2016-2017, TN, Compiled by James W. Blankenship jkblank1(at)sbcglobal.net

 

Anderson

 

2016, Clinton, Anderson Co., TN, Obituary

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Martha E. VanHuss, age 80, of Clinton, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on January 25, 2016.

She enjoyed quilting, needle work, cooking and working in her yard. She also enjoyed going fishing with her late husband, Jesse VanHuss.Martha was a loving mother and grandmother that devoted her life to her family. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Frances Ann VanHuss; parents, Wiley and Lucretia Wright; sisters, Dorothy Adkins, Patsy Rutherford, Maxie Wiggins, and Myrtle Wright; brothers, Ralph and Leonard Wright.

Survived by: Son, Thomas VanHuss; Daughter, Brenda VanHuss Wilson; Sisters, Annabelle Boshears, Helen Shepherd, Mary Sexton; Grandchildren, Destiny VanHuss, Christopher Wilson, Dustin Murphy and Levi Murphy, Great granddaughter, Daisy May Blankenship

Family and friends will meet at Pleasant View Cemetery on Thursday, January 28th at 2:30 PM for graveside service with Rev. Steve Evans officiating. Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of arrangements. www.holleygamble.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Clinton, Anderson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Nov. 9, 2016

Reverend Edward Martin Asbury, age 83, of Clinton, Tennessee, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016, at his residence.

He enjoyed fishing back in the day, listening to gospel music and reading his Bible. He enjoyed talking to and meeting new people. Ed retired from BWXT-Y12 as a Machine Cleaner. Edward was an associate pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Clinton, TN.

Preceded in death by father, Edward Asbury; mother and step-father, Artie and Alfonso Young; brother-in-laws, Terry Love, Homer March, and Robert L. Dye.

He is survived by sisters, Joyce Dye and Lillie March, of Clinton, TN; nieces, Sonia Dye (Melvin Williams) and Cassandra Love, of Clinton, TN; nephews, Robert "Bobby" Dye (Genia Blankenship) and William "Billy" Love (Heather), of Clinton, TN; great-nieces, Brittany Scalf (Ricky), Brandi Dye, Miranda Love, all of Clinton, TN; great-nephews, Branden Dye, Patrick Love, and Braylen and Brendan Hayden of Clinton, TN; great-great-nephews, Elliot Barnett and Tryston Dye, of Clinton, TN; and a godson, Joseph Hewitt (Lil' Joe) Willis, of Knoxville, TN; special friends, Pastor William Caldwell, Jr., and Rev. Ernest Scruggs of Mount Sinai Baptist Church and Robert Willis, Sr., all of Clinton, TN.

The family will receive friends at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 1:00-3:00 PM, with the funeral service to follow, at 3:00 PM, with Brother Bill Caldwell officiating. Edward's interment will be held at the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery following his funeral service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Oak Ridge, Anderson Co., TN, Obituary

The Oak Ridger, (TN) - July 19, 2016

William "Bill" Harris Hemphill, age 95, passed away peacefully at home with family on June 22, 2016. He was the second son of Alfred Washington Hemphill and Lena Priessinger Hemphill, born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on Feb. 21, 1921.

He graduated from Anson High School in 1940 and joined the Coast Guard shortly after Pearl Harbor. He served on the USS Admiral E.W. Eberle as a Machinist's Mate 2nd class in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean theaters of WWII. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he vowed to attend college. In 1951 he graduated as a civil engineer from Iowa State University and joined Rust Engineering Co. of Birmingham, Ala. He worked primarily with nuclear facilities in Oak Ridge, Tenn., until retirement in 1984.

Bill loved traveling with his wife Ruth, golf, football, Pat Summitt's Lady Vols, swing dancing, and wintering in Las Vegas. A lifelong Christian, he was always ready to help family, friends or strangers in need. As a member of First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge for 40 years, he never hesitated to speak his mind and enlivened many an adult Sunday school class.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary and Genevieve; brother, Henry; former wife, Iris Zerley Hemphill; wife, Ruth Clark Hemphill; daughter, Connie Hemphill Skapik; niece, Nancy Adams; and son-in-law, Brent Dalton.

Bill is survived by daughters, Linda Dalton and Kerry Blankenship (Emmitt); son, Douglas Hemphill; niece, Barbara Hemphill (John); and nephew Robert Smith. He was justly proud of his grandchildren, John Olson, Kristina Weir, Bethney Adams, Jessica and Rachel Hemphill, Matthew and Mark Blankenship, Miriam Skapik, and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at First United Methodist Church (1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge) with a memorial service following at 5 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Oak Ridge, Anderson Co., TN, Obituary

The Oak Ridger, (TN) - September 19, 2017

Robert Morrow, 89, of Oak Ridge, passed away on Sept. 17, 2017. Bob was born to parents, Charles Chester Morrow and Eula Mae Sneed Morrow in Evansville, TN. on March 8, 1928.

He retired from the United States Postal Service, after 45 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp., and a fifty-plus year member of Calvary Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting, but he received so much happiness enjoying his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his church family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, John Morrow and Mildred Day.

Bob is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen Collins Morrow, of Oak Ridge; sons, Bob Morrow and wife, Debi, of Woodstock, GA, and Mike Morrow and wife, Patricia, of Oak Ridge; daughters, Phyllis Blankenship and husband, David, of Claxton, Susie Jenkins and husband, Robert, of Oak Ridge; brothers, Jim and Tommy Morrow, of Dayton, TN; sisters, Merlie Fairchild, Ruth Mikeal, Jamie Arnold, Phoebe Frazier, Wanda Garrison and Trit Majors, all of Dayton, TN and Peggy Crowley, of Chattanooga; grandchildren, Russ Beaty and his wife, Catherine and Alan Beaty and his wife, Rachel, of Oneida and Jason Morrow and wife, Lauren and Jodie Morrow Reister and husband, Tim, of Marietta, GA, and Walt Blankenship and wife, Laura, of Maryville; and thirteen great-grandchildren

The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church, 163 N. Jefferson Circle, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830with Dr. Steve McDonald officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Anderson Co., TN, Marriage: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNC1-MFZ

Lloyd David Blankenship - Phyllis Ann Morrow - 18Dec1970

 

Lloyd David Blankenship b.15Aug1949 Kingston, TN:

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPG8-M41

Relatives - Phyllis M. Blankenship, Walt Blankenship.

 

+2017, Oak Ridge, Anderson Co., TN, Death

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Jesse-Blankenship-105339368

Jesse Blankenship, October 2, 2017, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Oak Ridge, Anderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.jacksonfuneralservices.com/notices/Jesse-Blankenship

Jesse Greasy Blankenship, 75, of Oak Ridge went to his heavenly home on October 2, 2017 at Methodist Medical Center. 

He was a mechanic for over 40 years. He had a passion for hot rods and a love for Mountain Dews. Greasy was a kind and gentle soul and a friend to many.

Greasy was preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Bonnie Blankenship; Brothers, Donald, Howard, Bruce, and Earl Blankenship; Sister, Dorothy Blankenship Yearwood; Brother-in-law, Fred Burnette and nephews, Terry, Bobby and Greg Burnette.

Greasy is survived by sisters, Nina Burnette of Oliver Springs, Brenda Gibson and husband, David of Harriman, and Carolyn Blankenship of Coalfield; Several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. Helen Smurf Alexander and Joe Henderson were considered very special friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Big Mountain Baptist Church on October 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm with Bro. Greg Overton officiating.

 

Bedford

 

+2016, Shelbyville, Bedford Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Williamson Daily News from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2016

Bobby Ray Rutherford, age 64, of Shelbyville, Tenn., passed away Monday, March 7, 2016, at his residence. Born September 2, 1951 at Sprigg, WV, he was a son of the late Clarence and Stella McCoy Rutherford.

Bob was a quiet man that enjoyed nature, hunting, and simple things in life. He was baptized at 14 years of age and he believed in God. He retired from General Motors.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers: Jack, Darryl, Glenn, and Larry Rutherford; two sisters: Donna Jean Pruitt and Doris Ann Blankenship, and his father-in-law, Ray Justice.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Jane Justice Rutherford; two sons, John Wesley (Elisha) Rutherford of Huntington, W.Va., and Michael Ray (Jessica) Rutherford of Shelbyville; three brothers: Charles and Dave Rutherford, both of Michigan, and Jim Rutherford of Arkansas; one sister, Peggy Wolford of Paintsville, Ky.; two granddaughters: Kyla Rutherford and Shelby Dawn Delockery; his mother-in-law, Mildred Phillips Justice of Hardy, Ky., and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 10, from Hatfield Funeral Chapel, 144 Toler Road, Toler, KY 41514 with Bro. Ronnie Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. View Memory Gardens at Huddy, KY, with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Benton

 

+2017, Camden, Benton Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun on July 5, 2017

Mary Gladys Blankenship, 88, Camden, TN, died 7/4.

Arrangements: Dilday-Carter Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Camden, Benton Co., TN, Death

http://www.dilday.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=4283761&fh_id=10692

Mary Gladys Blankenship, 88, of Camden Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at Camden Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on April 12, 1929 to the late Dessie W. and Zula Scott Blankenship.

She was a native of Lexington, TN in Henderson County and a member of the Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by 3 brothers, Charlie W. Blankenship, Royal A. Blankenship, and Gilbert S. Blankenship.

Survivors include: Sisters, Pat Waugh of Knoxville, TN, Linda Bielecki of Denton, MD, Mary Sue Banning of Fredericksburg, VA; Brothers, James A. Blankenship of Decatur, AL, E. Ray Blankenship of New Johnsonville, TN; and 22 Nieces and Nephews.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date. Dilday-Carter Funeral Home is in charge (731)986-8281 or www.dilday.com

 

Bledsoe

 

+2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - January 25, 2016

Ellen Troy Holland, 77 [1939], passed away Jan. 22, 2016.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. CST Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in the Pikeville Funeral Home chapel.

Burial in Blankenship Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, District 1, Bledsoe Co., TN,

Troy, Woodford 26, M, AR, Head,

Troy, Alberta 25, F, TN, Wife,

Troy, Ellen 01, F, TN, Dau,

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K44Q-GYH

 

2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Obituary

Crossville Chronicle (TN) - March 3, 2016

Melvin Beecher Smith Sr., 94, of Pikeville, went home to be with the Lord on March 1, 2016.

Beecher retired from the Highway Department as the state highway supervisor and was also a former Bledsoe County road superintendent. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Beecher was a life long, card carrying, member of the Republican Party. Beecher served in both the U.S. Army and Coast Guard.

Beecher was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Smith; parents, William Darius and Sarah Warner Smith; children, Gerald and Jimmy Smith; grandchild, Ivan Smith; great-grandchild, Keith Smith; and siblings, Belle Stonecipher, Oma Lee Farmer, Jack Smith, Elizabeth Pendergrass, Verlon Smith, Shirley Smith, Hoyt Smith, Billy Smith and Ivan Smith.

Left behind to cherish Beecher's memory are his children, Melvin (Charlotte) Smith, Sharon (Denny) Woodsmall, Sheila Stone, Alan Smith, Gwen (Darryl) Woodall and Angela (Phillip) Hankins; grandchildren, Gerald Smith, Dwayne Smith, Bobby (Angela) Angel, Christy (Bob) Hearne, Joann (Joey) Simmons, Monica (Ronald) Blankenship, Shauna (Nick) Patton, Marie Stone, Candy (Raymond) Reel, Michael (Jessica) Hannah, Amanda (Eric) Morgan, Adrian Hankins, Dylan Hankins, Cameron Hankins, Jim Smith, Brian Smith, Kevin Smith and Mechelle Brody; 38 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Farrell(Ethelene) Smith, Verna Franklin, Susie Godbout and Paul (Mary Lou) Smith; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.

A celebration of Beecher's life will be held in the Pikeville Funeral Home chapel at 2 p.m. CST on Friday, March 4, 2016, with Bro. Doyle Ashburn and Bro. Milton Kerr officiating. Burial will be in the Beecher & Eunice Smith Family Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Obituary

Crossville Chronicle (TN) - March 14, 2016

Stephen Alan Smith, 59, of Pikeville, went home to be with the Lord on March 10, 2016.

Alan served as a Bledsoe County School Board member from 19942013. He was also a member of the Bledsoe County Genealogical Society, Historical Society and the March of Dimes. He loved traveling, trains, photography and was a history buff. Alan was a member of Lee Station Baptist Church.

Alan was preceded in death by parents, Beecher and Eunice Smith; brothers, Gerald and Jimmy Smith; nephew, Ivan Smith; great-nephew, Keith Smith; and several aunts and uncles.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his siblings, Melvin (Charlotte) Smith, Sharon (Denny) Woodsmall, Shelia Stone, Gwen (Darryl) Woodall and Angela (Phillip) Hankins; nieces and nephews, Gerald, Dwayne, Jim, Brian and Kevin Smith, Mechelle Brodley, Bobby (Angela) Angel, Christy (Bob) Hearne, Joann (Joey) Simmons, Monica (Ronald) Blankenship, Shauna (Nick) Patton, Marie Stone, Candy (Raymond) Reel, Michael (Jessica) Hannah, Amanda (Eric) Morgan, Cameron Hankins, and his special care-givers Adrian and Dylan Hankins; several aunts, uncles, great-nieces, great-nephews; and a host of friends.

A celebration of Alan's life will be held 1 p.m. CDT Monday in the Pikeville Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Bill Wolfe and Bro. T. A. Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Beecher and Eunice Smith Family Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Randy-Delon-Reagan-103485389

Randy Delon Reagan, November 2, 1958 - April 13, 2016, Pikeville, Tennessee

Funeral will be Saturday April 16 at 11:00 a.m. DST in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Blankenship Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

https://www.smokykin.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I223&tree=Smokykin

Son of Wayne June Reagan, b. 27 Mar 1923, d. 10 Jul 2010 & Ollie Loucille Bickford, b. 2 Jun 1929

 

2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - April 16, 2016

Randy Reagan, 57, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016.

Services are Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m., CDT, at the Putnam-Reed Funeral Home chapel Hwy 127 South, Pikeville, TN. Burial in Blankenship Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Funeral

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - August 12, 2016

Howard Mathes, 80, died Aug. 10, 2016.

Service will be Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at 10 a.m. CDT in the Pikeville Funeral Home chapel. Burial in Blankenship Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Chattanooga Times Free Press from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2016

Charles Moody, 86, died Oct. 12, 2016.

Service will be Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, at 1 p.m., with burial in Blankenship Cemetery. Visitation is today, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Online condolences can be made at www.pikevillefuneralhome.com. Pikeville Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Blount

 

2016, Alcoa, Blount Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.mccammonammonsclick.com/obituary/Sharon-Susan-Pesterfield/Alcoa-TN/1647609

Sharon Susan "Suzy" Pesterfield age 65 [1951] of Alcoa passed away Saturday August 20, 2016 at Blount Memorial Hospital, [Maryville, Blount Co., TN].

She was retired from the ALCOA and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her brother Charles Blankenship.

She is survived by her husband Arnold Pesterfield, sons, Floyd Renfro and Arnold Pesterfield Jr. Daughters, Tracee Green, Ashley Renfro James, Christian Russell, Amy Pesterfield. Grandchildren, Cody Renfro, Payton Renfro, Bailey Renfro and Tyra Pesterfield. Great grand children, Joey Russell, Austin Russell and Brody Russell. Brothers, Kenneth Blankenship and Bob Blankenship. Sisters, Bernice Mills and Linda Garren. Special friends, Judy Sutton, Ria Hopkins and Mary Lewis. Several neices and nephews.

A memorial service will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Thomas officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Maryville, Blount Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 8, 2016

John R. "Big John" Guffey, age 66 of Maryville passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, [Knoxville, Knox Co., TN].

John enjoyed golf and cooking, and was employed at Bearden Banquet Hall.

Preceded in death by his father, Roy Guffey; mother, Hettie Allen Guffey; brother, Fred Guffey; sister, Stella Guffey Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Whiting Guffey; daughter, Amanda Rhea Guffey; brothers, Edward Guffey, Virgil Guffey, and Bobby Guffey; sisters, Barbara Blankenship, and Sandra Hudgins; nieces, Audrey and Jesse Reagan and their children, Damien Nance, Trenton and Ally Francis, and Semyah and Lexy Whitted; and a large extended family and a host of friends.

A memorial service at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 in the Smith Chapel with Bill Clabough officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove Cemetery for the inurnment.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Maryville, Blount Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Times, (Maryville, TN) - April 5, 2017

Clarence Edwin McMahan, 94, of Maryville, joined his beloved wife, Katherine, in heaven on April 1, 2017. They were married in Dalton, Ga., on January 13, 1944, being wed nearly 73 years. He passed peacefully at Ben Atchley Veterans Home in Knoxville, [Knox Co., TN].

Known as "Mac" to his work colleagues at Alcoa's North Plant, he retired in 1986 after 44 years of service as a Millwright. Clarence was very proud to have served his country in the Army Air Corps during WWII as an airplane mechanic in the South Pacific. Mr. McMahan was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church. He worked hard his entire life and enjoyed maintaining his home and helping his family with projects and chores.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Sam McMahan and Maude Cogdill of Newport; wife, Katherine McMahan; son, Steve McMahan; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Jean McMahan; sister, Mary Ottinger; sister and brother-in -law, Patricia and Jack Ottinger; brother, Ivan Blankenship ; brother and sister-in-law, Geoffry and Rue McMahan; father-in-law, C.A. Leonard of Alcoa; brother-in-law, Bill Perry of Florida.

Survivors include son, Michael (Kay) of Maryville; daughter-in-law, Rita McMahan of Clinton; granddaughter, Kara Potts (Jimmy) of St. Augustine, Fla; grandson, David McMahan (Michelle) of Maryville; sister-in-law, Betty Tallent (Claude) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Lilly and Katie Potts, Tucker and Ansley McMahan; brother-in-law, Trent Ottinger of Parrottsville, TN; special friend of the family, Jean Presley from Fairview United Methodist Church. A special thanks to neighbors, Laverne and Sharon Prince and Dan and Mary Wightman.

Funeral services will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gilbert Harris and Rev Mickey Rainwater officiating. Family and friends will meet at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Sherwood Mausoleum for the entombment service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Maryville, Blount Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Times, (Maryville, TN) - August 19, 2017

Bobbie (BJ) Jenkins Davis, age 69, went home to be with Jesus on August 16, 2017, at a Knoxville health care facility, [Knox Co., TN]. BJ was born July 5, 1948, in Greenback, TN, to the late Bob and Annie Jenkins.

Left to cherish her memory, one son, Steve Blankenship, four sisters and one brother. Several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends also survive.

A graveside service will be held at Hopewell Springs Cemetery in Madisonville on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Sylvester.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bradley

 

2017, Charleston, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - January 14, 2017

Larry "Tator" Duggan, 64, a lifelong resident of Charleston, passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at his home.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was also retired from Bowater. He was a member of Charleston First Baptist Church. He enjoyed his time outdoors on his tractor and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Herman Earl Duggan and Myrtle Kathleen Robinson Duggan; brother, Doug E. Duggan; and brother-in-law, Houston "Cotton" Shamblin.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann "Tootie" Duggan; sons: Jacob Duggan and Joseph Duggan; grandchildren: Peyton Duggan and Elle Duggan; siblings: Phyllis Shamblin, David Duggan (Gayle), John Duggan (Deborah), Kathy Duggan, Janet Newport (Larry) and Robin Blankenship (Steve); sisters-in-law: Ann Duggan and Hazel Duggan; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in the chapel of Fike-Randolph and Son Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Nelson officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens with his nephews Johnny Duggan, Kevin Duggan, Cody Duggan, David Will Blankenship, Brandon Bryant and Tyler Davis serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Geren, Jimmy Varnell and Jimmy "Silver Tooth" Benson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - January 6, 2016

Charles Joseph "Joe" Braddam, 46, a resident of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. He was born on Oct. 7, 1969, in San Antonio, Texas, to the late Ellis Levi Braddam and Amanda Bullock.

He was an employee of Paladin Attachments in Ooltewah. He was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, two sons: Austin and Kyle Polus; brother, Raymond Braddam; sisters: Connie Shafer and Rosa Holts; two special uncles: Jack Braddam and Richard Blankenship; a special aunt, Marie Blankenship; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.

A celebration service of Joe's life will be held on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at 6 p.m. at Companion Funeral Home, 2419 Georgetown Road N.W., with the Rev. Guinn Green officiating the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - March 31, 2016

Clara Catlett, 83 [1933], a resident of Cleveland, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016, at the family residence. She was the daughter of the late, Stella Blankenship Baldwin and Earl Baldwin.

She was employed with Walmart in the Fabric Department with more than 18 years of service. She loved to sew, quilt, working in her flower garden, bird watching but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She attended the Philippi Baptist Church.

Her husband, Roy Lee Catlett; son, Dennis Roy Catlett; sister, Irene Catlett and her constant companion, her dog "Brownie" also preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters: Robin Henry and her husband, Mike, of Cleveland and Susan Torbett and her husband, Oscar of Georgetown; son, Jeffrey Mark Catlett and his wife, Charlotte, also of Georgetown; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers: John Baldwin and his wife, Martha, James Baldwin and his wife, Molene, all of Maryville; and several nieces and nephews.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Friday, April 1, 2016, at 2 p.m. from the Wildwood Avenue Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services with Pastor Sammy Hooker officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as casketbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Calderwood, District 17, Blount Co., TN,

Baldwin, Earl 30, M, TN, Head,

Baldwin, Stella 25, F, TN, Wife,

Baldwin, Clara Lee 07, F, TN, Dau,

Baldwin, Irene 05, F, TN, Dau,

Baldwin, Johny 03, M, TN, Son,

Baldwin, Jimmy 01, M, TN, Son,

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K44W-6C4

 

Marriage 11Apr1931, Blount Co., TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZWV-12C

 

+2016, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - June 4, 2016

Charlsie "Jack" J. Blankenship, 70 [1946], a resident of Cleveland, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, at a local hospital.

He was a retired machine operator at Starkey Printing Company in Chattanooga and was a member of the South Cleveland Church of God. He also attended and was a clerk at the West Cleveland Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Blankenship; and parents: Hoyt and Edith Blankenship.

He is survived by two daughters: Jennifer and Megan Blankenship; three sisters: Wanda Patrick and husband George, Jo Crye, Charlene Geren and husband, Ronnie; and many special nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted Monday, June 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Hobbs officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Andrew Ross, Micheal Moses, Matt Godbee, Eric Faulkner, Jon Hooker and Gary Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - June 10, 2016

Cevia Blankenship, 71, of Cleveland, died on Thursday evening, June 9, 2016, at her home.

Survivors and arrangements will be announced later by Companion Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cevia Marie Blankenship b.31Jul1944 - Cleveland, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KP9Q-4R1

Relatives - Marie Essary, Richard W. Blankenship, William R Essary, William Richard Blankenship, William T Essary.

 

2016, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - August 22, 2016

Herman Cross, 81, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 21, 2016, in a Chattanooga health care facility, [Hamilton Co., TN]. He was the son of the late Maggie Bell Randolph Cross and Isom Earl Cross.

Cross worked for the City of Cleveland for more than 25 years. He loved the outdoors, including fishing and camping. He was a Christian.

His wife, Christine Cross; sons, David Lee Cross and James R. Cross; sister, Willa Mae "Tootsie" Trentham; and his brother-in-law, Howard Trentham, also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughters: Linda Blankenship, Brenda Cross and Glenda Cross, all of Cleveland; sons: Leon Cross and his wife, Lucille, of Ellijay, Ga., and Harold Cross of Cleveland; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, brothers: Cecil Cross and his wife, Linda, of Cleveland, Charles Cross and his wife, Martha, of McDonald; and several nieces and nephews.

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at 2 p.m. from Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services' Wildwood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Fort Hill Cemetery with family and friends serving as casketbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Linda Blankenship b.01Sep1959 Cleveland, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:299B-9N1

Relatives - Billy D. Blankenship, Billy Blankenship, Blankenship Eddy, Eddie Blankenship, Wesley T. Blankenship.

 

+2016, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Regina-Lou-Blankenship-104118620

Regina Lou Blankenship of Cleveland, Tennessee was born on August 15, 1927 and passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

She was married to Arlon.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Friday November 11 2016 at Higgins Funeral Home in Benton TN with the Reverend Jimmy Parm officiating. Interment will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday November 12 2016 in Dill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - January 18, 2017

William Blankenship, 75 [1942], of Cleveland, died this morning, Jan. 17, 2017, at his home.

Survivors and arrangements will be announced by Companion Funeral Home & Crematory.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - January 18, 2017

Richard Blankenship, 75 [1942], a resident of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

He worked as a house painter most of his life in Dalton, Ga., and was an avid fisherman who loved to fish in the Hiwassee River. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Blankenship; parents: Marvin and Onie Blankenship; and sister, Marie Blankenship Weiner.

He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law: Kenneth and Susan Blankenship; sister, Deborah Defore; brother-in-law and caregiver, Jack Braddam; daughter in heart and caregiver, Carol Stevenson; stepdaughter, Tina Brakley; nephews and niece: Clint (Amy) Blankenship, Matt (Alison) Blankenship, Greg (Kim) Defore, and Melinda Defore; and his best friend, "Candyman."

At Richard's request, there will be no public service at this time.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Richard W. Blankenship b.17Aug1941 - Cleveland, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPJP-V6W

Relatives - Cevia Marie Blankenship, William Richard Blankenship.

 

SSDI: Onie B. Blankenship, 31Oct1925 - 01Nov1991, GA

 

Onie Belle Blankenship, Burial - Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVLF-HXTV

 

SSDI Marvin Blankenship, 04Oct1915 - ??Jan1984, Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA: issued: TN

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JRPT-7ZL

 

2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - April 29, 2017

Dr. Steven U. Jarrett, 66, a resident of Cleveland, passed this life peacefully on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at his residence.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Melanie Jarrett.

He is survived by his wife, Editha F. Jarrett of Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law: Lili and Barry Crohn; grandchildren: Katelynne Crohn and Morgan Crohn, all of Atlanta, Ga.; and siblings: Neva Johnson, Judy Morales, Raymond Jarrett Jr. and Kay Blankenship.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church, 2355 Bucks Pocket Road S.E. in Old Fort, with Pastor John Smith officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - May 24, 2017

Charlotte Elise Blankenship died Monday, May 22, 2017, at a local hospital.

Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced by Fike-Randolph & Son Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.fikefh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1967750

Charlotte Elise Blankenship - May 22, 2017 - May 22, 2017

Charlotte Elise Blankenship passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at a local hospital.

She is survived by her parents, Greg and Erin Blankenship of Riceville; twin sister, Kennedy Grace Blankenship; brother, Will Blankenship; paternal grandparents, Robin and Steve Blankenship of Calhoun, maternal grandparents, Willie and Barbara Potter of Cleveland; great grandmother, Beverly Blankenship of Murfreesboro; great grandparents, Juanita Stone of Eldorado, IL and Leroy  and Barbara Wallace of Harrisburg, IL; uncles, Steven (Ashlee) Blankenship and David (Amanda) Blankenship; aunt, Melinda Lane; and several cousins.

A private graveside service will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017 in Shelton Cemetery in McMinn County with the Reverend Harrill Millsaps officiating.

 

Steve Gregory Blankenship - Calhoun, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPJJ-QKB

Relatives - Robin D. Blankenship.

 

2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - June 29, 2017

Wilma Jean Carden Hamilton, 86, Cleveland passed away June 26, 2017, in Johnson City, [Washington Co.,] Tenn. She was born Sept. 3, 1930, in Bradley County.

Jean was a devoted wife for 58 years. She was a generous neighbor and friend, loving sister, aunt and cousin. Most of all, she was "Mother" and "Mamaw" the heart of her family. She was a member of Valley Head United Methodist Church for more than 65 years and held local and district level offices in the United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by husband, J. Paul Hamilton; sister, Sue Gaines; and parents, Clifford and Nina Carden.

Survivors include her children, Joe Hamilton, of Cleveland, Jan Powell, of Chattanooga, Jeff Hamilton, of Soddy-Daisy and Jennifer (George) Blankenship, of Elizabethton; grandchildren, Jessica (Shane) Fortner, Dylan Hamilton, Jacob Blankenship and Natalie Blankenship; great-granddaughter, Margot Fortner; siblings, Charlotte (Paul) Askew, of Chattanooga and Carolyn Carden and Clifford (Gail) Carden Jr., all of Cleveland; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Elihugh Kilgore officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - October 18, 2017

Lela Mae Blankenship West, 93 [1924], passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at an area nursing home.

She loved to sing and when she was younger she sang in church and a few local gospel groups including Freedom Gospel.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, James R. West; parents, Luther and Beatrice Blankenship; and brother, James Blankenship.

She is survived by her son, Jimmy West; grandchildren: Michael West (Melanie) and Tamara Cain (Daniel); great-grandchildren: Elijah West , Emmy West, Jonas West, Preslee Cain, Brantley Cain and Tynslee Cain; and siblings: Donnie Blankenship and Barbara Lambert.

The service will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Serenity of Cleveland Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Johnny Underwood officiating. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Lebanon Cemetery with Michael West, Daniel Cain, Elijah West, Aaron Bedell, Justin Bedell and Jonathan Long serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Freddie-Lee-Blankenship-105500287

Freddie Lee Blankenship, September 8, 1941 - November 17, 2017, Cleveland, TN.

He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam.

Family and friends will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and proceed to the Chattanooga National Cemetery for the 10:30 a.m. committal service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.ralphbuckner.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=2037198

Freddie L. Blankenship, Sr., age 76 [1941], of Cleveland passed away at a family home in Maryville, [Blount Co.,] TN, on Friday morning, November 17, 2017. 

He was a native of Radford, Virginia and spent over 20 years in Orlando, FL, before moving to Cleveland in 2003.  He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam.  His passions in life were camping, collecting coins, and most of all, spending time with his family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daultie Blankenship and Lessie Reed Blankenship; brothers, Richard, Glen, Harold, Daultie, Jr., Herman, and two infant brothers; and grandson Kristopher Blankenship.

He is survived by his children, Rosemarie Baez, of Jacksonville, FL, Barbara Ann Blankenship of Maryville, TN, Andrea Jones and husband David Jones of Cleveland, Sandra Hutcheson and husband Dr. Ricky Hutcheson of Cleveland, Lessie Blankenship of Cleveland, Freddie Blankenship of Orlando, FL, and Robert Kehler Blankenship of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren, Sean Baez, Stephanie Baez, Sabrina Baez, LaShanda Blankenship, Brandi Marcrom, Amanda Pope, Kirstin Hitch, Samantha Hutcheson McClary, Jacob Hutcheson, Clayton Blankenship, Hannah Blankenship, Lucas Duncil, and Delilah Blankenship; 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Family and friends will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and proceed to the Chattanooga National Cemetery for the 10:30 a.m. committal service.  Full military honors and a white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

 

+2017, Cleveland, Bradley Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - November 18, 2017

Freddie L. Blankenship, Sr., 76, of Cleveland, passed away at a family home in Maryville, [Blount Co., TN] on Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2017.

He was a native of Radford, VA, and spent over 20 years in Orlando, FL, before moving to Cleveland in 2003. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. His passions in life were camping, collecting coins, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Daultie Blankenship and Lessie Reed Blankenship; brothers: Richard, Glen, Harold, Daultie, Jr., and Herman; two infant brothers; and grandson, Kristopher Blankenship.

