaches.

He is survived by his two loving daughters, Berry Ramseur (John) and Brooke Vanderpool (Wayne); and his grandsons, Charlie and Henry Vanderpool.

The family will be holding a private ceremony.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

The Bland County Messenger, (Marion, VA) - April 30, 2014

Harold Havens Sifford, passed from this life on Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was born in December 17, 1931, to Robert Gordon Sifford and Virgina Dare Havens in Bland Va.

Virginia passed away from TB when Harold was 3.5 years old.

Mrs. Marie Grosclose taught him in 7th grade. It was her first year teaching in Bland. Harold lived with his maternal grandmother, Martha Emily "Emmer" (Penley) Havens for awhile. Then, shortly after his father remarried in 1939, he moved home with his father and stepmother, Anna Faye Blankenship.

Harold was an enterprising youth. He bartered with Mrs Myrtle Byrd to mow her lawn in trade for music lessons and access to a piano to practice. He also studied playing the organ. He played the piano for the Bland Methodist Church. When he was 15 years old, he took the bus from Bland to the Mclean Business School in Bluefield, W.Va. He graduated with a BA in Hotel Restaurant Management from Berea College in 1962. He managed restaurants all over the U.S. including at Howard University in Washington DC. and the Middleburg Inn in Middleburg, Va. His father worked at the Radford Arsenal and passed away in 1966. By 1983, Harold moved to Tampa Fla. He eventually retired there with his friend, George Arroyo.

He leaves behind his two sisters, Diana Worth, and Brenda Sifford, both who live in Maryland; and cousins, Emma Jean Ringwood, Dean Sisson, Rex Havens, Paul Havens, and of Bland, Richard Havens, Cicero Havens, and Jane Havens Hall.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Seddon District, Bland Co., VA,

Sifford, Gardie J. 56, M, VA, Head,

Sifford, Robert G. 32, M, VA, Son,

Sifford, Anna F. 17, F, VA, DauL,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRY8-T4X

 

2014, Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 1, 2014

Maria T. O'Sullivan, age 82, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2014. She was born in The Bronx, NY, a daughter of Ida Colonna.

Maria was predeceased by her husband and the love-of-her-life partner of forty years, Brendan P. O'Sullivan and by her brother James Colonna of Mt. Vernon, NY.

Maria received her nursing degree from Flower and Fifth Avenue Nursing School in New York. She worked at Montefiore Hospital in The Bronx before moving to Washington, DC. with her husband for his work. Then Cody Fowler, former President of the ABA, offered Brendan a position at Fowler White in Tampa and off they went. Maria was active in the Tampa community for over fifty years. She was a longstanding parishioner of Christ the King. Her service included various groups within the parish as well as Christ the King School and especially the CKS Carnival. Additionally, she was an active supporter of the Academy of the Holy Names and Jesuit while her children were in high school. Maria was active in the Grey Gables Civic Club, Beach Park Home Owners Association, Neighborhood Watch, Brownies and Girl Scouts Leader, and was a founding member of the Tampa Home Owners AN Association of Neighborhoods.

Maria was a cherished mother and grandmother, who is survived by her children, Leslie O'Sullivan of Odessa, Laurie O'Sullivan Wren (Kevin) of Wilmington, DE, and James O'Sullivan (Michelle) of Chicago, IL; and loving grandchildren, Emma, Brendan and Caroline Wren, Regan, Ryan, Riley and Rory O'Sullivan. She is survived by her sister, Sandra Blankenship of Manhasset, NY.

Maria was a tireless supporter of her children and their activities and was always there for her family despite many serious illnesses. Her family marveled at her strength, grace and positive attitude. She loved to travel and was fortunate enough to see the world with Brendan; their travels taking them to all the continents save for Australia. She also enjoyed visiting and traveling with her children after Brendan passed.

Memorial mass will be held at 10 am, on Monday, May 5, at Christ the King Catholic Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Valrico, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Jeanette-Lindsey&lc=1543&pid=169904666&mid=5875803

Jeanette Lindsey, March 28, 1938 - February 27, 2014;

Jeanette Lindsey, 75, of Valrico entered into rest February 27, 2014. She was a homemaker who enjoyed crochet, puzzles, movies, cooking and was an avid coffee drinker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, Clyde Urquhart.

She is survived by her sons, James "Eddie" Heffner and Keith Urquhart; daughters, Wanda Marie Wilson, Lura Diane Urquhart, and Kathy Lynn Albritton; stepchildren, Herbert, Kenny and Vera Urquhart; brother, Valice Blankenship; sister, Clarice Boggs and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at Stowers Funeral Home. Interment will be at Garden of Memories.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Valrico, Hillsborough Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 4, 2014

Jeanette Lindsey, 75, of Valrico, entered into rest Feb. 27, 2014. She was a homemaker who enjoyed crochet, puzzles, movies, music, cooking and was an avid coffee drinker.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clyde Urquhart of 26 years, Roland Locke of 9 years and Thomas Lindsey of 10 years.

She is survived by her sons, James "Eddie" Heffner and Keith Urquhart; daughters, Wanda Marie Wilson, Lura Diane Urquhart, and Kathy Lynn Albritton; stepchildren, Herbert, Kenny and Vera Urquhart; brother, Valice Blankenship; sister, Clarice Boggs; and numerous grandchildren; and her great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends 6-8 pm, Thursday, March 6, with a funeral service at 11 am, on Friday, March 7, at Stowers Funeral Home. Interment will be at Garden of Memories.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hillsborough Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Deborah Sue 62, 04Feb1948 - 04Mar2010, Tampa, Hillsborough, FL, FL-261-02-3719

 

Holmes

 

2013, Bonifay, Holmes Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on April 24, 2013

Mr. Billy Harold Blankenship, Jr., 53 of Bonifay, died on Friday, April 12, 2013, at his residence in Bonifay. Born Saturday, Aug. 29, 1959 in Panama City, he was the son of the late Billy Blankenship and the late Betty Sikes Blankenship.

Surviving are brother, Lloyd Blankenship of Bonifay; half sister, Angela Yates of Bonifay; step brother, Christopher Blankenship of Bonifay; grandmother, Mary Lou Bullington of Bonifay and special friend, Shirley Griffin of Bonifay.

A Memorial service was held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Sims Funeral Home Chapel with Tad Wilson officiating and Sims Funeral Home directing.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blakenship, Billy H., 74, 23May1935 - 07Sep2009, Bonifay, Holmes, FL, AL-420-44-8231

 

+2014, Westville, Holmes Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Jan. 15, 2014

TSGT (Ret) Edward Robert Paulin, Sr. of Westville, (New Hope Community) passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. He was 79. Robert was born Dec. 28, 1934 in Renick, W.V., to the late Vincent and Luella Blankenship Paulin.

He, along with his family, lived on Butler's Mountain in West Virginia until the age of 16 at which time he joined the U.S. Army. After his two year term with the Army he reenlisted with the U.S. Air Force and later retired with more than 20 years of service. During his military career he completed tours in Germany, Korea, Turkey and the Philippines. Even though he called himself a West Virginia "hillbilly" he loved Holmes County and that is where he called home.

For a number of years he worked with PAEC in Chipley and later retired as a fire and safety inspector working with the Florida State Fire Marshalls office inspecting schools for 15 different districts. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on small engines, but most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents four brothers, Alex, Jim, Bartley, and Lewis along with his mother and father-in-law, L. D. and Gardis Barnes Crews, whom he loved like his own parents, brother and sisters-in-law, Joe Ketchem, Marie Hewett, Evelyn Crews, and Marie Paulin all preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Frances Crews Paulin, Westville; son, Edward R. "Bobby" Paulin, Jr. and wife Vicki; daughter, Kim Griffin and husband Derryl, all of Bonifay; three grandchildren, Justin Paulin, Megan and Kaylin Griffin; two sisters, Frances Musselman (Larry), Renick, W.V. and Lucy Paulin, Pittsburg, Pa.; special cousin, Corrine Grizzell (Joe), Lewisburg, W.V.; sister-in-law, Gladys Paulin, Renick, W.V.; several nieces and nephews; his extended Crews family siblings, Christine C. Ketchem, Hulon, Clifton (Judy), Tommy (Linda) and two that were like his own children, Sherel and Rick; brother-in-law, Larry Hewett (Deana); special family friend, Jasmine Flock and other extended family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home in Geneva with the Rev. Jerry Moore and the Rev. Jerry McAdams officiating. His brother-in-law Larry Hewett will deliver the eulogy. Burial with military honors followed in the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with Sorrells Funeral Home and Crematory of Geneva directing.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Frankford District, Greenbrier Co., WV,

Pauline, Vincent 55, M, Yugoslavia, Head,

Pauline, Louella 40, F, WV, Wife,

Pauline, Lewis 20, M, WV, Son,

Pauline, Alex 18, M, WV, Son,

Pauline, James 16, M, WV, Son,

Pauline, Lucy 14, F, WV, Dau,

Pauline, Bartley 10, M, WV, Son,

Pauline, Frances 08, F, WV, Dau,

Pauline, Edward 05, M, WV, Son,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K7C7-6JH

 

Holmes Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Charles Darrell 92, 21Oct1918 - 24Jun2011, Ponce De Leon, Holmes, FL, FL-267-18-0656

 

Indian River

 

+2013, Vero Beach, Indian River Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on February 1, 2013 [Treasure Coast, FL]

Elmer Lee Blankenship, 81, died Jan. 29, 2013, at the Indian River Medical Center, Vero Beach [Indian River Co., FL]. He was born in Middletown [Buttler Co.], Ohio, and lived in Vero Beach for 14 years, coming from Hamilton, Ohio.

He worked for A. K. Steel in Middletown, Ohio before his retirement. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Marine Corps. He was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, and St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in Hamilton, Ohio.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Geraldine E. Blankenship of Vero Beach; sons, Donald Blankenship of Liberty Township, Ohio, Joseph Blankenship of Cincinnati, Stephen Blankenship of Organia, Ohio, and John Blankenship of Hamilton; daughters, Mary Fischer of Liberty Township, Ohio, Barbara Anspach of Trenton, Ohio, and Joan Blankenship of Cincinnati; sisters, Ruth Whisman of Middletown and Ethel Eckle of Carthage, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Eunice Peck; and brothers, Paul, Mitchell and Dorsie Blankenship.

Services: Mass will be celebrated at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church with military honors and interment at Butler County Memorial Park in Hamilton. There will be a Memorial Mass at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Vero Beach, Indian River Co., FL, Obituary

William Bunker Jenkins died Wednesday morning on February 6, 2013 at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida due to complications from pneumonia.

He leaves behind three children: William Bunker, Jr.; Howard A. Snyder (Nancy); and Joan Talcott Clark. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Laura Blankenship Snyder Silva (Alejandro) and Taylor Marie Snyder; and one great grandchild, Alejandro V. Silva.

Born December 16, 1922, Bill was raised in Pelham, New York, the son of John Taylor Snyder and Laura Jenkins. He graduated from The Taft School (1941) and Williams College (1945). In 1948 he married Challis Talcott Jones, his wife for more than 63 years. Williams was interrupted by WWII, where he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps, serving in Guam and Iwo Jima. Upon returning from duty, Bill spent two years with The Riegal Paper Company before moving to Wall Street, starting as an oil and gas analyst with The Empire Trust Company, which subsequently merged with The Bank of New York. After 20 years with BNY, Bill left to join Loomis Sayles & Co., and in due course became a Director and Manager of The New York office. After 12 years, Bill left to start his own company, William B. Snyder & Associates, Investment Counsel, which he closed in 2012. Bill and Challis lived for some 61 years in Bronxville, New York. Bill and Challis were tireless volunteers in the community with Bill helping to "shore up the finances of just about every civic and Charitable organization." Bill "served on the Board of Governors of the Lawrence Hospital for 23 years, including 3 as it's Chairman. He has helped guarantee the Bronxville School Foundation, the Junior League, the Reformed Church of Bronxville, the Bronxville Rotary Club, The Campfire Club, the Home Nursing Association of Westchester and the Jansen Memorial Hospice, among others, will remain solvent for years to come." Bill was also a member of the Board of The Westchester Community College and chaired the Investment Committee, and a Director of the McKee Botanical Gardens in Vero Beach, Florida. In his spare time, Bill loved fly fishing, trapshooting, golf, furniture restoration, embroidery and co-founded The Bronxville Mens Bookclub.

A Memorial Service for Bill and Challis will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jackson

 

2010, Marianna, Jackson Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Jackson County Floridan from June 25 to June 27, 2010

Katie Lou Blankenship Bramlett, 81, of Marianna went to be with the Lord on June 24, 2010. She was the beloved wife of 61 years to Charles Reece Bramlett; the loving momma to her four daughters, Loretta Bramlett, Beverly Bramlett, Scherry Bradford, all of Marianna, and Christie Young and her husband Alan Young, of Panama City; devoted grandmomma to her two granddaughters, Katie Bradford Osborne and her husband Dr. Christopher Osborne, of Philadelphia, and Joy (Bradford) Shannon and her husband Travis Shannon, of Tallahassee; and great-grandmomma of Ana Gray Elette Osborne of Philadelphia.

She died Thursday at Southeast Medical Center in Dothan, Ala. Katie was born Feb. 7, 1929, in Abbeville, Ala., to the late Clarence A. Blankenship and Alice Lorene Andrews Blankenship. She was preceded in death by her brother, Clinton L. Blankenship of Sumter, S.C., and her sister, Gladys Workman of Concord, N.C., and her surviving husband Curtis Workman.

Surviving Katie, in addition to her husband and daughters, is her brother, Clarence A. Blankenship Jr. and his wife Molly Blankenship, of Hillsboro, Tenn.; and sisters Ruth Allen and husband Walter Allen, Vernell Corbett, and Eileen Lee and her husband Wayne Lee, all of Sumter, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

Katie was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Marianna. She cherished the fellowship and friendship she shared with her Sunday school class, The Faithful Workers. The people whose lives she touched were many. Katie was a beautiful example of a gentle, loving Christian woman. Our loss is God's gain. She will be greatly missed.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Maddox Chapel, the Rev. Charles Fraizer officiating. Interment will follow at Cypress Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lake

 

2010, Eustis, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.viewobit.com/o/D0977B0B-7E81-4D8A-9EE0-FFB37798690B

Mr. Francis James Fritz Blankenship Age 71, (Nov 18, 1938-Feb 17, 2010) of Eustis, FL, formerly of Lowell, IN, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Schultz) Blankenship; 4 children, Tamara (Curt) Boggs, Kent (Jessika) Blankenship, Leslie Blankenship and Patrick (Theresa) Blankenship; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 5 siblings, Sharon (Dale) Dewees, Margaret (Thomas) Seroyzaski, William (Pat) Blankenship, Patty Jo (Joseph) Florenza, Mari (Les) Wolfe. Fritz was a retired supervisor with Weeks Marine and was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Eustis, FL.

A Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Tami Boggs and Father Ted Norquist officiating and cremation following.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Eustis, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.hamlinhilbish.com/obituary/user/show/template?id=3344

Harold J. Blankenship, 83 of Eustis passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Tavares, [Lake Co.,] FL. He was born in Falling Rock, West Virginia and moved here 1954.

Mr. Blankenship retired from the Florida Department of Transportation, was a member of the F & AM Lodge 62 Sanford, Florida, and was a Veteran of the US Navy, having served during WWII.

He is survived by his son, Jerry Michael Blankenship of Georgia; daughters, Brenda Purvee of Eustis and Peggy Ann Brock of Orange City, brothers, Carl Begler of Orange City, and David Begler of West Virginia; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

The family received friends in the Hamlin & Hilbish Chapel on Monday, March 8, 2010 from 10:00AM until the Funeral hour. Ceremonies were held at 11:00AM, with Dr. Alan Holden officiating. Masonic and Military Honors were given. Interment followed in Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, Florida.

 

2011, Eustis, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

The Daily Commercial, (Leesburg, FL) - February 27, 2011

Irene M. Belcher, 92, of Altoona, passed away Friday, February 25, 2011. Born in Sligo, Pennsylvania, she moved to Eustis in 1976 from Welch, West Virginia. After moving to Eustis, she continued working all the way into her 80's She was a member of the First Church of God, Eustis, where she was very active till the last few years.Irene is survived by her daughter, JoAnn Westbrook, Altoona, FL; grandchildren, Dawn (Daniel) Colvin, Kenneth (Karla) Westbrook, Gregory Westbrook, Timothy (Jennifer) Westbrook, Heather (Ken) Jones; great-grandchild, Lauren Colvin; 9 step-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Belcher, sisters, Joan (Eli) Jacovitch, Lucille (Bob) England, Kathleen (Sam) Jones, Betty (Henry) Blankenship, Mary (Harold) Burks; son-in-law, Kenneth H. Westbrook; nephews, John Marushia, Harry England; and step-great-grandchild, William Westbrook.