He is survived by his children: Rosemarie Baez, of Jacksonville, Fla., Barbara Ann Blankenship of Maryville, Andrea Jones and husband David Jones of Cleveland, Sandra Hutcheson and husband Dr. Ricky Hutcheson of Cleveland, Lessie Blankenship of Cleveland, Freddie Blankenship of Orlando, Fla., and Robert Kehler Blankenship of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren: Sean Baez, Stephanie Baez, Sabrina Baez, LaShanda Blankenship , Brandi Marcrom, Amanda Pope, Kirstin Hitch, Samantha Hutcheson McClary, Jacob Hutcheson, Clayton Blankenship , Hannah Blankenship , Lucas Duncil, and Delilah Blankenship ; 14 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Family and friends will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and proceed to the Chattanooga National Cemetery for the 10:30 a.m. committal service. Full military honors and a white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Campbell

 

+2016, Caryville, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Ben-Boyd-Lay-103484523

Ben (Boyd) Lay, age 90, of Caryville, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Lafollette Court Assisted Living. He was born on March 6, 1926 to the late Follie and Jessie Sellers Lay.

Boyd was a loving Dad, Papaw and Pa. He was a member and deacon of Ridgeview Baptist Church, Coal Creek Lodge F&AM #492. He was also a veteran of the United States Army having served in World War II. He retired from TVA. Boyd's family and church were his life.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by wife of 51 years, Vera Pauline Silcox Lay, Grandson, Kevin Lay; brothers, James and Paul Lay; sisters, Helen Petrey, Rosa Lee Blankenship, Juanita Davis.

He is survived by sons, Orgel Lay and wife Carolyn, Eldon Lay and wife Barbara, daughter, Regina Worthington and husband Ron. Grandchildren; Keith Lay and wife Beverly, Travis Worthington, Amanda Daniels, Shannon Parrott and Tausha Lay. Great Grandchildren; Tanner and Conner Lay, Adrienne and Autumn Daniels. Several nieces and nephews and friends to mourn his passing.

The family would like to extend their warmest thanks to the staff at Lafollette Court for the loving care they gave him. Special thanks to Tennova Hospice nurse Lisa Leach for making his last days comfortable.

Funeral service will be Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top at 2pm with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rocky Top.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Caryville, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - June 9, 2016

Flossie Irene Phillips, 85 [1931], of Caryville, died June 1. She was a member of Bear Wallow Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Bill Blankenship; Clyde and Ray Stooksbury; sisters, Mae Hatmaker and Ellen Harris.

She is survived by sister, April Woods.

Graveside services were held June 3 in Campbell Memorial Gardens. Martin Wilson Funeral Home of LaFollette was in charge of arrangements

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Billy E., 70, 19Jan1936 - 23Jul2006, La Follette, Campbell, TN, TN-412-54-6454

 

+2016, Caryville, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - October 27, 2016

Peggy Jean Bolton, age 76, of Caryville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19. She was a member of the Habersham Baptist Church.

Peggy was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother that enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Peggy was preceded in death by husband, Hubert Bolton, Jr.; parents, Shelly and Minnie Murray Blankenship; brothers, Wadi; Johnny; Marvin and Melvin Blankenship.

Peggy is survived by daughters, Cathy (Marvin) Rutherford of LaFollette; Tammy Money (fiance, Bo Bolinger) of Jefferson City; Kathy (Roger) Bolton of Caryville and Christy Hatmaker of Caryville; sister, Cherry (Ronnie) Wilson of Jellico; grandchildren, Amber Kipley; Colby Bowlin; Nikita Rutherford and Zach Rutherford; great grandchildren, Harley Williams; Easton Bowlin; Kolton Bowlin; Paxton Bowlin; Cayden; Logan and Keagen Kipley.

Services were held Oct. 21 in the Martin Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Bruce and the Rev. Ronnie Wilson officiating. Interment was in Davis Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Elk Valley, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - March 10, 2016

Cannie Blankenship, age 88, of Elk Valley passed away Wednesday, March 2 at U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville, [Knox Co., TN]. He was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Harlan, KY,

He was a 20 year Veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Elk Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo and Jessie Douglas Blankenship; his wife, Vera Ann Baird Blankenship; brothers, Dempsey; Donald; Lloyd and Wilson Blankenship ; sisters, Charlotte Phillips and Leona Blankenship .

He is survived by two sons, David Blankenship and wife, Regina of Elk Valley; Dana Blankenship of Jellico; grandchildren, Ryan Blankenship; Kea Blankenship; Sarah Blankenship; great granddaughters, Mayce Lay and Brianah Schmidt; several nieces and nephews; brother, Kelsey Blankenship and wife, Joyce of LaFollette and sister, Murline Smith of Russell Springs, Ky.

Services were held March 5 at the Cox & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Phillips and the Rev. Matthew Ellard officiating. Interment was in Valley View Cemetery in Elk Valley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Elk Valley, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - March 24, 2016

Mary Martha Posey Lay, age 77, of Elk Valley, Pioneer, passed away Friday, March 18 at her daughter's home with her family by her side. She was born January 13, 1939 in Scott County.

She was preceded in death by husband, James 'J. M.' Matthew Lay; parents, Andy and Dora Sexton Posey; brothers, Phelan Posey; Denver Posey; Jerry Posey; Gary Posey; and sister, Juanita Fowler.

Martha is survived by her children, Regina Lay Blankenship and husband, David; Vijaya Perkins and husband, Raymond; Sheila Bailey; Joseph Matthew 'Joey' Lay; grandchildren, Ryan Blankenship ; Michael Bailey; Jordan Bailey; Tyson Bailey; Savannah Bailey; Keaton Perkins; Mayce Lay; nine great grandchildren; special friend, Luther Baird; brothers, James Posey; Jeff Posey; sisters, Bonnie Langley and husband, Roy; Shirley Stephens; Ronnel Goss and husband, Barry and Linnet Brumbalow and husband, David. A host of nieces, nephews, friends and family to mourn her passing.

Services were held March 19 at the Harp Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jerry Norman and the Rev. Harold 'Pete' Norman officiating. Interment was in Valley View Cemetery in Pioneer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Jacksboro, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 8, 2016

Ola Eugene Hatmaker, age 76, of Jacksboro passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at his home after a long battle with cancer.

Ola was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Bronze Star. He served twenty two years with distinction as an Army Military Police Officer, retiring with the rank of Sergeant First Class, and then retired from the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge Jacksboro #322.

Mr. Hatmaker is preceded in death by his father, Ola M. Hatmaker; mother, Charlotte D. Hatmaker; sister, Nora Blankenship.

Survivors: wife: Alice Hatmaker of Jacksboro, TN; children: Wendy Vadder & husband Todd of Cass City, MI, Ed Hatmaker of Charleston, SC, Casey Hatmaker & wife Alisa of Caryville, TN; grandchildren: Tasha Mellendrof, Trent Vadder, Taven Ellis, Katelyn Hatmaker and Kathryn Hatmaker; great-grandchildren: Ryan Mellendrof, Matthew Mellendrof, Brady Mellendrof, Dominic Ellis, and Cambrey Ellis; niece: Sheila McGhee and husband Ronald; nephews: Martin Lasley and Vance Blankenship.

Funeral services 8:00 PM Friday Cross-Smith Chapel with Masonic Service at 7:45 PM, Rev. George Asbury and Rev. Danny King officiating. Interment 11:00 AM Saturday Jacksboro Cemetery with Military Honors by Campbell County Honor Guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Jacksboro, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 12, 2017

Ronald Lee Blankenship, age 65, of Jacksboro, passed away Monday January 9, 2017 at his house surrounded by family.

Ron was a loving husband, father, and papa. He was of the Baptist Faith. Ron loved NASCAR, football and riding buggies in the mountains. He was a lifelong mechanic and fulfilled his dreams of owning his own business, Ron's Automotive.

Preceded in death by parents, Benjamin and Alice Baird Blankenship; son, Ronald Lee Blankenship Jr.; sisters, Irene Dodson and Lorene Kicks; brothers, Arnold Blankenship and Lloyd Blankenship.

Survived by wife, Cheryl Blankenship of 25 years; children, Ronda Blankenship of Toledo, Ohio, Deana Stiles and husband, Bryan of Toledo, Ohio, Angie Boshears of Jacksboro and Susan Roberto of Groveland, Florida, Jeffery Pace of LaFollette; brother, Bill Blankenship and wife, Bobbie of Loveland, Ohio; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral will be on Thursday, January 14, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd.,Toledo OH 43614. Interment will follow the funeral service at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park in Toledo, OH.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Jellico, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Jan. 24, 2016

Charles R. Cox, age 77, of Jellico, TN, passed away Wednesday morning, January 20, 2016 at Beech Tree Manor. He was born October 2, 1938 at Elk Valley, TN.

He and his wife have owned Cox & Son Funeral Hime, formerly Ellison Funeral Home since 1981. He was a deacon and member of Crouches Creek Baptist Church and a member of Jellico Lodge No527 F&AM.

Preceded in death by parents, Alonzo and Alice Freeman Cox; sisters, Willa Jean Cox Huddleston and Jean Yvonne Cox.

He is survived by wife of 54 years, Wilma Thomas Cox; son, Charles Cox, Jr. (Chuck) of Knoxville, Tn; twin brother, Robert Cox and wife, Lynn, of Jellico; brother, Joe Don Cox and wife, Mollie, of Jellico; sister, Joyce Ann Cox Blankenship and husband, Kelsey, of LaFollette, TN; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 25th at the Crouches Creek Baptist Church, from 4:00-6:00 pm with funeral services following at 6:00 pm, with Rev. Mike Sutton and Rev. Floyd Hale officiating. Burial will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday in the Jellico Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Jellico, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - October 27, 2016

Bessie Perkins Douglas, age 91, of Jellico, passed away Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico. She was born Aug. 18, 1925 in Newcomb.

Bessie was preceded in death by husband, the Rev. Johnie Douglas; parents, Joe and Sally Sweeney Perkins; brothers, George Perkins; Pryor Perkins; Junior Perkins; Walker Perkins; Jesse Perkins; David Perkins; sisters, Bertha Sweeney; Lania Angel; Ruthie Rains; Elva Blankenship; Ollie Silcox; Ida Brooks and Dinah Brooks.

Bessie is survived by niece, Alice Norman of Pioneer. A host of nieces, nephews, friends and family to mourn her passing.

Services were held Sept. 28 in the Harp Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Cox and the Rev. Rob Perkins officiating. Interment was in Valley View Cemetery in Pioneer, in the Elk Valley Community.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Jellico, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - March 16, 2017

Jade Tuesday Richardson, 35 [1982], of Jellico, died March 12, 2017.

She is survived by daughters, Lily Anna Blankenship; Phoebe Jo Blankenship; father, Bill Richardson and Jackie; mother, Jeannie Richardson and Mike and brother, Dustin Richardson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, LaFollette, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - July 21, 2016

April 'Granny' Woods, 92, died July 17.

She was a member of the Midway Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Woods; parents, Fred and Mary Eller Ward Blankenship; brothers, Billy Blankenship; Ray and Clyde Stooksbury; sisters, Mae Hatmaker; Flossie Phillips and Ellen Stooksbury.

She is survived by her children, Hobert Robbins of Englewood, Ohio; James Robbins of Milledgeville, Ga.; Emma Sue Letner of LaFollette; Mary Alice Kimbrough of Caryville; Warren Ervin Woods of Alabama; Carolyn Sue Disney of Kettering, Ohio and Linda Woods Morgan of Fairborn, Ohio; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. in the Martin Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Dabney officiating. Friends and family will meet at 9:15 a.m. Friday, July 22 at Martin Wilson Funeral Home for a 10 a.m. interment at Campbell Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, LaFollette, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - April 7, 2017

John Edward Smithers, 86, of LaFollette, passed away Tuesday, April 4.

Loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law. He was a member of FBC of Jacksboro, UMW Local 1569, and the Masonic Lodge. Known to family and friends as "John Ed" and Papa, he enjoyed a 26-year retirement from coal mining. His retirement allowed the opportunities to be an extra in the film October Sky and work on the restoration of the WWII fighter plane, Glacier Girl. A self- taught mechanic, John was known for his skills on Volkswagen autos and building dune buggies. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, music, western movies, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his cherished wife of 63 years, Lillian Armes Smithers; parents, John J. and Hazel Smithers; sisters, Shirley Smithers and Colleen Byrd.

John is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Marie Smithers and Jeff and Lois Ann Smithers; grandchildren, Amy Smithers (Aaron Powell fiance'), Emily Raulston (Andrew), Molly Starbird (Steven), Jake Smithers, and Abbey Smithers; great-grandchildren, Tori Blankenship , Liam Starbird, and Jack Raulston; sisters, Francois Roberts and Lois Underwood. John also leaves behind close relationships with his sisters-in-law, Lydia Hatmaker, Loretta Woods, Dr. Deana Parks, and brothers-in-law, Virgil Armes and Freddy Armes.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, April 8, at Hatmaker Funeral Home in Lake City. Interment to follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in LaFollette, Tennessee.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, LaFollette, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - May 11, 2017

Donna DeLynn Sanders, 53, of LaFollette, died May 2.

She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Armelda Turner Williamston; brothers, David; Derick and Donald Williamson.

She is survived by son, Billy Sanders of LaFollette; daughter, Tiffany Sanders of LaFollette; three grandchildren; brothers, Darryl and Darren Williamson of LaFollette and sister, Debbie Blankenship of Florida.

Services were held May 4 in the Cross-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chris Thomas officiating. Interment was in Bakers Forge Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, LaFollette, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - December 10, 2017

Herbert "Joe" Brunty Jr., age 76 [1941], of LaFollette passed away on Saturday December 9, 2017.

Joe was a member of Elm Grove Baptist Church; he enjoyed farming and gardening.

Preceded in death by parents Herbert Brunty, Sr., and Myrtle Morgan Brunty; brothers, Fred Brunty and Ray Brunty; sister, Audrey Belcher, sisters in law, Lenora McCullah and Garneda Anderson; brothers in law, Glen Allen, Charles Allen, and James H. Allen.

Survived by wife of 55 years, Ruby L. Allen Brunty of LaFollette; sisters, Irene Blankenship of Beckley, WV, Millie Klopfer of Boyton Beach, Florida, Virgie Synder of Winston Salem, NC and Jean Myers of Nashville; brother in law, John E. Allen of Knoxville, several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral will be at 7:00 on Monday December 11, 2017 in the chapel of Martin Wilson Funeral Home, with Rev. Jerome McCullah officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:15 AM Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Martin Wilson Funeral Home to go in funeral procession to Powell Valley Cemetery for 11:00 AM interment with military honors by the Campbell Co. Honor Guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Newcomb, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - August 17, 2017

Charles Blankenship, Sr., 82, of Newcomb, died Aug. 8.

He was preceded in death by wife, Wilma Douglas Blankenship; sons, Charles Blankenship, Jr.; Dave Blankenship and parents, Charles and Tennie Morgan Blankenship.

He is survived by son, Bill Blankenship; daughter, Sharon Drees; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and sister, Freeda Douglas.

Services were held Aug. 11 in the Harp Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lester Cox officiating. Interment was in Douglas Cemetery in the Wooldridge Community.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Newcomb, Campbell Co., TN, Obituary

LaFollette Press (TN) - November 2, 2017

Wanda Smith Yancey, 55, of Newcomb, died Oct. 23.

She was preceded in death by father, George Smith, Jr.; mother, Annie Hurst McKeehan; one grandson; brother, Alvis Adkins and sister, Edna Adkins.

She is survived by husband, Robert Yancey; sons, Robert Yancey, Jr. and Christopher Yancey; daughters, Ronda Blankenship, Amanda Uhlich, Beverly Yancey and Rachel Yancey; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Michael Mckeehan and Donald McKeehan and sister, Debra Sands.

Services were held Oct. 25 in the Harp Funeral Home Chapel of Jellico, with the Rev. Junior Dople officiating. Interment was in Adkins-McKeehan Family Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Carroll

 

2017, Clarksburg, Carroll Co., TN, Obituary

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Graves Lee Renfro of Clarksburg, Tennessee, January 19, 1939 - January 08, 2017

Graves Lee Renfro, 77, passed on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Tennova Medical Center in Clarksville, Tennessee following recent illness. Born January 19, 1939 and raised in Harrodsburg, Kentucky,

He attended and graduated from Harrodsburg High School in 1957 and attended the University of Kentucky and the University of Mississippi where he played baseball. After a brief stint playing minor league baseball in Florida, he attended and received his masters degree from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. He worked in social work for over 26 years retiring with the Adanta Group (Somerset, Kentucky) in 1991 as the Director of Clinical Services. He was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, was an avid fox hunter and supporter of local football.Graves and Sandy enjoyed a happy family life and outings around football, field trials and travels with extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mary Graves Renfro and George Bohon Renfro, his aunt Lucille Graves and his uncle, Thomas Graves.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandra Renfro; sons Lee Renfro (Michelle Renfro) of Knoxville, TN; Clay Renfro and Johnson Renfro (Bryana Graff) of Burnside, KY; a step-son, Taylor Bell of Boston, Mass.; three grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Teresa Floyd of Clarksville, TN, two nephews, Daniel Watson and Coty Blankenship, and many friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He will be carried to his final resting place by those nearest and dearest to him: Taylor Bell, Lee Renfro, Clay Renfro, Johnson Renfro, Daniel Watson and Coty Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Hollow Rock, Carroll Co., TN, Funeral

Published in Tennessean on July 15, 2017

Brett Blankenship, Hollow Rock, TN

Vis: 7/15, 1-8pm, 7/16, 10am-2pm at Bruceton F.H.. Serv: 7/16, 2pm at Bruceton First Baptist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Hollow Rock, Carroll Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jacksonsun/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=186098719

Published in The Jackson Sun on July 16, 2017

Mr. Brett Blankenship, 45, of Hollow Rock passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home in Hollow Rock. He was born on May 1, 1972 to Bobby Blankenship and Kathy Smothers Blankenship.

He was loving father and beloved family member. Brett loved to golf, cook and his close family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Madison Blankenship and his parental grandparent Floyd Blankenship and Louise and Dink Holladay.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Hope Blankenship and Belle Blankenship and their mother Chaisee Rich of Hollow Rock, his father Bobby Blankenship of Bruceton, his mother and step father: Kathy and Joe T. Wood of Lexington, 2 brothers: Bart (Rachel) Blankenship of Bructon and Weston Wood of Nashville, his aunt Betty Springer of Pegram, TN, his uncle: Keith (Janie) Smother of Bruceton, 2 neices: Bently Blankenship and McKenna Blankenship, a nephew Jude Blankenship, his maternal grandparents: Troy and Mary Jo Smothers of Bruceton and Barbara Wood of Lexington, 4 cousins: Robin, Jessica, Keith and Kim.

Funeral services will be held at Bruceton First Baptist Church at 2:00 pm Sunday.

 

Robert F. Blankenship b.01Nov1948 Bruceton, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPTH-83V

Relatives - Bart Ashley Blankenship, Bobby Blankenship, Brett A. Blankenship.

 

Carroll Co., TN, Marriage: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VN8Y-HXS

Robert Floyd Blankenship - Kathy Jo Smothers - 27 Nov 1969

 

Carter

 

2016, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - May 25, 2016

Joseph Winfield Tessa, 67 of Elizabethton passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 23, 2016, in Morgantown, [Monongalia Co.,] WV. He was a son of the late Steven and Edna Manor Tessa. Mr. Tessa was born in Bluefield where he lived until moving to Delaware in 1966. At retirement he moved back home to Bluefield then to Elizabethton in 2002.

Mr. Tessa retired from General Motors of Maryland. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying golfing, hunting, fishing, boating and camping with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Price Jr.; also two sisters, infant sister, Francis May and Joyce Phelps.

Survivors include his loving wife, Joann Lucas Tessa of the home; four daughters, Crystal Tessa of Florida, Carol Riccio and Danny of Maryland, Linda Jablonski of Elizabethton and Joanna Price of Florida; five brothers, Junior, Mike, Bill, Dale and David Tessa all of Bluefield, WV; five sisters, Drema Hayes, Karen Thompson, Sherry Blankenship, Cindy Ritchie and Teresa Dillon all of Bluefield, WV; six grandchildren, Kenneth Price, Russell McKinley, Sharon Wiggins, Tommy Riccio, Edward Jablonski and Brandon Riccio; six, great-grandchildren, Destiny, Rusty, Kara, Avery, Bella and Tom-Tom; a special cousin, Robert Pennington and wife, Freda of Florida; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Tessa will be conducted at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 27, 2016, in the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Donny Reagan officiating. A private committal service will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - May 30, 2016

Charlotte Christine Berry Canter, 78, Elizabethton, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 in the Lakebridge Health Center. A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late Hunter C. & Sarah Buckles Berry.

She was a graduate of Unaka High School. Charlotte was an employee of Betsy Floral Shop for 30 years. She was an assistant at Dr. Ward's Chiropractic Center for several years. She was a member of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Two husbands: Avery Hensley and Kermith W. Canter, by a son: Terry Max (Peanut) Canter, two brothers: Ernest and Clarence Berry and a sister: Wanda Cole.

Survivors include two sons: Larry Canter and wife Kelly and Hunter J. canter all of Elizabethton. Her Grandchildren: Dustin Canter, Evan Canter and Mia Canter. Two Great Grandchildren: Kaydie Blankenship and Baylee Ingram. One Sister: Cleadith Cole, Elizabethton. Her special friends: Florence Dougherty and the Pleasant Beach Church family. Several Nieces & Nephews.

Graveside Service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016 in the Buckles Cemetery with the Rev. Charlie Biggs officiating. Burial will follow the service. Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN, Obituary

Elizabethton Star (TN) - July 22, 2016

June Houston, 94, of Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 16, 2016. A native of Butler, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late James Maynard Gentry and Gusta Leigh Stout.

In addition to her parents, June was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sidney Houston, and his children, Ladeau, Grady and Larry; previous husbands, Fred Riddle and James Cross; and a precious great-granddaughter, Heather Marie Row.

Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Gladys and husband Bert Plummer of Elizabethton, and Ruth Ann and husband David Peters of Elizabethton; four grandchildren, Roland Eugene Blankenship of Elizabethton, Veronica Ann and husband Timothy Osborne of Erwin, Joyce Davena and Ray Smith of Albuquerque, NM, and Jennifer Ann Treadway of Evington, VA; five great-grandchildren, Stephanie and husband Adam Baumgartner of Knoxville, TN, Michael Row of Seminole, Texas, Jordan Kelly Rapert of Clyde, NC, Amber Lee Row of Albuquerque, NM, and Bethany Nicole Rapert of Erwin, TN; and one great-great-granddaughter, Natalie Claire Baumgartner of Knoxville, TN. June loved the entire Houston family as her own.

Graveside services for June Houston will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the Houston Family Cemetery, Watauga, with the Rev. Dennis Wilson officiating. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - October 5, 2016

Michael L. Frazier, 64 [1952], Elizabethton, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at his residence following an extended illness. A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late John & Greta Smith Frazier.

Mike was a graduate of Unaka High School. He was a retired employee of the Elizabethton Electric System.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant Brother: Johnny Paul Frazier. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years: Cathy Campbell Frazier. Two Children: Michael "Chad" Frazier and wife Beverly, Elizabethton and Jessica Lenae York and husband Todd, Johnson City. Three Grandchildren: Eliana Burleson, Taylor York and Tyler York. A Sister: Judy Blankenship and husband Larry, Elizabethton. His brother-in-law & sisters-in-law: Robert & Betty Campbell and Ina Mae Campbell. Two Uncles: Raymond Smith and wife Irene and Roger Smith and wife Brenda. One Aunt: Mary Pierce.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Pastor Walker Roberson officiating. Graveside Service and Interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 8, 2016 in the Caldwell Springs Cemetery. Music will be provided by Bobby Heaton and Amanda Montgomery. Active Pallbearers who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Saturday will be: Dewey Oliver, A. D. "Sonny" Fletcher, Curt Alexander, Tony Carr, Benny Pierce, Jeff Hess, Jim Whitehead and William Birchfield. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Jim Hyder, T. N. Taylor, Lester Odom, Brian Mathis, Chug Ensor, Dennis Williams, Paul Taylor and Chris Taylor.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Larry J. Blankenship b.21Mar1943 - Elizabethton, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KP2Y-YVD

Relatives - Judy Ann Blankenship, Larry Blankenship.

 

Carter Co., TN, Marriage: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNHM-56Y

Frazier, Judy Ann - White, Bonnie Lee - 05 Dec 1964

 

Carter Co., TN, Marriage: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNHM-G8V

Blankenship, Joseph Lawrence - White, Judy Ann - 03 Oct 1969

 

+2017, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - September 17, 2017

Larry Blankenship passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was born in Johnson City before moving to Stoney Creek in Elizabethton.

Larry was severely injured as a child in a car accident at age 11. This led him to be the strong willed and determined may he became. Despite his health issues, Larry worked his entire life. Employers included Gordon's Furniture, Seaver's Bakery before retiring from Mapes Piano Strings. He was known throughout town and the community, often seen walking in downtown, at Elizabethton Twin's Games or with the men at McDonald's. You couldn't miss his smile, humor, or generosity, always giving sweets to young and old.

In addition to his parents Luther & Maxine Blankenship, Larry was preceded in death by his sister Connie Tolley Hood.

Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years: Judy Frazier Blankenship, daughter: Tina Parlier: son Johnny Blankenship & wife Jovonna. Brothers: Jeff Blankenship and Ronnie Blankenship, sister: Saundra Slagle & her husband Pete. Grandchildren: Nikki Blankenship Collins & husband Bryant, Samuel Parlier & wife Brooke and Sawyer Parlier. Great Grandchildren: Brylee Collins and Hadley Parlier.

It was Larry's wish to have no funeral services. Instead of flowers donations may be made to First Church of God, 609 N. Lynn Avenue, Elizabethton, TN, 37643.

My Father didn't tell me how to live, he lived, and let me watch him do it..

Larry also would hope that you will do an unexpected act of kindness for some less fortunate person, in his memory. The family knows Larry inspired all who knew him with his toughness, will and attitude to never give up.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Elizabethton, Carter Co., TN, Death

Joseph Blankenship, March 21, 1943 - September 17, 2017, Tennessee

It was Larry's wish to have no funeral services.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Chester

 

+2016, Henderson, Chester Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Apr. 3, 2016

William Arthur "Bill" Jewell of Henderson, TN, passed away on April 1, 2016 at JMCGH [Jackson, Madison Co., TN] after a long illness. Bill was born in Parsons, TN, on June 19, 1932, the son of William Walter and Lerah Theresa Inman Jewell.

Bill served his country in the Army and National Guard for over 40 years. He also spent 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service and was Postmaster in Henderson at the time of his retirement.

Bill is survived by his wife of 41 years, Glenda Connor Jewell, and his five children: Gina Cowsert (Ray), Donna Hines (Richard), Lee Jewell, Amber Guthrie, and Art Jewell. He has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Shirley Fortner (Harold), and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Aretha Blankenship and Wanda Jewell; and two brothers, Wendell Jewell and Virgil Jewell.

The funeral will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Henderson at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 4th.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cocke

 

2016, Newport, Cocke Co., TN, Obituary

The Newport Plain Talk, (TN) - July 7, 2016

Thomas C. 'Tommy' Bryant, age 76, of Newport, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Bowling Green, [Warren Co.,] Kentucky.

He retired from Ball Corporation.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bill Bryant and Ruth Sisk Bryant, brothers J. B., Greer, (Hack) Haskell, and Tim Bryant, and sister Mary Helen Williams.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Lois Bryant and canine companion Riley; son and daughter-in-law Rusty and Lisa Bryant, daughter Sharrie Gregg and Bob Cusick, daughter and son-in-law Lulu and Rickey Cashen; son-in-law Freddie Gregg; grandchildren Kristin and Scott Miller, Leslie and Jesse Lloyd, Sara and Jennifer Fine, Lacey and Dustin Williamson, Lindsey Bryant, Arielle and Daniel Blankenship , Jordan Cashen and Sarah Cody, Lucy Lane Bryant, MaCayla Gregg, Nicholas Cashen, Delilah Cashen, and Eric, Chad, and Adam Neal; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Chip and Linda Bryant, Bobby and Emma Lou Harper, Tootie and Warren Breeden, Betty Williams, Sarah Stuart, Vivian Bryant, Nancy and Dennis Johnson, Wade and Henrietta Lane, Jack Henry, and Carrie and James Watts; several special nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ben Watts and Maurice Shults officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Newport, Cocke Co., TN, Obituary

The Newport Plain Talk, (TN) - July 8, 2016

James Carson Wright, known to all his friends and family as Jimmy or 'The Backhoe Man,' passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

He and his wife owned and operated Wright's Construction Company for over 45 years. He also served on the Cocke County Beer Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mabel Lee (Arms) and Clarence Carson Wright; his grandparents that reared and adopted him Bertha and Edd Arms; uncle/brother Earl Arms and Newell Arms; aunt and uncle Sassy and Jim Lethco and brother Charles Eddie Arms.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Judy Wright; son Carson and wife Lora Wright; grandchildren Cody and Lexie Wright; daughter April Mullins; granddaughters Kristen and Maci Mullins; cousins/special brothers and sisters: Debbie and Steve Woody, Robert and Vikki Arms, Sheila and Arlie Blankenship, and Roy Lethco; and special nephew that Jimmy always cared a lot for Chuck and wife Jennifer Arms.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ransom Hall and Jeremy Faison officiating. Lora Wright will do a memorial. Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Arlie Jay Blankenship b.08Sep1957 - Newport, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPLG-L4Z

Relatives - Bertha A. Blankenship, Bertha Blakenship, Patricia Blankenship, Sheila T. Blankenship.

 

2016, Newport, Cocke Co., TN, Obituary

The Newport Plain Talk, (TN) - September 21, 2016

Jonathan Kent Click, age 44 of Newport, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016.

He was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.D. Click; and brother, Michael "Mikey" Click.

He is survived by his wife, Amy of Newport; children, Brandon Click and Darcee Click both of Newport; mother, Martha Click of Newport; brothers, Larry (Tammy) Click of Russellville, Junior Click of Newport, Jamie (Elizabeth) Click of Newport, and Tony (Melanie) Click of Parrottsville; sisters, Susan Fuller of Harriman and Angela (Mike) Spencer of Newport; nephew, Noah Spencer; nieces, Melissa Bailey and Cassidy Lewis; mother-in-law and husband, Sheila and Arlie Blankenship of Newport; father-in-law, Bartley Thornton Parrottsville; special aunt and uncle, Bonnie and Jeff Ray of Newport; best friend, Russell Cogdill of Newport; and special step-mom, Becky Williams of Newport.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Manes Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Murr officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Crockett

 

2017, Alamo, Crockett Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Mar. 30, 2017

June Owen Horner, age 91, Alamo, TN, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017.

Ms. Horner was the widow of Joe Horner. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mary Sue Owen, brother, William Erroll Owen; sisters, Annelle Warren and Lillie Merle Christmas.

She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Horner, Johnny Horner; daughter, Susan Scire (Bob); four grandsons, David Horner, John Mark Horner (Terri), Michael Horner, and Anthony Mathis; great grandchildren, Patrick Horner (Kristin), Peyton Horner, Carol Ann Horner, Jessie Horner, Jacob Horner, and Abby Blankenship.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Ronk Funeral Home with Josh Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Oakview Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Cumberland

 

+2017, Crossville, Cumberland Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - November 16, 2017

Dr. Fred J. Ingram, 96 [29Oct1921], of Crossville, was called home Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Dr. Ingram graduated from Madisonville High School, received his B.S. degree from Maryville College, Masters from the University of Tennessee, Doctorate from Oklahoma State University, and did his internship at Baylor University. He graduated aviation school and had his pilot's license. He was the State Director of Technical Education for the state of Tennessee, Director of Human Services in Cumberland County, teacher and principal at Walnut Hill Elementary, and a teacher at CCHS. In 1941, he was a left handed pitcher for the Cleveland Indians AA team, the Cedar Rapids Raiders. He was also a Sunday school director, teacher, and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Crossville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garvin and Viola Ingram; wife of 62 years, Lola Blankenship Ingram; brothers, Arvel Ingram, twin infant brothers, and James Ingram.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary Morton of Townsend, TN and Carolyn Slack of Chillocothe, OH; brother, Bob Ingram of Madisonville, TN; children- Dewain Ingram of Bushnell, FL, Ron (Mary) Ingram of Germantown, TN, Sheri (Bob) Phillips of Crossville, TN, and Karla (Doug) Koontz of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Mathena Carbone of Ocala, FL, Lore Woods of Lobelville, TN, Veronica (Hank) Tansey of Memphis, TN, Jackie (Didier) Stahl of Mexico City, Chad Phillips of Dallas, TX, Tiffany Phillips of Crossville, TN, Tyler Koontz of Maryville, TN, and Braxton (Kehauliana) Koontz of Knoxville, TN; and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be friends on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 6:00 at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home in Crossville, TN with Rev. Gerald Atkins officiating. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 EST in Sunset Cemetery in Madisonville, TN with Rev. Thomas Sweet officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Davidson

 

+2016, Joelton, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean from Dec. 17 to Dec. 21, 2016

Sue B. Wakham, age 75, of Joelton, passed away on Friday, December 16th.

She very much enjoyed sewing and quilting in her spare time. Spending time with her family was also very special and important to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershall Wakham; sister Milbrey (Tom) Blankenship; brothers Richard Biggs and William (Earlie Mae) Biggs; and niece Marion Hatcher.

Survivors include her great nephew Aaron (Ashley) Hatcher; nephew Johnny Biggs; sister-in-law Pauline Biggs; niece Charlene Anderson; Nephew Timothy Biggs; Step-Daughters Sherry (Marc) Miller and Marilyn (Jimmy) Bennett; grandsons Lee (Jodi) Miller and Brad Bennett; granddaughter April (Michael) Kjosa; 5 great grandchildren; and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will take place on Monday, December 19th at 11 A.M. at Anderson & Garrett Funeral Home with Bro. Joe McKinney officiating. Interment follows at Ever Rest of Cheatham. Active Pallbearers are: Brad Bennett, Jimmy Bennett, Johnny Biggs, Timothy Biggs, Marty Anderson, and Kevin Anderson.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Milbry Blankenship b.01Sep1942 Joelton, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPF2-5XF

Relatives - James T. Blankenship, James T. Blankenship.

 

Robertson Co., TN, Marriage: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VN4Z-QZZ

Blankenship, James Thomas - Biggs, Allie Milbrey - 05 May 1962

 

James T. Blankenship b.15Jul1925 - Joelton, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPF2-5XB

Relatives - Milbry Blankenship.

 

SSDI: Blankenship, James T., 76, 15Jul1925 - 27Feb2002, Joelton, Davidson, TN, TN-415-22-1188

 

2016, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

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Ms. Joy C. Hodge was born October 23, 1988 to Ms. Jewel E Hodge and the late Mr. Kenneth Vaughn. Joy departed this life too soon on January 11, 2016.

Joy attended Metro Nashville Public Schools, and enjoyed laughing, childcare and spending time with and talking with her mother, friends & family. Joy will be greatly missed by all who knew and was blessed to be around her.

Joy was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth D Vaughn, her grandmother, Emma J. Majors; brother, Jarrett Hodge; grandfather, Jessie White; great grandfather, Deacon Richard White; aunt, Sarah Adkinson; cousins, Barbara Brown-Hawkins and Eli Blankenship; other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joy leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Jewel Hodge, sisters, Donnicka Hodge and Eunice Moore; god brother, Jaden Logan; nieces, Ashia Banks, Abria Hodge, TiAzia Daniel; nephews, Adrien Hodge, TeJai Banks; aunts, Carlice Knox, Janice (Daryle) Stallworth, Tina Clark and Gracie Turner; special recognitions, Odell Martin, Will Young, Demetria Robertson, Jamar Harris; cousins, Charles (Bubba) Blankenship, Tina Rose, Sonya Lloyd, Sally (Melvin) Moreland, Sam Berry, Stacey Berry, Sharon Copeland, Lucy Berry, LaToya Harris, Juston Clark, Scott Dawkins, Danyelle Blankenship, Jayla Young, Cameron and Douglas Copeland, Christopher Lloyd, Darrin (Shannah) Rose, Kenneth Blankenship, Cynthia & John Bell, Sherrita Berry-Pettus, Idaisha Berry, Kendric Shinault, Nyelle Blankenship, Alana Harris, Anthony (LilTony) Harrison, Kellen Rose, Elianna Blankenship, Zakiyah & Layla Lloyd, Johnnie Knight, Wanda Woods, Nesha Woods, Debbie Smith Stewart, Robert Woods and Dr. Gloria Bonner; a host of other relatives and friends

Funeral Service Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 1:00 PM, Hill's Tabernacle P. B. Church, 916 Caruthers Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

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Freddie Sylvester Berry of Nashville, Tennessee was born on April 13, 1953 to the union of 6 brothers and 4 sisters. He passed away March 23, 2016.

Preceded in death by his mother, Sallie L. Berry and father, James Moore; brothers, John Walter Berry, Willie Pete Crowder, James Rock Berry, and Robert Boone Berry; sisters, Ida Knight and Yvette Berry.

Survived by brother, George Mike Berry and sisters, Flora Berry and Lucy Missy Berry-Johnson.

Freddie known as Big Freddie Boy was a great uncle, he loved his nieces and nephews and was a father-figure to them. Freddie Boy attended Nashville Public Schools and was a skilled artist. He could look at a picture and draw it from memory, he was offered many scholarships during his school years. He worked as a laborer before retiring.

Freddie leaves to cherish his memories devoted nieces, Sallie (Melvin) Moreland, Stacey Berry, Sharon (William) Copeland, Gina Berry; other nieces, Vicky Berry, Trina Berry, Tina Rose, Sonya Lloyd, Stacey Crowder and Kenya Berry; devoted nephews, Sean Ricky Berry and Charles (Denise) Johnson, Jr; other nephews, Winkie Delmas Marthel, Karl Barber Poochie, Sam (Niecy) Berry, Mike Berry Jr.; devoted niece, Jewel Hodge and Family; great nieces, Sherrita (Cory) Pettus, Bianca Caulton, Cynthia Bell, Idaish Berry, Leliah Berry, Danielle Blankenship, Jennifer (Matrell) Washington and Parker Berry; great nephews, Paul Berry, Sam Berry Jr., Christopher Berry, Mireo (Shanae) Carlton, Doug and Cameron Copeland, D. J. Darron Rose, and Kenneth Bass; 6 great-great nieces; 4 great-great nephews; devoted cousin, Grant (Angela) Nubyo; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 12:00 PM, J. W. Adkins Funeral Home, 2510 12th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37204. Interment, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 PM, Greenwood Cemetery, 1428 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Rosemary-Suen&lc=2351&pid=179557052&mid=6881077

Rosemary (Atkins) Suen, age 76 of Nashville, TN passed away April 7, 2016. She was born in Huntington WV to Ellihue & Garnet (Ratliff) Adkins, who precedes her in death.

Known as Rosemary Atkins, she was a country music singer, opening shows for Carl & Pearl Butler as well as Hank Snow. She also sang with various country music artists, traveling across the country and even performing on The Grand Ole Opry. She and her family would enjoy singing karaoke at get-togethers. When not on the road performing, she worked in the restaurant industry.

She is also preceded in death by her sister, Doris Jean Headrick; brother, Ellihue Adkins, Jr; beloved pet, her golden retriever Sammy Jo.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Siu Ching Suen; daughter, Tanya Thomas (Tony); son, Terry McCreery (Lori); grandchildren, Joey Carlisle (Crystal) and Brittany Thomas; great-grandchildren, Katelynn Carlisle, Andrew Carlisle, Carson Carlisle, Kyus Harris and Raylee Harris; sister, Mildred Estep; brother, Dallas Adkins; special niece, Rhonda Blankenship; several other nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Hermitage Funeral Home, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN with Pastor Trent Burton officiating. Interment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as active pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean on Aug. 21, 2016

Christine B. Summers of Nashville, TN, Age 86 [1930], passed away on August 16, 2016.

Survived by husband of 63 years, William C. Summers; children, William C.(Cynthia) Summers, Jr., Stephen M. Summers, and Elizabeth L. (Shawn) Laust; granddaughter, Christina L. (Heath) Martin; siblings, Ruth Cole, Gail (Dean) Fichter, Kenneth (Anna) Bouldin, Kay (David) Blankenship, and Betty Bouldin.

Visitation will be held from four o' clock in the evening until eight on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home.

Funeral Service will be held at ten o' clock in the morning on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Homes Dignity Hall. Interment Middle Tennessee Veteran Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean on Nov. 3, 2016

Roberta Beneke Blankenship, age 88 of Nashville, TN went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday November 1, 2016. Roberta was born in Nashville, TN on January 15, 1928, daughter to the late Marion & Gaudie Williams.

Roberta attended Saint Cecilia High school and Peabody College, she retired from Belle Meade Country Club as a Hostess.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carter Blankenship & John Pat Beneke and daughter, Nancy Lou Beneke.

Survivors include her children, Thomas & Lee Beneke, Terrance & Candi Beneke, Robert Beneke, Charles & Brenda Beneke & Kathy Beneke; 8 grandchildren, Amber, Tiffany, Alex, Cody, Patrick, Ashley, Robin & Christopher; & 9 great grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation; 2100 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 10:00 am.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean on Nov. 4, 2016

Roberta Beneke Blankenship age 88 of Nashville, TN went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday November 1, 2016.

Mass at the Cathedral of the Incarnation; 11/7 at 10:00 am.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, Death

Published in Tennessean on March 28, 2017

William Harrison Blankenship, Jr., Nashville, TN, Passed away on Friday, March 24th

He is survived by his wife, Macie Blankenship and two children.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Old Hickory, Davidson Co., TN, Obituary

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Mr. Robert Eugene Bratcher, Sr. age 84, of Old Hickory, TN, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017. Mr. Bratcher was born on November 17, 1932, the son of the late Samuel Nathan Bratcher and Ruby Druscilla Pitt Bratcher.

Mr. Bratcher owned and operated a tile company for many years and retired as a truck driver with Venture.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bratcher was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Mildred Blankenship, Nathan Bratcher, Elizabeth Fama, Howard Bratcher, Herbert Bratcher, Bill Bratcher, and Everett Bratcher.

Survivors include his children, Gene (Wenonah) Bratcher, Sharon Orlovich, Steve (Vicki) Bratcher, Terry (John) Jackson, and Tammy (Lester) Dill; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his brothers and sisters, Christine Grady, David Bratcher, Marie and Richard Resha, and Sylvia Adams.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at two thirty, Woodlawns Dignity Hall. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Decatur

 

2016, Decaturville, Decatur Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Apr. 3, 2016

Thomas C. (Tommy) Maness, 83 [1933], of Decaturville, TN, passed away Friday, April 1st, at Decatur Co. General Hospital, [Parsons, Decatur Co., TN].

He was a retired pipeliner and farmer, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a mason.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Betty Blankenship Maness, of Decaturville, a step daughter, Tina (Tim) Gardner, of Lexington, and a step grandson, Mack Gardner.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Franklin Maness, 2 daughters, Tammy Borron and Ramona Maness, and his parents, Henry & Lucy Maness.

His Funeral Service will be held at Reed's Chapel, Decaturville, TN, at 2 PM on Sunday, April 3rd, with Tony Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. Masonic Rites will be held at the gravesite.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Dickson

 

+2016, Burns, Dickson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Dickson Herald on Apr. 8, 2016

James Douglas Blankenship passed away Friday, April 1, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his mother Anna Elizabeth Reynolds, father Samuel Gordon Blankenship, and son Douglas Keith Blankenship. He is survived by his son James Kevin Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 10th at 3:00 at Parkers Creek Baptist Church, 2327 Abiff Road, Burns, TN 37029.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Dickson, Dickson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in the Tennessean Apr 5 2016

James Blankenship of Dickson, TN Age 74 died 4/1/16.

Wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements by: Spann Funeral Home

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Gibson

 

+2016, Humboldt, Gibson Co., TN, Death

http://www.medinafuneralhome.com/notices/Steve-Blankenship

Mr. Steve Blankenship died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at his home in Humboldt.

Services are incomplete.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Humboldt, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.medinafuneralhome.com/obituary/Steve-Blankenship

Mr. Steve Blankenship died Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at his home in Humboldt. He was born in Humboldt to the late Hoyt and Lillie McGee Blankenship and was educated in the local schools.

Mr. Blankenship was a longtime employee of Kraft Foods, now Bongard Creamery in Humboldt.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy; brother, Billy.

He is survived by his sons, Joe, Andy and Ben Blankenship; granddaughter, Natlie Grace Butler; sister, Betty Rush; brother, Bobby Blankenship; nephews, Jeff anf Tim Rush; nieces, Laurie White and Charlotte Comfort.

Services will be held Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 3 pm in the chapel of Gibson Funeral Home with Bro. Don Scott officiating. Burial will follow in White Rose Cemetery in Gibson, TN.

 

2016, Humboldt, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2016

James B. Witherspoon, III, Humboldt, TN. Jimmy was born July 2, 1960 and departed life August 8, 2016.

Preceded in death by parents; James B. Witherspoon II & Marie Mullins Reasons, stepfather; Jimmy Reasons, step daugher; Lizabeth Blankenship.

Survivors are fiancee; Linda Petty, granddaughters; Erica & Katy Evanson, grandsons; Luke, Jacob & Nicholas Blankenship, Will & Seth Brown, J. D. Hughes, step son; Chad Brown, son-in-law; Brad Blankenship, lifelong friends; David & Beverly Prince.

Funeral Services will be at 3pm. August 13 at Medina Funeral Home & Cremation Service 302 W. Church Avenue - Medina, Tennessee 38355

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Milan, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3560376&fh_id=14418

Mr. Robert Dwayne Wayne Tidwell, age 72 of Milan, passed away on January 16, 2016 after a short illness.

Memorial service for Mr. Tidwell will be held at 1pm on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Bodkin Funeral Home.

Mr. Tidwell was the retired owner/operator of Tidwell Race Shop. He attended the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church.

Surviving Family: Wife Lucille Tidwell; Father - Robert L. Tidwell; Sons Kenny Tidwell (Lisa) and Doug Tidwell (Teressia); Sisters Wanell Blankenship, Wanda Sue Ellis, Sandra Gaile Medlin and Patricia Ann White; 6 Grandchildren; 1 Great Grandchild

He was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth Maurine Tidwell

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Milan, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

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Funeral services for Elder Robert Tidwell, age 95 [1921] of Milan, will be held 12pm Monday, April 18, 2016, at the Bodkin Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Milan.

Elder Robert was a Primitive Baptist minister at Little Zion Primitive Baptist Church in Palmersville, TN.

Surviving Family - Daughters - Wanell Blankenship of Milan, Wanda Sue Ellis of Gadsden, Sandra Medlin of Atwood, and Patricia White of Milan. Grandchildren 11, Great Grandchildren - 34

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Cora Butler Tidwell, wife, Elizabeth Maurine Tidwell, son, Wayne Tidwell, brothers, Jim Tidwell and Hester Tidwell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Milan, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=c107b92d-31dd-4603-bc88-db308610f15b&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=3740768&fh_id=14418

Funeral service for Mr. Reggie Daryl Martin, age 66 of Milan, will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 2pm at Bodkin Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Poplar Springs Cemetery in Atwood.

Mr. Martin was a farmer and was a past President in the FFA.

He was preceded in death by his parents Rex and Virginia Elliott Martin, a sister Peggy Blankenship and a brother Danny Martin.

Surviving Family: Sons Chad Marin (Rusty) and Joey Martin (Teresa); Daughter Tara Eddings (Adam); Grandchildren Dylan Martin, Lauren Martin, Matthew Cain Turner, Brooklyn Paige Turner and Corbin Jacob Daryl Eddings

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Milan, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=c107b92d-31dd-4603-bc88-db308610f15b&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=3742440&fh_id=14418

Estelle Blankenship (July 28, 1921 - June 8, 2016)

Funeral service for Ms. Lillie Estelle Blankenship, age 94 of Milan, will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12pm at Bodkin Funeral Home with burial to follow in the White Rose Cemetery near Gibson.

Ms. Blankenship was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ in Milan and she was a retired CNA with the NHC Healthcare in Milan.

Surviving Family: Daughters Peggy White (Ray) of Atwood and Brenda Johnson (James) of Milan; Sister Jessie Mae Shannon of Montgomery, AL; Grandchildren Mark White (Pam) Lebanon, TN; Mike White (Joyce) Churchton, TN; Greg White (Annette) Waverly, TN; Randy Johnson (Beverly) Milan and Kevin Johnson (Kathy) Milan; 6 Great Grandchildren; 2 Great Great Grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Blankenship, parents Argyle and Lucy Matthews Harper, three brothers Homer Harper, Wilburn Harper and Argyle Harper, Jr. and five sisters Mary Ruth Barnes, Shirley Taylor, Hattie Crocker, Rosie Hayes and Florence Crocker

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Marvin, 81, 03Dec1919 - 08Jan2001, Milan, Gibson, TN, TN-413-20-5015

 

+2016, Milan, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

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Funeral service for Mrs. Hazel Beatrice Taylor Canada, age 87 [1929] of Milan, will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Bodkin Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Double Springs Cemetery near Milan.

Mrs. Canada attended the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church and she was a retired employee with the Milan Shirt Factory.

She was preceded in death by her parents W. W. and Beulah Tacker Taylor, two brothers W. C. Calvin Taylor and John Raymond Taylor and two grandchildren.

Surviving Family: Husband James M. B-Man Canada of Milan; Son Richard Canada (Jo Ann) of Milan; Daughters Doris Keymon of Atwood and Diane Blankenship (Mike) of Gibson; 4 Grandchildren; 9 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great Great Grandson

Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Association.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Michael G. Blankenship b.01Sep1957, Milan, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPT8-632

Relatives - Chad Blankenship, Christopher M. Blankenship, Christopher M. Blankenship, Diane Hazel Blankenship, George M. Blankenship, George K. Blankenship, Kathryn J. Blankenship, Michael S. Blankenship, Mike Blankenship, Mike Blankenship.

 

+2016, Milan, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2016

Mr. Ben David Blankenship, 77, of Milan, died 11/1.

He was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Ruby Welch Blankenship and a brother Paul Blankenship.

Surviving Family: Wife Wanell Blankenship of Milan, Step Daughter Pam Blankenship (David) of Trenton, Brothers Larry Joe Blankenship (Gatha) of Milan and Wayne Blankenship (Joyce) of Troy, Sister Carolyn Leach (Harry) of Milan

Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 2pm with burial to follow in the Oakwood Cemetery in Milan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Oak Grove, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=4933d9fc-2cdd-48ce-95cf-b696ec1bd58c&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=4091285&fh_id=14418

Larry Wayne Rankin (January 21, 1933 - January 28, 2017)

Mr. Rankin was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church and he was a retired Steel Worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents Luther and Lula Blankenship Rankin and daughters Linda Diane Janes and Cassie Rankin.

He is survived by his wife Patsey Rankin, children, Larry Wayne Rankin, Jr., Susan Posch (Herb), Elizabeth Zugay all of IL and Patricia Vandermey of Atlanta, ten grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral service for Mr. Larry Wayne Rankin, age 84 of Milan, will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 1pm at Bodkin Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Milan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Trenton, Gibson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Rita-Gay-Blankenship-104528158

Rita Gay Blankenship, January 15, 1950 - March 3, 2017, Trenton, Tennessee.

Johnson - Williams Funeral Home, 239 E Main St Newbern, TN, 38059.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Trenton, Gibson Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun on Mar. 7, 2017

Rita Blankenship, 67, Trenton, TN, died 3/3.

Arrangements: Johnson Williams Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Grainger

 

2016, Bean Station, Grainger Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Citizen Tribune on Jan. 17, 2016

Shirley J. Blanken, 76, of Bean Station, loving mother and grandmother went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. She was saved at Spruce Pine Baptist Church around 12 years old. She has been a member of Lakeshore Baptist Church for 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Thelma Carpenter; brother, Glen Doyle Carpenter.

She is survived by her husband of almost 61 years, Palmer Blanken; son, Jimmy (Trisha) Blanken; daughter, Judy (Lonnie) Barnard; granddaughter, Michelle (Jeff) Blankenship; great-grandsons, Andrew and Will Blankenship; step-grandchildren, Eugene Barnard and Cindy Marcum; step-great-grandchildren, Joshua Woods, Ashley Norton, Brittany and Lauren Barnard; other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 in the West Chapel of Allen Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at the West Chapel of Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Sampson, the Rev. Larry McAnally and the Rev. Grant Vaughn officiating. Singers will be the Welch Family. Interment will follow in Hamblen Memory Gardens. Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Carpenter, Bryan Carpenter, Randy Hodge, Eugene Barnard, Keith Carpenter and Joshua Woods; honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Andrew and Will Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Greene

 

2017, Greeneville, Greene Co., TN, Obituary

The Greeneville Sun, (TN) - July 20, 2017

Joelene F. Thurlow, 81 [1936], died at home at 11 a.m. Tuesday due to complications of colon cancer.

Originally from Nathalie, Virginia, Joelene made the Washington, DC, area home for nearly 40 years working as a list clerk in the Periodical Department of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She and her husband retired to Greeneville in 1998 to assist her sister, Nancy, in caring for their aging father. Joelene and her husband, Malcolm, volunteered many hours weekly to the Greeneville Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Services Center.

She is survived by her husband: Malcolm Thurlow; her daughter and son-in-law: Deborah Thurlow and Ricardo Cabrera; her step grandson: David Cabrera; her sister: Nancy Stevens Blankenship; her niece and nephew: Brenda and Kenneth Ray; and her great-nephews: Trace and Jason Ray.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Greeneville, Greene Co., TN, Obituary

The Greeneville Sun, (TN) - November 14, 2017

Larry G. Stiltner, 73 [1944], of Greeneville, formerly of Grundy, Virginia, ended his earthly adventures Sunday [12Nov2017] followed by a reunion with beloved family and friends who are already celebrating in Heaven.

Anyone who knew Larry knows he was extraordinary throughout all aspects of his life. Everything he touched he made better, and he impacted everyone he met.

Larry loved God and served Him well in many ways, both large and small. He was smart, strong and the king of sarcasm. If he didn't poke fun or joke with you, he probably didn't care for you very much. He had a contagious laugh. Larry loved listening to classic tunes from the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s, which was the only music according to him. He freely offered lots of good advice, whether solicited or not. Larry enjoyed "munging around the house" which meant working on his home and meticulous yard and tinkering in his garage (aka his pout room).

Since moving to Greeneville, he made some of his favorite memories walking countless laps around the Laughlin Memorial Hospital track with his best buddies, Bobby Cornwell, Jack Reeves and Ron Bennett. Larry loved nothing more than cooking a fine meal for his family and gathering around his table to enjoy it together.

Privileged to carry on Larry's legacy are his wife of 53 years: Kelsie Stiltner; daughters and sons-in-law: Stephanie and Greg Keene, and Amy and Laddy Fields; and grandchildren: Maggie Keene, Ellie Fields and Henry Fields. Additional loved ones include siblings: Jack and Geri Snyder, Judy Schubert, John and Cathy Stiltner, Margaret and Larry Brown, Diann and Donnie Blankenship, Chris and Sharon Stiltner, and Mary Kay and Bill Pierce; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services for Larry Stiltner will be held Wednesday at Grundy Funeral Home in Grundy. Celebration of life service will be at 7 p.m. in the chapel. A graveside service is planned for Thursday at Mountain Valley Memorial Park. Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Mosheim, Greene Co., TN, Funeral

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 2, 2016

Rev. Jay Blankenship, 95, of Mosheim, Tennessee, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on January 30, 2016, completing his 65 years of earthly service to the Lord. He resided in Western North Carolina until his move to Mosheim in 2013.

We will celebrate his life at Grassy Branch Baptist Church in Oteen, NC, where he pastored for many years.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hamblen

 

2016, Morristown, Hamblen Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Citizen Tribune on Feb. 26, 2016

Albert M. Frye, 86, of Morristown, formally of Piney Flats, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at Life Care Center of Morristown after a brief illness.

He was retired from Flav-O-Rich Dairy and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Margie" Templin Frye; parents, Robert and Bessie Frye; brothers, A. D. and George Frye.

He is survived by his sisters, Marie Carr, Helen Harmon, Patricia Gouge and Irene Blankenship; brothers, Clyde, Paul, Larry and Carl Frye; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Donna Templin, Jake and Sue Price, Christine Patterson, Mary Lou Taylor and Joretta Templin; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Westside Chapel Funeral Home with Gary Templin officiating. Family and friends will meet for a 1 p.m. graveside service Sunday, Feb. 28 at Hamblen Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Morristown, Hamblen Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Citizen Tribune on Apr. 6, 2016

Donald Joe ""Don"" Williams, 62, of Morristown, went to be the the Lord Monday morning, April 4, 2016.

He was a member of Russellville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Cora (Long) Williams; step daughter, Melanie Shawn Griffith; grandparents, Robert Edgar and Lula Maude (Long) Williams and Robert and Martha (Davis) Long.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Lawson) Willliams; step son, Brian (Lagonda) Shaw; step grandchildren, Lacey Shaw, Landon Shaw and Brendan Griffith; sisters, Shirley (Williams) Gulley and Linda (Harold) Ellison; nieces, Scarlett Williams and Linda Elizabeth Ellison; brother-in-law, Scott (Wendy) Lawson; sisters-in-law, Linda (Harold) Winegar, Diana (David) Blankenship; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Baptist Church in Whitesburg on Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Terry Bunch officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hamilton

 

2016, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - January 31, 2016

Luther Thomas Whitaker, 83, died on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016.

He is preceded in death most recently by his wife, Evelyn Whitaker.

Luther was a longtime member of the First Christian Church. He was the former owner of Southern Ad Outdoor Advertising Company.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Steven) Edgemon, of Virginia; three grandchildren, Kyle Edgemon, Kelsey (Craig) Blankenship and Klint Edgemon all of Virginia; and one great-granddaughter, Riley Blankenship.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Harold++%22Bud%22-Powers&lc=2233&pid=180168274&mid=6950322

Harold "Bud" Powers, age 85, of Chattanooga, passed away at home on Monday, May 30, 2016. Bud was born in Anamosa, Iowa and served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was retired from Ripley Apparel in Ripley, West Virginia. Bud and his wife, moved to Chattanooga in 1992 and they are members of Abba's House in Hixson.

Bud is survived by his wife of 45 years, Opal V. Powers; three children, Diane (Paul) Blankenship, Linda (Kenny) Fisher, and Bobby Powers; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Judy Winters.

A Celebration of Bud's life will be held at 1 pm on Thursday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, with Pastor Ron Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - September 3, 2016

Roosevelt Edward Wise Jr., 73 [1943] passed away Aug. 27, 2016, at his residence.

He served in U.S. Army. He was of Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae Wise and Roosevelt Wise, Sr.; grandparents, Willie and Ester Mae Wise; brothers, Robert L. Wise and Willie Blankinship ; granddaughters, Kyara Fitzgerald and Shy'Kirea Wise.

Survivors include his wife, Julia E. Wise, of Chattanooga; children, Willie (Tammy) Wise, Sidney Wise, of South Carolina; Roosevelt Edward (Melinda) Wise III, DeAndrea (Terence, Sr.) Wise, LeaTryicia (Randy) Smith, of Chattanooga; sisters, Jaqueline (Leonard) Robbins, o f N e w York, Gloria Hardy, of Flint, Mich.; Erica Renee Wise, of Ohio; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in the Chapel. Interment in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - January 15, 2017

Robert Allen Wheeler, 92 [1925] of Chattanooga, died on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. He was the son of the late G. W. Wheeler and Ella Mae Blankenship Wheeler.

Allen was a U.S. Marine, serving during WWII on the Midway. He graduated from Howard College of Pharmacy in 1950 and was a local Pharmacist for more than 40 years. Allen was also a former employee with Parke Davis, former member of Maple Grove Baptist Church and was currently a member of Grace Works Church. He was an avid golfer until he was unable to play and charter member of Valleybrook. Allen was a member of the Alhambra Shrine and member of the Legion of Honor.

Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Fanny Rhea Womac Wheeler and a son, Donny Ray Wheeler.

Survivors include his children, Theora (Fred) Fuson, Ooltewah, Tenn., Bobby Wheeler, Melbourne, Fla., Dottie (Starl) Cantrell, Quebeck, Tenn., Jimmie (Carolyn) Wheeler, Knoxville, Tenn., and Tim Wheeler; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Theo Womac; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Bill Owens officiating. Interment will follow in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - October 4, 2017

Ben H. DeBord, 83, died at Standifer Place on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

He was a member of Wheeler Hill Church of Christ and the Delaware Lodge #46 F & A.M. of Muncie, Indiana. He was a veteran of the United States Army and went on to retire from General Motors after 30 years in 1990. He grew up in the Griffith community and retired back here where he loved to work outside around his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Addie DeBord; brothers, Jim DeBord, J. T. DeBord, Ray DeBord and Hoyt DeBord; and sisters, Altha Allison, Hazel Blankenship, Johnnie Ann Blankenship and Fleta Blankenship.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Sue DeBord; one son, Barry DeBord; one grandson; one granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Orie (Barbara) DeBord of San Diego, CA; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. CDT in the Putnam-Reed Funeral Home chapel, Pikeville, TN. Burial will be in DeBord Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Hixson, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - September 18, 2016

Cynthia "Cindy" Watson Curry, 57, of Hixson, passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Englewood, Tenn. She was daughter of the late Hubert and Willie Blankenship Watson.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter and sister who will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends. She was a Christian and attended Burks United Methodist Church in Hixson, and was a member of Eastview Baptist Church in Etowah, Tenn. She was a Med Technician and had formerly worked at Sweetwater Hospital and presently worked at North Park Hospital in Hixson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Curry on Feb. 10, 2006; and an infant sister, Jeraldine Watson.

She is survived by a son and daughter in-law, Hubert and Christy Alloway, of Etowah, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Hannah, Alton and Kimber Alloway; five sisters and four brother-in-laws, Maxine and Marion Patton, of Ten Mile, Tenn., Mary Lou and Tommy Carter, of Sweetwater, Tenn., Kathleen and Jimmy Cole, of Englewood, Tenn., Carolyn Scoggins of Etowah, Tenn., and Barbara and Kent Wilson, of Athens, Tenn.; two brothers, Reece Watson and Vallerie, of Englewood and Gary Watson, of Athens; one uncle, Cecil Watson, of Sweetwater, and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mirinda Shelton Lenker.

Funeral service will be held at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home, with Layspeaker Eddie Blankenship officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at the funeral home and go in procession to McMinn Memory Gardens for the 11 a.m. committal service. Pallbearers will be Daniel Price, Nathan Walker, Brian Hatfield, Allen Walker, Eddie Price, and Eddie Scott.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Harrison, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Bettye-Dykes&lc=4741&pid=181268149&mid=7072531

Mrs. Bettye B. Dykes, 88, of Harrison, TN passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Erlanger Hospital, [Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN]. Mrs. Dykes was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 1, 1928, to the late George D. and Ethel (Trice) Blankenship.

Bettye was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Dykes.

She is survived by her daughter, Carole Hargraves; brother, George Thomas Blankenship; 6 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at the Chattanooga Funeral Home Valley View Chapel 7414 Old Lee Highway, on Tuesday Sept 6th at 1 pm. Interment will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens South.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Hixson, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - August 28, 2016

Mary Evelyn Mysinger, 83, of Hixson, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at her residence. She was one of eleven children born to the late Milton and Mary Brown

Mary loved her family and friends and enjoyed time spent playing horse shoes and bowling where she was a champion at both. Mary also enjoyed her computer which helped her make many dear friends through the years.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ulysses Mysinger; and seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters, Connie (Gary) Frazier, Rossville, Linda Wisner, Red Bank, Angel (Jim) Brooks, Hixson; sister, Helen Blankenship, Resaca, Ga.; brothers, Clarence Brown, Hixson, Randall Brown, Dayton, Tenn.; grandchildren, Clyde, Jr., Ricky, Adam, Dewayne, Tonya, Wesley, Jonathon, and Elizabeth; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in the chapel of Legacy Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Brooks officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton County Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Red Bank, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=J.+C.-Blankenship&lc=2233&pid=185037875&mid=7361987

J. C. Blankenship, age 85 [1932], of Red Bank, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was the son of the late Ruth Priddy and Clyde Blankenship.