Services will be held at First Church of God, Eustis on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Eustis.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Groveland, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - January 4, 2012

Roberto, Brett T. age 42 of Groveland, Florida, formerly of Knoxville, passed away on January 1, 2012 at Regional Medical Center [Orlando, Orange Co., FL]. Brett was a beloved husband, father, son, and friend.

He was born in Marquette, Michigan and went to Florida 12 years ago from Knoxville. He was a Cracker Barrel Manager. He enjoyed Nascar, pheasant hunting with his father, loved being outdoors and cooking for family and friends. Although he lived in Florida, Brett was a huge University of Tennessee Vols fan. He also enjoyed being on Melton Hill Lake jet skiing. Brett embraced life with a smile, determination, and never feared a challenge or turned away a friend. He was concerned always for family and friends. Brett loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Susan, whom he married September 20, 2003; his daughter, Cali Marie, both of Groveland, Florida; loving mother, Susan Roberto Seals; father and mother, Dale and Sarah Roberto; grandmother, Grace Roberto; brothers, Patric, Scott and wife, Denyse, all of Knoxville; father and mother in law, Ron and Cheryl Blankenship of Jacksboro; uncle, Brad Richards of Negaunee, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. Brett's family and friends will cherish memories of Holiday cooking and a great neighbor.

Family and friends will meet 1:45 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2012 at Highland Memorial Park for a 2:00 p.m. graveside service and interment with Rev. John Brewster officiating (Minister of First Farragut United Methodist Church).

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Lady Lake, Lake Co., FL., Obituary

Baltimore Sun , February 10, 2010,

Robert W. Blankenship, 82, died February 4, 2010 in Lady Lake, Fl. Bob, known by many as RW was born in Lansdowne, Maryland.

Survivors include his brother Phillip; sisters Dorothy, Betty, Shirley,;his son Ronald; and daughter Linda. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years Joyce Blankenship and his son Robert Blankenship.

He maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. A veteran of WWII it was always his desire that he be buried at sea. Arrangements are currently being made for a Burial-At-Sea memorial service onboard a United States Navel Vessel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Leesburg, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.pagetheusfuneralhome.com/obituary/user/show/template?id=61872

Dorothy Mae Blankenship, age 88, passed away Thursday April 19, 2012 at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Florida. Dorothy was born July 9, 1923, in Danville, Kentucky and moved to the Leesburg area in 1988 from Lancaster, Kentucky.

She was a retired Accountant and retired from the Christian Appalachian Project. She took great pride in the fact that she was able to serve her country during W. W. II as a Yeoman 2nd Class in the Navy. She will be remembered as a person who loved to be active. She enjoyed boating, bowling and golf but most of all she enjoyed taking Cruises.

She was pre-deceased by her Husband Thomas Blankenship Jr. and a Sister Imogene Tredo.

She is survived by: 3 Daughters Diane Travillian, Louisville, KY; Debra Travillian, Lawrenceburg, KY; and Toni Fowler, NJ; a Sister Anna Bella Gordon, Danville, KY; 5 grandchildren Georgianna; Jeremy; Candace; Brandon and Stephania; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Interment will take place at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, Kentucky with military honors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Leesburg, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

Jefferson City News-Tribune (MO) - November 27, 2012

Mrs. Norma J. Mueller, age 81 years, of Leesburg, Fla., formerly of St. Louis, Mo., passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at St. Mary's Health Center [West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL]. Norma was born on July 21, 1931, in Wellsville, Mo., the daughter of the late John and Helen Casner Blankenship.

She was married on October 27, 1951, in St. Louis, Mo., to Robert G. Mueller, who preceded her in death on July 10, 2002. A lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, Norma graduated from Jennings High School. Norma and Robert moved to Florida to enjoy their retirement. They enjoyed many trips together and traveled the world visiting every country except Australia. She was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Fla. Norma enjoyed making crafts for family and friends, especially Christmas ornaments and stockings for her grandchildren.

Survivors include: her daughter, Susan (Ronald) Morice of Jefferson City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Michelle (Matt) Bernskoetter of Jefferson City, Mo., Melissa (Brad) Starke of Linn, Mo., and Matthew (Mallory) Morice of Fulton, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Aaron Starke, Noah Swafford, Elijah Bernskoetter, Jonah Bernskoetter, and Katlyn Starke; and one niece, Melody Goltz of Michigan.

Celebration of Life will be conducted at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2012, in the Freeman Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, John, 70, 17Jul1906 - ??Jan1977, Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, MO-488-07-1421

SSDI; Blankenship, Helen, 65-66, 17Apr1911 - ??Apr1977, Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO, MO-490-22-1554

 

2011, Mount Dora, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.allenjharden.com/January_2011.htm#Maryellen%20Blankenship

Maryevelyn P. Blankenship, 85, of Mount Dora, FL, passed away on Friday, January 14, 2011. She was born in Indianapolis, IN, on February 13, 1925 to the late William Henry Pond and Fannie (Lamar) Pond.

Maryevelyn moved to Central Florida from Ft. Lauderdale in 1985. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora.

Maryevelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at Pine Forest Cemetery in Mount Dora, FL with Pastor Gary Upleger officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Sorrento, Lake Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on October 11, 2012

Michael Dean Lee, 73, of Sorrento, FL, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at his residence in Sorrento. He was born on January 31, 1939 in Decatur, Illinois son of the late Alice and Tom Clark. He was a retired insurance agency owner.

Surviving are wife, Kathleen Lee of Sorrento, daughter Michelle Blankenship; two sons Christopher and Craig Lee; seven grandchildren.

Funeral will take place at Honey Creek Woodlands located at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia at a future date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lake Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Francis James 71, 18Nov1938 - 17Feb2010, Eustis, Lake, FL, IN-305-38-6162

Blankenship, Harold J. 83, 05Jan1927 - 03Mar2010, Eustis, Lake, FL, WV-234-34-4349

Blankenship, Robert Wilmer 82, 10Jun1927 - 04Feb2010, Lady Lake, Lake, FL, MD-217-20-0877

Blankenship, Maryevelyn P. 85, 13Feb1925 - 14Jan2011, Mount Dora, Lake, FL, IN-314-12-6651

Blakenship, Jerry Wayne 62, 13Dec1947 - 08Mar2010, Paisley, Lake, FL, FL-267-88-7003

 

Lee

 

2013, Alva, Lee Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The News-Press on September 19, 2013

Ira Marvin Rainer, 80, of Alva, FL, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013. He was born in New York City, NY, lived for many years in the Bronx and moved to Florida in 1977. He was a very active member of Kiwanis International.

Mr. Rainer leaves to cherish his memory, his children: Stacy Lee (Rick) of Alva and Mitchell Rainer of Orlando; his grandchildren: Jackie Blankenship (Dennie) of Lehigh Acres and Justin Lee of Alva; his great grandsons: Dylan Lee, Cayden Lee and Hunter Lee, all of Lehigh Acres and two great granddaughters: Abbi and Lexi.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores in 2004 and his son, Darin Rainer.

Graveside services will be conducted at 12:00 PM Friday, September 20, 2013 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A reception will follow in the Colonial Family Center of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Lehigh Acres, Lee Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The News-Press on June 3, 2014

Steve Taylor, age 62, of Lehigh Acres, Florida, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born on July 25, 1951 in Plant City, FL. Steve was a graduate of Edison Community College and worked as an Optician for the Walmart Vision Center in Lehigh Acres. He had a great love for music, playing the guitar, and fishing.

Steve is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth "Lisa" Taylor; mother, Joy G. Taylor; sisters, Joy Lynn Henderson and Betty Jo Blankenship; and his nephew, Derek C. Thomas.

Visitation will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913 on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 5-7pm. Funeral services will follow on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11am at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Myers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, North Fort Myers, Lee Co., FL, Obituary

The Lima News, (OH) - May 18, 2013

Norma K. Rabley Ridenour Harrod, 96, died April 29, 2013, in North Fort Myers, Fla., of natural causes. Norma was born April 25, 1917, in Spencerville. She was the daughter of George and Cretora Stemen Rabley.

She married Frank Ridenour in 1939. Mr. Ridenour died in 1974. In 1977, she married Walter Harrod, and he died in 1991.

She is survived by her son, Larry (Barbara) Ridenour, of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two stepsons, Karl and Keith Harrod; grandsons, Scott(Barb) Ridenour and Mark (Kiersten) Ridenour, both of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Craig (Kelly) Ridenour, of Cape Coral, Fla.; six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister, Betty Herbst, of Leesburg, Fla.; brother, Carl "Butch"(Lois Ruese) Rabley, of Lima; sister-in-law, Pat Rabley Campbell, of Delray Beach, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in the Lima area, Florida and Georgia. Did you know our Aunt Norma?

She lived in the Elida community most of her life. She was a fun lady, loved life and loved kids, especially her son, Larry. She babysat for many children in Elida and had many friends. She loved dancing and playing cards and having a good time. She always had a smile and made us feel welcome when we were at her house. From her niece, "Thank you, Aunt Norma, for always having your back door open and giving me a place to walk to and have a snack when I missed the bus or had an activity after school." From her great-niece, Thank you, Aunt Norma, for taking me places and letting me drink coffee, with lots of cream and sugar, with you for breakfast when I stayed over and letting me play with your earrings and choosing a pair to take home each time." She worked for many years at Hayes Albion, Spencerville. Norma was a life member of Immanual United Methodist Church, Elida. She moved to North Fort Myers, Fla., to live with her son and daughter-in-law in 2004.

She was proceeded in death by brothers, Lloyd Rabley, fallen in World War II, Charles "Doc"(Kathleen Eagy) Rabley, and Harold "Peck" Rabley, who had all lived in the Elida area; and brother-in-law, Herm Herbst. Lovingly submitted in remembrance by niece, Tana Rabley Ewing and great-niece, Karlyn Kitson Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Troy B. 57, 04May1953 - 08Dec2010, Cape Coral, Lee, FL, OH-272-54-2491

 

Leon

 

2013, Tallahassee, Leon Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on April 28, 2013

Robert McKenzie McMillan ("Dr. Mac") passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 24, 2013, at 91. He had spent a lifetime as a Christian minister, preaching around the world, and reviving, building and pastoring churches in four countries. Dr. McMillan was born February 13, 1922, in Glasgow, Scotland, and his Scottish roots were treasured throughout his life.

He began religious studies as a teenager at the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow. In 1943, he married Jane Smith, (Jeannie), and they moved to the tiny fishing village of Pittenweem, in Fife, north of Edinburgh, where he became the pastor of the Baptist Church, his first church.

Their first child, Ruthie, was born in Glasgow, in 1945. After serving at the City Road Baptist Church in Birmingham, England, they emigrated to Canada, where he pastored churches in Toronto and Montreal.

Their second daughter, Pauline, was born in 1952, in Montreal, just before the family moved to the United States. After serving at churches in Chicago, Erie, St. Louis, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Detroit, Dr. Mac and Jeannie moved to Miami in 1965, and finally Tallahassee in 1971.

Dr. McMillan's tenure at the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee included the building of the Christian Life Center and the Chason Memorial Building. He and Jeannie touched thousands of lives directly and through the church's television ministry. He served as Chaplain for the Florida Senate, and served on the board of Regents of Stetson University.

Dr. McMillan retired from First Baptist in 1985. But he continued to preach and pastor at other churches in Florida and Georgia until 1995, when he joined the Bradfordville First Baptist Church. During his pastorship at Bradfordville, a new sanctuary was built (which is now called the McMillan Center, in honor of Dr. Mac and Jeannie; and the groundwork was laid for further expansion of the church. He retired again, in 2002.

Dr. McMillan was the author of three books. I'm Human, Thank God was re-published in 2009. Dr. and Mrs. McMillan spent their retirement years at Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee.

He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Jeannie; his brother James, of Tallahassee; sisters Isobel Yeats, in Canada and Daveen McRitchie, in Scotland. He is also survived by his daughter, Ruthie Weidman, in Texas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by daughter Pauline Blankenship, of Tallahassee.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Tallahassee, Leon Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on August 15, 2013

Jane Hughes McMillan, "Jeannie," to her legion of friends and Bible students, died peacefully Sunday morning in Tallahassee, at the age of 92. She was the widow of revered Baptist pastor, Dr. Robert McMillan, who passed away in April. Jeannie was born Jane Hughes Smith on December 20, 1920, to William and Catherine Smith, in Glasgow, Scotland.

She was a prize-winning scholar, who also turned heads as a soloist in church. At a revival meeting, a young minister heard her sing and declared he would marry her. Robert and Jeannie were married in Glasgow's Shettleston Baptist Church on June 4, 1943. Their first home was a flat above the chemist's shop in tiny Pittenweem, on the east coast of Scotland. Their first child, Ruthie, was born in Glasgow before they emigrated to Canada, where their second daughter, Pauline was born.

As Robert's ministerial career took them across Canada and eventually the United States, Jeannie became a sought-after Sunday School and Bible Study teacher. In their years at the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, she balanced classes with work in real estate, art and writing. She published a cookbook of recipes collected from other pastor's wives called Always on Monday.

In addition to her husband of nearly seventy years, she was preceded in death by her sister Katherine Anderson, brother Alexander Smith and daughter, Pauline Blankenship.

She is survived by daughter Ruthie Weidman, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

A private family service, led by Dr. Ed Lyon, was held to honor Jeannie's memory--a memory summed up in a letter to her by a former Bible student: "You are so loved by so many and especially by me."

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Tallahassee, Leon Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Tallahassee Democrat from June 19 to June 23, 2014

Marie Noreen (Latargia) Yarbrough, passed peacefully into the arms of her loving Lord and Savior on June 12, 2014. Born in Jackson Heights, New York on June 29, 1931, Marie lived in Florida for fifty-five years and resided in Tallahassee for the past thirty years.

Marie's passion for life was reflected in her wonderful gift of hospitality. To all who knew her, she was a loving friend, always there to comfort others and to lend a helping hand. Marie's abiding faith led her to serve as a Daughter of the Holy Cross and on the altar guild at St. Peter's Anglican Church. Marie was a charter member of St. Peter's and The Anglican 4th Day of the Gulf Atlantic Anglican Diocese.

Among Marie's many talents were her gifts of singing, acting and dancing as reflected by her involvement in the Tallahassee Little Theatre? In 1999-2000, Marie received Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in "Moon Over Buffalo". Marie was also actively involved in Newcomers Club, Music Makers, FSU School of Film and the Westminster Singers.

Having retired as Credit Manager from Maas Brothers, Marie went on to work at the Florida Lottery and the Florida Department of Revenue before joining her husband in their business at Woodstove and Grill World.

Marie is loved and remembered by her devoted husband, Everett Yarbrough; her daughters, Deborah Bennett of West Palm Beach and Theresa Byington (Bill) of Jonesborough TN; her cherished grandchildren, Sara Grace and Parker Bennett; her sister Vivian Chorlton of Bradenton; her two nieces, Mary Gwin (Steve) of Tallahassee and Anne Dennis (David) of Bradenton; great-nephews and nieces, John Dennis (Amanda), Sydney Hinton, Taylor Dennis and Kevin Gwin; and great-great nephews, Kayden and Collin; her cousin, Ron Bove (Olga) and their son, Mark.She will also be lovingly remembered by Jon Yarbrough (Mary Jean) of Tallahassee, and Sarah Martin Hite (Chris) of West Palm Beach; grandchildren, Johanna Yarbrough, Jon Allen Yarbrough, Monique Martin and Marchelle Blankenship; and great-grandchildren, Joey, Chase, Dillon and Jackson.

A Celebration of Marie's life will be held at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Monday, June 23rd at 2:00 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Levy

 

2010, Cedar Key, Levy Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Gwinnett Daily Post on March 16, 2010,

Henry Claude Blankenship, Jr. (aka "Junior") Age: 86. Native of Georgia, resident of Cedar Key, FLA since the 1980s. Died 7a.m., March 10, 2010 at The Court at Decatur, Retirement Community Served in the US Navy during WWII from 1942 til 1946. Veteran Auto Mechanic who owned and operated "Blankenship Auto Service" in Atlanta, GA for four decades. Once an avid fisherman, Mr. Blankenship more recently spent much of his retirement enjoying his Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic Motorcycle, and rode it regularly until he was well into his 82nd year. "Junior" enjoyed giving motorcyce rides to the local school kids around Cedar Key, and volunteered for many years at the Cedar Key Historical Society.

Was preceded in death on July 3, 1988 by Frances Roberts, also of Georgia to whom he was married January of 1948.

Survived by siblings Henrietta Lunsford of St. James City, FL; Mack Blankenship of Commerce, GA; George Blankenship of Sharpsburg, GA; Charles Blankenship of Tampa, FL; and Brenda Wood of Mobile, AL Children: Rebecca Blankenship of Norcross, GA; Susan McClendon of St. George Island, FL; Claudia Blankenship of Monroe, GA; Frances Lamon of Decatur, GA; and Robert Blankenship of Snellville, GA.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 17th at Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2000 Marietta Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Williston, Levy Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Williston Pioneer on April 25, 2013

Iris Jones Bremer, 97, passed away peacefully at Shands Hospital, surrounded by her loving family March 24, 2013. Iris was born in Rexton, Mich. Oct 25, 1915.

Iris lived most of her life in Sault Ste Marie, Mich. She was a labor and delivery nurse for 15 years at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste Marie. Iris moved to Williston with her husband, Henry Bremer in 1980, so they could live near their two sons and their families. Iris was a member of the Archer Baptist Church in Archer.

She is survived by her two sons, Harold Bremer and James (Paula) Bremer; niece, Gerri (Tom) Jones; grandchildren, Robert (Jennifer) Bremer, Pamela Bremer, Mary (John) Doherty, Dawn (Rob) Bremer, James (Jennifer) Bremer, Jesse (Sarah) Bremer, Mike (Selene) VanBlaricum and Dan (Jana) VanBlaricum; 17 great- grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Iris was preceded in death by her loving husband, Henry Leland Bremer; father, Albert Jones; mother, Hazel (LaBar) Jones; brothers, Vernon Jones and Shirley Jones; sister, Gladys (Jones) Blankenship; daughter-in-law, Bernadette (Vincent) Bremer and her granddaughter, Teresa Lola Bremer.

Graveside services will be held April 27 at 11 a.m. at Orange Hill Cemetery with Pastor Ted Burnell officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Manatee

 

2011, Bradenton, Manatee Co., FL, Obituary

The Bradenton Herald, (FL) - August 10, 2011

Tommy L. Blankenship Sr., 63, of Bradenton, passed away August 5, 2011 at home. Tom was born in Lima, Ohio. He and his wife retired to Bradenton in 2008 after living in Italy, Texas for many years.

Tom is preceded in death by his father, Leroy Blankenship.

Tom is survived by his wife, Evelyn; mother and step-father Betty and J. C. Hester; two brothers, Randy and Jerry (Deneice) Blankenship; four children, Yvonne (Jimmy) Brown; Tommy Blankenship Jr.; Michelle (James) Colvert and Bradley (Michaela) Blankenship. Tom is survived by nine grand-children, one great-grandchild many loving cousins, aunts, uncles and nephews. He left a legacy of family, close friends and the enjoyment of a good game of cards. He will be greatly missed.

No formal services are planned, friends and family are invited to a celebration and remembrance of Tom's life at Heather Hills Estates Club House at 1p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2011.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Bradenton, Manatee Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Times on June 2, 2014

Timothy Allen Cassoday, age 53, passed away in Bradenton FL on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Tim is survived by wife of 21 years, Kathleen (nee Morgan) Cassoday; sons: William Cassoday and Joshua (fiance, Erika Larson) Cassoday; father, Ronald (Peggy) Cassoday; brothers: Michael Cassoday, Duane (Lori) Cassoday, Duane (Nancy) Palubicki, Charles (Bobbie) Kay and Dan (Patti) Kay; sisters: Patty Kliest, Peggy (Gerald) Ramsey, Karen St. Louis, Connie (William) Blankenship and Suzanne (Jeremy) Cassoday; grandchildren: Michael and Cheyanne Cassoday; and 12 nieces and nephews.

Tim is preceded in death by parents, Richard and Suzanne Kay; mother, Fay Cassoday; and sister, Judy McMullen.

Tim was born in Little Falls, MN to Richard and Suzanne Kay on February 4, 1961. He was a 1979 graduate of Griffith High School. He proudly served our country in the US Army. He worked several occupations which included landscaping, self-storage property management, janitorial, pest control, and security before becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant with Homewatch Caregivers in Sarasota, FL.

Tim had a passion for plants and gardening, loved animals and nature and especially loved the beaches in Florida. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of Church of the Trinity in Sarasota FL.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel 7535 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN with Rev. Jerry Greer officiating. Interment to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Manatee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Tommy Lee 63, 09Oct1947 - 05Aug2011, Bradenton, Manatee, FL, OH-273-42-1653

 

Marion

 

2010, Dunnellon, Marion Co., FL, Obituary

Charleston Gazette (WV) - November 30, 2010

Nancy L. Blankenship Albert 80, of Dunnellon, Fla., died Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at Avante of Ocala, Fla. She was born in Charleston to Ira French and Essie Mae Blankenship .

She moved to Hialeah, Fla., in 1985. She was a devoted wife, mother, and "nana." She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank "Corky" Albert; brothers, Frenchie A. "Jack" Blankenship and Charles W. "Bill" Blankenship ; and sister, Elizabeth Ann Hayes.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon A. Cowen (James) of Dunnellon, Fla.; son, Alan F. Albert (Patricia) of Easley, S.C.; brothers, Robert E. Blankenship of Mooresville, N.C., and Thomas W. Blankenship of Charleston; sister, Goldie E. Blackwell of Avondale, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at Roberts Funeral Home in Ocala, Fla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Ocala, Marion Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.funeraldigest.com/obituaries/2010/07/28/bobby-atwell/144328565

Bobby Atwell, age 79, retired police officer with Miami-Dade County, passed away peacefully from this life on July 23, 2010, in Ocala, FL. He was born in Wellsburg, WV and moved to Miami in the early 1950's.

Bobby and his family moved to Ocala from Miami in 1979 after retiring from Miami-Dade County Sheriffs Office. He also served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Alaska prior to the Korean War. Bobby's love was spending time with his family and enjoying many sports.

He is survived by friend, Jackie Atwell, and his loving children, Rob, Wendy Blankenship, Chris, Chuck; grandchildren, Jill, Brandon, Kara, Sammy, Ellie, Kamille; and great-granddaughter Addilyn.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Ocala, Marion Co., FL, Obituary

Ocala Star-Banner (FL) - July 6, 2011

Ocala - Janie T. Owens, 96, passed away on July 2, 2011 at her home. A native of Haralson, GA and former resident of Meriwether County, GA., she was born Sept. 21, 1914 to Strozier T. and Mittie Mae (Evans) Todd.

Mrs. Owens came to Ocala over 60 years ago from Tampa, and had previously also resided in Pensacola and Atlanta, GA. Janie was a lifelong private masseuse and massage therapist, a career that she still enjoyed into her nineties. She was a parishioner of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church of Ocala.

Survivors include nephews Weldon D. Godfrey, Smyrna, GA and Jim Owens of Rockford, ILL and Zephyrhills, FL; nieces Lois Bagwell, Decatur, GA; LaVerne Blankenship, Sharpsburg, GA and Lorraine Durham, Ft. Gaines, GA and many great and great great nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 40 years, The Late John B. Owens, in 1977 and two siblings; Wooster Todd and Lula Mae Godfrey.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thurs., July 7th, 11:30 A.M. from Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Ocala with Fr. Michael O'Keeffe, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Ocala, Marion Co., FL, Obituary

Ocala Star-Banner (FL) - December 25, 2011

Doris E. Whigham, 81, went to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 20, 2011. She was born in Pelham, Georgia, on March 3, 1930 to Agbert & Effie Elrod.

Doris married Roy H. Whigham, Sr., in 1950. The family then settled in Ocala in 1962.

Preceded in death by her husband, Roy H. Whigham, Sr.

She is survived by many loved ones. Left to cherish her memory are (2) sisters, Sally Wise and Carmen Blankenship, (1) brother, Walter Joiner and her Aunt, Ana Finch. Her beloved children include three daughters: Beverly (Danny) Driggers, Tamara (Charles) Bradshaw, Carol (David) Ehrlich and one son, Roy H. Whigham, Jr. Her loving family also included (8) grandchildren and (8) great grandchildren. Doris' most important job was being a good wife and Mother.

She was an excellent homemaker and cook. She prided herself on her Church, home and family. She attended Druid Hills United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and Bible School while her children were growing up. Doris was an avid seamstress while working at Knoblock Draperies and Brigadier Industries. She loved ballroom dancing, fishing and the beach.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home at 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd. The family will meet with friends at Hiers-Baxley on Wed., December 28, 2011, from 3pm-5pm. The service will immediately follow. Mrs. Whigham will be entombed at the Chapel of Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Summerfield, Marion Co., FL, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - March 3, 2011

Brenda Joyce Farley Blankenship, 61, formerly of Oak Hill, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at her home. Born Jan. 17, 1950. Mrs. Blankenship was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Carl Blankenship; two sons, Allen Wayne and Carl Allen; a daughter, Brenda Kay Shaver and companion, Joey; grandchildren, AJ, Brianna, Emily, JR, and Cole; and many other relatives.

Arrangements by HiersBaxley Funeral Services in Florida.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Summerfield, Marion Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from May 13 to May 14, 2013

John Harley Proctor, Jr. 64 , of Summerfield, Florida passed away May 9, 2013 at his residence. He was born on May 30, 1948 in Ocala, Florida to John and Emma (Brown) Proctor. He was a lifetime resident of Summerfield. Mr. Proctor was a former prison guard at Lowell, and also worked at Ferrell Gas and as a surveyor for Moorehead Engineering. Mr Proctor enjoyed spending time with his grand kids fishing.

John is survived by his children: Denise Gray, Jeannie Moon, Kimberly Cortez and Theron Proctor; Sister: Emma Lou Robinson; Aunt and Uncle Cathrine and James Page and Mary and Gene Proctor. Grandchildren: Allen Blankenship, Amanda Mills, Stefan Gray, Sara Mayette, Ashley Gray, and John Mayette. Along with his nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: Mrs. Emma Letitia Proctor, Mr. John Harley Proctor Sr.

Funeral services will be at Pedro Baptist Church on 05/18/2013 at 11:00AM. Interment will be at Pine Level Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Martin

 

2013, Jensen Beach, Martin Co., FL, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=John-Pusateri&lc=4815&pid=166956173&mid=5666824

John J. Pusateri, 50, passed away on September 12, 2013 in Jensen Beach, Florida. John was born in Chicago Illinois, and had moved to the Jensen Beach area 13 years ago from Naperville, IN.

John was the owner of Pusateri's Chicago Pizza in Stuart, Florida for the past nine years, and was of Catholic faith. He was a lover of all things Harley Davidson, and loved to ride. John also loved the Chicago Blues, as well as Reggae music. Bob Marley was one of his favorites, and he truly loved Jamaica. John was also a very creative artist, and loved to see things completed to perfection. He was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

John is survived by his wife of 15 years, Pam of Jensen Beach, FL; son, Christopher John Pusateri of Jensen Beach, FL; daughter, Tara Marie Pusateri of Jensen Beach, FL; mother, Louise Pusateri of Chicago, IL; brothers, David Pusateri of Chicago, IL, and James Pusateri (Debbie) of Chicago, IL; mother and father in law, Maureen and Rudy Kopriva; sister-in-laws, Cheryl Melka, and Laura (Tom) Blankenship ; brother-in- law, David Simak; nephew, Ryan Collinan; and, nieces, Jacqueline and Madeline.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Miami-Dade

 

2012, Miami, Miami-Dade Co., FL, Funeral

Published in The Miami Herald on February 1, 2012

Wayne F. Blankenship, born in Richwood, West Virginia on March 28 1938, passed away in Miami, Florida on January 29, 2012.

Memorial Service at Branam Funeral Home in Homestead on Thursday, February 2nd, 3pm-5pm. 305-247-3131.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Miami, Miami-Dade Co., FL, Obituary

The Miami Herald, (FL) - February 12, 2012

Elizabeth Flynn, 91, devoted wife, loving mother, adoring grandmother, and proud great-grandmother passed away peacefully on Feb. 5, 2012 in Lake Mary, FL. Born in Corbin, Kentucky on Feb. 2, 1921, she is predeceased by her parents Robert L. Trett and Allie Blankenship Trett. She was the eldest of nine siblings.

A long time Miami resident, Elizabeth and her three daughters moved to Miami from North Carolina after the death of her first husband, Edgar Taylor, in 1953. There she met and married William L. "Bill" Flynn, her second husband and best friend. In 1963 they opened and operated Flynn's Dixie Ribs Barbeque Restaurant in South Dade County and supported numerous charities and community activities. She enjoyed supporting Bill Flynn during the two terms he served in the Florida Legislature and was happy accompanying him during the legislative sessions in Tallahassee. She was particularly fond of riding in their 1920 Model T Ford during Shriners' parades and events. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile organizations. After Bill's death in 1984, she spent her time between her homes in Parkland, FL and Cleveland, GA.

She is survived by three daughters, Flynn Gentry-Taylor of Cleveland, GA; Vivian Paulson of Parkland, FL; and Barbara (Hugh) Peebles of Cleveland, GA; five grandchildren, Tammy (Lewis) Cain of Winter Springs, FL; Kimberly (Michael) Kohner of Wellington, FL; Alfred (Patricia) Houston, III of Winter Springs, FL; William S. (Terri) Paulson of Plantation, FL; and Shannon (Roberto) Alamina of Mooresville, NC; and great-grandchildren: Alexis and Alexander Franz; Andrew, Laura and Megan Kohner; William T. and Joshua Paulson; Jacob, Jillian and Audrey Alamina; and Stacey Houston. Sisters, Lillian (Larkin) Baker of Keavy, Kentucky, and Vela Chappell of Treasure Island, FL along with many cherished nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

She is predeceased by son-in-law William E. Paulson (2011), brothers, Albert, Elbert, Omar, Olen, and Elmer Trett and sister Leo Masden. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends and especially by her devoted canine companion, Baxter. She will always be remembered for her love of family, kind heart, and willingness to help anyone who needed a helping hand.

Visitation will be Monday, from 10:00AM-11:30AM at T. M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home with funeral services beginning at 11:30AM, and interment immediately following at Woodlawn South Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Miami-Dade Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Joseph Ezekiel 91, 22Apr1920 - 16May2011, Miami, Miami-dade, FL, KY-405-12-3714

 

Nassau

 

2012, Fernandina Beach, Nassau Co., FL, Death

The Florida Times-Union, (Jacksonville, FL) - August 7, 2012

James Darrel Blankenship, age 62, of Fernandina Beach, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2012.

Oxley-Heard FuneraL Directors

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Okaloosa

2013, Crestview, Okaloosa Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News from October 2 to October 3, 2013

George Ray Adams, 70, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, [Hinds Co.,] Miss. He was born Aug. 4, 1943, to Ruth Evelyn and John Quincy Adams at a hospital in Pensacola.

He graduated from Crestview High school and soon thereafter, joined the U.S. Air Force in January 1961. He retired as a master sergeant in January 1986 after 25 years of service. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal with six oak clusters, Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Longevity Service Award Ribbon with five oak leaf clusters, and Meritorious Service Medal.

While stationed in England, he met and married his wife of 49 years, Gillian Joyce Sturman. After retiring, George was hired as a night auditor for the Holiday Inn Crestview where he worked his way up to bookkeeper and later became general manager. He was also a member of the Crestview area Chamber of Commerce. Upon his second retirement, George was able to do what he loved most, go fishing with his brother, daughter and grandkids. Going to deer camp and riding four-wheelers was also one of his many pleasures.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and John Quincy Adams; his brother, John Quincy Adams Jr.; his sisters, Jeanette Roscoe and Betty Hyde.

Survivors include his brother, Douglas (Marsha) Adams of Ocean springs, Miss.; and his sisters, Mary (Roy) Blankenship of Pevely, Mo., Ann Clark, and Judy (Jimmy) Cadenhead, both of Crestview; two daughters, Shannon (Kevin) Snow of Crestview and Samantha (Chris) Wheeler of Raymond, Miss.; four grandchildren, Ryan Whitley, Trevor Carnahan, Sarah Snow and Lacey Wheeler; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Whitehust-Powell Funeral Home with Pastor Ron Meade officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Mary Esther, Okaloosa Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on November 4, 2012

Jackson Riley Bollier, age 5, of Mary Esther, Florida, passed away in the arms of his mother on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. He was the loving child of David and Twilla (Blankenship) Bollier of Mary Esther, Fla. Jackson was born February 16, 2007 in Rockwell, Texas.