A longtime resident of the Chattanooga area, J. C. served our country during Korean War, in the United States Army. He was retired from DuPont Corporation. J. C. was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.

J. C. was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Barbara "Bobbie" Jean McClure Blankenship; grandson, Ray Blankenship.

J. C. is survived by his son, Jackie (Debi) Blankenship; daughter Rita (Gnol) Long; granddaughter, Bridget Michelle (Drue) Meyer; four great grandsons, Shawn, Randy, Skylar and Riley.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 12, at 1 pm on Wednesday at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Red Bank, Hamilton Co., TN Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - April 11, 2017

J. C. Blankenship, 85, of Red Bank, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017. A longtime resident of the Chattanooga area. He was the son of the late Ruth Priddy and Clyde Blankenship.

J. C. served our country during Korean War, in the United States Army. He was retired from DuPont Corporation. J. C. was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.

J.C. was also preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Barbara "Bobbie" Jean McClure Blankenship; grandson, Ray Blankenship.

J. C. is survived by his son, Jackie (Debi) Blankenship; daughter, Rita (Gnol) Long; granddaughter, Bridget Michelle (Drue) Meyer; four great-grandsons, Shawn, Randy, Skylar and Riley.

Funeral services for J. C. will be at 1 pm, on Wednesday, at the Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Soddy-Daisy, Hamilton Co., TN, Obituary

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - December 8, 2017

Joseph A. "Joe" McRee, 62, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

He was a member of the Soddy Church of Christ and retired from TVA after 30 years working at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim McRee and stepfather, Dorsey Blankenship.

Survivors are his mother, Pat Blankenship; wife, Hazel McRee; son, Jeremy McRee (Tracy); half-brother, Elliott McRee; stepbrothers, Scott, Steve and Randall Potter; stepsisters, Sandy Blankenship and Tammy Potter; stepmother, Ruth McRee.

Services will be Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Minister Bill Greer officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hardeman

 

2016, Grand Junction, Hardeman Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=2bb2cd75-cf20-40f3-a72e-a182831dbbdb&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=3835939&fh_id=14418

Joe Ray Gowan, age 68 of Grand Junction, TN, was born November 25, 1947 and passed away on August 9, 2016 at 1:30pm.

Joe Ray was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Lavinia, TN. He was born and raised on Gowan Lane in Atwood, TN. He grew up on a farm, apprenticed with his father as a well-driller, worked as a mechanic, then worked at ITT in Milan until it shut down. He operated his own small engine repair business in the late 70s and 80s while driving a school bus and serving as substitute mail carrier. He moved to Grand Junction, TN in the mid-eighties to carry the mail full time till he retired from the Post Office in 2007. He loved collecting motor-driven vehicles and creating motor-driven vehicles from his own line called Joebilt. He loved fifth-wheel camping with his wife Frances till his death. He is now eternally camping and retired with the Lord in paradise.

He was preceded in death by his father Jodie L. Gowan.

He is survived by his mother Louise Gowan, his wife Frances Gowan, his three sisters Linda (Sam) Inman, Alice Kay (James) Jackson, Nancy (Ricky) Blankenship, His children Kerry (Richard) Landers, Joey Gowan, Cameron Gowan. He had three step-daughters: Jennifer (John) Weeks, Angela Jacobs, Rebecca (Troy) Miller. He had two step-grandchildren: Jacob Miller and Luke Miller.

Funeral services be held at 2pm Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Bodkin Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Hopewell Cemetery in Lavinia.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hardin

 

+2017, Savannah, Hardin Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun on Apr 23, 2017

Barbara Blankenship, 83, Savannah, TN, died 4/20.

Arrangements: Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Savannah, Hardin Co., TN, Death

http://www.shackelfordfuneraldirectors.com/obituaries/Barbara-Blankenship-3/#!/Obituary

Barbara Blankenship departed this life on April 20, 2017, at the age of 83 years, 9 months, and 15 days. She was born on July 5, 1933, the daughter of the late Elton Bernis and Ruth Bain Shaw Shea.

Barbara attended First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Tennessee. She lived in Hardin County all her life and was a homemaker and office manager for her husband's practice. Barbara enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, reading, and cooking. Barbara was very active in the church and enjoyed participating in church activities.

She married Dr. Henderson Donald Blankenship, Jr., who preceded her in death on December 17, 1999. Barbara

Barbara is survived by her sons, Henderson Donald Blankenship III and his wife, Kay, of Adamsville, Tennessee and Kevin Brian Blankenship of Savannah, Tennessee; daughters, Jane Anne Hunsucker and her husband, Phillip, of Somerville, Tennessee, Julie Elizabeth Blankenship of LaVergne, Tennessee, and Joy Melinda Blankenship of Nashville, Tennessee; a brother, Jim Shea of Heber Springs, Arkansas; a sister, Mary Lou Williams of Savannah, Tennessee; and a grandchild, Henderson Donald Blankenship IV.

 

Henderson

 

2016, Huron, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on May 19, 2016

Mr. Larry Holmes age 69 passed away at his home in Huron, Tn. Tuesday May 17, 2016. Mr. Holmes was born in Martin Tennessee, son of the late Ernest and Overne Higgs Holmes.

He attended school in Dresden Tennessee and graduated from Dresden High School in 1964 and later attended West Tennessee Business College. He was married to Phyllis Blankenship. Mr. Holmes was a sales agent, District Manager and Sales Manager for Independent Life Insurance Company which later became American General Life. He also had achieved the Life Underwriters Training Course Fellow with American General. Mr. Holmes was a member of the Unity Baptist Church, enjoyed Golf, Guitar and UT Football.

Mr. Holmes is survived by his wife Phyllis Blankenship Holmes, one son Jason Holmes both of Huron. A sister Brenda Copeland (Jerry) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and a brother Don Holmes (Pam) of Jackson Tennessee.

Funeral Services for Mr. Holmes will be 2:00 P.M. Friday at Shackelford Funeral Directors Johnson Chapel, with Dr. James Huggins and Houston Ehrett officiating. Burial will follow in the Unity Cemetery at Jacks Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Jan. 8, 2016

Funeral services for Mr. Fleetwood "Woody" Stanfill, age 81, are scheduled for 11 AM, Saturday, January 9, 2016 at First Baptist Church in Lexington with Dr. Hoyt Wilson officiating with Masonic Rites to follow. Interment will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Mr. Stanfill passed away Wednesday in Jackson. He was born March 21, 1934 in Henderson County to the late Hicks Rady Stanfill and Drexel Blankenship Stanfill.

Mr. Stanfill owned Piggly Wiggly in Lexington from 1978 - 2002 and managed Camps Supermarket for over 20 years. He joined First Baptist Church in Lexington in 1956, where he was a charter member of the Jack Hay Sunday School Class. He had been a Mason for over 50 years belonging to the Constantine Lodge # 64 and was a Shriner. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening.

Mr. Stanfill is survived by his high school sweetheart, to whom he has been married for 63 years, Mrs. Bobbie Reeves Stanfill; his two daughters, Beverly Lawson (Max) and Gina Myracle (Dudley); two brothers, Bennie Stanfill and Frank Stanfill; one sister, Wilma Moffitt; five grandchildren, Jeremy Lawson (Beverly), Russ Lawson, Katie Story (Chris); Molly Britt (Jason), and Allison Cummins (Tyler); and three great grandchildren, Noah and Norah Beth Britt and Jonah Lawson. His grandchildren were his pride and joy!

He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Stanfill.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, District 5, Henderson Co., TN,

Stanfiel, Hick R. 33, M, TN, Head,

Stanfiel, Drexel 29, F, TN, Wife,

Stanfiel, Billy 11, M, TN, Son,

Stanfiel, Bennie 09, M, TN, Son,

Stanfiel, Wilma 07, F, TN, Dau,

Stanfiel, Fleetwood 06, M, TN, Son,

Stanfiel, Frank 03, M, --, Son,

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+2016, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.paffordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Leonard-Blankenship-2/#!/Obituary

Funeral services for Mr. Leonard Thomas "Buddy" Blankenship, age 71, are scheduled for 2 PM on Tuesday February 9, 2016 in the Chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Derrick Jowers and Bro. Tim Maness officiating. Burial will follow in Hare Cemetery.

Mr. Blankenship passed away on Saturday February 6, 2016 in Jackson, [Madison Co.,] TN. Born June 10, 1944 in Henderson Co. TN. to the late P. F. Blankenship and Essie Hart Blankenship.

Mr. Leonard was a retired Production Supervisor for Magna Tech. Mr. Blankenship was a member of Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, worked 33 years at Magna Tech, and was a charter member of Station 10 Fire Department.

Mr. Leonard was preceded in death by brothers; Calvin, Roy, Bill, and Sidney Blankenship, and two sisters, Lona Loftin and Adlay Blaylock.

Survivors include, his wife of 21 years, Mrs. Emily Blankenship, son, Bryant Keith Blankenship(Amy), daughter, Sandra Gail Middleton (David White), brother, Cecil Blankenship (Paulette), four sisters, Alice Hayes, Betty Crowe, Nina Crowe, and Ann Jenkins, four grandchildren, Jacob Middleton(Morgan), Dillon Blankenship (Brooke Roberts), Hayden Blankenship, and Taylor Bunch, and two great grandchildren, Jamison Middleton and Avery Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun on Apr. 8, 2016

Beatrice Blankenship, 95 [1921], Lexington, TN, died 4/6.

Arrangements: Reed's Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.reedschapel.com/obituaries/Beatrice-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Beatrice Blankenship, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Lexington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cordie and Pearlie Dickson; husband, Lloyd H. Blankenship; 2 brothers, Wilburn Harrison Dickson and Herman Dickson; and 2 sisters, Martha Mae Flowers and Mildred Overturf.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Loy Wallace (Jimmy) of Lexington and Jewel Fay Blankenship of Lexington; 1 sister, Dorothy Sue Wallace of Arkansas; 5 grandchildren, Julia Nailling (David), Jeanne Jowers, Jonathan Cagle (Kaylene), Chris Wallace (Carla), and Craig Wallace (Misty); and 11 great grandchildren, Taylor Fesmire (Boone), Matthew Eans, Abby Jowers, Kristina Cagle , Christian Wallace, Jack Jowers, Darby Wallace, Madison Cagle, Rebekah Wallace, Katelynn Cagle, and Samuel Wallace.

Funeral services will be on Friday, April 8 at 2PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2017

Danny Blankenship, 63, Lexington, TN, died 2/12.

Arrangements: Pafford Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://quadcitiesdaily.com/?p=369594

Mr. Danny Blankenship, age 63, passed away Sunday in Lexington. He was born January 2, 1954 in Lexington to the late Arvil and Earlene Young Blankenship.

He was the owner of Danny Blankenship Bonding Company, liked Tennessee Football, and enjoyed farming and boating. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Henderson and was President of Tennessee Association of Professional Bonding Agents.

Survivors include his daughter, Danielle Jessie Burns (); his sister, Phyllis Blankenship Holmes; five grandchildren, Dustin Bullington, Natasha Estes, Kodie Pusser (Caleb), Zackary Melton, and Courtney Burns; three great grandchildren, Bailey Estes, Remington Dunavant, and Hunter Pusser; nephew, Jason Holmes; and several cousins.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 PM, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Unity Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Unity Cemetery.

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Don-Blankenship-105066269

Don Blankenship, March 4, 1947 - August 6, 2017, Lexington, Tennessee

He was a carpenter and had served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Funeral services will be Tuesday August 8 at 1PM at Reeds Chapel with burial to follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.reedschapel.com/obituaries/Don-Blankenship-2/#!/Obituary

Don Blankenship, age 70, of Lexington passed away Sunday August 6, 2017 at his home.

He was a carpenter and had served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carlis and Flora Blankenship and a brother Wilton Blankenship.

He is survived by his wife; Edith Hays Blankenship, a daughter; Mona (Joey) Roberts of Lexington, 4 brothers; Carl Wayne Blankenship of Luray, Jr. Blankenship of Danville, Dean Blankenship, and Charles Blankenship of Lexington, 2 grandchildren; Shelley (Andrew) Walters and Wes (Miranda) Roberts, and 3 great-grandchildren; Makenzie Walters, and Emma and Eli Roberts.

Funeral services will be Tuesday August 8 at 1PM at Reeds Chapel with burial to follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2017

Carolyn Blankenship, 74, Lexington, TN, died 9/13. Arrangements: Reed's Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Death

http://www.reedschapel.com/obituaries/Carolyn-Blankenship-3/#!/Obituary

Carolyn Jane Reeves Blankenship, age 74 [1943], passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Jackson, [Madison Co., TN].

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kennie and Clara Reeves, 1 brother, J. V. Reeves, and 2 sisters, Norene Wooley and Mable Duke.

She is survived by 1 son, Kennie Blankenship (Amanda) of Houston, TX, 1 sister, Norma Maness of Scotts Hill, 3 grandchildren, Autumn Blankenship, Danielle Blankenship, and Mason Blankenship, 2 great grandchildren, Adrian Cornejo and Elaina Cornejo, and a special great great niece, Bristol Middleton.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 16 at 1:30PM at Corinth Baptist Church with burial to follow in Corinth Cemetery.

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Sept. 28, 2017

Mrs. Marie Blankenship, age 89passed away early Wednesday 27 Sep 2017, in Lexington. She was born May 19, 1928 in Henderson County to the late Samuel Harrison Tomlin and Maggie Mae Hart Tomlin.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed yard sales and gardening. She loved her grandchildren and was a wonderful mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Ora Belton Blankenship; her sister, Jewell Quinn; and a special friend, Rubel Hamm.

Survivors include her son, Thomas J. (Kelli) Blankenship of Lexington; her daughter, Carolyn (Tim) Maness of Darden; eight grandchildren, Jeremy (Luchita) Blankenship of Jackson, Jason (Samantha) Blankenship, April (David) Harrod, Jerid Blankenship, Megan (Jason) Wood, Brandon Maness, and Jacob (Kelsey) Maness all of Lexington, and Cooper Maness of Darden; eleven great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 PM, Friday, September 29, 2017 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Death

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Zula-Mae-Blankenship-105390860

Zula Mae Blankenship, April 6, 1923 - October 18, 2017, Tennessee

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lexington, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.paffordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Zula-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Mrs. Zula Mae Blankenship age 94, passed away late Wednesday [18Oct2017] in Lexington. She was born April 6, 1923 in Henderson County to the late Willie B. and Sally Doyle Bledsoe. She was retired from Johnson Controls and a member of Old Jacks Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Herbert Blankenship and three sisters, Lounell Hamm, Raymell Little, and Evie Little.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet Woods (Mark); two sisters, Ruth Little and Wilma McPeake; three grandchildren, Cristy Halters Costello (Chris), Mandy Halters McIntosh (Scott), and Heath Halters; and two great grandchildren, Caden Costello and Lincoln McIntosh.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 PM, Saturday, October 21, 2017 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home in Lexington with Bro. Mark Woods officiating. Interment will follow in Henderson County Memory Gardens.

 

+2016, Luray, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.paffordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Nashie-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Ms. Nashie Jones Blankenship, age 88, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, in Lexington, [Henderson Co., TN]. She was born December 1, 1927 in Madison County to the late Dalford Lee and Bulah Dunavan Jones.

She was retired from Brown Shoe Company, was a member of Luray Baptist Church, and enjoyed watching the Game Show Network Channel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Max Blankenship; one son, Gary Buckley; one daughter, Linda Burkeen; one grandchild; two great grandchildren; one son-in-law, Larry Greenway; six sisters, Kathy Curran, Ruby Burress, Mary Alice Smith, Opal Rhodes, Sadie Holloman, and Jessie Jones; and three brothers, Sam, Doc, and Dee Jones.

Survivors include three sons, Don Buckley (Pamela), Terry Buckley (Nancy), and Roger Buckley (Lisa); three daughters, Anita Greenway, Judy Brantley (Tom), and Penny Barnes (Greg); one son-in-law, Billy Burkeen; one brother, Tommy Jones (Doris); 21 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 PM, Saturday, June 25, 2016 in the chapel of Pafford Funeral Home with Bro. Clint Burkhead and Bro. Ronnie Geary officiating. Interment will follow in Old Jacks Creek Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Reagan, Henderson Co., TN, Funeral

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Steve-Larry-Blankenship-103368244

Steve Larry Blankenship, October 12, 1945 - March 5, 2016, Reagan, Tennessee

A celebration service and ride are scheduled for May 15 to Cabo Cemetery in Enville TN.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Reagan, Henderson Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.paffordfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Steve-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Mr. Steve Larry Blanker Blankenship, age 70, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 in Reagan. He was born October 12, 1945 in Henderson County to the late James Thomas JT Blankenship and Baby Ruth Cherry Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was the owner of Cody Outdoor Sign Company in Memphis, TN. He was a true artist and visionary and spent 50 years working on billboards and custom conversion vans. He was considered one of the best in his industry. He made a career doing something he loved. His favorite past time was spending the day on his Harley with his Twizted Brotherhood Family.

Survivors include his daughter, Autumn Price (Jack) of King, NC; his son, Cody Blankenship; his sister, Carol Kelley of Reagan; his brother, Mark Blankenship of Arlington; his two grandsons (who were his pride and joy), Grant and Memphis; as well as extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by one son, Eric Blankenship and one sister, Belinda OBrien.

A celebration service and ride are scheduled for May 15 to Cabo Cemetery in Enville, TN.

 

Henry

 

2016, Springville, Henry Co., TN, Obituary

The Paris Post-Intelligencer, (TN) - June 27, 2016

Mark Alan Harrison, 52, of Springville, died Friday, June 24, 2016, in his home. No cause of death has been released at this time. He was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Memphis to the late Sidney Oliver and Dorothy McNeil Harrison.

Harrison worked as a painter and construction worker for several years. A family member said that he was also a talented musician and enjoyed playing the guitar.

He is survived by a daughter: Melissa Blankenship, of Springville; two sons: Mark Harrison and Billy Wimberly, both of Springville; 11 grandchildren; his former wife: Jan Sprouse, of Springville; and his best friend: Brad Barton, of Paris.

His funeral arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home. His body will be cremated with a memorial service to be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hickman

 

2016, Duck River, Hickman Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Herald, (Columbia, TN) - August 12, 2016

Mr. George Arnold Pruitt, age 81, husband of Betty Pruitt, and a resident of Duck River, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Maury Regional Medical Center, [Columbia, Maury Co., TN]. Born on December 6, 1934 in Maury County George was the son of the late William Walter Pruitt and the late Lura Blankenship Pruitt.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and playing the guitar, but his greatest joy was getting visits from his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son: Timothy Pruitt; and brothers: Jimmy Lee Pruitt and Rev. Elgia Donald Pruitt.

In addition to his wife, Betty, of 54 years, he is survived by his son: Gary (Tammy) Pruitt of Hampshire; brother: Walter Vernon (Eva Mae) Pruitt of Columbia; grandchildren: Timothy Jacob Pruitt of Nashville, Adam Dale Pruitt of Nashville, Matthew Ryan Pruitt of Chattanooga, Sabrina Nicole Pruitt of Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1PM at Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Ledbetter officiating. Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. Pallbearers will be: Jacob Pruitt, Adam Pruitt, Matthew Pruitt, Kerry Pruitt, Wayne Pruitt, and David Pruitt. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Liberty Baptist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Jefferson

 

+2017, New Market, Jefferson Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - December 20, 2017

Helen India Peck Stiner, 90 [1927], of New Market, TN; passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

She was a graduate of Carson-Newman College and taught fourth grade at New Market School for 45 years. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church and the Jefferson County Retired Teacher Association. Helen was an avid Golfer and loved her bulldog, Barney.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max E. Stiner; parents, Harry and Myrtle Peck; sisters, Mary Alice Miller, Alta Ruth Blankenship, Virginia Lewis Hotz, and Elden Leigh Fielden.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Susan Stiner; granddaughters, Lori (Beau) Tucker and Wendi Stiner; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service 11:00 AM at Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Jefferson Memorial Garden.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Johnson

 

2016, Butler, Johnson Co., TN, Obituary

Elizabethton Star (TN) - June 6, 2016

Gladys (Sis) Potter Trivette, 83, of Butler, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 6, 2016, after a brief illness.

She was a member of Stone Mountain Baptist Church.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Joseph Trivette; father, Millard Potter, and mother, Bessie Potter; sister, Ellen Potter; brothers, Enoch Potter, Boone Potter, Roy Potter and Noah Potter; and son, Michael Danny Trivette.

Survivors include her sons, Elmer Dale Potter and wife Cathy Potter, and Bobby Dean Trivette and Sheila Trivette; grandchildren, Joseph J. Trivette and wife April, Patrick Dale Potter, Todd Trivette, Eric Trivette, Bobbi Jo and T. J. Trivette and April Sue Potter Lay; great-grandchildren, Zachary Buckles, Weston Potter, Payton Lay, Jasmine Davis and Colin Trivette; sister, Kathy Campbell; and special friends, Beatrice Holtsclaw, Rosa Potter and Retta Blankenship.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Knox

 

2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Jan. 17, 2016

Lois Arlene Taylor Anderson, age 78, passed away January 13, 2016. She loved football and was one of the Tennessee Vols biggest fans.

Preceded in death by husband, Marion "Red" Anderson; daughter, Rhonda Thomas.

Survived by sons, Tim Anderson and wife Terry, James R. Anderson; grandchildren, Danielle Esslinger, Denise Esslinger, Andy Thomas, Timothy Randall Anderson, and Joseph Wayne Anderson; beloved great-grandchildren, Dante Quinones, Dylan Esslinger, including Dokota Langtimm, Faith Brooks; many great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Jimmy Thomas; sister, Norma Blankenship and husband Jack.

Family and friends will meet 1:45 pm Wednesday at Highland Memorial for 2:00 pm graveside service. Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel in charge of arrangements. www.mynattfh.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 8, 2016

Hal Burchell, age 78, went home to be with the Lord on April 5, 2016.

He was a hard-working and compassionate man who will always be remembered for being a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A member of Shady Baptist Church, Hal was loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jimmy Berrier.

Hal is survived and will be forever missed by his wife of nearly 58 years, Nettie Burchell; sons, Jimmy Berrier and wife Brenda, Hal A. Burchell, Jeffrey D. Burchell, daughters; Rettellia Andrews and husband Glen, and Lena Blankenship; grandchildren; Caleb Blankenship, Lily Blankenship Patrick Burchell and fianc Sara Davis, Benjamin Stinnett, Corey Lacey, Michael Burchell, Hal "Bubba" Burchell, Jr., Derek Walker, and Bradley Walker; brother, Melvin "Bud" Burchell and wife Betty; sisters, Catherine "Tootsie" Berrier and husband Chuck, Myrtle Dale Vandergriff and husband Gene; and many other extended family and friends he cherished.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 9, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Shady Baptist Church (4800 Block of Shady Road) in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee 37871.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Apr. 24 to Apr. 25, 2016

Mary Lou Blankenship Hunley, devoted mother, went home to be with her Savior April 22, 2016.

She was a member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City where she was a member of and served as secretary for many years to the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She also spent many years working in the church library and serving the Senior Neighbors group. Mary Lou grew up in Fountain City and was attending Central High School in 1942 when she married Clifford Hunley after he was called to fight for his country. She later became the best mother to their four children and spent much of her time and energy taking care of them. Clifford was there to meet her in Heaven along with their son Stan Hunley, and grandsons Michael and Chris Hunley.

Mary Lou is survived by son Daniel Hunley and wife Imelda; daughter Carolyn Moore and husband Tim; son David Hunley and wife Pamela; grandchildren Joscelyn Whitson and husband Scott, D. J. Hunley, and Denise Hill; sister Martha B. Kerley; daughter-in-law Brenda Hunley; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Doris and J.D. Rouse; special niece Elizabeth Brown and husband Pete, as well as several other nieces and nephews. "We will all gather again in Heaven."

Family and friends will meet 12:45 am Monday at Greenwood Cemetery for graveside services at 1:00 pm with Rev. Gloria Mencer officiating. Family and friends may call at their convenience Sunday afternoon at Mynatt Funeral Home Fountain City Chapel. www.mynattfh.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - August 12, 2016

Linda Marie Nichols Blankenship, 66 [1950], went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at her home, in Knoxville, TN.

Linda was an LPN and worked at UT Hospital and Baptist Hospital, and spent many years as a home health nurse.

She was preceded in death by parents, H. Marvin Nichols and Gladys M. Nichols; grandparents, Joseph and Dossie Nichols; dear friend, Gloria Marshall.

Survived by her husband of 35 years, Dan Blankenship ; sons, Michael (Kristin)Blankenship , of Tampa, FL, and Brian Blankenship ; grandchildren, Hayden, Carter and Katherine Blankenship, of Tampa, FL; uncle, Harold (Ann) Nichols; brother-in-law, Jack Harmon; sister-in-law, Linda Diane Overbey; and many cousins, including Julie (Scott) Durham, of Jonesboro, AR.

A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016, at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel. Interment will follow in Asbury Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - September 2, 2016

Helen Pauline Carden, age 99, born November 4, 1916, in Cookson Creek, Polk County, TN, passed away August 30, 2016, at Shannondale Health Care Center, in Knoxville, TN.

Carden attended Polk County High School and Edmondson School of Business, in Chattanooga, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She had a career as a medical administrative assistant, in Chattanooga and Knoxville, that spanned 55 years. She was also a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in Knoxville, which will accept memorial donations.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Oliver Carden, of Cookson Creek and Virginia Blankenship Carden, of Cookson Creek and Knoxville; and sister, Reba Carden (Rudy) Colson, of Knoxville.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary Lou Carden Midkiff and Edith Sue Carden, of Knoxville; nieces, Sharon Midkiff (David) Damalouji, of Huntingtown, MD, Kay Colson (McRae) Sharpe, of Knoxville, Kimberly Midkiff, of New York, NY; and numerous grand and great-grandnieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2016

Margie Mae Blankenship Hall, age 82 [1934], of Knoxville and Crossville, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson's.

She was a 1952 graduate of Karns High School, and retiree of Martin-Marietta in 1988. Margie enjoyed a long retirement in Crossville with her husband, Billy, where they loved traveling, gardening, wildflowers and volunteering their time at Good Samaritans Mission.

Preceded in death by her siblings, John, Cletus, Fred and Mary Blankenship.

Survivors include her husband, William (Billy) Hall; son, Mickey Hall; grandchildren, Aaron Hall and Ashton Fitzgerald; siblings, Carolyn Wallace and Ethel Raby.

Funeral service at 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2016, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, The graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 13, 2016

Margaret "Aileen" Mayes, age 86, of Knoxville, born on December 14, 1929, went to live eternally with her Lord on December 9, 2016.

Retired from Atria Assisted Living, she was also a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by husband, Alfred W. Mayes; her father, James Giles; and mother, Neva Giles; sisters, Connie and Marie; son-in-law, Robert (Buddy) Blankenship; and daughter-in-law, Debbie Mayes.

Survived by her children, Cindy Blankenship, Pat Jaynes, Diane and Harold Catlett. Rick Mayes, Sherry and Mike McGlothlan, and Becky Mayes; siblings, Denny Giles and Evelyn Newcomb; grandchildren, Stephanie, Scott, Corey, Jason, Kevin, Julia, Aaron, Erica, Ashley and 17 great-grandchildren.

A brief memorial service will be held at Ridgeview Baptist Church on Thursday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. Maston Jackson officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2016

Audley Galbraith Hamrick was born on December 16, 1929 in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He died on December 25, 2016 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

He attended Boiling Springs School and graduated with degrees from Gardner Webb College, Carson Newman College and New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He served as a missionary for the Home Mission Board (North American Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention for over 32 years in New Mexico. His love for Christ and his love for people drew him and his wife Della Jo to serve various Native American tribes including the Navajo at Alamo, Zuni Pueblo, the Jicarilla Apache at Dulce, Laguna and Acoma Pueblos, various tribes in Albuquerque, and the Navajo again in Gallup. Audley's heart passion was to share the saving Gospel of Christ to our lost and hurting world. He encouraged reading God's word and singing worship music in the Navajo language, and he translated some hymns and scripture into the Keresan language spoken in Laguna and Acoma. Between his times at Dulce and at Laguna-Acoma, he also served as pastor of the Camp's Creek Baptist Church near Boiling Springs. After his retirement, he lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he served as a deacon in the Sevier Heights Baptist Church for many years. His never-ceasing care and compassion were evident in the multitude of ways he served during his time as missionary and in retirement.

Audley is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Paul and Jessie Pangle Hamrick; his two brothers, Paul Hamrick, Jr. and Maxwell Hamrick; and one sister, Teresa Ann Hamrick.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Della Jo Galyon Hamrick; and his five children and their spouses, Mark Stephen Hamrick (Robin Grammer) Cynthia Hamrick Leavelle (Tommy) Daniel Richard Hamrick (Ruthanne Briggs) Beth Hamrick Swan (Joel) and Katrina Hamrick Eash (Chris). He also leaves nine grandchildren, Sarah Hamrick Glenn (John), Christy Blankenship; Richard, Robert, and Stephen Leavelle; Jonathan, Paul, and Anna Rose Hamrick, James Swan, and Evangeline Eash. He has one great-grandson, Liam Glenn. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 31, 2016 with Dr. Hollie Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Sevier County.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 28, 2017

Sebastian Julius (Sebe) Myers-Pfeifle, age 16, of Knoxville, passed away suddenly early Friday morning, February 24, 2017. Sebastian was a sophomore at Bearden High School.

He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Martin Pfeifle, Sr.

Sebastian is survived by his parents, Jennifer Myers of Knoxville, Martin Pfeifle and wife Angie of Kingston; brother, Aedyn Myers-Pfeifle; step-sisters, Jaime Blankenship, Haley Hedgepeth; grandparents, Dennis and Mary Myers of Knoxville; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial service on Tuesday at the Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends will gather at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Edgewood Cemetery for graveside services.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - June 27, 2017

Mr. Walter Keith Hill, of Knoxville, originally from Duff, TN died peacefully at his home in South Knoxville on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Keith was born on May 30, 1937, to Walter David and Della Blankenship Hill.

Keith grew up in Duff, TN and was a graduate of LaFollette High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force and then attended and graduated from East Tennessee State University. He spent much of his work career in finance and vehicle sales. He died holding a deep affection for his family and an unfailing love and trust in his Savior. He attended New Covenant Fellowship.

Keith was preceded in death by his Parents, Sister, Lucille Hill, and Brother, Harvey Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Lora Rathbone Hill; and Sister, Grace Stout Goins; four Daughters, Kim and Jim Conklin, and their children, Jess and Lauren; Jennifer and Chuck Farmer, and their children, Conlon and Chelsea; Beth Ann and Phil Fendly, and their children, Kristopher and Casey; Melanie and James Likos, and their children, Kenlee and Parker; Nephew, David Stout; Nieces, Gail Herrin, Karen Miller, Katrina Laster, and Emily White. A heartfelt thanks to close friend and caregiver, Marilyn Hembree

Funeral Services Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 2 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel in LaFollette, TN with Don Arnurius and Larry King officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in LaFollette.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, District 5, Campbell Co., TN,

Hill, Walter D. 37, M, TN, Head,

Hill, Della 30, F, TN, Wife,

Hill, Willie Grace 08, F, TN, Dau,

Hill, Walter K. 02, M, TN, Son,

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2017, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - July 22, 2017

Mary Josephine Willard (Jody) Woody - age 88 of Knoxville joined her husband, Sam, in Heaven on Thursday, July 20, 2017.

Member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School, Class of 1947 where she lettered in basketball for four years. Attended Webster College.

Preceded in death by husband of 61 years, Sam Woody; parents, J. E. and Helen Ashe Willard; sister, Sister Ann Madeline (Ann Rita) Willard; brothers, Jess, George, Hubert, and Bob Willard; and brother-in-law, Roy Wedekind, MD.

Survived by daughters, Joan (Jim) Rowe, Gail (Joe) Austin, and Debbie (Ken) Houbre; grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) Rowe, Susan (Chris) Blankenship , Heather (Jeremy) Sharp, Joseph (Ashley) Austin, Daniel (Sarah) Austin, David (Heather) Houbre, Michael (Lindsey) Houbre, Amanda Houbre, and Jason Houbre; great grandchildren, Caleb, Emalee Grace and Joshua Rowe; Ella, Andrew, Fatmata and Umaru Blankenship; Coleman and Holden Sharp; Harrison and Harper Austin; Isaac Austin; Roman, Ivan and Gabriel Houbre; Levi, Madelyn and Ellie Houbre; sisters, Jean Wedekind, Dorothy Romines and Patsy Connelly; sisters-in-law, Ella Jean Forrester, Mary Catherine Willard, Carole Willard, and Georda Willard; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Monday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Tim Sullivan officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - September 13, 2017

Edith Sue Carden, 96, born Dec. 29, 1920, in Cookson Creek, in Polk County, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at a health care center in Knoxville.

She attended Polk County High School and McKenzie Business College in Chattanooga. She worked for Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport during World War II, and for the Veteran's Administration in Washington, DC. She also worked for Allis-Chalmers in Knoxville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Oliver Carden of Cookson Creek, and Virginia Blankenship Carden, of Cookson Creek and Knoxville; sisters: Helen Carden and Reba Carden (Rudy) Colson and Mary Lou Carden Midkiff, all of Knoxville; nieces: Sharon Midkiff (David) Damalouji of Huntingtown, MD, Kay Colson (McRae) Sharpe of Knoxville, and Kimberly Midkiff of New York, NY; and numerous grand- and great-grand-nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held today, Sept. 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - October 14, 2017

Mary Lou Carden Midkiff, age 98, Knoxville, TN, passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at Shannondale Health Care Center in Knoxville. She was born October 22, 1918, in Cookson Creek, Polk County, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents John Oliver Carden of Cookson Creek and Virginia Blankenship Carden of Cookson Creek and Knoxville; sisters Helen Carden, Edith Sue Carden, and Reba (Rudy) Carden Colson, all of Knoxville, and her former husband, H. Douglas Midkiff.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Midkiff (David) Damalouji of Huntingtown, MD and Kimberly Midkiff of New York, NY; grandchildren Rachel Damalouji (Ashton) Bird of Severna Park, MD and Jonathan (Christina) Damalouji of Aviano, Italy; great-grandchildren Brooks Arthur Bird and Susanna Rae Damalouji due in December.

There will be a private family celebration of life at a future date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Knoxville, Knox Co., TN Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - November 25, 2017

Della Mae Hanley, age 78, of Knoxville, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2017.

Della devoted her life to her family and taking care of her safe haven for animals. She could be found tending to her yard, daylight to dark.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Elsie Sutton, brothers, Billy and Johnny Sutton and her loving husband of 49 years, James H. Hanley.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Jim Blankenship , son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Ann Hanley, grandchildren, Brooklyn (Jennifer), Brittni (Clint), Lindsey (Jenna) and Jessie, great-grandchildren, Grant, Hope and Olivia, sister and best friend, Patsy Whitfield and husband Bobby, several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will meet Monday, November 27, 2017 at 11:45am at Berry Highland Memorial for a 12pm graveside service with Rev. Bill Walden officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, North Knoxville, Knox Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - July 13, 2017

Delores Doane "Granny Dee" McNeil of North Knoxville, born July 14, 1929 went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She would have been 88 years old on her birthday.

She was a charter member of Washington Avenue Baptist Church and currently attending Buffat Heights Baptist Church. Preceded in death by first husband of 24 years, John Doane; son, Wayne Doane; parents, Charles and Grace Pettiford.

Survivors; loving husband of 43 years, Ray McNeil; Daughter, Donna Blankenship (George); daughter in law, Joyce Doane; step-sons, Doug McNeil (Becky), Phil McNeil (Denise); step daughter, Susan Newberry; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jessie Riffey, Faye Newby and Charlcie Cooper; several nieces and nephews with special thanks to niece, Lisa Ann Bufford.

Funeral service 7:00 pm Friday, July 14, 2017 Bridges Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Thomas officiating. Family and friends will meet 10:45 AM Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for an 11:00 AM graveside service. Pallbearer: grandsons.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Donna K. Blankenship b.1956 Knoxville, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPP4-Y9Q

Relatives - George Blankenship, Katrina Kaye Blankenship, Robert George Blankenship, Robert S. Blankenship, Scott Blankenship, Sheila Blankenship.

 

Lake

 

2017, Tiptonville, Lake Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.stategazette.com/story/2443871.html

Mae Wilbanks Lane, 81, of Tiptonville, TN, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Tennova Healthcare Dyersburg Regional, [Dyer Co., TN]. She was born on February 28, 1936 in Ridgely, TN, to the late Kirkland Wilbanks and the late Lillie Greer Wilbanks.

Mrs. Lane was a retired waitress for Gooch's Dining Room and was also an employee of Lakeview Grocery.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Lane; four sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include her three daughters, Connie Byrd and husband, Jimmy, of Tiptonville, Lisa Gail Lane of Dyersburg and Lori Ann Long and husband, Michael, of Tiptonville; two sons, Steven Michael Lane of Dyersburg and David Edward Lane of Knoxville; two sisters-in-law, Mary Reed of Samburg and Winnie Wilbanks of Wagoner, OK; five grandchildren, Eric Byrd, Brian Byrd, Michael Fulcher, Kelli Blankenship, and Katelyn Long; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tiptonville Chapel of Dyersburg Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Lake Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Brian Byrd, Eric Byrd, Jimmy Byrd, Ricky Blankenship, Michael Long and Michael Fulcher.

The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place,

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lawrence

 

2017, Lawrenceburg, Lawrence Co., TN, Obituary

Portsmouth Daily Times (OH) - June 23, 2017

Anne Blankenship Dickerson, 73 [1944], of Lawrenceburg, TN, formerly of Portsmouth, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in Tennessee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 AM Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Adam Streitenberger officiating. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. Melcher Funeral Home of Portsmouth is handling the arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lincoln

 

2016, Fayetteville, Lincoln Co., TN Obituary

Published in Elk Valley Times on July 20, 2016

Scotty Phelps, 64, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday (July 14, 2016) at his residence. Mr. Phelps was the son of the late Pen and Hazel Johnson Phelps.

He was a groundskeeper and maintenance man for many years.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Wanda Brock; daughter, Kelly Phelps; special children, Chris Brock, Janda (Jimmy) Rippe; grandchildren, Hallie, Nevaeh, Kayla, Chris, Andrea, MaKenna, Corben; sisters, Lou Smith, Ruth Blankenship, Stella Beaver; brothers, David Phelps, Greg Phelps, Larry Phelps, Ralph Phelps; and closest and special friend, Roger Christian.

Higgins Funeral Home is serving the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Loudon

 

2016, Greenback, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Jan. 19, 2016

Lori Anne Blankenship, age 44 [1972], of Greenback, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016, at Blount Memorial Hospital, [Maryville, Blount Co., TN] following a battle with cancer.

Lori was a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister that touched the lives of so many people. She was a beautiful, strong, and caring person and an inspiration to all who knew her. Tim, her husband, was her soul mate and very best friend, who she dearly loved. Lori was a teacher/Administrator at Greenback School. She was an All State Basketball player and loved sports, especially enjoyed watching her two girls play basketball. Lori will be sadly missed but her life will always leave an impact on many.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Warren and Bessie Thompson and Walter and Imogene Heaton.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Blankenship; daughters, Riley and Tater Guillemet; parents, Grady and Nora Thompson; sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Heath Blair; nephew, Sam Blair; niece, Ivy Blair; many aunts, uncles, cousins and Greenback Faculty.

Funeral services will be at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday in McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rich Carnes officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at Axleys Chapel Cemetery for the interment service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lenoir City, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - May 12, 2017

Jan Blankenship Pipkin, of Lenoir City TN, passed away on May 10, 2017. She was born on May 27, 1956, in Knoxville, TN to John J. Blankenship and Joan G. Blankenship. She passed away peacefully at home with family by her side.

Jan grew up in Farragut, TN and graduated from Farragut High School in 1974. Jan married Mark Pipkin in July 1981 and were happily married for 36 years.

Jan was preceded in death by her father John J. Blankenship.

Jan is survived by her spouse Mark Pipkin of Lenoir City TN; her sons Matt Pipkin of Knoxville, Kelly Pipkin of Lenoir City, and daughter Suzanne LaManna of Kapa'a, Kauai; mother Joan Bondell Blankenship of Knoxville TN; sisters Carol Blankenship of Gilbertsville, New York and Sandra Jisr of Beirut, Lebanon; granddaughter Ariana Bradley of Johnson City, TN; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel on Monday from 12-1:45pm with Funeral Service at 2pm. Interment will immediately follow at Highland West Memorial Park in Knoxville TN.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Loudon, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Nov. 3, 2016

Bobbie Grimes, 84 [1932], of Loudon, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2016.

Preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Susie Blankenship, Sr.

Survived by husband, Jimmy Grimes; daughters, Ann Smallen, Amy Koch, and Paula Price; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Johnny Blankenship and sister, Benita Fox.

Family and friends will meet at New Hope Cemetery, Madisonville, Friday morning for 11:00 a.m. graveside service. Loudon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Loudon, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 15, 2016

Susan L. Lawson, 71 [1945], of Loudon, TN, passed away on Tuesday, December 13th at 10:58 a.m. at Sweetwater Hospital, [Monroe Co., TN].

She is preceded in death by parents, Earnest Jr. and Betty Blankenship; step-daughter, Elizabeth and step-son, Billy.

Survivors; husband, Floyd Lawson; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Michelle Hughes; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Randy Newbolds; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Earnest Lee Blankenship.

Funeral service will be at Loudon Funeral Home on Friday, December 16th, at 7:00 pm, Rev. Bobby Lawson will officiate. Interment will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Loudon, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Apr. 12, 2017

Donald R. (Donnie) Roberts, age 76, of Mason Lane, Loudon, passed away April 10, 2017 at Fort Sanders Regional Hospital, [Knoxville, Knox Co., TN]. He was born in Loudon on February 11, 1941 at the home of his grandfather, R. L. Scrabrough.

Donnie was a member of Blairland Baptist Church; attended Loudon Freewill Baptist and Riverview Baptist. Donnie has served the families as funeral director for over sixty years. He began working while in grammar school in the late 50's, starting with Harvey Hawkins. He was a valued employee and friend of Loudon Funeral Home since it's beginning, in November 1983. All through the years, families could depend that each of their families' services were carried out at their request, and made sure that every request wasn't overlooked. Many friends were made and to this day a lot of families still call upon Donnie. He loved his work and enjoyed every minute helping families. He was a LHS graduate, Class of 1959.

Preceded in death by his father, Frank Roberts; mother, Flora (Bo) Scarbrough Roberts; sister, Judy Roberts Humphreys and husband Hugh; brother-in-law, George Bowden; nephew, Thomas Bowden; sister-in-law, Jewel Cardin McKee; father and mother-in-law, Jim and Willie Blankenship McKee.

Survivors: loving wife of 16 years, Betty McKee Smallen Roberts; sister, Jane Bowden, Loudon; nephew, Jason Humphreys and children, Haley, Dylan and Ella Grace, of Loudon; step-children, Cathy and Joe Waggoner, of Seymour, Rick Smallen and friend, Rita, Mike and Jodie Dalton Smallen, of Madisonville; grandchildren, April, Jesse, Riley, Kendyll and Tyler Smallen, of Madisonville, Nathan, Leah and Miracle, of Athens, Beth, Sara and David Waggoner; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jack McKee and friend Francis Hampton, Austin and Mildred McKee, Shirley and Freddy Atkins, and Donnie and Donna McKee, all of Madisonville; and loving cat, Tinker.

Funeral service will be 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at Loudon Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Jon Henson, Rev. Gene Farmer, Rev. Donnie Dalton and Rev. Carl Jenkins officiating; Eulogies by Harold Amburn, Joyce Blair Fields and Stanley Blair. Interment 11:00 a.m., Friday, at Steekee Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Loudon, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on July 4, 2017

Johnny W. Blankenship, 91 of Loudon, TN, passed away July 1, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He retired from Maremont and was a member for 63 years and deacon of Lakeside Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Blankenship and Susie Cagle; wife, Mabel Ruth Houston; brothers, Coy, Cabe , and Ernest Jr. Blankenship; sisters, Bobbie Grimes and Margie Wilcox; infant brother and sister, Cecil Harlow and Myrtle Reece.

Survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce & Brenda Blankenship, of Vonore, Dickie & Becky Blankenship, of Loudon, Tommy & Paula Blankenship, of Loudon, Doug & Rhonda Blankenship, of Vonore, and Joseph Blankenship, of Loudon; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky & Butch Haney, and Lori, of the home; sister, Benita Fox, of Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews. Special caretakers and friends, Cyndi Dempsey and Melody Shaver.

Funeral service will be 4:00 P.M. Thursday at Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Watson, Rev. Carl Croft, and Rev. Robert D. Moore officiating. Interment to follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the Loudon County Honor Guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Lenoir City, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - November 28, 2017

Roberta Jean Lyles Cline Jones, age 72 of Lenoir City, went home to be with her Lord and Savior early Saturday, November 25, 2017.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Jean was a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Maryville, TN. She graduated from the Knoxville Business College and spent her life as an office manager. Jean retired from the J. C. Penney Co., Construction Design and Management and was presently employed at Patty Construction Company.

Jean will be remembered for her generosity to anyone in need, her strong work ethic and her tenacious love and care for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Gladys Lyles; her late husband, Ed Cline; twin brother, James; sister, Francis, and step-son, Mike Jones.

Survived by her husband, Gerial "Jerry" Jones; son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Robert "Tony" Collins and Janey of Maryville; step-daughter and husband, Tonya and Rev. Terry Blankenship of Culman, AL; step-son and wife, Mick and Greta Cline of Lenoir City; grandchildren and spouses: Justen and Samantha Collins, Eric and Dakota Collins; Jeremy Blankenship , Jessica and Devin Henry, Jonah Blankenship , and Jeremiah Jones; great-grandchildren, Oz Trooper, Stu, Layla, Elleigh, Emma, Will and Jace; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Crass, Bobbie and Owen Durham, Helen and Glenn Garrison; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28th at Highland Park Baptist Church in Lenoir City, with Rev. Tony Collins and Rev. Glenn Gamble. Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m Wednesday morning at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lenoir City for graveside services with Rev. Donny Crass and Rev. Zad Tomberlin officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Philadelphia, Loudon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 1, 2016

Della Faye Davis Blankenship, 64, of Philadelphia. Heaven has received another angel on November 29, 2016.

Preceded in death by parents, Carl Davis and Evelyn Davis; and brothers, Fred and Charlie Davis.

Survived by husband, Johnny Blankenship; sons, Randall Brookshire and Kelly (Becky) Blankenship; daughters, Sonya Jamerson and Melissa (Allen) Stinnett; grandchildren, Darren Brookshire, Tyler Jamerson, Katy, Ethan and Peyton Brookshire; several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Loudon Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Tim Watson officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Johnny I. Blankenship b.1953 - Philadelphia, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPL5-9HM

Relatives - Della Faye Blankenship, Della I. Blankenship, Douglas H. Blankenship.

 

Loudon Co., TN, Marriages; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VN63-RR5

Johnny Isom Blankenship - Bobbie Jeo Chumley m.17Jul1971

 

Macon

 

+2016, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Macon County Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2016

Charles D. Stafford, 73, of Lafayette, TN died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, [Sumner Co.,] TN. He was a son of the late Elzie D. Stafford and Evie Earline Blankenship Stafford and husband of the late Patsy Gail Huntsman Stafford.

The Scottsville, KY was a retired employee of Pave Pro and former employee of the City of Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by 1 daughter: Kathy Palmer; 2 sisters: Wilma Stafford and Nina Stafford.

He is survived by 1 son: Timothy R. Stafford and fiancee', Tabatha Jeffrey, Indianapolis, IN; 1 daughter: Anita Hill and husband, Daryl, Lafayette, TN; 1 step son: James Stacy Huntsman, Lafayette, TN; 2 brothers: Lewis Stafford and wife, Betty, and Ernie Stafford and wife, Amy, all of Scottsville, KY; 2 sisters: Kathryn Graves, Lafayette, TN and Barbara Brooking and husband, "Sonny", Adolphus, KY; 3 grandchildren: Nicole Palmer, Heather Hightower and Ashley Sliger; 7 great grandchildren: John, GraceAnn, Angel, Jessa, Leevi, Cariline and Josie Kay; 3 step great grandchildren: Mallory, Gracie and Jacob; Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Goad Funeral Home with Bro. David Spears officiating and burial in Robert's Tabernacle Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Macon County Times from May 4 to May 5, 2016

Prentice Hudson, age 72 of Lafayette, TN passed away Sunday early morning, May 1, 2016 at the Hendersonville Medical Center in Hendersonville, [Sumner Co.,] TN. Prentice was born January 3, 1944 in Macon County, Tennessee, the son of the late Roy and Hilda Blankenship Hudson.

On May 23, 1993, he married the former Linda Joyce Edwards who preceded him in death on November 12, 2011.

Prentice was a farmer and staking supervisor for the Coltrell & House Engineering Firm for many years.

Survivors include: son & daughter-in-law, Russ & Meredith Hudson, Lafayette; step-sons, Bruce Mims and his companion, Tammy of Darden, Shannon Mims of Lexington; step-daughter-in-law, Susan Mims of Lexington; grandchildren, Lamanda (Chad) Carman, Kendra (Nathanael) Maubach, Kristin Hudson & her companion, Derek Driver, April, Stacey & Sara Beth Mims; great-grandchildren, Hayden & Landon Strong, Chelsea Carman, Katelyn Driver; sisters & brother-in-law, Sherri & Chuck Sandifer, Jennifer Hudson; brothers & sisters-in-law, Joe & Frances Hudson, Lanny & Kathy Hudson all of Lafayette.

Funeral services for Prentice Hudson were conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 3, 2016, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in Red Boiling Springs, TN with Jimmy Cook officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park. Honorary Pallbearers were Jeff Bilbrey, Ray Bilbrey, Randal Gregory, Wayne Anderson, Phillip Anderson, and Buddy Thompson. Active Pallbearers were Jeffery Hudson, Matt Hudson, Kevin Garnett, Brandon Hudson, Winston Sandifer and Eliot Sandifer.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Obituary

http://sellarsfuneralservices.com/tribute/details/6712/Thomas-Blankenship/obituary.html

Mr. Thomas Leonard Blankenship, age 70 [1947], of Lafayette, passed away Friday, June 17, 2017, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, [Davidson Co.,] Tennessee.

Mr. Thomas Blankenship is survived by; Grandsons, Chris Blankenship, Cody Blankenship, Great Grandsons, Romyn Blankenship, Nathaniel Wix; Aunt, Irene Brooks; Companion, Linda Gentry

Funeral services are scheduled to be conducted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 2 PM, from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Scott Cemetery.

 

2017, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Death

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/David-Wayne-Blankenship-105094219

David Wayne Blankenship, October 14, 1966 - August 10, 2017, Lafayette, Tennessee

 

2017, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Death

https://www.maconcountychronicle.com/news/5179-self-inflicted-gunshot-would-at-mcso

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, David Wayne Blankenship pulled into the Sheriffs Department parking lot on Wednesday, August 9, after detectives requested he come in for questioning on a case that was currently under investigation.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. Deputy Kyle Petty located him in the parking lot where he had parked, gotten out of his vehicle and was acting strangely, the sheriff stated. Officer Petty approached Mr. Blankenship and asked him to come inside. Mr. Blankenship was drinking out of a Hardees cup with one hand, but the officer could not see his other hand and asked him to show him both hands. At that time, Mr. Blankenship said he had a pistol in his other hand, and Officer Petty drew his weapon and asked Mr. Blankenship to get on the ground, said sheriff Gammons. Mr. Blankenship then bent over and inflicted a gunshot wound to himself.

Blankenships weapon was secured by officers, and Macon County EMS pronounced Blankenship D.O.A., or dead on arrival, after arriving at the scene. His body was sent for an autopsy to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

This is an unfortunate situation that we wish wouldve ended differently, the sheriff remarked. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

 

+2017, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Obituary

The Hartsville Vidette, (TN) - December 7, 2017

Artie Sue Driver Deckard was called to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the age of 81 years, 9 months, and 11 days. She is now resting easy with her Lord and Savior. She was born on Feb. 17, 1936, in Lafayette, to the late Dudley Driver and Sara Elizabeth Blankenship Driver. She was one of seventeen children born to this union.

Artie Sue and George P. Deckard were united in marriage in December 1978. They were blessed to spend 39 wonderful years together. Artie Sue was saved as a young girl and was baptized into Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. She retired from Mueller Brass in Hartsville, after several years of dedicated service. Artie Sue also cooked in several local restaurants over the years.

Along with her parents, Artie Sue was also preceded in death by all 16 of her brothers and sisters, and her children's father, Raymond Bray.

Survivors are: husband, George P. Deckard; son, William Bray; two daughters, Janis Gazzillo and Robin Bray; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life was conducted on Friday, Dec. 1, from the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Jerry Gammon officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Madison

 

+2016, Beech Bluff, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.reedschapel.com/obituaries/Wilton-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Wilton Lee Blankenship, age 85 [1931], of Beech Bluff passed away Friday April 29, 2016 at his home.

He was retired from TVA and was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Blankenship, a son Christopher Blankenship, and his parents Carlos and Flora Blankenship.

He is survived by 5 sons; Anthony (Mary) Blankenship, Jerry Lynn Blankenship, Jeffery Dean (Judy) Blankenship, Gregory Dale Blankenship, and James Douglas (Tracy) Blankenship all of Beech Bluff, 5 brothers; Dean Blankenship, Don Blankenship, Carl Wayne Blankenship, Charles Blankenship of Lexington, and Carlos Blankenship Jr. of Big Sandy, 7 grandchildren; Jeremy Blankenship, Josh Blankenship, Jennifer Blankenship ,Max Blankenship, Cody Blankenship, Jacob Blankenship, and Daniel Blankenship, and 3 great-grandchildren; Gavin Lowery, and Carson and Eli Blankenship.

Funeral services will be Sunday May 1 at 2PM at the Union Grove Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Beech Bluff, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Sept. 25, 2016

Mrs. Helen Phipps Hilliard, 83, of Beech Bluff, died peacefully at her home on September 16, 2016, after a brave and lengthy battle with cancer. She was born on March 22, 1933, in Juno, TN to Narcie Frances and Earnes Lonzo "Lonnie" Phipps.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters , her first husband Bernice Anderson and her daughter, Jeanne Anderson.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Mr. James D. Hilliard; children David (Lisa) Hilliard, Christie (Michael) Null and Ellen (Hollis) Studard; grandchildren Amy (Johnie) Havard, Bradley Keal, Corbin Adams, Brantley Adams, Brooklyn Adams, Madison Hilliard and Mason Hilliard; great-grandchild William Taylor Havard; 2 brothers William Phipps and Earnest Lynn Phipps; 2 sisters - Wanda Blankenship and Dorothy McMinn.

As she wished, Mrs. Hilliard will be cremated. A memorial service will be held on October 1, 2016, at New Life Tabernacle in Jackson, TN. Bro. Travis Grimsley and Bro. Vaughn Hamm will officiate the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Beech Bluff, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Chester County Independent (TN) - June 21, 2017

Published in The Jackson Sun on June 16, 2017

Willie Mae Cowan White, Beech Bluff, TN, 96, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017. She was born Nov. 23, 1920 to the late Willie and Jimmie Allison Cowan.

In 1937, she married the love of her life, R. D White, who died in 1981. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother, who loved gardening and the outdoors. She was the oldest member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. We thank God for her unwavering faith and for the lessons she taught us by the example of her daily life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Tim C. White; three daughters, JoAnne Moling, Patsy Blankenship and Lesa (Larry) Taylor; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Dr. John Farrar and Dr. Elzie Danley officiating. Burial followed at Rocky Spring Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were Brent Blankenship, Jeff Blankenship, Robert Taylor, Ricky Miller, Ashley Robertson, Robb Caldwell, Brandon Miller and Leonard Dungan.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Beech Bluff, Madison Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun on Sept. 13, 2017

Mary Lou "Kitty" Bell Blankenship, 99, Beech Bluff, TN, died 9/12.

Arrangements: Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Beech Bluff, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.lawrencesorensenfuneralhome.com/obituary/4371906

Mary Lou "Kitty" Bell Blankenship, age 99, passed September 12, 2017 at Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt, [Gibson Co.,] TN. She was born August 13, 1918 in Beech Bluff, TN to the late Frederick Ernest and Hattie Lou May Bell.

She graduated from Beech Bluff High School in 1939, where she played basketball and married her former basketball coach Rafe Elco Blankenship. Mrs. Blankenship was a homemaker and substitute rural letter carrier for her husband. She enjoyed sewing, reading, working in her yard and entertaining family on holidays. She served as a Red Cross volunteer at JMCGH for 18 years. She was a member of East Trinity United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Blankenship was also preceded in death by her husband, Rafe Blankenship in 1983; brother, Ed Bell.

Surviving relatives include her daughter, Nancy Alexander and husband O.R. (Ray); sons, William Bill Blankenship and wife Linda, Tim Blankenship, Charles Blankenship and wife Candy; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, September 14, 2017 in the chapel of Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home with Bro. Barry Scott officiating. Burial will follow at the Beech Bluff cemetery. Pallbearers for the service will be Don Bell, Rodney Bell, Steve Bell, Gary Bell, Phillip Bell and Bob May. Honorary pallbearers for the service will be Joey Patterson and Clois Duke

 

2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Jan. 15, 2016

Funeral services for Joe Raymond Harris, age 84 of Jackson, will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at George A. Smith and Sons South Chapel with Dr. Bill Simms and Rev. John Norvell officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers to serve are Tony Harris, Greg Blankenship, Larry Joe Cain, Glenn Harris, Timmy Harris, and Tracy Harris.

Mr. Harris passed away on January 12, 2016 at his home in Jackson. He was born January 8, 1932 in Jackson, TN to the late Will and Edith Hearn Harris.

He graduated from Steel Private High School. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was employed 17 years at Southwest Electric Corporation as a journeyman lineman and an additional 10 years at Townsend Electric Company. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bemis.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Hornsby Harris; his daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Rusty Taylor of Medon; his grandchildren, Casey and Colten Taylor and Stephen Cody Harris; his brother, Ward Harris and sisters, Frances Grimm, Dorothy Bratcher, Aileen Cain, and Linda Blankenship.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Stephen Joe Harris, and brothers, Ray, Will, Jr., and Paul Harris.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on May 10, 2016

Patsy Ruth Massey, age 75 of Jackson, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 8, 2016. She was born on July 20, 1940 in Henderson County, TN to the late Hubert and Opal Kirk.

She worked from 1972-96 at Jackson Energy Authority, retiring after 24 years of service in 1996. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bemis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Massey.

She is survived by her three children, Sharon Kee Wadley (Tim), Keith Kee, and Richard Kee (Kim); her grandchildren, Jon Kee, Kelsey Kee, Zach Wadley, Kendyl Wadley, Monica Young, Kirsten Trentham, and Will Trentham; a great granddaughter, Kallie Grace Kee; and two sisters, Martha Blankenship and Judy Robinson.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Henderson County, TN. Interment will follow in Spain Cemetery. Active pallbearers to serve will be Brian Neal, Dan Yates, Phillip Anglin, CJ Neal, and Jon Kee. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Blankenship, Charles Blankenship, Jerry Essary, Billy Kelly, Bo Deaton, Aaron Long, and Randy Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on May 14, 2016

Gladys Lucille Pritchard Skinner age 92 passed away May 12, 2016 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. She was born August 23, 1923 in Huntingdon, the daughter of the late Fred and Vera Pritchard.

She married James A. Shumate and they made their home at Humboldt and later Jackson where Mr. Shumate farmed. Mr. Shumate died in 1990. She married James H. Skinner in 1995 and they made their home at Medon, after Mr. Skinner died she made her home in South Jackson. She was a member of the Pinson Church of God for thirty two years. She loved the youth of the Church and taught Sunday school for twenty six years. She loved family get togethers.

Mrs. Skinner is survived by three sons, James A. 'Buck' Shumate, Jr. of Jackson, William 'Billy' Shumate of Jacks Creek and Jimmy T. Shumate of Jackson; five daughters, Anne Lively of Jackson, Sherry Hardee of Jackson, Brenda Vann of Medon, Pat Moore of Jackson and Debbie Mulliniks of Jackson; twenty eight grandchildren, sixty one great grandchildren and thirty two great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Gordon Pritchard of Jackson and Charles Pritchard of Knoxville and one sister, Grace Redden of Milan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, James A. Shumate and James H. Skinner and one brother, Fred Pritchard, Jr. and three sisters, Wilma Newsom, Stella Mae Williams and Pat Blankenship and two grandchildren; Jackie Leon Vann and Jimmy Allen Hardee, Jr.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Saturday May 14, 2016 at Shackelford Funeral Directors - Casey Chapel with Curtis Howard officiating. Burial will follow in Cave Springs Cemetery in Chester County.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Death

Published in The Jackson Sun on Aug. 16, 2016

Francis Elizabeth Stanfill Blankenship Taylor, 78, Jackson, TN, died 8/13.

Arrangements: Shackelford Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.shackelfordfuneraldirectors.com/obituaries/Francis-Taylor-7/#!/Obituary

Francis Elizabeth (Liz) Stanfill Blankenship Taylor was born on January 21, 1938 in Hardin County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Bynum and Martha Smith Stanfill. She departed this life on August 13, 2016 at the age of 78 years, 6 months, 23 days.

She was united in marriage to J. R. "Bud" Blankenship who preceded his wife in death. She was then united in marriage to James Terry Taylor on August 22, 1980. Mr. Taylor preceded his wife in death on November 17, 2015.

Mrs. Taylor resided in Hardin County, Tennessee from 1954-1972, McNairy County, Tennessee from 1972-1980, and Madison County, Tennessee from 1980-November 2015. Liz was a member of Adamsville First Baptist Church and previously worked in assembly for 7 years for Murry Outdoor Products. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing, sewing, crafts, puzzle books, and going to estate sales.

In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Blankenship and 5 siblings, Oleta Polk, Tommy Joe Stanfill, Linda Cook, Earl Stanfill, and Freda Stanfill.

She is survived by her children, Sherry Teresa Maness, and her husband Sammie, of Adamsville, Tennessee and Bobby Joe Blankenship of Bath Springs, Tennessee; 4 sisters, Velma Robinson of Savannah, Tennessee, Barbara Taylor of Savannah, Tennessee, Edna Browder of Savannah, Tennessee, and Janet Robertson of Pulaski, Tennessee; 1 brother, Larry Stanfill of Savannah, Tennessee; 2 grandchildren, Tiffany Warren and Tabatha Jarrett; and 4 great-grandchildren, Ashley Warren, Owen Warren, Lily Jarrett, and Luke Jarrett.

 

2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Nov. 1, 2016

Richard "Tony" Anthony Foote died at his home on Saturday, October 29, 2016. He was born June 13, 1942 in Jackson, TN. He was the son of the late Dr. Henry Foote and the late Virginia Pulliam Foote.

Richard was a retired educator, having served as a teacher and assistant principal at South Side Junior High School. His early education was received in the Madison County Schools with continued studies at Union University. He proudly served his country as an SAC Missile Specialist in the United States Air Force, stationed in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended First Baptist Church in Jackson where he was a member of Fairless/Simmons Life Group.