He is survived by his parents, David Paul Bollier and Twilla Renee Bollier; brothers, Cody Ryan Bollier and Garrett Alexander Bollier, also of Mary Esther, Fla., Taylor Dewayne Pierce of Marshall, Ark.; grandparents, John Albert Bollier of Rockwall, Texas; Dennis Blankenship, Sr. of Paragould, Ark., and Sandra Blankenship Headrick of Mary Esther, Fla.; great grandparents, Jim and Mary Nadine Garrison of Jonesboro, Ark., twelve aunts and uncles and ten cousins, including his Uncle Dennis Blankenship II, of Crestview, Fla.

Jackson is preceded in death by his grandmother, Lois S. Bollier; great grandparents, John and Louise Bollier and Howard and Helen Patcher, Edgar and Laverne Blankenship and William "Bill" Barber.

A celebration of Jackson's life will be held Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Mary Esther, 28 North Street, Mary Esther, FL 32569.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Edgar, 59, 07Aug1917 - ??Apr1977, Beech Grove, Greene, AR, AR-429-38-2356

SSDI; Blankenship, Lavurn, 77, 25Nov1920 - 04Jan1998, Paragould, Greene, AR, AR-431-44-0968

 

2010, Niceville, Okaloosa Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.funeraldigest.com/obituaries/?id=141664011

Dennis Eugene Blankenship, age 56, left to be with the Lord on March 30th, 2010. Dennis was born in Nashville, TN, and was a former graduate of Niceville High School.

Dennis is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Joan Marie Blankenship.

Survivors include his father, Raymond and Sharon Blankenship of Niceville, FL; wife, Denise Blankenship; two daughters, Jennifer Chicoine of Roswell, GA and Erin Edelen of Pensacola, FL; two sisters, Linda Bartholomew of Santa Clarita, CA and Joan Roman of Whitehall, PA. He was also blessed with six beautiful grandchildren.

Dennis worked in the field of surveying and mapping throughout the Southeast for over 30 years. He was an active member and former President of the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society. He also had a love for the outdoors, especially fly fishing.

His family and friends held a special memorial service for Dennis in Niceville, FL. His internment will occur at a later date this summer at Sunset Cemetery in Niceville, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Niceville, Okaloosa Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.thedestinlog.com/articles/sharon-19508-thomas-blankenship.html

Linda "Sharon" Thomas Blankenship entered eternal rest on Oct. 10, 2011, after a long and valiant battle with cardiopulmonary disease Raised as Sharon Johnson in Yorktown, Ind., her creative talents were revealed at an early age, excelling in writing, music and fashion. She was a member of the Yorktown High School band, served as editor of the school newspaper, and voted as the "fashion plate" of her senior class.

Sharon moved to Northwest Florida in 1957 after marrying her husband of 39 years, Wendell D. Thomas of Laurel Hill, Fla. She worked as a feature writer for the Crestview newspaper prior to the birth of the first of her three children in 1959. She returned to Valparaiso, Fla., in 1967 and worked at Oklahoma State University on Eglin Air Force Base after living in the Florida space coast for several years. She retired from OSU after 25 years of service as an editor of technical manuals for the Air Armament Center.

She married Raymond E. Blankenship in 2000 after the death of her first husband and continued to live in the Twin Cities area as an active member of the community through various Christian ministries. Sharon embraced life and set an example to others by her generosity and compassion. She will always be remembered for her kind, welcoming spirit, her wit and sense of humor, infectious laugh, and sense of fashion. Her strength and positive attitude were best demonstrated over the past decade as she battled her chronic illnesses. She came to love her physician, Dr. Cynthia Bryan, her staff, as well as the staff of the Twin Cities Hospital, like members of her family during this time.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, J. Carroll and Pauline Johnson; her first husband, Wendell Thomas; her son, Shaun Thomas; and her stepson, Dennis Blankenship.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Blankenship of Niceville, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and John Elledge of Valparaiso, and Shari and Ed Sauer of Treasure Island, Fla.; grandchildren, Amber Elledge and Erica Miller of Destin, Fla., and Joseph Elledge of Valparaiso; sister, Nancy Limbert of Daleville, Ind.; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Margret Johnson of Muncie, Ind.; stepdaughters, Joan Roman of Allentown, Pa., and Linda Batten of Newhall, Calif.; as well as many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren throughout the United States.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Oct.15 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E., Fort Walton Beach.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Valparaiso, Okaloosa Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on October 8, 2013

Natalie Jayne Gregory, age 56, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, after a long and valiant battle with breast cancer. She was born Feb. 17, 1957, in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Natalie was a resident of Valparaiso, Fla. She was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving her country for 26 years before retiring. She was a vibrant, energetic and compassionate woman who enjoyed her family, friends, the beach, and many pets.

Natalie was preceded in death by her father, Hollace Blankenship, and stepfather, Mike Wilt.

Natalie is survived by her mother, Janice Wilt; her son, Matthew Gregory and partner, Courtney Schroeder, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; her daughter, Sarah Law and husband, Kevin, of Atlanta, Ga.; her sister, Cindy Deeds and partner, Bill Utley, of California; her brothers, Randy Blankenship of Tennessee and Chad Blankenship and wife, Katie, of Texas; and her assorted aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and many friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Orange

 

2010, Apopka, Orange Co., FL, Funeral

The Daily Independent, (Ashland, KY) - March 26, 2010

Edna E. Grimes Pennington, 86, of Apopka, Fla., formerly of South Portsmouth, died Tuesday in Life Care Center in Altamonte Springs, [Seminole Co.], Fla. She was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Portsmouth, Ohio. Her husband, Rev. Paul Pennington, died in 2006.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at little White Oak Chapel Church in South Portsmouth. Burial will be in Blankenship Cemetery in South Portsmouth.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Gotha, Orange Co., FL, Obituary

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - May 18, 2012

Susan Lynn Moore, 43, passed away on May 17, 2012.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years; Scott Moore, son; Cody Moore, daughter; Heather Moore, brother; Vern Blankenship , niece; Malinda Goar, best friend; Riki Scales, godson; Anthony Gioino, aunt; Sue Hargrove and a plethora of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 19, 2012, 7 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL. 34734

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Maitland, Orange Co., FL, Obituary

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - January 27, 2011

Stroupe, Stanley, 70 of Maitland, passed away peacefully with family on January 24, 2011.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Ellen Stroupe; his brother, Frank Stroupe; and son, Robert Blankenship.

He is survived by his sons, Michael and Scott O'Brien; his brother, Doug Stroupe; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Stan "Papa" is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Memorial Service at 11 a.m., Jan. 28 at Baldwin-Fairchild, 994 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Orlando, Orange Co., FL, Obituary

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - May 27, 2012

Michael Emory Nelson, of Orlando, passed away peacefully Friday, May 18, surrounded by family at home, after battling congestive heart failure. Born October 22, 1948, in Plant City, Fla., Mike became a jazz musician and aficionado before discovering his vocational passion in iron work, from working on the space shuttle hangar to founding his own company. A devoted husband and father, he loved to spend time outdoors, coaching Conway Little League, taking fishing trips and visiting Florida woods and beaches. Despite sustaining significant physical disabilities from a car accident in 1981, Mike's positive attitude and determination helped him persevere, going to the gym consistently and staying fit until the end of his journey.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn, daughter Lauressa, son David (and wife Paula), as well as sisters Ann Blankenship, Betty Espinola, Daphine Green and Sue Withrow.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Orlando, Orange Co., FL, Death

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - August 28, 2013

Victor Raymond Blankenship, 73, Orlando, died Aug. 21.

All Faiths Funeral Alternatives and Cremation Service, Orlando.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Winter Park, Orange Co., FL, Obituary

Register-Star (Hudson, NY) - August 15, 2013

Arthur G. Bohne, 76, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 with his family by his side.

He was preceded in death by wife Carol Andrews Bohne.

Art was born in New York, NY on August 18, 1936 and moved to Hillsdale, NY in 1952. He managed the Philmont Paper Store and later worked at the Match Factory in Greenport. Art was a past member of the Philmont Rescue Squad and the Philmont Fire Department. He and his wife Carol moved to Winter Park, Fla. in 1980.

Art is survived by his son Robert Bohne and wife Susan of Maitland, Fla.; daughter Justina and husband James Robertson, of Winter Park, Fla; four grandchildren, Courtney (and Brian) Blankenship , Corey (and Emily) Robertson, Ashley Bohne and Austin Bohne; and two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Olivia Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held at the Newcomer Family Funeral Home on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11AM.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Orange Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Paul Gilbert 63, 26Nov1946 - 09Jun2010, Orlando, Orange, FL, FL-261-74-0603

 

Osceola

 

2011, Kissimmee, Osceola Co., FL, Funeral

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - March 25, 2011 (Friday)

Carrol W. Blankenship, 75, Kissimmee, (22Mar2011) died Tuesday. Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, Funeral Home & Crematory, Poinciana.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Kissimmee, Osceola Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.conradandthompson.com/obituaries/Morris-Scott-Blankenship2982262597/#!/Obituary

Morris Scott Blankenship, age 48 of Kissimmee, Florida passed away at his residence in Altoona, [Lake Co.], Florida, Wednesday, February 20, 2014. Scott was born April 2, 1965 in Orlando, Florida.

He lived his life between Altoona, Florida and Kissimmee, Florida. He graduated from Osceola High School in 1983 and attended Valencia Community College. Scott was a construction electrician in the Central Florida area. He loved to freshwater fish in the local lakes and waterways. Other loves include Gator football and NASCAR racing.

Scott is preceded in death by his father, Larry Lee Blankenship.

He leaves behind a loving and caring family. His daughter: Katelyn, Hiddenite of North Carolina; mother: Carol Jackson and step-father: Jim Jackson of Kissimmee, Florida; brother: Craig (Caroline) Blankenship of Kissimmee and his loving fianc: June Voss of Kissimmee, Florida and her daughters: Summer and Amanda.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at New Hope Bible Church located at 1730 Vintage St., Kissimmee, Florida (Campbell City) with Pastor Jim Fox officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Larry L., 55, 03Feb1939 - 20Jun1994, (not specified), FL-266-58-5657

 

+2014, Kissimmee, Osceola Co., FL, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Dianna-Alaimo&lc=4819&pid=170951414&mid=5959344

Dianna Christeen Alaimo, 68 of Kissimmee passed away on May 6, 2014. Dianna was born on February 5, 1946 in Nyack, [Rockland Co.], New York to James and Anna (Blankenship) Garrison.

Dianna is survived by her loving husband, Salvatore Alaimo, her brother James W. Garrison Jr. and her two sisters, Lavadia Theodore and Linda Garrison Webster.

Dianna had a passion for swimming, hiking, jogging and enjoying the outdoors. She was also a dedicated and talented emergency room coordinator in New Jersey and an accountant for Orlando Regional Medical Center in their legal department.

She will be deeply missed by many, and for all those who knew her, Dianna was a reflection; that would reflect light and joy onto others.

Arrangements for Dianna have been entrusted to the care of Grissom Funeral Home and Crematory.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Spring Valley, Ramapo Town, Rockland Co., NY,

Garrison, James 31, M, NY, Head,

Garrison, Anna M. 29, F, AR, Wife,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K319-4W9

 

Osceola Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Carrol Wetzel 75, 03Jul1935 - 22Mar2011, Kissimmee, Osceola, FL, WV-233-54-6914

 

Palm Beach

 

2012, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Palm Beach Post from October 25 to October 26, 2012

Loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Kay Allen Hartke was born on March 26, 1946 in St. Albans, WV. She went home to her heavenly Father on October 22, 2012.

Her nurturing, gentle spirit, wisdom, and engaging sense of humor is a legacy that she has left to her husband, Donald Hartke; brother, Larry Allen; daughters, Adele Savoy Netzorg and Elise Savoy Ladasic; son, Matthew Savoy; son-in-law, Edgar Ladasic; step-sons, David Hartke and Dan Hartke; grandchildren Lauren Ladasic, Alexandra Ladasic, Sommer Ladasic, Noahmarie Netzorg, Tucker Netzorg, Zack Hartke, Hannah Hartke, Joseph Guthrie, and Erin Guthrie .

Kay was preceded in death by beloved family; parents, Frank and Reva Allen; sister, Jean Blankenship and grandson, Landon Ladasic. Though Kay has now entered into an eternity of great joy, we, her devoted family will deeply miss her laughter, strength of character, wisdom and constant encouragement.

Services will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at New Beginnings Chapel, 8431 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33467.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Co., FL, Obituary

The Palm Beach Post, (FL) - September 15, 2013

Bill Madison, age 52, passed away of natural causes Wednesday, September 4, 2013. William Carroll Madison was born December 11, 1960. A native of Lake Worth, FL, Bill was the son of Carroll and Alice Madison and the much loved nephew of Guy and Adolia Blankinship.

A high school graduate, Bill developed a passion for reading, following current events and history. For more than 20 years Bill made friends and learned life skills by joining in the social, learning and career programs of the Palm Beach County Habilitation Center located in Lake Worth. His fondest memories of the Hab Center were associated with participating in theater performances, swimming, competing in bowling, earning a pay check and personally meeting and hugging the mother of the 35th President of the United States, Rose Kennedy. He learned to play guitar and loved to sing along to country music tunes. Bill attended the opening game of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 and was an avid lifelong fan. He had a keen interest in superhero adventure comics and the World Wide Wrestling Federation enjoying both for the entertainment and appreciation of individuals fighting for justice. He enjoyed family visits to Richmond and Tidewater, VA, crabbing, touring national parks, visiting Busch Gardens and his aunts, uncles, cousins, brother, sister-in-law and niece. He especially enjoyed the holiday season of Thanksgiving to New Years as it brought family and friends together in celebration. His 52nd birthday was capped off with a FaceTime broadcast of he and his brother, Ike, performing the Christmas carol, Up On the Housetop to his niece and grandnieces. Their band became known as The Seventh Avenue Gang.

Surrounded by the love of family, friends, neighbors and health care professionals, Bill taught each of us the meaning of perseverance and that life's challenges can be met with humor, grit and polite manners. He enjoyed bingo, backgammon and checkers. He liked to win. To Bill the world was not so much about how he was doing but about how the people he cared about were doing. He could keep a confidence and share a joke. He touched many lives deeply.

Bill Madison is survived by his sister Carol Ann and husband William J. Sheaffer, of Orlando, FL, sister Alice Marie Winkler of West Melbourne, FL, brother Dwight Lee and wife Elizabeth Madison of Sterling, VA, aunt Catherine Rose Hazlewood of Yorktown, VA, niece Tanya Cunningham and husband Chris Cunningham, and great-nieces Catherine Elizabeth and Tate Madison Cunningham of Kennett Square, PA. He will be remembered by lifelong friend Bill Kline and health care associates and family friends Veronica Baugh, Tran Miller, Nole Sama, and Herlande Jerome of Lake Worth, FL.

Memorial private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Wellington, Palm Beach Co., FL, Obituary

Gloucester Daily Times (MA) - September 23, 2011

Christopher Arthur Hamilos, 60, of Wellington, Fla. and formerly of Gloucester, and Granite City, Ill. passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 in Wellington. He was born March 2, 1951 in St. Louis, a son of Anna M. (Lombardi) Hamilos of Granite City and the late Christopher E. Hamilos.

The footprints of his life was filled with his kind and generous ways, contributing to many organizations and charities, always helping others, setting and always achieving his goals and always taking time for reflections of these steps in his life. Christopher loved living life large in so many ways. He loved music and enjoyed playing the drums and singing. He enjoyed his many world travels and especially his adventures on his boat, "Blue Moon" and roaming the greens with a game of golf with friends. He had a true love of humanity as a philanthropist, always caring for, nourishing, developing or enhancing other's lives. He was an avid supporter of Pathways for Children in Gloucester. He was a supporter of Philadelphia Futures while living in the Philadelphia area. Through this program he mentored and supported April Brown through her years of education to her Master's degree. With Christopher's devotion to her life, she is now able to give back to her community. The above were stepping stones to becoming the founder and CEO of Lodestar in 1996. He made a tremendous contribution to the energy industry by his vision and innovation. His mark in the energy industry continues to live on, as all of the leading energy companies in the world are powered by the technology he developed. His passion and spirit will be remembered and live on through his business partners, colleagues, and those who knew him well. In 2008, he sold his business to Oracle, who up until this day, continues to carry the torch of Chris's vision for Lodestar.