Richard enjoyed and loved his family and the great outdoors. He spent time camping, fishing, hunting and has a special interest in building and flying Radio Controlled Aircraft. He was a member of Magic Valley Air Force Club in South Jackson. Richard also had a fondness for music and was talented in piano and violin.

Richard is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lana Becher Foote; one daughter, Rene Foote Blankenship; one brother, Donnie Foote (Laura); one sister, Ginger Foote Austin (Kenneth); two beloved grandchildren, Neil Cole and Keaton Blankenship; a niece Gina Thompson (Kenny) and a nephew, Andy Foote.

Services will be held Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Jackson with Rev. Justin Wainscott officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Renee F. Blankenship b.03Mar1966 Franklin, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPT3-4N3

Relatives - Elmer Henderson, Janice N. Cole, Jonathan T. Cole, Jonathan Todd Cole, R. F. Cole, Renee F. Blankenshp, Ruth A. Blankenship, Suzanne M. Connor, Warren Scott Cole.

 

+2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Nov. 10, 2016

On November 7, 2016 our mother, Elizabeth Juanita Wimberly departed this life to join her husband and other family members and now she is happy again. She was born on December 9, 1925 to Joe Thomas Blankenship and Linnie McMinn Blankenship.

Juanita was the oldest of seven children that were born. She was married to Vallie Wimberly on February 5, 1943 and to this union she had four children, Martha Jo, Tim, Barry and Kevin. She was employed at first by McCorry-McLellans, then later by Gibson Discount Center where she retired from the jewelry counter and did film processing. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Jackson where she was a member of the Louise Stanford Sunday School Class. Mrs. Wimberly was Baptist in belief and loved to cook and share with others. She loved crossword puzzles and could make her garden grow. She loved her Church Family.

Her husband passed away in 1995, eight days shy of celebrating their 52nd anniversary. She was preceded in death by her husband Vallie, her parents, two brothers James, and Joe Albert Blankenship and two sisters Lavern, and Rachel Gregory, two sons John Mark and Phillip Keith and one great granddaughter whom she loved Samantha Chyanne Scott.

She is survived by her daughter Martha Jo (Ken) Scott of Jackson, TN, Kevin (Kristen) Wimberly of Plainfield, CT, Barry (Melissa) Wimberly of Jackson, TN, and Tim Wimberly of MS. She leaves four grandchildren, Jon (Laquita) Scott of Jackson, TN, Eric (Kacy) Scott of Jackson, TN, Jennifer (Tim) Doyle of Milan, TN, and Alex and Clay Wimberly of Jackson, TN. She also has three great grandchildren Cody and Dylan Scott, and Hope Rose Scott. She is survived by a sister Sue Bickerstaff of Jackson, TN and one brother Charles Blankenship (Martha) of Cedar Grove, TN.

A graveside service will follow at 12 Noon at Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery with her nephew Jimmy Scott officiating. Pallbears will be Jon and Eric Scott, Randall Blankenship, Stevie Gregory, Kevin Wimberly and Clay Wimberly. Honorary pallbears will be Ray and Tommy Price, Cecil Casey, Bobby Blankenship, Jackie Stephenson, Ron Parker, Rex Allison, Kenny Bickerstaff, and Dr. Wayne Rhear.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Jackson, Madison Co., TN Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Nov. 27, 2016

Mr. Thomas Wilbert Dodd, age 87, passed away November 24, 2016 in Jackson, Tennessee. He was born April 22, 1929 in Scotts Hill, Tennessee to the late Roy and Alcie Scott Dodd.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Frances Wilbanks Dodd; son, Phillip Dodd; daughters, Deborah Lampley, Laurie Blankenship (Mark); brother, Charles Dodd; sisters, Lula Towater, Alvina Barton; grandchildren, Lauren Lampley, Darren Lampley and Matt Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, November 28, 2016 in the chapel of Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home with Shane Baker officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Jackson Sun on Apr. 5, 2017

Mr. Newell Alonzo Ross age 79, passed away April 3, 2017 in Jackson, Tennessee. He was born July 27, 1937 in Beech Bluff, Tennessee to the late James and Beatrice Hamilton Ross.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Blankenship; brothers, Charles Ross and Edward Ross.

Surviving relatives include his sons, Joseph Ross (Jessica Vowell), Kevin Ross; mother of his children, Sue Ross; sisters, Vivian Jones, Lois Ann Holland, Caroline Pettie (Thomas) and Rheba Phillips (David); granddaughter, Willow Grace Ross

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, April 7, 2017 in the chapel of Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home with Edgar Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at the Beech Bluff Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Jackson, Madison Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.arringtonfuneralgroup.com/obituaries/Sophie-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Sophie Denise Blankenship, age 87, died on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at her residence. A native of McGrath, AK, she was born on November 30, 1929 the daughter of the late William T. and Sophie Belcoff Vanderpool.

A homemaker, she enjoyed sewing, cooking and being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an associate with Wal-Mart North for twenty-five years. She attended West Jackson Baptist Church.

She was married to Herbert Blankenship who preceded her in death in 2011. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Debra White, brothers, Woodrow, Bob and Buster Vanderpool and sisters, Rose Winkelman, Nora Vanderpool and Alice Acheff.

She is survived by three sons, Reid Saario, Sr. and wife Julia of Puyallup, WA, Gary Blankenship and wife Dian of Covington, TN and David Blankenship of Memphis, TN; four daughters, Cheryl Pope and husband Mike of Franklin, TN, Susan Blankenship of Jackson, TN, Lori Camp and husband Daryl of Jackson, TN and Amy Bonham and husband Steven of Jackson, TN; sixteen grandchildren, Andrea Smith, Melanie Crosby, Christie Hunter, Tiffani Pope, Billy Blankenship, Crystal Alexander, Tommy Blankenship, Katarina Cayson, Nicole Camp, Lyndsey Camp, Cooper Bonham, Alix Saario, Reid Saario, Jr., Troy Saario, Adam Saario and Jason Metzner; thirteen great grandchildren; two brothers, Roy Vanderpool and Joe Vanderpool both of Alaska and a sister, Avis Dunkin of Wasilla, Alaska.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, December 3, 2017 in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Blankenship, Daryl Camp, Steven Bonham, Cooper Bonham, Mike Pope, Dustin Cayson, Tommy Blankenship and Billy Blankenship

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Macon

 

2017, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Funeral

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Dorothy-Blankenship-105145705

Dorothy Blankenship, August 28, 2017, Lafayette, Tennessee

Funeral services are scheduled to be conducted on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 11 AM from The Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Terry Mahaney and Brother Kenny Jo Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Red Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Lafayette, Macon Co., TN, Obituary

http://sellarsfuneralservices.com/tribute/details/6821/Dorothy-Blankenship/obituary.html#content-start

Ms. Dorothy Jean Stinson Napier Blankenship, age 85, of Lafayette, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017, at Macon County General Hospital.

Dorothy is survived by; Sons, Steven Dale Napier and wife, Charlotte, Kerry Alan Napier, Timothy Lynn Napier and wife, Juanita; Grandchildren, Angela Welch and husband, Jason, Dustin Napier, Alicia Miller and husband, Nathan, Cody Napier; Great Grandchildren, Abi and Camron Welch, Karlie Napier, Eric and Byron Miller; Brother, Elder Joe Tom Stinson; Sisters, Lavelle Land, Wanda Sue Pearson

Funeral services are scheduled to be conducted on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 11 AM from The Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Terry Mahaney and Brother Kenny Jo Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Red Hill Cemetery. 

 

Marion

 

2016, Jasper, Marion Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Grundy County Herald on July 21, 2016

Mrs. Faye Dent Hoosier, 84, of Palmer, passed away Friday July 15, 2016 at the Health Care Center at Standifer in Chattanooga, [Hamilton Co.,] Tennessee. She was currently living in Jasper, TN but spent most of her life in Palmer. She was born in Palmer, Tennessee on December 25, 1931 to Late Lester Grady and Iva Beatrice Frizzell Smith

also preceded in death along with her husband, J. D. Dent, are; sons, Samuel Keith and Scotty Walter Dent; brothers, Albert Lester Smith; sisters, Patsy Carrick, Ann Smith and Alberta Griffith; husband, Jones Hoosier.

She is survived by her sons, Tim (Phyllis), Jeff (Tiffany) and Troy(Lisa) Dent; daughters, Pam (Gene) Caldwell, Deb (Jimmy) Meeks, Lisa (Andy) Morrison and Tammy Cleek; brother, Billy Wade Smith; sisters, Robena (Pat) Tate, Betty Blankenship and Bonnie Watts; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday in the Layne Funeral Home chapel with Minister Brett Meeks officiating. Burial followed in the Palmer Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Whitwell, Marion Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Grundy County Herald on Dec. 15, 2016

Mrs. Bonnie Juanita Watts, 75, of Valley View Assisted living in Whitwell, Tennessee, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Hospice Care Center in Chattanooga, [Hamilton Co., TN]. She was born in Palmer, Tennessee on January 19, 1941 to Lester Grady and Iva Beatrice Frizzell Smith who preceded her in death along with her husband, Parker Watts, Jr.; brother, Albert Lester Smith; sisters, Faye Dent Hoosier, Patsy Carrick, Ann Smith and Alberta Griffith.

She is survived by her sisters, Robena (Pat) Tate, Whitwell and Betty Blankenship, Dunlap; brother, Billy Wade (Barbara) Smith, Hillsboro; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday in the funeral home chapel with Minister Spencer VanHora officiating. Burial followed in the Palmer Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Whitwell, Marion Co., TN, Funeral

Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) - June 1, 2017

Betty Jo Morrison Blankenship, of Whitwell, passed away May 29, 2017.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017, Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home. Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Whitwell, Marion Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2017/5/31/349017/Blankenship-Betty-Jo-Morrison-Whitwell.aspx

Betty Jo Morrison Blankenship, 80, of Whitwell, passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017.  

Mrs. Blankenship was a member of the Church of Christ at Whitwell and a retired nurse's assistant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester & Iva Smith; sisters, Alberta Griffith, Patsy Carrick, Gloria Ann Walker, Faye Dent Hoosier, Bonnie Watts; brothers, Albert (Snook) Smith, O.B. Smith; infant granddaughter, Amanda Morrison. 

She is survived by four children, Dennis Ray Morrison, Stuart (Donna) Morrison, Michael (Patty) Morrison, Ingrid (Steve) Long; first husband, Thomas Ray Morrison; sister, Robena (Patrick) Tate all of Whitwell; brother, Billy (Barbara) Smith of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Raven Johns, Jason (Donna) Morrison, Barrett (Kirsten) Long, Jacob (Destiny) Long; great-grandchildren, Clay Johns, Kendall Johns, Kasen Long, Jasic Long; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends; special friend, Willie Blankenship

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 2, in the funeral home chapel with Minister Adam Boggess officiating. Interment will be at Pine Hill Cemetery. 

 

2017, Whitwell, Marion Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.afterlife.co/us/obituary-whitwell-betty-jo-blankenship-3259671

Betty Jo Morrison Blankenship age 80 [1937] of Whitwell, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017.

Mrs. Blankenship was a member of the Church of Christ at Whitwell and a retired Nurses assistant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester & Iva Smith; sisters, Alberta Griffith, Patsy Carrick, Gloria Ann Walker, Faye Dent Hoosier, Bonnie Watts; brothers, Albert (Snook) Smith, O. B. Smith; infant granddaughter, Amanda Morrison.

Those left to cherish her memories are four children, Dennis Ray Morrison, Stuart (Donna) Morrison, Michael (Patty) Morrison, Ingrid (Steve) Long; first husband, Thomas Ray Morrison; sister, Robena (Patrick) Tate all of Whitwell; brother, Billy (Barbara) Smith of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Raven Johns, Jason (Donna) Morrison, Barrett (Kirsten) Long, Jacob (Destiny) Long; great grandchildren, Clay Johns, Kendall Johns, Kasen Long, Jasic Long; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends; special friend, Willie Blankenship.

Funeral services will be at 11AM, Friday, June 2, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Adam Boggess officiating. Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery.

 

Marshall

 

+2017, Lewisburg, Marshall Co., TN, Death

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Charles-Blankenship-104476460

Charles Blankenship, March 26, 1943 - February 14, 2017, Lewisburg, Tennessee

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Lewisburg, Marshall Co., TN, Death

http://www.billsmcgaugh.com/notices/Charles-Blankenship

Charles Blankenship, March 26, 1943 ~ February 14, 2017 (age 73) passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at the Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, TN.  He was born in Henderson County, TN to the late Herbert Hadley and Bertha Mercer Blankenship

Charles retired from the City of Lewisburg where he was a Police Officer for over 12 years and worked in the street department for 18 years.

He was preceded in death along with his parents by his son, Charles Brent Blankenship, a step-son, Thomas Timothy Simmons, and a step-daughter, Glenda Sue Carnell. 

Charles is survived by his wife, Sue Ann Thomas Blankenship, a brother, Johnny Adam (Evelyn) Blankenship, Linden, TN, a sister, Ann Blankenship, Decaturville, TN, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  Burial will follow in the Lone Oak Cemetery. Bills McGaugh Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Maury

 

2017, Mount Pleasant, Maury Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Herald, (Columbia, TN) - February 1, 2017

Mary Louise Overstreet, age 91, of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Health and Rehab, while surrounded by her loving family. She was born on July 23, 1925 in Lynnville, Tennessee to James Wilson Angus and Mary Elizabeth Grant Angus.

Louise was married to Rufus Wiley Overstreet for 65 years and 2 months until his passing on August 14, 2008. Everyone who knew and loved Louise, called her "Ma". She was a devoted Christian who loved her family, quilting and sewing. She was the undisputed #1, best cook ever! She was a charter member of Ebenezer Community Church and was a dedicated and wonderful Bible School teacher.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Peggy Overstreet; siblings: Charles Angus, James Elmer Angus, Robert Lee Angus and Norice Black; grandson: Kevin White; great-grandchildren: Beverly Orban and Cody Howell.

Ma is survived by her children: Rufus Wayne (Sherry) Overstreet of Mt. Pleasant, Nelda (Paul) Riggins of Culleoka, Jennie Heflin of Ethridge, Kathy Overstreet of Shelbyville, Shirley (David) Ferguson of Butler, PA and Glenn (Teresa) Overstreet of Columbia; grandchildren: Anthony (Joyce) Howell, Charles Howell, Randy (Candice) Howell, Wendell (Jenny) Holder, Kim Runions, Timmy (Karyn) Overstreet, Mark Overstreet, Bobby Joe Overstreet, Carol (Cory) Blankenship , Michael (Kelley) Boshers, Bradley Boshers, Kevin (Katie) Boshers, Lori McFarland, Greg (Melinda) Sanders, Robert Overstreet, Tracy Ferguson, Davy Ferguson, Melissa Ferguson, Christy (Justin) Hunter, Jason (Kalyn) Overstreet, Casey Pilkinton; 47 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren; siblings: Frank (Faye) Angus, Judy (Harry) Locke, Nancy Wright, Bryant (Nora) Angus, Marie (Gilmore) Tarpley, Missy Reeves; numerous nieces and nephews; special niece: Beverly Douvier.

Funeral services for Ma Overstreet will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Williams Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant with Bro. Dickey Lindsey officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers and granddaughters will serve as flower bearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

McMinn

 

+2017, Athens, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - March 30, 2017

Robyn Lynn Akins Blankenship, 61, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at her residence.

A native and resident of McMinn County for most of her life, and a former resident of Polk County, she was an account executive with Southeastern Freight Lines of Knoxville and formerly worked with Averitt Express Freight Company. She was a member of Marshall Hill Baptist Church and a member of Safe Pasture International Missions Team for Jamaica; the East Tennessee Layman's Association Mission Group from 1978 to 1995; three mission trips to Hawaii; and the Appalachian Missions and Santa Train. She and her husband enjoyed visiting countries in Europe and Israel. She was a graduate of Calhoun High School and Cleveland State Community College, graduating with highest honors. She then began her career as an account executive with the different freight lines.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Akins; her father-in-law, Ralph L. Blankenship; and her grandparents, Millard and Madge Clark and Burner and Nola Akins.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Larry R. Blankenship of Athens; one daughter, Amber Blankenship Torbett of Riceville; two granddaughters, Makaylee Torbett and Madison Torbett of Riceville; her mother, Peggy C. McKenzie of Athens; her father, Ed Akins of Cleveland; one sister and brother-in-law, Renee and Kenneth Ramsey of Riceville; one brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Elizabeth Akins of Cleveland; her mother-in-law, Angelee Watson Blankenship of Englewood; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Jamie Lones and the Rev. Mike Prock officiating. Interment will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Linford Bull, James Watson, Ted Watson, Ryan Adams, Tyler Adams and Tanner Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Marshall Hill Baptist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Athens, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - July 10, 2017

Jane McConkey Kimsey, 68, of Athens, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at Etowah Health Care Center. A native of Michigan and a lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a daughter of the late Doug and Mildred White McConkey.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Andy Kimsey; two brothers, Buddy McConkey and Warren McConkey; and one sister, Helen Phillips. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Eddie Blankenship of Athens; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Fawn Crass of Athens; one sister, Hazel Spurling of Athens; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Vickie McConkey of Englewood, and Tim and Sandy McConkey of Madisonville; four granddaughters, Cayci Nabors and her husband, Bradley, of Niota, Brittany Cagle and her husband, Eric, of Athens, and Nicole and Brianna Crass of Athens; four great-grandsons, Jace, Maverick, Bryce and Colt; and several nieces and nephews

A celebration of Jane's life will be held by the family at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Englewood, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - April 10, 2017

Hazel Christine Daugherty Derrick, 84, of Englewood, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at a local hospital. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Maude Morgan Daugherty.

Hazel was of the Christian faith. She loved cooking, going to the mountains, spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 years, Leonard Derrick of Englewood; five children, David Derrick of Englewood, Linda Tomlin and her husband, Gary, of Englewood, Mary Begley of Athens, Teresa Snyder and her husband, Billy, of Englewood, and Mark Derrick and his wife, Donna, of Madisonville; 13 grandchildren, Shannon Rule, Sherry Denton, Heather McDaniel, Jamie Snyder, Casey Masingale, Dustin Aderhold, Kimberly Culberson, Heath Derrick, Zachary Tomlin, Matthew Derrick, Micah Begley, Drake Derrick and Dana Davis; 19 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Margie Bowers of Englewood, Faye Kincaid and her husband, Joe Ben, of Etowah, Joyce Crisp and her husband, Chris, of Knoxville, and Sandra Blankenship and her husband, Rex, of Maryville; one brother, Darrell Daugherty of Atlanta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 10, at 2:30 p.m., at Sunrise Cemetery in Englewood with Brother M. J. "Buddy" Strickland officiating and a white dove release.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rex Edwin Blankenship b.16Sep1948 Etowah, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPJ5-FSN

Relatives - Blankenship Rex Daugherty, C. Blankenship, Crystal M. Blankenship, Keith A. Blankenship, Sandra D. Blankenship.

 

+2017, Englewood, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - September 26, 2017

Mary Angelee Blankenship, 88 [1929], of Englewood, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at her residence. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County. A daughter of the late Arbin and Maudie Bohannan Watson. She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Blankenship, on Nov. 7, 2012; a daughter, Hazel Duckett, in 2015; three grandchildren, Brandon Blankenship, LaBron Duckett and Rachel Duckett; one brother, Jonathan Watson; a son-in-law, Curtis Duckett; and a daughter-in-law, Robyn Blankenship, on March 28, 2017.

Survivors include three sons and a daughter-in-law, Larry Blankenship of Athens, Steve and Lisa Blankenship of Maryville, and Pat Blankenship of Englewood; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Eldon Everhart of Delano; one brother and sister-in-law, Denzil and Linda Watson of Athens; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Karen Pritchett, Gary and Nancy Everhart, Sarah Spraque, David and Brandy Blankenship, Amber and Travis Torbett, Chris and Stephanie Blankenship, Carla and Marquis Patton, Candice and NoNo Varela and Cody Robinson; 14 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Stephens and the Rev. Dennis Leamon officiating. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in New Zion Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Cody Robinson, Gary Everhart, Ted Watson, Gerald Dispain, Marcus Patton and Linford Bull.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - April 22, 2016

Clesta Cantrell, 79, died Monday, April 18, 2016, at her home after a short illness. Clesta was born in Texas in 1936, the youngest child of Samuel and Cordelia Anderson who preceded her in death. Also predeceasing Clesta were her siblings, Nada Marler, Bob, Gaylord, and her best friend and sister, Juanita Macomber.

Clesta married Earl Blankinship in 1953 in Amarillo, Texas, and they had five children, Earline, Bob, Celeste, Phil, and Sheree. Earl preceded Clesta in death in 1973.

Clesta is survived by her children and her eight grandchildren, Ben Blankinship, Bobby Luna, Elizabeth Luna Gills, Trisha Bryant Ibarra, Orion Buckroyd, Samuel Blankinship, Shawn Blankinship, and Tonya (Blankinship) Voyles; and several great-grandchildren. Clesta is also survived by her husband of 38 years, Bob Cantrell, a resident of Decatur.

Clesta loved laughing, nature, and her children. Before her eyesight failed her, she was an avid reader. In her last days, Clesta made special efforts to tell everyone that her children were her gifts from God and her proudest accomplishment. She was greatly loved by her children and grandchildren and will be forever in their hearts.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - January 10, 2017

Rachel Aliudean "Dean" Adams Derrick, 89, of Etowah, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Starr Regional Health and Rehabilitation, [Athens, McMinn Co., TN]. She was born in Farner on Feb. 24, 1927.

After graduating from Ducktown High School, Rachel worked at Fontana. Later, she moved to Oak Ridge in the 1940s, where she worked for the Tennessee Eastman Corporation, which ran the Manhattan Project that developed the atomic bomb. While there, she met her future husband, Otto Derrick, who was also employed by the Tennessee Eastman Corporation.

When World War II ended, Rachel married Otto Derrick and they returned to his hometown of Etowah. She became a homemaker after the birth of her two children, Patricia Ann Derrick and Jeffrey Alan Derrick.

Mrs. Derrick has been a member of North Etowah Baptist Church and the Sunday school class of Sarah since 1947. She was known for her kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. Rachel enjoyed cooking, traveling and painting.

Mrs. Derrick was preceded in death by her husband, Otto Derrick; her parents, Luther M. and Ethel Adams; sister and brother-in-law, Blanche and Marion Morrow; brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Garnette Adams; brother, Ray Adams; sister, Alene Davis; and brother-in-law, Bobby Hopkins.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Patricia Wheeler of Harrison; son, Jeffrey Derrick of Etowah; grandchildren, Wendy Stough and her husband, Jacob, April Blankenship , Katie Derrick, Ashley Mobley and her husband, Anton "A. J.," and Dr. Michael Derrick; great-grandchildren, Jackson Dickson, Bennett Blankenship, Camden Blankenship, Violet Mobley and Eve Mobley; sister-in-law, Betty Adams; brother-in-law, Jack Davis; sister, Lennie Stansbury and her husband, Lee; sister, Madge Jackson and her husband, Don; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Wade officiating. Interment will follow the service in Green Hill Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - March 18, 2017

Mayme Lorene Key, 89 [1928], of Etowah, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at Hospice of Chattanooga, [Hamilton Co., TN]. She was the daughter of the late Horace and Lenora Smith.

She took a lot of pride and delight in spending her Sunday afternoon preparing home-cooked meals for her family. She also loved canning, quilting and taking care of her flowers and gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Key; infant daughter, Glenda Sue Key; her parents; brothers: Ogle Blankenship, James Smith and Donald Smith; and sister, Bobbie Newman.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law: Robert Dexter Key and wife, Karen, and David Franklin Key and wife, Kelley; daughters and sons-in-law: Judy Ann Jenkins and husband, Johnny, Sandra Jane Kilpatrick and husband, Harold, Shelia Jean Swafford and husband, Lynn, and Rhonda Gail Richard Davis and husband,; grandchildren: Carol and Rick Darr, Greg and Diane Kilpatrick, Bart Jenkins, Adam Kilpatrick, Dustin Davis, Caleb and Ashley Swafford, David Davis, Kirby Key, Haley Key and Brady Key; great-grandchildren: Katlyn Jenkins, Alyssa Jenkins, Ashley Jenkins, Alvin Kilpatrick, Aidan Kilpatrick, Alonna Kilpatrick, Madison Kilpatrick, Faith Marie Davis, Catlyn Godley, Acacia Gossett and Tanner Gossett; and great-great-grandchildren: Rylan Jenkins, Carter Bowen-Reed and Daily Darr.

Her funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the south chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Doyle Lloyd officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow service at Mars Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - March 20, 2017

Mayme Lorene Smith Key, 89, of Etowah, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, at Hospice of Chattanooga, [Hamilton Co., TN]. A daughter of the late Horace and Lenora Smith.

She took a lot of pride and delight in spending her Sunday afternoons preparing home-cooked meals for her family. She also loved canning, quilting and taking care of her flowers and gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Key, on Feb. 9, 2017; an infant daughter, Glenda Sue Key; three brothers, Ogle Blankenship, James Smith and Donald Smith; and one sister, Bobbie Newman.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Dexter Key and his wife, Karen, and David Franklin Key and his wife, Kelley; four daughters, Judy Ann Jenkins and her husband, Johnny, Sandra Jane Kilpatrick and her husband, Harold, Sheila Jean Swafford and her husband, Lynn, and Rhonda Gail Davis and her husband, Richard; grandchildren, Carol and Rick Darr, Greg and Diane Kilpatrick, Bart Jenkins, Adam Kilpatrick, Dustin Davis, Caleb and Ashley Swafford, David Davis, Kirby Key, Haley Key and Brady Key; great-grandchildren, Katlyn Jenkins, Alyssa Jenkins, Ashley Jenkins, Alvin Kilpatrick, Aidan Kilpatrick, Alonna Kilpatrick, Madison Kilpatrick, Faith Marie Davis, Catlyn Godley, Acacia Gossett and Tanner Gossett; and great-great-grandchildren, Rylan Jenkins, Carter Bowen-Reed and Daily Darr.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with the Rev. Doyle Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow the service in Mars Hill Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/J.-C.-Blankenship-105153753

James Cecil "J.C." Blankenship, 81 [1936], of Etowah, TN, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 2 at Bordwine Funeral Home 203 Ohio Ave., Etowah, TN 37331, with Rev. Steve Highlander officiating. Interment will follow service to Green Hill Cemetery

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - September 2, 2017

James Cecil "J. C." Blankenship, 81 of Etowah, TN passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017. He was a son of the late Roy and Ora Watkins Blankenship.

He was the owner of Mableton Marble & Granite Co, Mableton, GA until his retirement. He was a Kidney transplant recipient of 18 years.

Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Spencer "Grub"Blankenship; nephew, Danny Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ann Lawson Blankenship; daughter, Kelley Ann Blankenship of Hiram, GA; sister-in-law, Carolyn Blankenship of FL; 2 nieces and 1 nephew; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, J. L. "Nubbin" and Diane Lawson.

J. C. enjoyed spending time at their places in the mountains, especially the place on Tipton Creek, NC.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 2 at Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Highlander officiating. Interment will follow service to Green Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Walter-Blankenship-105182662

Walter Blankenship, age 69 [1948] of Etowah, TN, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Walter was a member of the Baptist faith and served in the U.S. Army.

Funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Blankenship officiating. Family and friends will meet at Green Hill Cemetery Wednesday, September 13, 2017 for the 11:00 a.m. committal service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Etowah, McMinn Co., TN, Obituary

http://bordwinefuneralhome.com/walterblankenship

Walter Blankenship, age 69 of Etowah, TN, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017.

Walter was a member of the Baptist faith and served in the U.S. Army.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Edith Blankenship.

Survivors include wife, Janie Blankenship of Etowah, TN; son and daughter-in-law, James and April Blankenship of Etowah, TN; daughter and son-in-law, Shelia and Johnny Henderson of Hartsville, AL; step sons and daughter-in-law, Craig and Renee Hicks of Decatur, TN, Johnny Hicks of Etowah, TN, and David Hicks of Etowah, TN; step daughters and sons-in-laws, Lena and Pat Morris of Riceville, TN and Kim and Mike Loviolette of Etowah, TN; brothers and sister-in-laws, Jimmy and Linda Blankenship of Atlanta, GA, Richard and Jane Blankenship of Ten Mile, TN, Carroll and Marie Blankenship of Etowah, TN, and Eddie and Denise Blankenship of Athens, TN; sister, Joyce Casteel and Pattie Smith; 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Blankenship officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:0 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service. Family and friends will meet at Green Hill Cemetery Wednesday, September 13, 2017 for the 11:00 a.m. committal service.

 

McNairy

 

+2016, Selmer, McNairy Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.shackelfordfuneraldirectors.com/obituaries/Melinda-Mindy-Blankenship/#!/Obituary

Melinda (Mindy) Lee Blankenship was born October 25, 1979, in Jackson, Tennessee. She departed this life on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at the age of 36 years, 8 months, and 15 days.

She was a graduate of McNairy Central High School class of 1997 and attended Gulf Coast Community College and UTM. She was a member of Sinner's Hope Church in Sardis, Tennessee.

Mindy is survived by her parents, Ricky and Lisa Blankenship of Sardis, Tennessee; her beloved sister, Ashley Blankenship of Selmer, Tennessee; grandparents, Rev. Lloyd and Wanda Blankenship of Sardis, Tennessee; aunts and uncles, Juan and Shelly Palomino, Ronnie and Angie Blankenship, Rick and Lavonda (Sis) Hefner, Wayne and Ginger Howell; niece, Ashlyn; nephews, Ashton and Abel; and a host of family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Meigs

 

2016, Ten Mile, Meigs Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Post-Athenian, (Athens, TN) - July 28, 2016

Jeffie Lee Ellison, 76, of Ten Mile, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his residence.

He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He retired from Cannon Corp. with 50 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Christine Ellison; his wife of 40 years, Joann Ellison; and sister, Tiny Malone.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Carol Ann Ellison, of Ten Mile; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Pam Ellison; stepson and wife, Jeffery and Christina Walden, all of Ten Mile; daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Jerry Kilpatrick; stepdaughter and husband, Michelle and Eddie Ellison, all of Ten Mile; one brother and sister-in-law, Doyle and Margie Ellison, of Ten Mile; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Nell and Frank Waters of Ten Mile; grandchildren, Blake Kilpatrick, Anthony Ellison, Austin Ellison, Jami Kilpatrick, Brandi Kilpatrick, Dillin Walden, Timikia Blankenship, Andy Ellison, Willow Walden and Alivia Hughes; and great-grandchildren, Kalix Kilpatrick and Gage Welch.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ten Mile with the Rev. Curtis Porter and the Rev. Lawrence Waller officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doyle Letner, Steve Ellison, William Brown, Blake Kilpatrick, Ronnie Jones, and Jeff Walden. Honorary pallbearer will be Bud Ray.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Monroe

 

2016, Coker Creek, Monroe Co., TN, Obituary

The Advocate and Democrat, (Sweetwater, TN) - August 29, 2016

Herbert Atlas Davis of Coker Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday morning, Aug. 27, 2016. He passed away peacefully at his home. He was 95 years old.

Herbert was a proud World War II veteran. He would salute every flag he passed. It was his honor to be a Mason with the Grand Lodge of Tennessee Free and Accepted Masons for 61 years. He retired from T.V.A., where he was employed as a bulldozer operator. He was of Baptist faith and a dedicated member of Coker Creek Baptist Church.

Herbert married his one and only true love, Bertha Ellis Davis on Nov. 4, 1945. He had a special place in his heart for his great niece, Cari Davis Blankenship and her husband Wayne Blankenship.

Preceded in death by: his parents, James and Nancy Davis; brothers, Ray Davis and Benton Davis.

Survivors include: his wife, Bertha Davis; Daughter, Helen Davis; Sister, Jeana Hill; Brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Lonia Davis; Several nieces and nephews; His great-great-great-nephew, that he looked forward to coming over and spending Saturday nights with and eating Sunday breakfast together, Tristen Cook.

The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Tellico Plains. Masonic service followed at 8 p.m. in Biereley-Hale Chapel, conducted by Unaka Lodge 651. The funeral was at noon on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Coker Creek Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry Roberts, the Rev. Ted Watson and Gordon Kelley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery, with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 5156, D.A.V. Chapter 93 and American Legion Post 106.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Madisonville, Monroe Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on July 2, 2016

Kenneth Lee Hawk, age 87, of Madisonville, passed away 11:20 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2016 at home.

He was a graduate of Tellico Plains High School, and a member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Alcoa Aluminum Company after 43 years of service.

Preceded in death by parents, Willard and Elsie Brown Hawk; brother, Billy Hawk; daughter-in-law, Vendeline Hawk; brother-in-law, Harvey Ellis.

Survivors: wife of 68 years, Imogene Watson Hawk; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Buddy Stalcup, Joan and Dean Turpin, Ann and Greg Blankenship, all of Madisonville, Amy and Mark Ross, of Jefferson City; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Francis Hawk, of Madisonville, John and Betty Hawk, of Maryville, Jack Hawk, of Madisonville; grandchildren, Charlie Hawk, Tim Rucker, Lacey Rucker, Adam Hawk, Laura Vandergiff, Melissa Shaffer, Jennifer Barger, Keri McCarter, Cody Moser, Lucas Blankenship, Megan Blankenship, Brandon Ross; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Mary Alice Ellis, of Madisonville; brother and sisters-in-law, Jim and Shirley Hawk, of Hesperia, CA, Sandy Hawk, of Ontario, CA.

Funeral 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Interment 10:00 a.m., Monday, Notchey Creek Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Madisonville, Monroe Co., TN, Obituary

The Advocate and Democrat, (Sweetwater, TN) - April 10, 2017

Susie Mae Rose, fondly known as "Momma Rose," of Madisonville, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Susie was born on June 12, 1942 to John and Dovie Moses. She was 74 years old.

She married at the youthful age of 15 to Frank Rose and spent most of her life as a devoted homemaker. Together they welcomed four children who were her greatest pride and joy. Susie was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed old country music, yard sales, dancing, and trips to the beauty salon. She loved to laugh and to make others laugh in return. She always believed that honesty was the best policy and that there was fun to be had anywhere she was. Her personality was infectious. She will be deeply missed by friends, family, and all who knew her.

Preceded in death by: her husband of 25 years, Frank Rose; grandson, Jamie Rose; great-grandson, Jayden Rose; her parents, John and Dovie Moses; sister, Juanita "Tink" Hendricks; brothers, Jim and Frankie Moses.

Survivors include: her daughter, Eva Rose; Sons, Elbert, Franklin and Darrell Rose; Daughter-in-law at heart, Diane Standridge; Grandchildren, Leeann Rose, Dustin Rose, and Kala Gregory and husband, Jack; 12 great-grandchildren; Sisters, Dorothy 'Dot" Blankenship, Elizabeth "Teddy" Arp, Sue Moses, Imogene Green, Nan Hodge, Rosie Arden and husband, Alfred; Brothers, Joe Moses, Sog Moses, John Roy Moses, and wife Lois, Dallas Moses, and wife Christine; Lifelong friends, Danny and Imogene Roberts, "Ray" Woodby;

The funeral will be at on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8 pm. in Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Chapel, Madisonville, with the Rev. Tommy Self officiating. Interment will be at noon on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in Hopewell Springs Cemetery

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Madisonville, Monroe Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Times, (Maryville, TN) - May 10, 2017

Glenda H. Swaney, age 76, of Madisonville, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Sweetwater Hospital, [Monroe Co., TN].

Member of Journey of Faith Fellowship.

Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Arizona Blankenship; sister, Carol Irwin, and brother, Dwight Blankenship.

Survivors include husband, J. C. Swaney; children and spouses, Jan and William Ortiz, Greg and Crissy Swaney, Jason and Teresa Swaney, A. J. Swaney, all of Madisonville; grandchildren, Casey Ditmore, Amy Escamilla, Jennifer Corman, Tommy Reagan and Treena Reagan; five great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Biereley-Hale Chapel, Pastor Tim Heath officiating. Interment 11:00 a.m. Friday, Mtn. View Church of Christ Christian Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Madisonville, Monroe Co., TN, Obituary

The Advocate and Democrat, (Sweetwater, TN) - October 24, 2017

Imogene Watson Hawk, widow of Kenneth Lee Hawk, of Madisonville, passed away at 3:06 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at home. She was 88 years old.

She was a devoted wife and loving mother. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. Member of Notchey Creek Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by: her parents, Charles and Lillie Boatner Watson; sisters, Marie, Gussie, Madeline, Mildred, Sue; brother, Troy; daughter-in-law, Vendeline Hawk.

Survivors include: her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Buddy Stalcup, Joan and Dean Turpin, Ann and Greg Blankenship , all of Madisonville, Amy and Mark Ross of Jefferson City; Sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Frances Hawk of Madisonville, John and Betty Hawk of Maryville, Jack Hawk of Madisonville; Grandchildren, Charlie Hawk, Tim Rucker, Lacey Rucker, Adam Hawk, Laura Vandergiff, Melissa Shaffer, Jennifer Barger, Keri McCarter, Cody Moser, Lucas Blankenship, Megan Blankenship, Brandon Ross; 16 great grandchildren; Sister, Eva Jo Atkins of Lenoir City; Sister-in-law, Mary Alice Ellis of Madisonville; Brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim and Shirley Hawk of Hesperia, Calif., Sandy Hawk of Ontario, Calif.

The funeral will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 in Biereley-Hale Funeral Home Chapel in Madisonville, with the Rev. Gale Miller officiating. Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Notchey Creek Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Vonore, Monroe Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Times, (Maryville, TN) - April 13, 2017

Susan Blankenship Woodall McElroy, age 56 of Vonore, TN, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, April 7, 2017. Susan was born in England on December 22, 1960, to parents, Jack and Lorraine Blankenship.

She was one of the kindest people you could ever meet, with an uncanny knack for knowing when people needed her help and wisdom. Many called on her often for comfort and advice. Susan opened her heart and home to many people over the years and her loss will be felt by all.

She is survived by her sons, Jeremiah Tiller and Zachery Woodall; sister, Nancy Fuller; brother, David Blankenship; grandchildren, Tristen and Taylor Tiller, and her loving husband of 15 years, Robert McElroy.

A private celebration of Susan's life will be held. Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Polk

 

+2016, Benton, Polk Co., TN, Funeral

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Edna-Blankenship-103876460

Edna Blankenship of Benton, Tennessee was born on July 11, 1945 and passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday August 23 2016 at Higgins Funeral Home in Benton TN with the Reverend Steve Ross officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday August 24 2016 in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Benton, Polk Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.higginsfuneral.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1843315

Edna Blankenship, 71 [11Jul1945], of Benton, TN passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at her residence.

She loved to work crossword puzzles, was an avid gardener but her grandchildren were her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John W. & Dorothy Mae Burns Day; sister, Frances Calhoun,

She is survived by her daughters, Amanda (Harry Mullinax) Arthur, Tonya (Gregg) Goins; grandchildren, Mason Tolzmann, Tyler Tolzmann, Ashley Worsham, Michael Worsham; sisters, Betty (Arley) Keith, Barbara (Ralph) Mason, Lorene (Greg) Swyers. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Higgins Funeral Home in Benton, TN with the Reverend Steve Ross officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

 

+2016, Benton Station, Polk Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - September 23, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Calfee, 85 [1931], a resident of Benton Station, passed away Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at her home.

She was a member of Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, where she served as pianist for 26 years and was a charter member of Tasso Baptist Church where she served as pianist for 10 years. A person who loved gospel music, she sang with and played for the Joyfullairs trio for several years. She served as first pianist for the Voice of Salvation Choir under the direction of choir director Wanda Edwards.

During her business career, she was a bookkeeper at Merchants Bank, Cleveland Chair Co., Bradley Farmers Co-op and the family farm. In 1954 she and her husband Igean began their dairy farming career in the Michigan Avenue community. The dairy farming business grew to include a large farm in Chatata Valley community and the establishment of Calfee Riverland Farms in Polk County in 1982. The Polk County farm on Upper River Road became the Calfee home for the past 34 years.

She was active in the Michigan Avenue Home Demonstration Club (FCE) for several years and became active in the Benton Station Club when she moved to Polk County. She served as president in both clubs for several years. She was a member of the Bradley Band Boosters for 10 years serving as treasurer for one term. She enjoyed art and photography and had received several winning ribbons in acrylics and photography.

The best years of her life was when she was on the farm working in the hay and the land with her husband and her three sons. She loved to fish and hunt for Indian relics. She had a special love for dogs and cats, especially her little dog, Corky, who stayed by her side and Whitey and Millie which were outside watch dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Luta Blankinship Keeney; and brother, James "Socko" Keeney.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Igean Calfee; three sons and daughters-in-law: Ray (Sylvia) Calfee, Rex (Kim) Calfee, all of Benton Station and Ron (Laura) Calfee of Chatata Valley; seven grandchildren: Austin (Kayla) Calfee, Chessa Calfee, Shanna Calfee, Anita Calfee, Miranda Calfee, Karra Calfee, and Becca Calfee, all of whom she loved dearly. She felt so blessed and thankful for a wonderful Christian family.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Fike-Randolph & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. Victor Hayes officiating. Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Ocoee, Polk Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - October 2, 2017

Roscoe J. Price, 69, of Ocoee passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

He was a lifelong resident of Polk County. He loved the outdoors, whether it was working or hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Arrie and Annie Price; sister, Linda Patterson; and brothers: John Henry Price and Frank Price.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Ritia Blankenship Price; sons: Justin (Amber) Price, David (Raven) Price, all of Ocoee, Shawn (Misty) Price of Benton, Jeff Price, and Dusty Price, both of Cleveland; daughter, Tonya Price of Old Fort; 15 grandchildren: Kaleigh and Case Price, Gracie, Maeleigh, and Kamie Price of Ocoee, Cadence and Dawson Price of Benton, Brandi King of Benton, Courtney Fowler and Alexis Goodwin of Cleveland, Caleib and Mady Price of Cleveland, Hether Watson of Fayetteville, NC, Roscoe "Ross" Ruprecht of Charleston, Henry Ruprecht currently of Fort Lee, VA; four great-grandchildren: Brodie King of Benton, Skylar Fowler of Cleveland, Waylon Watson of Fayetteville, NC, and Zoey Goodwin of Cleveland. Even though all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were special, there was a special place in his heart for Gracie and Maeleigh Price. Also surviving are sisters: Arlene Bramlett of Cleveland, and Teena (Frank) Brannon of Benton; brothers: Ronnie (Wanda) Price of Benton, Clyde Price; special friend, Mari Schwarting of Olympia, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a very private man, and we as a family want to abide by his wishes, so there will be no formal service. "The immediate family will have a small graveside gathering. We invite anyone else to join us in remembrance at a later time to be announced."

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rita Price b.01Sep1959 Ocoee, TN: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPJJ-M3V

Relatives - David Price, Jr. Price, Justin Price, Roscoe J. Price, Wanda Faye Price.

 

2016, Old Fort, Polk Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - April 27, 2016

Annie Mae Browder, 78, a lifelong resident of Old Fort, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the family residence.

She was a member of Conasauga Baptist Church. She was retired from American Uniform after 35 years of service.

She was the daughter of the late Dennis Wallraven and Rhoda Headrick Wallraven and was also preceded in death by her son, Frankie Browder; granddaughter, Natasha Cathey; sister, Barbara Jo WallRaven; brother, J.D. WallRaven.

She is survived by her husband, John "Pinky" Browder Jr. of Old Fort; two daughters: Janie Browder and Sandy Browder Blankenship; four grandchildren: Brent Browder and wife, Felisha Browder and Haden Browder and wife, Kristie Browder, Jesse Browder, and Elijah Tallent, all of Cleveland; sister, Dot Henry and husband, Buddy Henry, of Cleveland; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Wallraven of Cleveland; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Conasauga Baptist Church Cemetery with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Old Fort, Polk Co., TN, Obituary

Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) - April 27, 2016

Larry Blankenship, 66, a lifelong resident of Old Fort, passed away on Monday evening, April 25, 2016, at a Chattanooga hospice. He was born in Ducktown on March 3, 1950, a son of the late Ray and Odessa Blankenship.

He was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army after faithfully serving his country. He was awarded the National Defense Service Metal and Sharp Shooter Metal. He was very gifted with his hands and could make or fix just about anything.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Harold Blankenship and Gerald Blankenship.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory two daughters: Amy Arthur and her fianc, Harry Mullenix, and Tonya Goins and her husband, Gregg; four grandchildren: Mason, Ashley, Tyler and Michael; three sisters: Joann Blankenship , Patsy Blankenship and Carolyn Blankenship ; one brother, Bruce Blankenship ; numerous other extended family members; and a host of special friends.

A celebration of his life is planned for Thursday evening, April 28, 2016, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Companion Funeral Home, 2419 Georgetown Road N.W., with the Rev. Johnny Sosbee and Don White officiating. Interment will be on Friday at 11 a.m. in Dill Cemetery in Old Fort with his family and friends serving as pallbearers. Josh Brown will serve as an honorary pallbearer. The committal service will conclude with military honors for his service to our country.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Putnam

 

+2017, Cookeville, Putnam Co., TN, Funeral

Published in The Tennessean on May 25, 2017

Bill Blankenship, Age 70, Cookeville, TN

Funeral Thursday [May 25, 2017], 5pm, Hooper Huddleston & Horner FH (931)526-6111 wwww.hhhfunerals.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Cookeville, Putnam Co., TN, Obituary

Herald-Citizen (Cookeville, TN) - May 25, 2017

Mr. Billy Gale Blankenship, 70, of Cookeville, and formerly of Nashville, passed away Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017, at Cedar Hills Senior Living. He was born Jan. 14, 1947, in Lebanon, to the late Billy Ray and Idelle Thompson Blankenship.

Bill graduated from Cookeville Central High School in 1965 and attended Tennessee Tech University studying music While at TTU, he was a member of the Army ROTC and was inducted in the Army as a Second Lieutenant in 1970. He served in Germany for two years and then enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He retired as Captain in 2007 after 35 years of service. Bill graduated from the University of Tennessee Nashville with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1979. He worked as a Cost Accountant in the private sector for several years before accepting a position with Tennessee National Guard as a Family Assistant Coordinator.

Bill's appreciation for music developed at an early age and remained with him throughout his life. He played the tuba during college and was a member of 129th Army Band for over 17 years. He was a member of Cookeville First Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carole Longshore Blankenship.

He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Steve Hertzfeldt; niece and nephew, Jenny and John Paul Holmes; great-niece and nephews, Katie, Nathan and Connor Holmes, all of Cookeville.

Funeral services with military honors for will be at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, May 25, in the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Stone and Rev. Mike Head officiating. Interment will be Wednesday, May 31, at 10 a.m. in the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Tanglewood, Putnam Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean on Mar. 23, 2017

Chester Blankenship, Tanglewood, TN, Age 83 [1934]. March 22, 2017.

Salesman for PFG Foods in Lebanon for 33 years. Saved at an early age, he was a member of the North Gordonsville Missionary Baptist Church.

Survived by wife, Shirley Sircy Blankenship; daughter, Pam Rawn; step-son, Eld. Rickey Hall & wife Christel; three grandchildren, Christen Hall, Katie Anderson, & Derric Rawn; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Carter, Mary Hammer & husband Guthrie, Jo Stevenson, Jean Cline & husband Terry.

Service 1 p.m. Friday, Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with Eld. Rickey Hall officiating. Interment, Smith County Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Chester P. Blankenship b.15Apr1933 Carthage, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPXR-66Y

Relatives - Shirley Jean Blankenship.

 

Rhea

 

2017, Evensville, Rhea Co., TN, Obituary

The Herald-News, (Dayton, TN) - March 21, 2017

Bobby Dean Hickman, 79, of Evensville, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Rhea Medical Center, [Dayton, Rhea Co., TN]. He was born in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 12, 1937, to the late Clarence and Ruby Johnson Hickman.

Bobby lived all of his life in Rhea County, and worked with Suburban Manufacturers for over 34 years. He also served his country with the U.S. Army. Bobby was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cleo Elizabeth Hickman.

Bobby is survived by his four sons, Larry (Vicki) Tharpe, of Evensville, Johnny (Claudia) Tharpe, of Dayton, Tony (Beate) Hickman, of Evensville, and Danny (Tammi) Hickman, of Cleveland, Tenn.; two daughters, Judy (Rev. Tom) Herrell, of Evensville, and Vicki (Doug) Clark, of Spring City; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Patricia (Tony) Pritchett, of Dayton, and Molly (Clarence)Blankenship , of Winchester, Tenn.

A memorial service with full military honors for Bobby will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home with Rev Tom Herrell officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Roane

 

2016, Harriman, Roane Co., TN, Obituary

The Roane County News, (Kingston, TN) - January 12, 2016

Billie Pauline Jones, 87, of Harriman, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Roane Medical Center. She was born May 26, 1928, in Floyd County, Ky., but has been a resident of Roane County for the past 39 years.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Kingston and loved her church family very much. Pauline was a licensed beautician who worked for many years at Cut & Style in Ohio, and later opened her own beauty shop where she worked until retirement. She loved playing the guitar and was a former member of The Cut Ups Band, also enjoyed crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Billy Lois Jones; son, Steven Joel Jones; brothers, William Carl Mullins, Claude Hargus Mullins and Cline Hardy Mullins; and sisters, Helen Jean Bolger, Palestine Bolger and Glodual Mullins.

Survivors include loving daughter, Pamela Blankenship of Harriman; grandchildren, Shawnna Hale of Knoxville, Cathy Rutherford of Oak Ridge, Kristie Woods of Oakdale, Joseph Jones of Oakdale, Eric Walker of Oakdale, and Troy Jones and Katrina Jones, both out of state; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Brenda Gail Reynolds and Mary Jarvis, both of Kentucky; and a brother, David Mullins of Georgia.

The family received friends noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Fraker Funeral Home in Kingston, and funeral services followed at 1 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Ray Bearden officiating. Graveside services immediately followed at Bethel Cemetery in Kingston.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rutherford

 

+2016, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Daily News Journal on July 19, 2016

Martha Smotherman Madeo, age 78 [1938], of Murfreesboro died Monday, July 18, 2016. Mrs. Madeo was a native of Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Madeo was a 1955 graduate of Central High School and attended MTSU. She was former owner of Bedford Cheese Company in Shelbyville before her retirement.

Mrs. Madeo was preceded in death by her husbands, Ben L. Parsley who died in 1969 and Joe Madeo who died in 2016; a daughter, Valerie Sue Parsley; parents, R. H. "Buddy" and Mary Blankenship Smotherman; and sisters, Betty Jo Smotherman and Mary Lou Parsley.

Mrs. Madeo is survived by her son, Rollie Reich Parsley and his wife Libby of Murfreesboro; daughters, Aggie Madeo Davis and her husband Carey of Murfreesboro and Jane Gerl and her husband Bill of Atlanta; sister, Nancy Barnett of Shelbyville; five grandchildren, Ben Louis Parsley of Murfreesboro, Beth Parsley Carter of Bloomington, IL, Madie, Caroline, and Anna Cate Davis all of Murfreesboro; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10:00am Thursday at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Father Nicholas Allen will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rutherford Co., TN, Marriage; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X817-F8M

Blankenship, Mary Elizabeth, 23, 1907 Smotherman, Rollie H., 26, 1904 20Feb1930

 

1940 Census, Civil District 13, Rutherford Co., TN,

Smotherman, Rollie H. 36, M, TN, Head,

Smotherman, Mary 35, F, TN, Wife,

Smotherman, Betty Jo 08, F, TN, Dau,

Smotherman, Mary Lou 06, F, TN, Dau,

Smotherman, Nancy 04, F, TN, Dau,

Smotherman, Martha 02, F, TN, Dau,

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4ZG-VTG

 

+2016, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

Paula Blankenship Masoud, age 55, was born May 11, 1961 in Jackson, Tennessee. [Passed away August 25, 2016]

She graduated from Old Hickory Academy in 1979 and the University of Tennessee in 1983 with a B.S. in communications. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority at UT. She moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1984 where she was employed by Presbyterian Publishing and later Store Value Solutions from 2005-2011 as Senior Manager. In 2011 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked as Sr. Director at InComm until the time of her death.

Paula was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence & Erma Smothers and Cecil and Loula Blankenship, both of Bruceton, TN.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory her father, Jim Blankenship and wife Karin of Medina, TN; her mother, Mae Smothers Blankenship of Murfreesboro, TN; brother, Greg Blankenship and wife Beth of Big Springs Community; sister, Amy Powell and husband Jeff of Fairhope, AL; nieces, Sydney and Ellie Blankenship; Sarah and Macy Powell; aunts and cousins.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Rev. Andy Neely officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean on Sept. 17, 2016

Robert E. "Bob" Blankenship, Sr. Age 71 [1945], of Murfreesboro, TN, September 15, 2016.

Bob was a Veteran of the U.S. Army who proudly served during the Vietnam War.

Survived by his wife of 46 years, Carole Blankenship; children, Lisa (Joe) Zeltner, Bobby (Trina) Blankenship, Jr. & Julie (John) Ferguson; grandchildren, Joey (Amber) Zeltner, Amber (Justin) Lee, Brandon Blankenship, Nic Blankenship, Amanda Ferguson & Tyler Blankenship; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Judy Blankenship; and brother, David (Teresa) Blankenship.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, September 19, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, by Rev. Steve Durham. Interment will be at Christ Church Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Family & Friends will serve as Pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Robert E. Blankenshi b.09Nov1944 - Murfreesboro, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPJS-SKX

Relatives - Carole Blankenship, Julie G. Blankenship, Mai C. Blankenship, Trina G. Blankenship.

 

+2016, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Tennessean on Oct. 27, 2016

Carole Blankenship, of Murfreesboro, TN, Age 74 - October 25, 2016.

She retired as a nurse from Vanderbilt Medical Center after 35 years of service.

Preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward "Bob" Blankenship, Sr.

Survived by children, Lisa (Joe) Zeltner, Bobby (Trina) Blankenship, Jr. & Julie (John) Ferguson; grandchildren, Joey (Amber) Zeltner, Amber (Justin) Lee, Brandon Blankenship, Nic Blankenship, Amanda Ferguson & Tyler Blankenship; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Jane (Ray) Lester; & brothers, Lloyd (Barbara) Baird & Larry Baird.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 28, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel, 5852 Nolensville Road, by Steve Durham. Interment Christ Church Memorial Gardens. Family & Friends will serve as Pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Daily News Journal on Dec. 19, 2016

Mary Lynn Wilks Gambill, age 80 [1936] of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away Saturday December 18, 2016. A native of Temple, TX, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Cornelius and Mary Elizabeth Scales Wilks.

Mrs. Gambill was a retired educator and administrator who worked for the Arlington and Fairfax County School systems before her retirement in 1995. She graduated from MTSU with a BA in Education and she also received a Masters in Education from the College of St. Thomas. Mrs. Gambill was a member of the North Boulevard Church of Christ,

Mrs. Gambill was also preceded in death by her brothers, O. C. Wilks and Wayne D. Wilks, and by a sister, Elaine Wilks.

Mrs. Gambill is survived by her husband of 58 plus years, Johnnie Duff "Jack" Gambill, Jr.; sons, Johnny Keith Gambill and his wife Lisa of Murfreesboro, TN, and Todd Edward Gambill and his husband Timothy Watkins of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Lynsi Blankenship and her husband Adam, Elly Linam and her husband Patrick, Jessica Gambill, and J. D. Gambill; and three great-grandchildren; brother, Edward Wilks and his wife Becky of Belton, TX; sister, Larita Cartwright and her husband Tommy of Belton, TX; and sister-in-law, Carol Wilks of Ft. Worth, TX.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Brother David Young and Brother Wayne Wilks officiating. Burial to follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with Chuck Wilson, Bill Vermillion, Ross Spielman, J.D. Gambill, Patrick Linam, and David Gambill serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lynsi Blankenship b.08Aug1980 - Murfreesboro, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJTD-QSJW

 

+2017, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Bertrum+Ray-Scott%2c&lc=5071&pid=183704291&mid=7265523

Bertrum Ray "Butch" Scott, III, age 44, went home to be with God on Monday, January 23, 2017, He was born October 30, 1972 in Eden, North Carolina.

Butch has always been a true blue tar heel. He graduated from Oakland High School and Johnson Bible College, and received a master's degree from Webster College. He was a youth minister and a counselor. He touched everyone he came in contact with. He was always there for everyone to help in any way he could. He loved life and was an example of living each day to the fullest. He loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. Ask anyone about Butch and you will hear he was a best friend. He loved and served God and has now gone to be with Him. We will miss him as was truly one of a kind. He will forever be with us all in our hearts.

Proceeded in death by grandparents; Bertrum R. Scott, Sr. and Mary Scott of Kansas and Leonard Blankenship, of Virginia.

Butch leaves behind his parents Bert Scott Jr. and Patsy Scott ; sister Brigitte Scott Corley(Chris); two special nephews Christian and Chase Corley; niece Ashley ; Mamaw Edna Blankenship; several uncles, aunts, cousins and a host of dear friends.

Services will be at noon on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Roselawn Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.woodfinchapel.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1924367

Mrs. Maebelle Smothers Blankenship, age 77, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017. She was a native of Carroll County, TN and daughter of the late Clarence and Erma Austin Smothers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Blankenship Masoud.

Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her son, Gregg Blankenship and his wife Beth of Christiana, TN; daughter, Amy Powell and her husband Jeff of AL; grandchildren, Sydney, Ellie, Sarah, and Macy; and sisters, Glenda Sparks of Camden, TN, Mary Sue Tippit of Murfreesboro, and Nelle Lowe of Bruceton, TN.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at Evergreen Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co., TN, Funeral

Published in The Daily News Journal on Feb. 19, 2017

Maebelle Blankenship, Murfreesboro, TN, age 77.

Graveside service Sun 2pm, Evergreen Cemetery. Woodfin Memorial Chapel (615) 893-5151

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Scott

 

2016, Winfield, Scott Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?CFID=040e572e-5fe0-4136-be08-51d8b89aa304&CFTOKEN=0&o_id=3839644&fh_id=12748

Lydia Davis Trammell age 86 of Winfield, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at her home with her loving family by her side. Born in Scott County, Tennessee on August 29, 1929 she was the daughter of the late Balis and Louisa Trammell Davis.

She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joe Trammell; brothers, Wilbert Davis and wife Jocie, Roscoe Davis and wife Marie, Dawsie Davis and wife Gustie, Bill Davis and wife Joyce, and George Davis; sisters, Carrie Blankenship and husband Ernest, Amanda Jane Fletcher and husband John, Ethel Benzyk, Clora Brooks and husband Ross, and Mary Davis; great-grandson, Joshua Crusey; son-in-laws, Ronnie Yancey and Gene Carr.

She is survived by her 5 children, Barbara Carr, Rita Yancey both of Winfield, Judy Brown and husband William of Bloomingdale, Illinois, Kathy Sexton and husband Ervin, Joe Trammell, Jr. and wife Linda all of Winfield; 13 grandchildren, Jimmy Bowman, Bruce Bowman, Janet Fair, Debbie Chambers, Angela Shoemaker, Veronica McQueary, Misty Boyes, William Joe Brown, David Denham, Derek Joseph Trammell, Eric Mason Trammell, Kerrie New, and Natalie Renae Lyons; 16 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Hughie Davis of Aurora, Colorado; special friends, Manford Cross and Debbie McCarroll. She also leaves other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. Boyd Roe, Bro. James Bowman and Bro. Denny Wayne Davis. Interment will follow in the D.C. Trammell Cemetery in Winfield. Family will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Winfield, Scott Co., TN, Obituary

https://www.afterlife.co/us/obituary-winfield-flossie-sue-blankenship-1115416

Flossie Sue Blankenship age 72, of Winfield, Tennessee, passed away on Friday Morning, March 31, 2017 at her home. She was born February 19, 1945. She was born in Scott County, Tennessee to the late Burl Ryan and Elvey Stephens Ryan.

She was a Member of the Second Bethlehem Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of Deborah Ann, Manford Dwayne and Rubin; son: Walter Robert Blankenship; great grandchild: Logan Bryant; grandparents: Tom and Minnie Stephens; special friend: Cleo Roe.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 41 years, Robert "Mtn." Blankenship; children: Deborah Ann Trammell Tarter and husband Donald, Manford Dwayne Trammell, Rubin Trammell and wife Tessa, Denise Lay and husband Thomas; (7) grandchildren: Stephanie Rice, Stacie Tarter, Sabrina Denny and husband Cole, Kimberly Trammell, Travis Trammell and wife MaKallia, Destiny Cox and husband Dale, Whitney Lay; (5) great grandchildren: Owen Rice, Luke Rice, Zoey Denny, Molly Bryant, Hallie Cox; (3) step-grandchildren: Brennan Cox, Brettley Cox, Lucas Bryant; brother: Ray Ryan; many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be at 8:00 P.M., Sunday Evening, April 2, 2017 in the Chapel of Four Oaks Funeral Home in Oneida with Bro. Charles Webb and Bro. Jeff Chaney officiating. Music will be provided by Gail Bridges. Graveside service will be at 10:00 A.M., Monday Morning, April 3, 2017 in the Chitwood Cemetery.

 

Sevier

 

2016, Seymour, Sevier Co., TN, Obituary

Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) - September 1, 2016

Ronald Ray Reagan, age 67, of Seymour, passed away Monday, August 29, 2016.

Ron was a judge and an attorney in Sevier County, for 40 plus years. He was an Air Force Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendi Michelle Reagan; parents; Judge Ray L. Reagan and Martha L. Reagan.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Jason Reagan and wife, Amy, Justin Reagan and fiance, Gretchen Sheets; daughters and son-in-law, Lori Blankenship and husband, Michael, Ashley Reagan and fianc, Max Carr; grandchildren, Will Reagan, Matthew Reagan, and Gavin Sheets; brother, Randy Reagan; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlene Phillips, Jan Todd and husband, Anthony, Yvonne Williams and husband, Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 4:00-6:00 PM, Thursday, with a celebration of life to follow from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Atchley Funeral Home, Seymour. Graveside services and interment will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Seymour, Sevier Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Nov. 12, 2016

Pearl Vess King, 91, of Seymour, went to be with our Lord and Savior Thursday, November 10, 2016.

She was a dedicated member of Seymour Community Church. She was "Maw" to everyone that loved her. Pearl worked part time with her husband in their grocery store, but her most important role was wife, mother, and grandmother. We will miss her sweet smile, gentle spirit, and laughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Carl King; sister-in-law, Blanche Storm; and daughter-in-law, Joy King.

She is survived by sons, Joe and Gene King; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Byron Walker; grandchildren, Leslie King, Kelly and Nick Blankenship, Shannon King and Tricia Majors, David and Sharon Walker, Amy and Bob Goin; great-grandchildren, Beth and Daniel Robertson, Joe and Bronte Blankenship, Alexandria Walker, William Walker, Joseph Walker, Jillian and Carson King, and Carlie McDaniel; and sister-in-law, Lucille Irwin.

Family and friends will meet 1:00 PM, Saturday, in Mount Olive Cemetery, for a graveside service, with Pastor Patrick Koster officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Seymour, Sevier Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Dec. 15, 2016

Dwight H. Goodin, of Seymour, Tennessee, passed away on December 13, 2016, his 59th birthday, with his devoted sister by his side. Dwight was a US Navy Veteran and a wonderful brother.

Dwight was preceded in death by his father, D. H. Goodin.