In addition to his beloved mother, he is survived by his former wife, Katharine Hamilos of Gloucester; daughter, Barbara Blankenship of Maynard; sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Jim Parker of Granite City; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. David and Becky Hamilos of Johnson City, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Karen and Brian Oestricker of Collinsville, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Justine Oestricker, James C. Parker, Elizabeth Lane, Derrick Van Kirk, Keith Van Kirk, Amy Miller, Eric Miller and Adam Kaufman; special family friend and "daughter," April Brown of Philadelphia; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and many dear friends.

A memorial service was held in Granite City, Ill. on Sept. 3. Part of his ashes were placed with his father at Calvary Cemetery in Edwardsville Ill. A memorial celebration will be held here on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church 1123 Washington Gloucester. His ashes will be scattered at sea.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wellington, Palm Beach Co., FL, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - September 20, 2013

Teresa Ruth "Terry" Arnwine-Avis, age 56, of Wellington, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on September 16, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mary's Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Terry was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Lee Arnwine; mother, Lissie Ann Arnwine; grandparents, Lee and Ida Arnwine and Tommy and Myrtle Munsey.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Wayne Avis; and three children that were her world, Brian Ray, Jason Scott and Ashley Danielle Eshleman. Terry was saved at an early age and became a member at Central View American Christian Church in Washburn. She also leaves a special cousin that she loved very much, Shirley Ruth Blankenship; and her aunt, Ruth Dalton Allen of Thorn Hill.

The family will meet with friends for a visitation on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Washburn, Tennessee, with a graveside service to follow at 12:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Jerry Epperson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014

Bernice Olivia Foster was born on April 11, 1950 in Bryant, FL. She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses at an early age. She served faithfully as one of Jehovah's Witnesses until she passed away on March 12, 2014. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1968 and was a member of the Lake Mangonia Park Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She will be sadly missed by her mother, Mary Sullen, her two Sisters, Janice Harley (Rick) and Constance Sullen, her beloved niece, Tracye Alston (Julian), nephews, Jason Harley and Ryan Blankenship and great nephew, Kellan Dane Alston.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM at the Inlet Grove Community High School which is located at 600 W. 28th St., Riviera Beach, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pasco

 

2011, Dade City, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

The Tampa Tribune, (FL) - October 27, 2011

Woodham, Birdie R., born April 26, 1921, in Dale County, Ala., passed away October 24, 2011, in Gulfside Hospice in Zephyr-hills, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert C. Woodham; and granddaughter, Sheena Combee. Birdie loved quilting, sewing, fishing and cooking. She was an active member of the Dade City Church of God until the late years. She taught Sunday School for many years. Birdie was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend, who enjoyed spending time with all.

She is survived by her son, James Woodham (Pam); daughter, Loucretia Lemond (Jim); grand-children, Rob Ledford (Jennifer), Ron Ledford (Stacey), Tim Ledford (Anne), Stacy Quinlin and Angie Blankenship (Marlon); and many great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be by Wendell Holmes, nephew, of Alabama and Eulogy to be given by Richard Murphy.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Dade City, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on January 19, 2013

Merlene Best, 71 of Dade City, died on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at her residence. Merlene was born in Marianna, Fla. to Pharoah and Jessie Long and moved to Dade City in 1954. She was employed with the Division of Driver's License for many years.

Merlene was preceded in death by 2 sisters Beatrice Bryant and Dorothy Hart, and 2 brothers Bill Long and James Long.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years Heber of Dade City, sons Jamey and Allen, both of Dade City, and 2 daughters Teresa (Joe) Johnson, of Dade City, and Melissa (Timothy) Youmans of Zephyrhills; 3 sisters, Evelyn Crooms of Panama City, Ercell Blankenship of Dade City, Audrey Kryzak of Clearwater, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

Merlene's family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hodges Family Funeral Home, 11441 Hwy 301, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.20, the entombment will take place at Chapel Hill Gardens Mausoleum.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2011, Hudson, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

http://dobiesfuneralhome.com/obit.php

Blankenship, Sharon Kay, 66 [March 24, 1945 - October 10, 2011] of Hudson, passed away Oct. 10. She was predeceased by brother, Richard.

Survivors include her husband, Gary; children, Kristen, David, Mark, Malissa, Brian & Matthew; siblings, Barbara, Suzie, Danny & Jerrianne; 11 grandchildren. Dobies Funeral Home, Hudson Chapel

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Hudson, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on December 18, 2012

Gary A. Blankenship, 66 [1946], of Hudson, died Dec. 16, 2012.

He is survived by his children, Gary, Kristen, Malissa, David, Mark, Brian, Matthew; 16 grands; 1 grt. grand. Dobies FH

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Hudson, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on December 18, 2012

Gary A. Blankenship, 66, of Hudson, passed away Dec. 16, 2012.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon; mother, Eula & siblings, Janice "Sue", Rodney, Peggy & Patsy.

Survivors include children, Gary, Kristen, Malissa, David, Mark, Brian & Matthew; siblings, Shirley, Rachael, Raymond, Lin & Roy; 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Dobies FH-Hudson

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, New Port Richey, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on August 18, 2012

Catherine L. Blankenship, 49 of New Port Richey, died Aug. 14, 2012, veteran of Desert Storm.

Survived by daughter, Duffie; brother, Steve; sisters Barbara & Laura.

Michels & Lundquist.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, New Port Richey, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Rebecca-Blankenship&lc=4224&pid=162426042&mid=5385717

Rebecca "Becky" Blankenship, 66; passed away on January 16, 2013 in New Port Richey, Florida. She was born on April 29, 1946 in London, Ohio to Roy & Alice Long.

She is survived by her 3 loving sons, Ira, Wally, & Jimmy; daughters Penny & Jeanie; brother Jim; sister Marley; many grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Ira Drake Blankenship; Mamma

You're an angel now I see

that you'll always be with me.

When I'm sad or when I'm down,

Or when I'm acting like a clown.

For even though you had to go

My love for you still seems to grow.

Now you are as light as a feather.

But your memory shall last forever.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, New Port Richey, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.morganfuneralhome.com/obituaries/

Shirley A. Blankenship, 78 [1935], of New Port Richey, passed away on August 21, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Gaines, son, Douglas, daughter, Karen Ann (Alan) Standiford, brother, Jack Berrier and 5 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 26, 2013 at First Baptist Church of New Port Richey from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a Service at 11:00 a.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Poss; Son of Robert Kelly Blankenship & Flora Lola Campbell

 

1940 Census, Ward 26, Knoxville, Civil District 3, Knox Co., TN,

Berrier, Clarence 35, M, TN, Head,

Berrier, Mary Elizabeth 31, F, TN, Wife,

Berrier, Jack Edward 13, M, TN, Son,

Berrier, Shirley Ann 05, F, TN, Dau,

Berrier, Rebecca 55, F, TN, Mother,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4CS-XDK

 

2014, New Port Richey, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on May 18, 2014

Stanley "Brown" Mills, 63, of New Port Richey, Florida, passed away May 16, 2014. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Stan is preceded in death by his father, Ellis B. Mills.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy; daughter, Carolyn and Doug Blankenship; son, PJ; and six grandchildren, of New Port Richey, Florida; mother, Katie B. Mills; sister, Sylvia Hailey; and two nieces; beloved "Cousin Joe"; and many family members, all of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Stan graduated in 1968 from Powell High School and attended ETSU. He loved and lived life to the fullest, regardless of the medical challenges he faced. He was a special person to many.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Zephyrhills, Pasco Co., FL, Obituary

http://mountsfuneralhome.com/obituary/hazel-blankenship-toler-gibson

Hazel Blankenship Toler Gibson, 80 of Zephyrhills Florida, departed this life on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at her winter home in Zephyrhills. Born January 8, 1933 at Pie, she was the daughter of the late Leander and Emma Ruth Musick Blankenship.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Carlos E. Toler, Sr.; her second husband, Earl Gibson; nine brothers: Charlie, Andy, William, Dave, Arthur, Leonard, Willis, Floyd and Luther Blankenship; and four sisters: Sadie Miller, Bessie Hinkle, Octavia Bethel and Patricia Oberle.

Hazel was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a homemaker who loved spending time with her wonderful family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Those left to love and cherish the memory of Hazel and to mourn her passing include her daughter, Eva Agnes Toler (Joe) Wilson of Zwolle LA; her son, Carlos E. Toler, Jr. of Wharncliffe; her four grandchildren: Danny Ray (Brittany) Bunting, Jeramie (Kim) Toler, Dustin Toler and Emma Kristin Toler; her eight great-grandchildren; her two brothers: Joe F. (Geraldine) Blankenship of Gilbert and Willie Lee Blankenship of Zephyrhills Florida; many nieces and nephews and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Monday, June 3rd at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jonas Trent officiating. Burial will follow in the Toler Cemetery at Wharncliffe. Hazel will be carried to her final resting place by family and friends. She is gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pinellas

 

2010, Clearwater, Pinellas Co., FL, Death

http://www.legacy.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Joseph-Blankenship&lc=4424&mid=4155114

Joseph Carl Blankenship, Born: August 26, 1943, Died: February 23, 2010

Funeral arrangements under the direction of National Cremation Society, Clearwater, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Clearwater, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Middletown Journal (OH) - June 22, 2011

Lanier, Herbert W. Jr., 79, formerly of Trenton, Ohio died May 1, 2011 in Clearwater, Florida. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, a retiree of Armco/AK Steel and a Past Commander of American Legion Post #218 Middletown.

Survived by his wife of 37 years Carolyn (nee McGuire), son Mark, daughters Paula Blankenship, Toni Frame, Anne Caskey, stepson Fr. Fred McGuire, grandchildren, great grandchildren, a sister Joan, brother Bram and other caring relatives and friends.

Visitation at 11:00 am until Funeral Mass at 11:30 am, Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 222 Hamilton Ave, Trenton, Ohio. Burial will follow at Miltonville Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Clear Water, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on March 10, 2012

Benjamin F. Blankenship, 90, died March 4, 2012. He was a Lt. Col. In the U.S. Air Force during WWII and served in the Reserves. Prior to retirement, he was an Architect with the Pinellas County School System.

His beloved wife, LaVerne Ballard died in 1976. Ben was a member of Mensa, Intertel, The American Institute of Architects, and The Adventure Travel Club.

Burial will be in Fletcher, [Henderson Co.] NC. Local services will be held at 2 pm on March 17, 2012, at Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 1320 Main Street, Dunedin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Laverne, 54, 03Mar1922 - ??Oct1976, (not specified), NC-244-24-5003

 

+2014, Clearwater, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on June 7, 2014

Thomas Leon "Tom" Jones, 74, of Clearwater, died May 26, 2014 from complications due to cancer. He was born in Jackson, MS, January 11, 1940.

Tom graduated in 1962 with a Bachelor's Degree in political science from UM. LT Jones served honorably in the US Navy for 10 years, including Vietnam. In 1964 he married Janice Blankenship (died 2001). Tom got his Master's Degree in communications from UF in 1974. He had a long career in management at several TV stations. He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Largo, and helped starting and setting up St. Paul's TV ministry that later continued as Life-Stream Online ministry up to this day. He married Ingrid Hadley in 2003 who was at his side until his passing. Tom and Ingrid served the world community by founding 'Ingrid's Villages', a non-profit Christian Mission in the Dominican Republic that still lives on. Tom lived a life of service to his country, family, community, and faith.

Tom is survived by his wife, Ingrid Hadley-Jones; son, Chris (Julie); grandsons, Gabriel and Ross; daughter, Terri Jones; step son, Dr. Michael Hadley (Lisa); step daughter, Kristina Hadley; and step grandson, Austin Hadley.

LT Jones will be interred with Military Honors at Bay Pines National Cemetery, in St. Petersburg June 12, at 10:45 am. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 14, at 2 pm at St. Paul UMC in Largo.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Largo, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - August 15, 2012

Nettie Ruth Blankenship McBurnett, 92, of Largo, Fla., died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Palms Hospital [St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL]. She was a graduate of Tennessee Temple College. Nettie moved to Chattanooga in 1948 then to Ringgold in 1989 before moving to Largo in 2006. She was a lifetime member of Highland Park Baptist Church. She retired from Social Security Administration after 30 years of service.

She is survived by one son, Everette McBurnett; one granddaughter, Nikki Watson; two great-granddaughters, Emily Ruth Watson and Tessa Grey Watson; son-in-law, Terry Jones Sr.; one grandson, Terry Lynn (Christy) Jones Jr.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Hamilton Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Wayland Stewart officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Largo, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on December 10, 2012

Jane B. Blankenship, 76, of Largo, died Nov. 26, 2012. She was born May 4, 1936, in Scranton, PA, and is survived by her spouse, 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She is missed and loved by all.

Services will be held at Bay Pines Memorial Cemetery at 12:45 on Dec. 11, 2012.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Largo, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Birmingham News from April 2 to April 3, 2013

John Daniel Ceyte, (DAN) August 16, 1956 to March 16, 2013 Dan Ceyte went to be with the Lord on March 16, 2013.

Dan was predeceased by his father, Rene Paul Ceyte and his sister, Carol Jeanette Ceyte.

Dan is survived by his mother, Eleanor Mary Newbern Ceyte and brother Jim Ceyte (Susan); his children: Miranda Hughes and Paul Blankenship and Whitney Blankenship; grandchildren Kaley and Rane Hughes; niece Lisa Tomberlin (Chris) and nephew Travis Patterson. Dan lived in Largo, Florida at the time of his death. A special thanks to his special friends and roommates Linda Morris and George Barnette.

Funeral arrangements are: Visitation on Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, with funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. The burial will follow immediately afterwards at Elmwood Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Largo, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on September 24, 2013

Nancy Kay Drew, age 75, of Largo, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Woodside Hospice, after a brief bout of cancer. Born in Canton, OH, she moved here 34 years ago. She graduated from Middle Branch High School in Ohio. She also attended Kent State University. Nancy was a member of the Vermillion Coast Guard Reserve. She was also a pilot. She owned her own trucking company. She was a district manager for McDonald's. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church.

Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Michael Scott Tomic in 1972; and four former husbands.

She is survived by her son, Andrew Charles Tomic of Magnolia, OH; daughter, Tracy Ann Blankenship of Clearwater; brothers, Charles (Sally) of Vermillion, OH, and Gerald Bunyan of Florida; five grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and many nieces & nephews.

There will be a visitation from 11am-1pm on Tuesday, Sept. 24th, at Alife Tribute Largo, 716 Seminole Boulevard. A service will follow immediately after, at 1 pm. Interment to take place at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Largo, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Repository on October 8, 2013

Nancy K. (Bunyan) Drew, age 75, passed away near her home in Largo, Fla., at Woodside Hospice on Sept. 19, 2013.

A Canton native, Nancy attended Timken and Middlebranch High School and Kent State University. She was owner of Nancy Jones & Associates, advertising agency. Many of her life experiences included working at Weber Dental, Monarch Rubber, SBA Advertising, and as Regional Executive Manager of McDonalds in Tampa.

Her interests were in boating at Leesville Lake and Vermillion, where she was a member of the Coast Guard Reserve. She also earned her pilots license and owned and operated a trucking business. She was a member of C.F.U. 514. In her later years, activities in painting, needle point, ceramics, beads, birdhouses, and showing piece quality quilts, kept her busy. She attended Little Flower and St. John Catholic Church.

Nancy was preceded in death by a son Michel Tomic in 1972 and five former husbands.

She is survived by her son Andy Tomic of Magnolia, Ohio and daughter Tracy Blankenship of Clearwater, Fla.; brothers Charles (Sally) Bunyan of Vermillion and Gerald of Destin, Fla.; Five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was on Sept 24, 2013 at Clavary Catholic Cemetery in Pinellas Park, Fla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

St. Petersburg Times (FL) - January 12, 2011

Wilkinson, Winifred M., 93, passed away Jan. 9, 2011. Winifred was predeceased by her two sons, George and Paul. Sister of the late Elsie Munro and Dorothy Terrell; beloved aunt of Paula Blankenship; dear friend of Walter (Wally) and Marguerite Laskowski. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Services to be held Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at 10 am from the Curlew Hills Funeral Home 727-789-2000.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Tampa Bay Times (FL) - June 2, 2012

Mary Claire (Blankenship) Daniels, 98, of St. Petersburg, died May 28. Predeceased by husband Bill; survived by her children Ann Dickens, Kathleen & Timothy (Kathleen); grandchildren Derek, Danielle (Dominique), Sean, Brendan (Erin), and Craig; great-grandchildren Leo and Mandy. All who knew her loved her; all who knew her became better people as a result.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on December 20, 2012

Alfred E. "Wheelchair Butcher" Stamm, Jr. 62, of St. Petersburg, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa [Hillsborough Co., FL]. He was born in Middlesex, NJ, and came here in 1975 from Edison, NJ. He was a Heavy Machinery Operator and a former member of the Viet Nam Veterans Motorcycle Club, an avid Pool player, and enjoyed classic and antique cars. He was an Air Force veteran of the Viet Nam War.

He is survived by his wife, Kay T. Stamm; 1 daughter, Faith I. Stamm (Noel) Blankenship of Wesley Chapel; and 2 grandchildren, Courtney and Dylan Blankenship.

A graveside service will be 10:45 am Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Bay Pines National Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Leaf Chronicle on February 11, 2013

Betty Ann Jenkins Whitley of St. Petersburg, FL passed away in Winter Haven, [Polk Co.], FL on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the age of 78. Betty was born in Neptune, Cheatham County, TN on June 1, 1934, the third child of seven, born to Bertie Jane Reeves and Leamon W. Jenkins. She lived in the Clarksville, TN area for the first 39 years of her life and the last 39 years in St. Petersburg, FL. She worked as a skilled technician for 25 years making laser surgery devices. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Clarksville and St. Petersburg and most recently, Cornerstone Free Methodist Church in St. Petersburg.

Betty is lovingly remembered by her children, Ricky (Sue) Glisson of St. Petersburg, FL, Janice (Clint) Walker of Temple, TX and Jeffrey (Julie) Glisson of Winter Haven, FL; her grandchildren, Matthew Glisson of Carthage, New York, Clinton Walker IV of Austin, TX, Jonathan Walker of Temple, TX, Tyler Glisson of Winter Haven, FL and Alex Glisson of Winter Haven, FL; her siblings, Porter (Janelle) Jenkins of Clarksville, TN, Blondelle Anderson of Waldorf, MD, Ruby (Ray) Blankenship of New Johnsonville, TN, David (Susan) Jenkins of Clarksville, TN and Katherine (Lewis) Brown of Hopewell, VA; her dearest friend and travelling companion, Christa Cheek of St. Petersburg, FL; and her beloved church family at Cornerstone Free Methodist in St. Petersburg where she was a door greeter and volunteer gardener.

Betty was predeceased by her first husband of 17 years, Byron Glisson; her second husband of 20 years, Ray Whitley; an infant brother, Kenneth Jenkins.

A private family graveside service will be held at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Clarksville, TN on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Petersburg, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 2, 2014

Charles R. Hilker (Age 84) Of St. Petersburg, FL passed away January 29, 2014. He served in the US Navy and was a model maker at the David Taylor Model Basin in Maryland.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda L.; step-sons, Alton Ray and Jerry R. Loveless; step-daughters, Kathy L. Davidson and Karen L. Blankenship; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services and Military Honors will be held in Florida. gardensanctuaryfunerals.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2010, Seminole, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.funeraldigest.com/obituaries/2010/08/01/audrey-mae-blankenship-goff/144381494

Goff, Audrey Mae Blankenship 82, of Seminole, passed away on July 29, 2010. Born in Turkey Creek, Audrey graduated Turkey Creek High School in 1945. She was a homemaker and a member of 1st Baptist Church of Seminole and prior to that Eastside Baptist Church, Lake City, for 40 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wade Hampton Goff, Sr.; her son, Wade Hampton Goff, Jr. and her brothers, William Winfield Blankenship, Jr. and Robert Rubin Blankenship.

Survivors include her son, John Dale Goff; 4 grandchildren, Wade (Trey) Hampton Goff III, Jason Brian Goff, Kelsey Leigh Goff, Geoffrey Kyle Goff; one great- granddaughter, Hailey Elizabeth Goff; one brother, Norman Neil Blankenship; four sisters, Hildred Faye Cunningham, Frances Ann Lariscy, Stella Ruth Welch and Sandi Kay Mattia.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 and memorial service will follow at 2 pm at Wells Memorial Chapel, Plant City, with Rev. Gary Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Turkey Creek First Baptist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Seminole, Pinellas Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the St. Petersburg Times on June 23, 2011

Blankenship, Mildred B. 87, of Seminole, passed away peacefully at home under the care of Suncoast Hospice June 22, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her husband James H. Blankenship.

She is survived by her three children, Nancy Fordham (Alan) of Seminole, Jim Blankenship Jr. (Pat) of Michigan and Kathryn Alvarez (Rick) of Indian Rocks Beach; one brother, Roger Brown (Carolyn) of Tennessee; grandchildren, David Fordham, Tiffany Judge, Arin Rentz, Julianna Blankenship, Ben Blankenship, Alexis Alvarez and Reid Alvarez; great-grandchildren Kaelyn Grace Judge, Anna Rentz and Caleb Rentz.

A Visitation will be held Friday, June 24, 2011, at the Anona United Methodist Church in the Heritage Chapel 13233 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, from 2 3 pm. Service at 3 pm. www.mossfeasterlargo.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pinellas Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Joe C. 66, 26Aug1943 - 23Feb2010, Clearwater, Pinellas, FL, KY-406-54-0678

Blankenship, Larry R. 65, 25Aug1945 - 17Apr2011, Bay Pines, Pinellas, FL, CA-556-62-1693

Blankenship, Mildred B. 87, 03Jan1924 - 22Jun2011, Seminole, Pinellas, FL, OH-302-16-0833

 

Polk

 

2013, Lake Wales, Polk Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Ledger from June 7 to June 8, 2013

Danny Joe Blankenship, 48, died of heart failure 5/16/13.

He is survived by his mother Mildred & a loving family.

Seigler Funeral Home, Mulberry.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Lakeland, Polk Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Ledger on August 23, 2012

Richard L. Dick Johnson, 72, passed away peacefully in Lakeland, FL, August 20, 2012, due to complications of pneumonia. He was born August 4, 1940 in Holcomb, Kansas, to Wayne and Orpha (Armantrout) Johnson.

Dick graduated from the University of Kansas in 1962 and shortly thereafter married Gloria Ganaway. They had two children: Jenifer Lee Johnson of Barcelona, Spain, and Jeffrey Richard Johnson of Austin, Texas.

He had a twenty year career in various management positions with Montgomery Ward, managing retail stores in many cities throughout the south, including Monroe, LA, New Bern, NC, Columbus, GA, Cocoa, FL and lastly, Lakeland. After leaving Montgomery Ward, Dick remained in Lakeland, working in the real estate business. In 1994 he cofounded The Wilson House, a non-profit residential program dedicated to the recovery of men in situations of chronic homelessness and substance abuse. Dick has been instrumental in obtaining grants and other funding for The Wilson House over the years, helping it expand into one of the most successful recovery programs in the country.

Dick is survived by his two children; one grandson, Jacy; two brothers, Leonard Johnson of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Tom (Tricia) Johnson of Sarasota, FL; a sister, Janice (Bill) Blankenship of Nederland, CO; a niece, Elizabeth Kaiser; and two nephews, Mark Johnson and Richard Johnson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 pm Monday, August 27 in Fellowship Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 715 Cornelia Avenue, Lakeland. The public is welcome.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Putnam

 

2011, Interlachen, Putnam Co., FL, Obituary

The Gainesville Sun, (FL) - April 17, 2011

Charles Melvin Skeen, Jr., age 39, of Interlachen, FL., passed away April 12, 2011. He was born in Boynton Beach, FL. Charles came to know Jesus in February.

He is survived by his wife, Tabatha Skeen; parents, Charles and Darlene Skeen; grandparents, Bro. Ben and Melba Blankenship; children, Tyler, Dylan, Autumn, Cadence and Zachary; sister, Tracy Osteen; brother, Brian Skeen, Sr.; several aunts and uncles.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Believers Worship Center Church of God, 8736 State Rd. 21, Melrose, FL at 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Ben Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow at Hawthorne Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Interlachen, Putnam Co., FL, Obituary

The Gainesville Sun, (FL) - October 14, 2011

Brian Scott Skeen, Sr., age 36 of Interlachen, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. He was born May 9, 1975 in Dade City, Florida. Brian loved to fish and spend time with his kids.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles M. Skeen, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Jamie Skeen; parents, Charles and Darlene Skeen; grandparents, Bro. Ben and Melba Blankenship; children, Brian Scott Skeen, Jr., Christian Blake Skeen and Katelyn Grace Skeen; sister, Tracy Osteen and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, October 14, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at Believers Worship Center Church of God, 8736 State Road 21, Melrose, with Bro. Ben Blankenship officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Cemetery in Mannville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Palatka, Putnam Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.broadusraines.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2514901&fh_id=10394

Chuck Blankenship, 48, of Palatka, FL, passed away May 4, 2014. He was born on October 25, 1965 in Grundy, VA to parents Charles and Phyllis Justus Blankenship, Sr.

Mr. Blankenship had been a welder at Moody Brothers and was a member and lead guitarist at Trinity Congregational Holiness Church. He enjoyed volunteering at the Bread of Life Food Pantry in Palatka and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife, Sandy Blankenship; sons, Chris Blankenship (Nikki) and Josh Blankenship; brothers, Mark, Jeff and Timmy Blankenship; granddaughter, Paisleigh Blankenship and grandson on the way Josiah Blankenship.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon Friday, May 9, 2014 at Trinity Congregational Holiness Church with Rev. Mitch Perry officiating

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Saint Lucie

 

2014, Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie Co., FL, Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 20, 2014

Lillie Slade Hooker of Ft. Pierce, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014. She was born in Grantsboro NC.

Her surviving family includes her husband, Daniel Hooker; son, Billy Hooker; sisters, Marie Story and Mildred Hall; brothers, Richard Slade and Troy Slade; niece, Rachel Blankenship; nephew, Bob Slade; and other loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her children, Ricky Hooker and Cathy Hooker; father, Ralph Slade; mother, Myrtle Hill Powell; and a brother, Robert Slade Sr.

Her memorial service will be at 11:00 am, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Chapel By The Sea, 1717 Gulfstream Avenue, South Hutchinson Island FL 34949. A luncheon will follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Port Saint Lucie, Saint Lucie Co., FL, Obituary

The Jersey Journal, (Jersey City, NJ) - March 28, 2014

Teresa Blankenship (Nee: Rutkowski), 79, passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at her home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She was born in Bayonne where she resided for many years.

She was predeceased by her son Michael Sullivan and her parents Joseph and Theresa (Nee: Kampa) Rutkowski. Loving mother of Kelcey Sullivan and Robert Sullivan and his wife Peg. Dear grandmother of Bryan, Michael, Kelly, Sean and Daniel. Cherished great-grandmother of Colin and Peyton. Beloved sister of Edwin Rutkowski and Caroline Brandon.

Teresa will be buried with her son Michael at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City. Private funeral services were arranged by the S. Fryczynski & Son Funeral Home, Bayonne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Santa Rosa

 

2012, Holley, Santa Rosa Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Pensacola News Journal on July 9, 2012

James E. Blankenship (J. E.) of Holley, FL went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, July 5, 2012. He was born July 17, 1949 in Troy, Alabama. He retired from Solutia in 2005 then opened up his own business. He served 42 years for the community as a volunteer at the Holley Navarre Fire Dept. as chief, firefighter and then served on the board until 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Kathey (Taffy); sons, Jeremy and Jody (Carisa) ; grandchildren, Dakota, Haleigh, Morgan and Caden; brother, Randall (Toni) Blankenship of Augusta, GA; sister, Gloria (Gib) Andrick of Sebring, FL; mother and father in law, Claudie and James Tolbert; sister and brother in law, Trudie and Mike Childers; blessed with many nieces and nephews. And Best Buddies, John Smith and Harvey King.

Graveside services will be held at 6:00PM on Monday, July 9, 2012 at Holley Point Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to gather at J. E.'s home after service to eat, tell stories and share fond memories. Pallbearers: John Smith, Harvey King, Ronnie Broxson, James Clark, Cody Bolden and Mike Faulkner. Honorary Pallbearers: Scoot Harvell, Donnie Hawkins, Doug Barlow, Ron Spinner, Michael Parker and Don Kilpatrick.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Pace, Santa Rosa Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.harpermorrismemorialchapel.com/sitemaker/sites/HARPER2/obit.cgi?user=1309383Blankenship

Marylon R. Mona Costello Blankenship, 77, of Pace, FL and formerly of Ashdown, AR passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Mona was born on October 11, 1936 in Anoke, IN. She was a homemaker and mother of seven children. She liked to study the Bible and do needlework. Mona loved to play games and take care of her family and friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Charlie Madison Blankenship; a son, George Alan Blankenship and her mother and father, Elvi and Ruben McCollum.

She is survived by her daughters; Belinda Jo Stewart of Foreman, AR, Candiss Lee Merrell of Hooks, TX, Melissa Ann Blankenship of Pensacola, FL, Regina Maria Morgan of Pace, FL, Diana Blankenship of Ogden, AR and a son, Charles Ruben Blankenship of Texarkana, AR; 2 son-in-laws, George and Steve; a daughter-in-law, Timmany; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 3 brothers, Dave, Gene and Ronnie; 2 sister-in-laws, Judy and Mona along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Ashdown, AR.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Charlie M., 65, 25Sep1928 - 26Nov1993, Winthrop, Little River, AR, KY-401-30-7411

 

Sarasota

 

2013, North Port, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - January 6, 2013

Catherine Isabel Gentile, 91, of North Port, died Dec. 30, 2012, at her home after a long period of declining health. Mrs. Gentile was born Jan. 6. 1921, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of John Dunn and Georgina Squires Dunn.

She married Peter Gentile in May 1946 in Brooklyn after he returned from service in the Navy in World War II. Mrs. Gentile was a full-time mother to her four children, including one with Down Syndrome, as Capt. Gentile spent long periods at sea throughout his career with the Military Sealift Command. She was renowned by her family and friends as an expert seamstress, decorator and cook.

She is survived by her husband, Peter, of North Port; a son, Peter Michael Gentile of Sarasota; two daughters, Jacquelyn Margaret Gentile and Georgina Ida Gentile, both of North Port; her daughter-in-law, Carrie Blankinship Gentile of Sarasota, her granddaughter, Alyssa Marie Pabst of North Port; and her great-granddaughter, Maya Victoria Matthews of North Port.

Her daughter Victoria Marie died in 2006.

There will be a graveside service, Weds. Jan. 16, 2013, at 11:00 AM, at Sarasota National Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Herald Tribune from June 11 to June 12, 2011

Philip Edward Blankenship, 64, of Sarasota, formerly of Powhatan, Va. died June 8, 2011. Celebration of life will be at a later date at Sarasota Baptist Church, and then in Powhatan, Va.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cecilia R.; sons Michael Young of Midlothian, Va., and Jason Young of Cape Coral; daughter Sharon Boyas of Sarasota; brother Charles of Powhatan, Va.; sister Tammy Corbitt of Powhatan, Va.; seven grandchildren Clara, Collin, Molly, Max, Joshua, Mackenzie, and Tristin. Phil was an active member of Sarasota Baptist Church.

Phil's life reflected his passion for the Lord, studying and teaching the Bible and his love for children. Throughout his career in Virginia and Florida, he was involved in working with children as a teacher, coach and school administrator, and later with Easter Seals, the Healthy Start Coalition, and the Early Intervention Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was the Administrator of Education at First Baptist Church, Sarasota, and ended his career as Executive Director of the Suncoast School for Innovative Studies. He founded the Small Forest Foundation to help people in need.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - June 11, 2011

Philip Edward Blankenship, 64, of Sarasota, formerly of Powhatan, Va. died June 8, 2011. Celebration of life will be at a later date at Sarasota Baptist Church, and then in Powhatan, Va.

Survivors include his loving wife, Cecilia R.; sons Michael Young of Midlothian, Va., and Jason Young of Cape Coral; daughter Sharon Boyas of Sarasota; brother Charles of Powhatan, Va.; sister Tammy Corbitt of Powhatan, Va.; seven grandchildren Clara, Collin, Molly, Max, Joshua, Mackenzie, and Tristin.

Phil was an active member of Sarasota Baptist Church. Phil's life reflected his passion for the Lord, studying and teaching the Bible and his love for children. Throughout his career in Virginia and Florida, he was involved in working with children as a teacher, coach and school administrator, and later with Easter Seals, the Healthy Start Coalition, and the Early Intervention Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was the Administrator of Education at First Baptist Church, Sarasota, and ended his career as Executive Director of the Suncoast School for Innovative Studies. He founded the Small Forest Foundation to help people in need.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - August 15, 2011

Patricia Mildred Leef Mazzei passed away on July 13, 2011 at the Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Fla. following a valiant battle with cancer. Patsy was born in Washington D.C. May 27, 1931 and graduated from Montgomery Blair High School ('49).

She studied nursing at Sibley Hospital receiving her RN and beginning a career of over 40 years. She was an exemplary nurse and made a difference in many lives. Patsy was a great lover of books, music and films and immersed herself in the arts whenever possible. A great raconteur, she spent her life collecting the songs and stories that her father and grandparents taught her and enjoyed sharing them. One of the last things she said to her daughters was, "we are the Bards of the tribe. We carry forward the stories and history so people will remember." Her spirit and love for life will be an ongoing inspiration to those who knew her. She always stuck up for those who could not defend themselves.

Patsy was predeceased by her mother and father Mildred Walker Brockdorff and Henry G. Leef, Sr. and her beloved younger brother Henry G. Leef, Jr. all of Washington, D.C.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Syndi Zook and Stanford Blankinship of Burlington, Vt., Kathy and Rodney Miller of North Port , Fla. and her granddaughter and her husband, Taylor and Jeffrey Hitaffer of Laurel, Md.. She is also survived by her brother and his wife, Erik and Kay Brockdorff of Wilmington , N.C. and her sister and her husband Mary Kay and Jack Makers of Sommerdale, N.J. and by her dearest aunt and childhood companion Carolyn Duley of Givat Zeev, Israel.

The memorial service will be private and at the convenience of the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - July 25, 2012

Marion D. "Bill" Mask, 88, of Sarasota, Florida died Sunday July 22, 2012. He was born July 16, 1924 in Eclectic, Alabama to Robert D. and Ollie (Griffin) Mask. Mr. Mask retired from the U. S. Air Force after 23 years and moved to Sarasota in 1977 coming from Manassas, Virginia. After moving to Sarasota he worked for Gorman Supply for 16 years before retiring.

Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Kathryn of Sarasota; daughter, Kathryn and Charlie Blankenship of Catharpin, Virginia; son, Randy and Donna Mask of Sarasota; sisters, Dorothy Colley of Alabama and Lavella Fuller of South Carolina; 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday July 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services Venice Chapel. Burial will be held at 2:30 PM on Friday July 27, 2012 at Sarasota National Cemetery with full military honors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Charles-Schwartz&lc=4630&pid=161840590&mid=5348767

Charles Randall Schwartz, 53 of Sarasota, FL formerly of Great Bend, KS, passed away December 17, 2012. He was born June 10, 1959, in Great Bend, KS, the son of Harold Charles Schwartz and Geraldine Helen Kienzle.

Randy graduated from Great Bend High School, class of 1977. He graduated with Associate Degree from Barton Community College and studied at Ford Hays State University. Randy served as a member of the Board of Directors at Great Bend Co-op Association. He was also a member of American Soybean Association and Shelby American Automobile Club.

Randy is survived by his beloved wife Tetyana Schwartz; his aunt Floreine Blankenship of Great Bend, KS; his son Walker James Schwartz and his wife Cassandra Schwartz of Wichita, KS; his daughters Sarah Rachelle Schwartz of Great Bend, KS and Julia Schwartz of Sarasota, FL; two grandchildren Jace Walker Schwartz and Matilda Rachelle Philbern; his first wife Denise Rachelle Fuqua. Randy was a caring husband and father and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Sarasota, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Published in KPCNews on June 8, 2014

Jane Preston Watson, aged 94 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 30, 2014, at her place of residence in Sarasota, Florida, with family and caregivers in attendance. The cause of death was Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Watson had lived in Sarasota for the past 12 years. Prior to moving to Sarasota, she lived in Gasparilla Island, Florida, where she and her husband, Stuart D. Watson, had built a home, in Tolland, MA and in West Hartford, CT.

Jane Augusta Preston was born January 7, 1920 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to Lou Bratton Preston and Reverend Dr. Paul Gordon Preston. She had two older brothers, Wendell and Robert. Her father was a pastor in the Christian Church, and from 1912 until 1932 the family moved about every two years, as his workplace changed, living in Iowa, Indiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Colorado. By the time Jane began high school, her parents were living again in Indiana, where she graduated in 1936 from Shortridge High School, Indianapolis, and subsequently in 1940 from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

For the first 40 years of Jane's life, she returned regularly to Angola, Indiana, to visit family, and to the Preston cottage at nearby Lake James. Steuben County, Indiana, was the home of several generations of Prestons and Brattons and a consistent home base in family life.

Jane Preston and her husband to be, Stuart Watson, met at DePauw University in 1936 and were married at her parents' home in Indianapolis, IN, on November 23, 1940, following her college graduation. They started married life in South Bend, Indiana, and then, like many of their generation moved along to Army bases, or lived with family during WWII to accommodate Stuart's service in the Armed Forces. While Stuart was stationed in the Philippine Islands, Jane lived with her in-laws, Lois and Dade Watson, in Springfield, Illinois, tending her first child, working fulltime, and helping produce food in a Victory Garden.

Following WW II, Stuart Watson's advancement in a career of marketing, merchandising and business management moved the Watson family to Chicago and later Park Ridge, Illinois; Racine, Wisconsin; New Canaan, Connecticut; and West Hartford, Connecticut. Jane was the fearless homemaker who kept these transitions organized and home life enjoyable!

The Watsons raised a family of four children, Beth, Sarah, Stephen, and Margaret. As Stuart built a formidable business career, Jane supported him as an advisor, hostess, and wife, while also managing the family home and the kids. As a Mother she maintained a lively sense of humor, and a pragmatic approach to problem solving. While her family was growing up she was an involved parent, a Girl Scout leader, American Field Service student exchange host, a field and track Mom, a school volunteer and child chauffeur; always present to cheer her children along as they grew. She cared for her immediate and extended family with love and thoughtfulness; and her respect and concern for Margaret, born with developmental disabilities, comforted and challenged the rest of the Watson Family.

Mrs. Watson dearly loved her grandchildren and they were welcomed and celebrated in her homes. She enjoyed travel, opera, popular music and operetta, theater, reading, crossword puzzles and spending time with family and friends. For many years she was an enthusiastic fly fisherman, traveling with Stuart to Alaska, Iceland, Oregon, Wyoming, and Canada. Her favorite views were those provided at sunset by Noyes Pond and the Gulf of Mexico.

Jane was a supportive alumna of DePauw University. She and Stuart took an active role in shaping New England Village, in Pembroke, MA, Margaret's home for over 30 years. While living in the Greater Hartford area Jane was a volunteer at Hartford Hospital and for Connecticut Opera; and she was a member of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. While she lived on Gasparilla Island, she was an active member of the Boca Grande Woman's Club and a member of the Methodist Church and The Boca Grande Club.

Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Stuart; a daughter, Margaret; daughter-in-law, Susan W. Watson; her parents, Lou and Paul Preston; her in-laws, Lois and Dade Watson; her brothers, Wendell and Robert Preston; and niece, Joan P. Cerstvik.

She is survived by daughters, Beth W. Noujaim (Khalil), Sarah W. DeCew (Charles Blanchard) and son, Stephen H. Watson (Elizabeth), and former son-in-law, Sperry A. DeCew; by grandchildren, Catherine M. Noujaim, Jehane P. Noujaim (Karim Amer), Amy A. DeCew, Stuart M. DeCew (Amanda), Brittany E. Blankenship, Stephanie A. Blankenship, Clayton S. Watson; and great-grandson, Bradley S. DeCew; as well as, sister-in-law, Ann C. Preston; nephews, Philip, Paul, and George Preston; and nieces, Marilyn Romine and Emily Bortz and their respective families.

A graveside memorial service for family and friends will be held to honor Jane in mid-August at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan, CT.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2010, Venice, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.funeraldigest.com/obituaries/2010/07/16/christopher-scott-mitchell/144081693

Funeral services honoring the life of Christopher Scott Mitchell, 22, will be held, Saturday July 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Woodridge Baptist Church, 850 East Bert Kouns, Shreveport, LA. Dr. Floyd Davis, Pastor of Woodridge Baptist Church will officiate. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fellowship Baptist Church, Converse, LA with services conducted by Bro. Ronnie Sandifer, Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church.

Our loving son and grandson was born on March 24, 1988 in Atlanta, GA. He passed away on July 11, 2010 in Venice, FL. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Murry English and Henry Mitchell.

He is survived by his father and mother, Ken and Brenda English Mitchell of Venice, FL; grandmothers, Jeanette Thompson English "MIMI" of Shreveport, LA and Annie Mitchell of Baton Rouge, LA; half sister, Kendra Richmond and her daughters, Nadine and Delaney; uncle, Mitch Mitchell of Alaska; aunts, Mildred Blankenship of Converse, LA and Monica Mitchell of Baton Rouge, LA and several special cousins.

Pallbearers will be members of the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2012, Venice, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL) - February 1, 2012

Carol Ann Hogue (Blankenship) (May 17, 1961 - Jan. 28, 2012), 50, of Venice died Jan. 28, 2012.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church. Carol was beautiful in heart and soul, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend slipped suddenly and peacefully into her long goodnight after a hard fought struggle with cancer. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in preschool education and family services. She pursued her passion of teaching children and helping their families have a better life for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Matt; and her son, Nathan, her son Lucas and wife Elizabeth; two grandchildren Alyssa and Zachary; six brothers, George, Richard, Jerry, John, Danny and Thomas, and hundreds of friends and students. So many lives touched by one. You are loved and will be missed by all.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Venice, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Published in The Telegraph on November 13, 2012

Mildred "Millie" T. Willie, age 85, of Venice, FL passed away quietly with her loving family by her side on November 9, 2012. Millie was a native of Washington D.C., born October 27, 1927 to the late Charles and Mildred Cumming.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest "Ernie" Willie.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Ron) Gibson, Janet (Larry) Harrod and Andrea (Tommy) Blankenship; son, Steven Willie and wife, Donna; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and her brother, Richard Cumming. "Mom is our guardian angel sitting upon our shoulders, whispering her words of wisdom to use as we grow older".

In keeping with Ernie and Millie's wishes, a graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Venice, Sarasota Co., FL, Obituary

Venice Gondolier Sun (FL) - March 13, 2013

Deceased Name: Sonya Bryde Craig

Sonya Bryde Craig, 48, of Venice, Fla., passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Born Sonya Kay Blankenship in Detroit, Mich. on Mar. 3, 1964, she was the daughter of Cal and Shirley (Webb) Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sonya moved to Venice in 1984 and the following year began a long career at Venice Hospital, initially as a Unit Clerk in Critical Care, then as a Rehab Tech in Cardiac Rehab and later as a visiting Home Health Aide. After being away from Critical Care for quite a few years Sonya had only recently returned to work there as a PCA Tech. She was thrilled to be back and said it was like going home after all those years. Throughout her life she truly enjoyed caring for others and was dedicated to her patients, clients, family and friends. Sonya was also the devoted and proud mom of her canine 'boys' Dylan and Cody, whom she adored.

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her husband of many years Chris, his daughter Tiffany Lindner (Philip); granddaughter Zoey Bryde, and grandson Brayden Lindner, all of Venice. Also surviving are her sister Christine Ciempola (Joe); nephews Brian Green, Justin, Stanley (Joe) and Christian Ciempola of Anderson, S.C.; her coworker and good friend Ranee Knoke of Venice and her lifelong best friend forever, Paula Howard of Madisonville, Tenn. In her home state of Michigan, Sonya is survived by her Aunt Peggy McCartney (Bob), Aunt Bonnie Webb; and cousin Jessica of Livonia, Mich.. and many other family members.

Services: A memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the Reformed Community Church, 1600 Banyan Drive (at Center Road) in Venice. In accordance with Sonya's wishes, inurement and placement in Gulf Pines Memorial Park in Englewood, Fla. has already occurred.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Shirley, 42, 02Jun1937 - ??Dec1979, (Taylor, Wayne, MI), MI- 375-38-5165

 

Sarasota Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Philip E. 64, 13Mar1947 - 08Jun2011, Sarasota, Sarasota, FL, VA-226-64-8980

 

Seminole

 

2014, Geneva, Seminole Co., FL, Obituary

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - January 23, 2014

Ruby Geraghty, 72, of Geneva, FL was born, May 8, 1941 and passed away January 17, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her father, Forest Foote; sister, Effie Kirkland; first husband, John J. Geraghty, Jr.

Ruby is survived by a Mother-Martha Foote; Life Partner of 22 yrs, CPT. Carl Leban; Sisters: Mary (Dave) Cox, La Verne (David) Hodges and Debbie (Bill) Tate; Sons: Robert, Donald, and Jesse; Daughter: Virginia (Rich) Blankinship; Grandchildren: Samantha Geraghty, Randall Geraghty, Jack Blankinship; and Great Grandchild: Ryleigh Geraghty. A beloved daughter, mother, sister and friend; your beautiful smile will be missed. You were taken away from us too soon.

Funeral services will be held 10 AM Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Aloma Baptist Church in Winter Park, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Longwood, Seminole Co., FL, Obituary

Daily Gate City (Keokuk, IA) - August 25, 2011

Tamara "Tammy" Jean Cady, 58, of Longwood, Fla., formerly of Keokuk, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Keokuk Area Hospital. She was born on May 22, 1953, in Keokuk, the daughter of Sam and Virginia Wedel Cady.

She married Gary Peevler in June 1974. They later divorced. She graduated from Keokuk High School with the Class of 1971. Tammy was a charter member of the Little Feathers at KHS. She had been a resident of Longwood for the past 14 years, where she owned and operated Tammy's Cleaning Service. When she lived in Keokuk she had been employed at Beef, Bread & Brew and Keokuk Gas Company. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Altamonte, Fla. Tammy's grandson, Jordan, was the pride and joy of her life. Her greatest enjoyment was watching him play baseball and karate. Tammy was a people person and enjoyed visiting with people. She was always thinking of others and willing to help them in any way she could. Tammy loved decorating for the holidays, not just at Christmas, but at all the holidays throughout the year.

Survivors include: a daughter, Haley Peevler Hall and her husband, Jason, of Longwood; her grandson, Jordan Hall of Longwood; her father, Sam Cady of Keokuk; a sister, Janyce Blankenship and her husband, James, of Fayetteville, Ark.; a nephew, Ryan Blankenship and his wife, Lindsey, of Denver, Colo.; a niece, Jada Blankenship of Denver; and Tammy's special friend, J. A. Jurgens of Longwood and his daughter, Amanda.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Arns; her grandparents, Perry Cady, Verona and Willie Gatton and William and Myrtle Cruze; two uncles, Frank "Butch" Cady and Allison Wedel; and two aunts, Mildred Gouty and Mabel Childers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vigen Memorial Home, Keokuk, with Brother Bill Hauser officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Keokuk.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Longwood, Seminole Co., FL, Obituary

The Orlando Sentinel, (FL) - August 28, 2011

Cady, Tamara "Tammy" Jean, 58, of Longwood, FL, formerly of Keokuk, IA, died Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA. She was born on May 22, 1953 in Keokuk, IA, the daughter of Sam and Virginia Wedel Cady. A resident of Longwood, FL for the past fourteen years, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Altamonte Springs, FL.

She is survived by her daughter, Haley Peevler Hall and her husband Jason Hall; her grandson, Jordan Hall, who was the pride and joy of her life, of Longwood, FL; her father, Sam Cady of Keokuk, IA; one sister, Janyce Blankenship and her husband James Blankenship , of Fayetteville, AR; one nephew, Ryan Blankenship and his wife Lindsey of Denver, CO; one niece, Jada Blankenship of Denver, CO; and Tammy's special friend, J.A. Jurgens of Longwood, FL and his daughter, Amanda Jurgens.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Keokuk, IA. and she was buried in the Oakland Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2012, Longwood, Seminole Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.mayeswarddobbins.com/obituaries/Avanelle-Blankenship/#/Obituary

AvaNelle Chastain Blankenship, 80 of Longwood, Fla. died Friday, March 9, 2012. Her Funeral Service will be 11:00am on Monday, March 12, 2012 at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel in Marietta with Rev. Dr. Brian Germano and Rev. Jim Perry officiating.

Mrs. Blankenship is daughter of the late Otis Chastain and Gertrude Chastain Watson. She is also proceeded in death by her step-father Harold Watson, two brothers, Jerry Chastain and Benjamin Chastain. Mrs. Blankenship was born in Epworth, Ga. She graduated Acworth High School in 1948. Mr. & Mrs. Blankenship are members of SanLando United Methodist Church in Longwood, Fla.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, William A. Blankenship; sister, Jo Mantell (Robert) of Kennesaw, Ga.; brother, James Chastain (Anne) of Marietta, Ga.; two sister-in-laws, Sandra Chastain of Oneonta, Ala. and Clara Ingram of Mobile, Ala.; one brother-in-law, Charles Blankenship of Birmingham, Ala.; nieces and nephews, Bob Mantell, Jr., Tracy Mantell (Goddaughter), Stephanie Colkitt (Scooter), Linda Alexander (Obrien), Jerry Chastain (Tammy), Jason Chastain (Kendee), Allen Chastain (Jessica), Jerry Chastain (Hope), Judson Chastain (Nicole); several great nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Suwannee

 

Suwannee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Cynthia G. 82, 21Nov1928 - 03Jul2011, Live Oak, Suwannee, FL, FL-262-32-3689

Blankenship, Homer L. 82, 30Sep1927 - 13Jun2010, Live Oak, Suwannee, FL, FL-267-28-1215

 

Taylor

 

+2012, Perry, Taylor Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Arbutus-Blankenship/#/Obituary

Mrs. Arbutus Boo Blankenship, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Huntington, West Virginia. Mrs. Blankenship was born on September 5, 1924 in Newtown, West Virginia to her parents, Andrew Morris Sipple and the late former Marietta (Hatfield) Sipple.

Mrs. Blankenship had been a resident of Perry, Florida since 1953. She graduated from Matewan High School, and attended Concord College with a degree in Education, attended Peabody University, (which is now Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee), where she received her Masters degree in Administration. She worked in the Taylor County School System as a Teacher for 38 years, was Dean of Girls, Assistant Principal and Principal at Taylor County High School where she retired in 1983.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Blankenship, a sister, Cordella Sipple Copley Banks, brothers, Morris Sipple, Merritt Sipple, and a nephew, Sidney Morris Copley.

She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. Family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 1pm. Intombment will be held at Pineview Memorial Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Volusia

 

+2012, Daytona Beach, Volusia Co., FL, Obituary

Harrisburg Daily Register (IL) - April 16, 2012

Blanche (Thompson) Jones, 88, died peacefully in her sleep at the Port Orange (hospice) Care Center in Port Orange, Fla., at 12:15 a.m. on April 13, 2012. Blanche was a former resident of Lake of Egypt, Marion, but had been residing with her daughter, Samantra Wolf, in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the past several years while suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Blanche was born at home at Walnut Grove on April 20, 1924, to Arthur and Polly (Gaskins) Thompson and was the third youngest of 11 siblings. Blanche graduated valedictorian of her class from Galatia High School, Galatia, in 1942 and married Sam Jones of Harrisburg later that year.

Sam preceded her in death in 1987. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Polly; three brothers, Harry, Raymond and Lewis Thompson; and seven sisters, Irene Hayes and Betty Byron of Harrisburg; Mabel Strickland, Mt Carmel; Florence Blankenship and Hazel Forrester of the Alton area; Vivian Mayfield of Marion; and Edith Cox of Katawa, Ky.

Surviving children and grandchildren are: a daughter, Samantra Wolf, Daytona Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Brenda G. Johnson, Carbondale; a son, Casey Jones, residing outside the continental U.S.; several granddaughters: Angela Stout, Lic. Cosmetologist, Harrisburg; renowned artist, Rebecca Wollesen, B.A., Portland, OR; Dr. Amy Wolf, D.C., Brooklyn, NY; Stephanie Langley, R.N., B.S.N.; and Brandy Rector, L.P.A., Galatia; Abigail Stewart, B.S., Realtor, West Frankfort; and Sara Mitchell, Coos Bay, Ore. Great-grandchildren include Ryan and Jordan Langley, Galatia; David, Luke and Andrew Morris, West Frankfort; Damon Jackson and Lea Rector, Galatia; Sabrina Stout, A.P.N.-F.N.P; Danae' Stout, B.A., B.J.; and Kaitlin Stout, B.A., all of Harrisburg; and Blaze and Ronan Mitchell, Coos Bay, Ore. There are also two great-great-granddaughters, Josalin Rae, expected to arrive in early May 2012, and Olive Blanche, arrival date to be announced at a later date.

Blanche owned/operated Lake of Egypt Realty and was the real estate broker on Lake of Egypt for over 35 years; first there, and then as a co-broker with Century 21 House of Realty, Elaine Melby, Owner/Broker. She was a member of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Realtors Association for over 35 years and acted as Secretary and/or Treasurer for Lake of Egypt Property Owner's Assoc. for over 25 years. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2003, forcing her to retire from real estate. Blanche dedicated many happy years of her life to the improvement of the Lake of Egypt community doing the ground work necessary to promote the establishment of the LOE Water District and the LOE Fire District in the 1970s and 80s, and as a founding member of the Lake of Egypt Christian Church in beautiful Sunset Harbor. She volunteered often at her church as well as at the Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin, the Ministerial Alliance thrift store in Goreville and the Min. All. Soup Kitchen in Marion, among other places.

Blanche maintained a home in Sunset Harbor as long as she was able. She has spent the past few years in the capable and loving care of her daughter, Samantra Wolf, R.N., in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. April 18, officiated by the Rev. Leroy Waggoner. There will be a time of visitation and fellowship from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 preceding the service at Lake of Egypt Christian Church, 12102 Malibu Lane, Sunset Harbor, Lake of Egypt, Marion. A private burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Saline County. Blanche will be lain to rest overlooking the fields of the old farm where she was born in April, 1924.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Daytona Beach, Volusia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 9, 2013

Virginia Carroll Johnson, born June 7, 1922 - died April 27, 2013.

Preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Johnson; brothers, Ernest (Red) Carroll, Robert Carroll, Bill Carroll; sister, Ruby Tabor; nine half brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her four children: Joyce Herndon, Butch Johnson, Rusty Johnson, Vicki Heiden; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grand-children; ten great-great-grandchildren; and four sisters: Catherine Morris, Thelma Smith, Elizabeth Blankenship, and Charlene Blankenship. You will be greatly missed.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Daytona Beach, Volusia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 28, 2014

Dorothy Ostroff Bowles passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on the 24th of May 2014. Born 1931 in Chelsea, MA, she has been a resident of Florida for over 70 years, 63 of which were with her husband, Eugene F. Bowles.

Dorothy loved her arts and spent 20 years as a member of the Palette and Brush Club. She served 3 years as president and was instrumental in arranging various art shows and displays in many of the surrounding communities. She enjoyed gardening and loved her birds that came to eat year round.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her best friend, 'Beau', her Labrador retriever and sister, Pauline Moss.

She is survived by her Husband, Eugene F. Bowles, her sister, Shirley Berquist, daughters, Karen Bowles Allen (Ross), Regina Bowles Blankenship (Kent) and Catherine Bowles Smith (Emory), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Lohman Funeral Home Daytona, located at 1423 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

DeLand, Volusia Co., FL, Death

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Oct. 12, 2013

Robert F. Blankenship, 34, DeLand, a foreman in the construction industry, died Wednesday.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Holly Hill, Volusia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in TBO.com on May 23, 2014

David Blankenship, 47, of Holly Hill died May 22, 2014.

He is survived by his loving family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Orange City, Volusia Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on January 25, 2013

Barbara Lou Thomas (Blankenship) of Orange City, FL, passed away on January 22, 2013 at the age of 61 [1952].

She is survived by her children, Allen (Meg) Blankenship of Savannah, GA, Jeremiah (Angela) Sanom of Danville, VA and Jennifer (Ryan) Otto of Enterprise, AL; nine grandchildren; brother Ernest Blankenship; sisters, Rhonda (Oran) Bacon and Sue Summars; nieces, nephews and dear friends. Barbara's laughter and kind heart will be missed by all.

Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday (Jan 26) 12-2 PM at Deltona Memorial Funeral Home where a memorial service will follow at 2 PM.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Ormond Beach, Volusia Co., FL, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - May 1, 2014

Mrs. Betty (Foy) Grant; Born on May 5, 1923 in Bluefield, VA, she was the daughter of Thomas Beavers and Lexye (Clifton) Reed. She earned her diploma at Iaeger High School where she was active in the French Club and as a varsity cheerleader. After graduation, she met Ray Foy from Davy, WV. They were married in 1941 and moved to Southern Pines, NC. There Ray trained as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and then served in the European Theatre of World War II. After the war ended, they lived in Logan, then relocated to Madison, WV and raised a family. Following the illness and death of Ray, Betty later married Robert Grant and eventually moved to Florida.

Betty was an active citizen and civic leader in Madison where she worked as a nurse's aide at the Boone County Hospital, was a 70-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and patron of the Garden Club. Mrs. Grant was also an ardent supporter of numerous civic and community organizations. She was a member of the Madison United Methodist Church, Madison Women's Club, Madison PTA and the Boone County Young Republicans. She served as an Election Official at the Voting Polls and was elected and served with effectiveness as the President of the Madison City Council. She was active in numerous civic projects and social events that benefited the greater Madison area, notably the creation of a Community Center, hosting holiday dances and excursions to The Greenbrier. She won the Christmas Home Decorating Trophy multiple times and supported the Scott HS "Skyhawks" Band Parents and Athletics Boosters Clubs.

In Florida, Mrs. Grant continued her civic endeavors by serving several terms as the President of the Trails Homeowners Association. She was a doting mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, voracious reader, world traveler, Civil War buff and terrific dancer. She lived a full and fruitful life leaving behind many lasting footprints and faithful friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband (and father of her children) Ray, husband Bob, brothers T. B. and Jim, and her sister Dorothy.

She is survived by her beloved sister Helen Blankenship of Bluefield, WV, dear brother Grant of Oldsmar, FL, devoted daughter Betty Friedl (Joe) of Vienna, VA, loving son Tom (Frances Workman) of Tupelo, MS, 4 successful grandsons, 8 precious great-grandchildren (at last count) and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for friends and family will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 3rd at the Handley Funeral Home in Danville, WV. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm with Interment to take place at the Boone Memorial Park in Madison, WV. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and their fathers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1930 Census, Iaeger, McDowel Co., WV,

Reed, Thomas B. 39, M, WV, Head,

Reed, Lexye L. 31, F, VA, Wife,

Reed, Helen C. 13, F, WV, Dau,

Reed, Thomas B. Jr. 10, M, WV, Son,

Reed, Dorothy R. 10, F, WV, Dau,

Reed, Grant A. 07, M, WV, Son,

Reed, Elizabeth R. 06, F, WV, Dau,

Reed, James C. 04, M, WV, Son,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XMH8-55L

 

Wakulla

 

+2011, Crawfordville, Wakulla Co., FL, Obituary

The Bay City Times, (MI) - March 20, 2011

Mersdorf, Roy Edward, of Crawfordville, FL formerly of Bay City, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at his residence, age 62. He was born October 28, 1948 in Bay City.

Roy was a graduate of T.L. Handy High School and served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He has been a resident of Florida for the last 20 years. Roy worked as a machinist and he was a certified diver, licensed pilot, sailboat captain and was also a gunsmith. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and was an avid hunter.

Roy is survived by his wife and her two grown children; his father, Roy C. Mersdorf of Bay City; his two daughters, Joy and Angela; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother, Ike Mersdorf of Canyon Lake, Texas; five sisters: Linda (Dave) Blankenship of Bay City, Becky (Dennis) Malusi of Cedar Springs; Theresa (Ron) Perkins of Canyon Lake, Texas, Ellen Switala of Bay City and Gina (John) Syring of Bay City; and several nieces and nephews.

Roy was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia (Richardson) Mersdorf.

A celebration of Roy's life will be held this summer at his request

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2011, Crawfordville, Wakulla Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on September 4, 2011

Milton Samuel "Jake" Alcorn, 75, of Crawfordville, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, EDT, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey Young Chapel (850/926-3333) in Crawfordville.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a longtime resident of Tallahassee, he retired to Crawfordville in 2005 and spent much of his retirement on the golf course. Mr. Alcorn spent 30 years as a driver for Trailways Bus Line and retired from Greyhound following Trailways' sale. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen L. Alcorn of Crawfordville; two sons, Robert Alcorn and his wife Lanier of Tallahassee and Greg Alcorn of Crawfordville; a daughter, Shawna Pelt of Crawfordville; and his sister, Thelma Mealman of Jacksonville. Also surviving are three granddaughters, Austin McCord, Allison Blankenship and Brittany Pelt; one grandson, Jacob Pelt; and a great-granddaughter, Hailey Blankenship

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Wakulla Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

Blankenship, Robert Lee 83, 09Apr1927 - 13Dec2010, Crawfordville, Wakulla, FL, MO-498-24-0642

 

Walton

 

+2011, DeFuniak Springs, Walton Co., FL, Obituary

http://www.clary-glenn.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=1193279&fh_id=11231

Mr. Charles Darrell Blankenship, age 92, passed away this earthly life to his heavenly life on June 24, 2011. Darrell was born on October 21, 1918 on the family homestead in the Sandy Creek Community in Holmes County, Florida.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp from October 1937 through October 1938. He then went to Panama City and worked at the International Paper Company. During World War II, he worked at the Wainwright Shipyard in Panama City. He also served in United States Coast Guard Reserves as a volunteer during WWII. He farmed after returning to Holmes County in the mid 1940s. He also worked in surveying and retired from the Deltona Corp in 1979. He took an active role on the family farm for many years.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years Lillian Ramer Blankenship; his parents Charlie D . and Arkie Whitton Blankenship; his brothers Wyman and Darius Blankenship and sister Irene Padgett. Darrell was highly respected and loved.

Darrell is survived by his children Dolores Ann Cook and husband Jim and Glenda Jane Goodwin and husband Cecil, Elton Darrell Blankenship and Christopher D. Blankenship; his grandchildren Timothy Goodwin and wife Cammie of Enterprise, Alabama, Cecilia Wiley of Theodore, Alabama, Brian Goodwin and wife Dana of Troy, Alabama, Jason L. Cook and wife Jeri Ann of Bulgaria, Europe; great grandchildren Rhiannon Blankenship Sutton and husband William of Ponce De Leon, Florida, Christopher Dakota Blankenship of Vernon, Florida, Caleb Davis Blankenship of Cheraw, South Carolina, Lillian Kayla, Grace and Christy Goodwin, Bailey and Brinley Goodwin, Shane and Brandon Wiley all of Alabama, Sofia B. Cook of Bulgaria, Europe, two great great grandchildren Lillian Hope Sutton aka Lilly and Braylon William Sutton. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Sandy Creek Baptist Church; 1125 Line Road, Ponce De Leon, Florida 32455 with Reverends Shep Eubanks, Kenneth Harrison and Toby Stone officiating. Burial will follow in the Sandy Creek Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Washington

 

2014, Chipley, Washington Co., FL, Obituary

Published in Panama City News Herald on Feb. 2, 2014

Steve Matthews Walters Sr. age 57, of Chipley, Fla., passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in his deer stand doing his favorite thing, hunting. Steve was born March 31, 1956 in Panama City, Fla., to the late Roy Walters and Laverne (Newsome) Walters. He had been a resident of Washington County since 1985, coming from Panama City, Fla., and had been a maintenance tech at Sunny Hills Golf Course.

In addition to his father, he is predeceased by his wife, Donna Walters.

Survivors include his mother, Laverne Walters of Panama City, Fla., his loving companion, Norma Earnest of Chipley, Fla., one son, Steve Matthews Walters, Jr. and wife Angela of Sunny Hills, Fla., one daughter, Dawn Spooner of Chipley, Fla., one brother, Kenny Walters and wife Donna of Panama City, Fla., two sisters, Gail Walters of Bayou George, Fla., Pam Kirkland and husband Eric of Panama City, Fla., four grandchildren, Brittany Spooner, Rachael Spooner, Matthew Walters and Katie Walters, and one great grandchild, Owen Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Main Street Chapel with the Reverend Dell Justice officiating. Interment will follow in Bradford Bridge Cemetery near Wausau, Fla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com