He is survived and will be deeply missed by his mother, Dolores Goodin; sister, Kathy Blankenship and husband Bobby; brothers, Chris Goodin and wife Lori; Langley and Tim; and other extended family.

The family will celebrate Dwight's life privately as he requested.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bobby Joe Blankenship b.31May1945 - Knoxville, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPLX-JFN

Relatives - Kathy Jane Blankenship, Michelle Louann Blankenship, Robert Lynn Blankenship, Tammy Blankenship

 

2017, Seymour, Sevier Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from May 2 to May 3, 2017

Helen Christine Baker, age 92 of Seymour, went to meet her Lord and Savior Sunday, April 30, 2017.

The Bible tells us to "Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life," and Helen was faithful until the end. She was an amazing wife, mother and grandmother. Her loving, kind and serving spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her. Helen was known by many names - Wife, Buddy, Mother, Gran, Aunt Helen, Miss Helen, and Friend. She was a member and humble servant of Valley Grove Baptist Church where she worked with the Primaries for many years. Helen retired from the church day care, where she touched the lives of many children.

She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 64 years, Warren Baker; parents, Hobart and Bessie Brown; grandchildren, Wendy Michelle Reagan and Marty Brown; brother, Marvin Brown; and sisters, Lola Webster, Jean Grove, and Betty Atkins.

Survivors: Daughters and Son-in-law: Jan Reagan, Shara and Harold Gorman; Grandchildren: Lori and Michael Blankenship, Warren and Jill Gorman, Mitzi and Donnie Carr; Great-Grandchildren: Baker and Bennett Gorman; Sisters-in-law: Mary Lou Brown and Nanabelle Flynn; Brother-in-law: Ralph Armstrong; Many loved Nieces and Nephews

Funeral service 6:30 PM Wednesday in Atchley's Seymour Chapel with Rev. Warren Gorman officiating. Interment 11 AM Thursday in Atchley's Seymour Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Seymour, Sevier Co., TN, Obituary

The Mountain Press, (Sevierville, TN) - July 17, 2017

Dolores Jane Goodin, age 91, of Seymour, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017.

"Doe," as she was known to many, had a zest for life, loved her children and grandchildren and had a quick wit and sense of humor. She enjoyed dancing, karaoke and had traveled to all fifty states. She was an active member of Seymour Community Church where she sang in the choir, worked with Awanas, the nursery, neighbor Bible time, and Bible school where she saw many of her grandchildren come to know the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalphus Hearl Goodin; son, Dwight H. Goodin; parents, John J. and Phoebe (Green) Howard; sisters, Pauline Fredrick Parrott Huff, and Iris Faye Mullins; and brother, Palestine Green Howard.

Survivors include her sons, Langley Goodin and wife Annie (Whaley), Timothy Lynn Goodin and wife Barb, Robert Christopher Goodin and wife Lori Bellar; daughter, Kathy Blankenship and husband Bobby Joe; grandchildren, Robert Lynn Blankenship, Heather Renee Distelberg, Clinton Langley Goodin, Timothy Chaz Goodin, Coleton Cruze Goodin, Cassidi Makayla Goodin, and Savanna Jayne Goodin.; great-grandchildren, Kathryn Blankenship, Alyssa Grace Blankenship, Brianna Lynn Blankenship, Seth Robert Blankenship, Kalea Goodin, Kaiah Goodin, Ansley Distelberg, Benjamin Goodin and McKinley Goodin; sister, Kathleen Burke White; and special friends, Emily Seymore and Teresa Huskey.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. in Atchley's Seymour Chapel, 122 Peacock Court, Seymour TN. Pastor Patrick Koster will officiate. Graveside service and interment will follow in Atchley's Seymour Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bobby Joe Blankenship b.31May1945 Knoxville, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPLX-JFN

Relatives - Kathy Jane Blankenship, Michelle Louann Blankenship, Robert Lynn Blankenship, Tammy Blankenship.

 

2017, Sevierville, Sevier Co., TN, Obituary

The Newport Plain Talk, (TN) - December 12, 2017

Buford 'Boodie' Hurst, age 79, of Sevierville, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Boodie was born on June 25, 1938, in Newport, TN and was raised in the Jones Cove area.

He was Baptist and kept the faith. He worked for Bush's Baked Beans for many years. Boodie was talented in many areas, but turtle hunting was his expertise. He enjoyed the outdoors and was happiest while hunting and fishing with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Betty and Clay Hurst, brother Glen Hurst, sister Janie Shahan, daughter Tammy Maples, and brothers-in-law Estle Breeden and Benny Etherton.

Buford is survived by his former wife Lorrian Janice Hurst, sons and daughters-in-law Rev. Ricky and Para Hurst, James and Amanda Hurst, Stevie and Jessica Hurst, and Patrick and Christina Hurst; daughter Betty Hurst; grandchildren Jennifer Caughron, Nicole Sullivan, Ruth Justice, Sarah Hurst, Misty Carr, Dustin Hurst, Patrick Hurst, Daniel Blankenship , Airica Richmond, and Kristopher and Kaiden Daniels; brother Clifford Hurst; sister-in-law Louise Hurst; sisters Leona Breeden and Eula Etherton; and extended family members and special friends: Lynn Feezel, Casey Bradley, Debbie Frazier, Roberta Frazier, and Charlie Frazier.

Funeral service will be 7:00 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home with Rev. David Newman and Rev. B.J. Burns officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, in the Bachelor Rolen Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Shelby

 

+2017, Bartlett, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - December 19, 2017

Maggie E. Blankenship, 91 [1926], of Bartlett, TN, passed away on December 18, 2017.

Maggie was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and a longtime seamstress. She enjoyed ceramics as well as crocheting.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her husband James Blankenship and six siblings.

Maggie is survived by her children; Karen Enoch (Johnny), Murry Blankenship (Martha), her grandchildren; Tina Marie Blankenship, Tracy Lynn Blankenship, Christy Enoch and Jenny Redding, and two great grandchildren Ethan and Oliva Redding.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20, with interment to follow all at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd. Bartlett, TN 39133.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Cordova, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 23, 2017

Albert Donald (Don) Rast, 83, Cordova, TN, was called home by the Lord on April 20, 2017.

Don retired from Humko (Kraft Foods) with thirty-three years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Pitts Rast, faithful caregiver through his battle with Parkinson's; also, a son, Don Rast (Joy); a daughter, Dana Rast; two grandchildren, Katie Blankenship (Michael) and Kristen Stafford (James); and two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm, followed by a brief celebration of his life at 2:30 p.m. at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home in Millington, Tennessee.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Horn Lake, DeSoto Co., MS, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Jan. 21, 2016

Minnie Blankenship - Horn Lake, MS - Age 88 [1928], died January 19, 2016.

Forest Hill Funeral Home, South 901-346-3250.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/1246499/Blankenship-Minnie.php

Minnie ""Aunt B"" D. Blankenship - Tuesday, March 22nd, 1927, Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Minnie Aunt B. Blankenship, 88, of Memphis passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Minnie was a faithful servant of the Lord. She cared for children in the church nursery for over 40 years and touched many generations of families including caring for children at her home.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Blankenship; one son, James Blankenship; her parents: James Samuel and Verdie O. McMahan and sister, Flora Dell McMahan.

She leaves four children: Michael Blankenship (Shirley) of Horn Lake, MS, Charlotte Carver of Cordova, Mark Blankenship (Bobbi) of Southaven and Kelley Blankenship (Joyce) of New Iberia, La.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God 8650 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis. Burial will be in Forest Hill South Cemetery.

 

2016, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, Death

Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 31, 2016

Judy Blankenship Hughes, Memphis, TN, Age 66, died May 28, 2016.

Family Funeral Care, (901)761-8000

 

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Judy-Hughes&lc=4271&pid=180154093&mid=6948575

Judy Blankenship Hughes, 66 [11Apr1950], of Memphis, passed away May 28, 2016.

Ms. Hughes was a communicant and active Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael Catholic for many years, and she retired from GMP.

She is survived by her daughter, Tammi Seyer; her son, James Hughes; and four grandchildren, Thomas Hughes, Heather Hughes, Ava Seyer, and Osborne Seyer.

Funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at St. Michael Catholic Church, and interment will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - October 6, 2016

David Lynn "Football" Young of Memphis, TN, passed at his home Sunday, October 2, 2016.

He leaves one daughter, Shaneise Young, one son, Lynn Young, Jr.; two sisters, Delores Blankenship and Linder Johnson and one cousin Alma Barnes; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousin, and very close friend, Michael (Shakes) Wilkins.

Service 12 Noon, Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church on 1276 Driver. Burial in Memorial Park Southwoods.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Delores Y. Blankenship b.18May1947 - Memphis, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPYN-DT9

Relatives - Albert D. Blankenship Jr, Albert Young, David Young, Oc Young, Stahia Anetrius Young, Tessia Joy Young, Tracy Rhemando Young.

 

Albert D Blankenship b.01Sep1951 - Memphis, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPYN-DT2

Relatives - Delories Blankenship.

 

2016, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Lynn-Daniel&lc=4271&pid=181885379&mid=7123047

Lynn Lohmeyer Daniel, 72, of Memphis, TN passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. She was born October 20, 1943 in Memphis, TN.

She graduated from St. Agnes High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. A devoted mother and grandmother, she will be greatly missed.

Predeceased by her parents, Julian and Bess Lohmeyer, and husband, Hal J. Daniel Jr.

She leaves her son, Scott (Bethany) Blankenship of Memphis, and two grandchildren, Abigail and Paul.

The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 15th at Family Funeral Care 4925 Summer Ave.. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Memphis, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

The Commercial Appeal, (Memphis, TN) - November 8, 2017

Rev. Elton A. Watlington, Memphis, TN, was born on the family farm in Madison County, TN, on September 28, 1925, the seventh son of the late Ulrich Armstrong and Jennie Sophronia Watlington.

A lifelong member of Malesus United Methodist Church, he was called into the ministry of Jesus Christ during his military service in Japan as part of the Army occupation forces. His early education started at home with his first home teachers, sisters, Clara Mai, Evelyn, and brother, Kenneth, continued at Malesus School and Lambuth College. Elton married Martha Janice Threadgill on June 9, 1948, who was also a Lambuth graduate. He then attended Garrett Theological Seminary while serving churches in Wisconsin. Both attended Scarritt College in Nashville in preparation for overseas ministry in Peru, then later a Spanish course in Costa Rica. As missionary to The Methodist Church in Peru for over 20 years, he served as pastor for several local churches, living in the cities of Lima, Trujillo, and Huancayo, was District Superintendent various times, Director Of Christian Education for the conference, ministered to fellow missionaries, and wrote for journals and periodicals. In 1957, he was instrumental in starting a theological training institute for local pastors, where he taught, and started/encouraged several worship Centers in Lima and Trujillo, in the areas where "mountain folk" were fleeing to the cities.

Being a seeker of knowledge, Elton was a voracious reader of History, Theology, Science, Politics, then needed to share/discuss new ideas and opinions, many often ahead of the "times" in which he lived. He organized some of the first ecumenical meetings among church leaders of various denominations in Lima and included Jewish and Catholic leaders. For 10 years, he and Janice served as treasurer for the Board Of Global Ministries' central office in Lima becoming the liaison between contributing churches and the national Methodist Church in Peru.

Upon returning to Tennessee, Elton and Janice were appointed to the Ripley Circuit in Lauderdale Co, TN, and Springdale, Frayser Heights, Grimes, and Greenland-Davant United Methodist Churches in Memphis. During retirement, they worshipped at St Luke's United Methodist Church, where he was active in the visitation ministry. They lived nearby and enjoyed sharing a duplex-style home with the Sieger family, where he spent much time outdoors tending to his vegetable and flower gardens, shrubs, and trees. Elton served as the President of the Lambuth Alumni Association and as Chairman of Archives and History Committee as he researched and wrote for UMC Memphis Conference Historical Society. He was never happier than when he was tracing the origin and history of a church or individual. While living in Memphis, with Janice and Andy's help, he published and placed online many decades of research on his family history: "Watlingtons of West Tennessee 1830-1997".

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, parents, brothers, Mack (Golden), Sam (Mary), Kenneth (Mary), Paul (Rachel), John (Shirley), Joe C. (Delores, Linda), sisters, Clara Mai King (Lloyd), Evelyn Black (Lon), sisters-in law, Betty Threadgill and Carolyn, brother-in-law, Hubert, daughter-in-law, Debra Ann Wise Watlington, great-grandson, Josiah Sharp, and many missionary friends, his Christian brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his brother, Herman (Carolyn), sister, Betty Williams (Hubert), brother-in-law, Grady (Daisy) Threadgill, his children, Martha (Alan) Morris, Joe T. (Marsha) Watlington, Mary (Rick) Sieger, John Andrew (Santina) Watlington, grandchildren, Elizabeth Mansfield, Jennifer Blankenship (Brent), Laura Daugherty (Drew), Emily Sharp (Nate), James and Mark Watlington, Jeremy (Charlotte) and Margaret Sieger, Ian and Nathan Watlington, great-grandchildren, Lauren and Allie Mansfield, Emma, Sara, and Jacob Blankenship , Audrie Ann, Litton, Charlie, and Tully Daugherty, Laurel, Reuben, and Lily Anne Sharp.

Services for Rev. Watlington will be held at Malesus United Methodist Church on Friday, NOV 10 at 2 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Millington, Shelby Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 11, 2016

Cassandra "Cassy" Leigh Colunga, 14, passed away August 8, 2016 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, [Memphis, Shelby Co., TN] .

She is survived by her parents, Joanna and Adam Blankenship and Luis and Laura Colunga; siblings, Matthew Colunga, Aiden Blankenship, Genesis Colunga, and Jordan Colunga; grandparents, George and Francisca Salazar, Anastacio and Maria A. Colunga, and Earl and Rita Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 12 at Crosspointe Baptist Church, 8850 US 51 Millington, TN. "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders"

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rita A. Blankenship - 09 May 1959 Millington, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPBN-M5V

Relatives - Adam Christopher Blankenship, Earl Blankenship, James Farris Graves, Karen Blankenship, Mary L Blankenship, Maxine Blankenship, Winfred C Blankenship

 

Sullivan

 

+2017, Bluff City, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - January 25, 2017

David Jackson "Jack" Martin, age 80, of Bluff City, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his family. Mr. Martin was born on March 22, 1936, in Hillsville, Virginia, to the late James "Dave" Martin and Opal Blankenship Martin.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Martin retired with fifteen years of service as a Lab Tech from Bristol Compressors and was a member of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church. He loved to fish, racing and working on cars.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ethelene Martin; and six brothers, Rush, Joseph "Joe", Mawyer, Glenn, Leon, and George Martin.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Margaret Long Martin; one son, Douglas Martin and wife, Debbie, of Independence, Va.; one daughter, Holly Martin, of Bluff City, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Julie Tucker and husband, David, of Galax, Va., Michael Martin and wife, Amanda, of Independence, Va., and Shawn Martin, of Independence, Va.; four great grandchildren, Brianna and Zack Tucker, of Galax, Va., and Peyton and Kloey Martin, of Independence, Va.; one sister, Fredia Staples, of Hillsville, Va.; one brother, Thomas Martin, of Hillsville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Committal Service and Entombment will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017, in the Heritage Chapel of Memories at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, Tennessee, with military honors to be rendered by the Bristol VFW Post #6975 Honor Guard. Dr. Allen Roberts and Dr. Bob Jones will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Michael Martin, Shawn Martin, David Tucker, John Lowdermilk, Dan Gathercole, and Lloyd Hughes. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Hicks, Harvey Spence, Valen Miller, Paul Young, Jim Hall, and Ted Ellis.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.heraldcourier.com/obituaries/blankenship-dallas/article_c561b4f2-edf7-5a47-8c54-9199ecaba410.html

Dallas Blankenship, age 83, of Bristol, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 16, 2016, at the home of his son. Dallas was born December 17, 1932, in Limestone, Tennessee, a son of the late C. L. and Eugina Crain Blankenship.

He lived in the Bristol area, most of his life, was a U.S. Army veteran and had retired from Chrysler Corporation. He was a member of Revival Center Independent Baptist Church, in Bristol, Virginia.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Blankenship was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Blankenship; sisters, Fannie Fender, Grace Blankenship, and Elva Blankenship; and brothers, Paul Blankenship, Joseph Blankenship, and Homer Blankenship.

Survivors include his daughter, Rachel Blankenship Lunsford and husband, Blake; son, Dallas Blankenship, Jr. and wife, Brandie; grandchildren, Dillon Blankenship, Haley Lunsford, Riley Blankenship, and Jase Blankenship; sisters, Nola Johnson, Glenna Crain, Doris Ann Butler, and Patsy Church; and a brother, Hurshel "Bud" Blankenship and wife, Mary Dean. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the Mountain View Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Lyons Smith officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Bristol VFW Honor Guard and the Virginia National Guard. Entombment will follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2017, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - April 18, 2017

Sharon Elaine Hatcher, 61, died on April 15, 2017, at home in the loving embrace of her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on September 3, 1955, to Edgar and JoAnn Hatcher in Norfolk, VA.

She was a wonderful and faithful daughter, sister, aunt, and a devoted friend to all who knew her. She graduated from Bristol Tennessee High School in 1973, and attended Carson Newman University before graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1977. She was a special education teacher in Beaufort, SC, Greeneville, NC, Bristol, TN-VA, and Johnson City, TN. She received her Masters in Education from East Carolina University in 1988. In 1990, she started a business of Learning Disability tutoring and testing in Johnson City. Sharon loved to travel, spend time with her friends - both human and furry, and hike and enjoy the great outdoors. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her mother, JoAnn Hatcher; her sisters, Patricia (Bill) Argabrite and Dr. Janet (John W.) Rice; her nephews, Wes (Katie) Argabrite, John C. Rice, and Nealon Rice; her nieces, Alyson Argabrite, Josephine Russell, Tegan Rice, and Regina (Adam) Blankenship; her uncle, Bill (Robin) Hatcher; her aunt, Doris Jean (Mickey) Tyler; her grandnephews, Camden Argabrite and Connor Rice; and grandniece, Sophia Rice.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - June 22, 2017

Phyllis Louise "Granny" Cook Boyd, 80, of Bristol, Tenn. passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at her home. She was born in Grundy, VA, on December 7, 1936, a daughter of the late Willard and Pearl Blankenship Cook.

She attended God's House in Bristol, Tenn. and worked very hard as a nurse's aide at Mattie Williams Hospital in Tazewell, VA. She loved gardening, cooking, flowers, and sewing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Boyd; and two brothers, Wesley "Sonny" Cook and Freddie B. Cook.

Phyllis is survived by two sons, Willard "Butch" Boyd and wife, Judy and David Allen Boyd; daughter, Nancy Proffitt; 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Blevins Funeral & Cremation Services, 417 Lee St., Bristol, VA, with Pastor Sidney Payne officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Death

Kingsport Times-News (TN) - March 6, 2016

Gary Blankenship, 50, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time. Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home (423-723-8177) is honored to serve the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

http://trinitymemorialcenters.com/obituaries/gary-blankenship/

Gary Blankenship, December 21, 1965 - March 05, 2016

Gary Blankenship, 50, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 05, 2016.

Gary was raised in Grundy, VA and moved to Kingsport, TN in 2000. He was a member of Free Gift Gospel Mission Church. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, and especially grilling out for family get-togethers. Gary was a great father, a loving and loyal husband, and a friend to many. The outdoors is where he also liked to work, live, and enjoy the company of friends. He leaves behind his faithful pet, Koda, who waits for him to come home.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hazel Blankenship; and brother, Johnny Blankenship.

He is survived by his loving wife, Angel Blankenship; sons, Robert Pruitt, David Pruitt, Patrick Blankenship and Branden Pruitt; grandchildren, Isaiah, Malachi, Seth, Elijah, Aliyah, and A J; brothers, Ronnie, Robert, Billy, Mark Blankenship, and Timmy Cox; sisters, Hazel Elizabeth Hall-Cline, Betty Cole, and Lisa Blankenship; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful pet, Koda.

A funeral service will be at 8pm Friday, March 11, 2016 at Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home, with Pastor Vern Hall officiating. Graveside will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10am at Depews Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his sons, Robert, Patrick, David, Branden and friends.

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Johnny D., 43, 26Oct1961 - 29Sep2005, Grundy, Buchanan, VA, WV-235-04-5787

 

2017, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - October 21, 2017

Donald "Don" Stewart Newland, age 68, passed away on October 19, 2017 at NHC of Kingsport, after a period of declining health. He was born in Sullivan County on July 23, 1949, the oldest of twin boys born to Carl M. and Pauline Newland of Mt. Carmel.

He graduated from Church Hill High School in 1967, then furthered his education at Steed College, and graduated from Tusculum College with a Bachelor of Science in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for seven years. Don worked in finance at Anderson Ford, later becoming Vice-President at First American Bank. He later went into sales working at Lester Home Center, and at ProBuild in Gray, TN. He was also part owner of Mama's House Buffett Restaurant in Kingsport prior to his retirement. He attended West View Baptist Church in Kingsport and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Mt. Caramel. Don loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, deer and turkey hunting. He also loved going to the beach. He loved having company and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his twin brother Ron Newland, and first wife Sandra Blankenship Newland.

Surviving are his loving wife, Rhonda Brown Newland; child of his blood, Amy Nichole Newland of Johnson City and children of his heart, Amanda "Mandi" and husband Brian Martin, Andrew and wife Ashley Long of Greene County; three grandchildren, Austin Johnson, Allison and Amelia Martin; brothers, Larry and Patty Newland, and Randall and Stephanie Newland; sisters-in-law, Brenda Newland, Sharon Hartman, and Zan and husband David Weems; brother-in-law, Dale Brown; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Melba Brown and special "mom" Susie Weems.

The funeral service will begin at 7:00pm, on Sunday, October 22nd at West View Baptist Church on 1037 Fairview Avenue in Kingsport, TN, Pastor Mike Stout will be officiating. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted at 11:00am Monday, October 23rd at Cross Anchor Cemetery, 3945 Babbs Mill Road, Afton, TN. Pallbearers will be Austin Johnson, David Weems, and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Musick, Bob Neal, Carl Seavers, David Ward, and Joe Ward

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Sandra R. Newland, 1949-1988, Oak Hill Memorial Park, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN,

https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=112862860

b.27Feb1949

 

Hawkins Co., TN, Marriage: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VN8R-DZ7

Sandra Retha Blankenship - Donald Steuart Newland - 07Aug1970

 

+2017, Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN, Obituary

Kingsport Times-News (TN) - December 2, 2017

Kyle Vernon Blankenship, Sr. 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 30, 2017. He was born on July 12, 1932, in Virginia coal mining country to Mitchell and Delia Blankenship and moved to Kingsport Tennessee when he was around 5 years old.

Kyle served for 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era, aboard aircraft carriers and at multiple OCONUS bases. He was honorably discharged and returned home to Kingsport. Kyle worked many years in plastics for Eastman and Cap Snap Company and retired in 1997. But his passion was woodworking where he owned " Blankenship Cabinets" and custom built, or refurbished hundreds of kitchen and bath cabinet sets and display cabinets in East Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and New Mexico. He created many beautiful pieces for his customers who were like family to him. One of Kyle's friends recently wrote, "Kyle was a Master Craftsman Cabinet Maker. Only few men can grasp the knowledge, workmanship and creative mind it takes to build". He was a member of Reservoir Road Baptist Church and was the Cornerstone of faith for our family, and the Exemplar of a disciple of Christ. He was a blessing to all who knew him; his never-ending sense of humor and positive outlook reached out and touched hearts of all!

Kyle was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kyle Blankenship, Jr; brothers, Walter, Ken, and John; and sisters, Mildred Ward and Beulah "Boots" Sykes.

Kyle is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vonda Blankenship; brother, Larry "Pete" Blankenship; daughter, Debbie Mays and spouse Sam of Gainesville, GA; daughter, Kathy Murray and husband Johnny from Kingsport; son Kenneth Osborne and wife Michelle of Las Cruces, NM; grandchildren Wendi Sheppard, Brooke Mays, Kelsi Hickey, Kyle Blankenship III, Jamie Blankenship , Leslie Cantrell, John Murray, Austin Fugate, Ryan Comparato, Kenna Osborne, Michael Osborne; 10 great grandchildren; and many friends and caring neighbors.

Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017, at Hamlet-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, with Pastor Keith Smith officiating. Graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at East Lawn Memorial Park. Family will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Sumner

 

+2016, Gallatin, Sumner Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Birmingham News from Mar. 14 to Mar. 20, 2016

Jean Vaughan, 2/23/1922 - 03/12/2016 age 93 of Gallatin, passed away Monday March 14, 2016. Mrs. Vaughan was born December 23, 1922 in Ragland, AL to the late Abbie Davis and Bessie Alverson Davis.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Lt. Col. Ret. USAF Harry Vaughan, Jr.; daughter, Sandra Jean Vaughan; brother, Robert Lawton Davis; and sisters, Lucille Weaver, and Gertrude Blankenship.

She is survived by son, Harry Vaughan, III (Candie Parker Vaughan) of Gallatin; 2 grandchildren, Amie Vaughan (Yacine Belkabir), and Jennifer Balazadeh (Saum); and 2 great grandchildren, Machais Balazadeh, and Semiah Balazadeh.

Mrs. Vaughan enjoyed bridge, golf, genealogy, and scrapbooking. After retirement from the Air Force, Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan lived in Central Florida for 42 years.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Gallatin, Sumner Co., TN, Obituary

Douglas D. Harris, Age 80 of Gallatin, TN went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2016. He was born in Nashville, TN on October 30, 1935 to the late Lloyd and Christine Harris.

He loved the Lord and was a man of deep faith throughout his life. He was a devoted member of The Church of God Worship and Ministry Center where he played the organ for more than 20 years. He had a passion for food and was known for his cooking. His children have fond memories of him in the kitchen preparing dinner when they were kids, and his mother always doing the dishes afterwards. Douglas was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Wilma Harris. He is survived by his sister, Helen Vaughn; sons, Dewayne Harris (Mara) and Shane Harris (Christy); grandson, Mason Harris (Lauren); granddaughters, Tanya Stiltner and Tina Blankenship and their children; great-granddaughter, Kennedy Claire Harris.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, at 11am in the chapel of Crestview Funeral Home with Pastor Mason Harris and Rev. Gordon Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Hendersonville, Sumner Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Gallatin News Examiner from Sept. 2 to Sept. 7, 2016

Belinda Lee Blankenship, Age 63, of Hendersonville, TN, passed away August 28, 2016 at her home. She was born in Madison on July 2, 1953 to the late Lee and Maggie Cowley.

She was retired after 30 years teaching for the Sumner County School System.

Belinda is survived by her husband, David Blankenship; daughter, Beth Anne (Bil) Freeman; son David Lee Blankenship; grandchildren, Jessica Anne Freeman and Abby Grace Freeman; sister, Diana Szostecki.

Funeral service 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home with Bishop Richard St. Onge officiating. Pallbearers are Bil Freeman, Lonnie Novack, Tim Barcroft, Asher Rose, Todd Thompson, Gabe Fairchild, and Darrell Stahl. Burial in Portland Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Westmoreland, Sumner Co., TN, Funeral

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Douglas-Blankenship-104956030

Douglas Blankenship, June 9, 1938 - July 5, 2017, Westmoreland, Tennessee

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM from Woodard Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Delk and Bro. Chris Rippy officiating. Interment will follow in Old Macedonia Cemetery, Adolphus, KY .

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Westmoreland, Sumner Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.gallatinnews.com/douglas-blankenship-cms-19556

Douglas Blankenship, age 79 of Westmoreland, TN, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Mr. Blankenship was a member of Old Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He was retired from American General Insurance Company a sales agent.

Mr. Blankenship was preceded in death by parents Hubert and Norma Douglas Blankenship; brothers Harry D., Jack, Joe, Wallace and Buster Crawford, Jimmie and Bennie Blankenship' sister Lillian Shelton and granddaughter Jessica Crabtree.

Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife of 57 years Shirley Jean Gregory Blankenship, Westmoreland, TN; sons Torre Blankenship, Bethpage, TN and Van & (Shana) Blankenship, Portland, TN; daughters Jill & (Randy) Pedigo, Westmoreland, TN, Tamara & (Randal) Carter, Scottsville, KY and Tonya & (Craig) Woods, Red Boiling Springs, TN; sister Diane Cornwell, Scottsville, KY; grandchildren Michael Pedigo, Kayla Graves, Amanda Carter, Heather Sword, Jared Blankenship, Shavanna Blankenship, Ivy Rose Blankenship and Tasha Emberton as well as six great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. from Woodard Funeral Home with Bro. Ronald Delk and Bro. Chris Rippy officiating. Interment will follow in Old Macedonia Cemetery, Adolphus, KY.

 

Tipton

 

+2017, Covington, Tipton Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 29, 2017

Harold Sanford Blankenship of Covington, TN, went to be with our Lord on July 27, 2017 after a brief illness. He was 94.

Sanford was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Hartley and Frances Owen Blankenship; a brother, O. T. Blankenship; a sister, Bettye Blankenship Walker; and a niece, Teresa Walker Wilson.

He is survived by his widow, Mildred Jobe Blankenship of Covington; a brother, William Lofton Blankenship of Germantown, TN; daughters Sandra Blankenship Howard (Mike) and Carol Frances Blankenship of Covington, TN; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one nephew; one niece; three great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Sunday, July 30, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 4048 Hwy 59W, Covington, TN, followed by committal services at Covington Memorial Gardens. Maley-Yarbrough Funeral Home, 1701 Hwy 51S, Covington, TN

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Covington, Tipton Co., TN, Obituary

Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 6, 2017

Mrs. Peggy Blankenship, 87 [1930], Covington, TN, the widow of Mr. O.T. Blankenship, passed away on October 3, 2017.

Mrs. Blankenship was a budget analyst for the Department of Defense and a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was the organist for a long time.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her siblings, Wilbur Blaine Pleasants, Jr. and Carolyn Anita Pleasants Eden.

Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Leslie Blankenship (Doug) of Cordova; and her two grandchildren, Skylar Blankenship Jones and Neslon Douglas Jones.

Funeral services 11 a.m., Saturday, October 7, at Covington First Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in R H Munford Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Trousdale

 

+2017, Hartsville, Trousdale Co., TN, Obituary

The Hartsville Vidette, (TN) - October 5, 2017

Nancy Jewel Sullivan, age 86 [1931], of Hartsville, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, [Sumner Co., TN].

She was preceded in death by: husband, Herman Sullivan; great-grandchild, Alex Donovan Sullivan.

Survivors are: five sons, Noel (Joyce) Sullivan of Hartsville, John (Patti) Sullivan of Camden, Steve Sullivan of Westmoreland, Michael (Sandy) Sullivan of Bethpage, Jeffrey Sullivan of Hartsville; four daughters, Peggy (Robert) Buck of Gallatin, Linda Sullivan of Lafayette, Brenda (Wayland) Blankenship of Lafayette, Pamela (Joey) Hancock of Lafayette; 20 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, officiated by Eld. G.W. Knight. Interment will be in Green Grove Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Poss. James Wayland Blankenship b.05Jul1952

 

Unicoi

 

2016, Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - March 3, 2016

Broyate "Buddy" Shelton, age 69, Erwin passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. He was a Unicoi County native and lifelong resident. Mr. Shelton was a son of the late Robert and Florence Shelton. He was a carpenter and logger.

Mr. Shelton attended the Sweetwater Church of God.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Angela Shelton in 2004 and one brother, Kenneth Shelton.

Survivors include two sons: Robert Shelton of Johnson City and Louis Shelton of Telford; two daughters, Pamela King and husband, Brian of Limestone, Carol Bernice Sanders and husband, Matt of Unicoi; two brothers, Jerry Shelton of Bristol and Ronnie Shelton and wife, Sharon of Erwin; four sisters, Hazel Cutshaw and husband, Cloyd, Helen Shelton and husband, Ray all of Greeneville, Agnes Ramsey and husband, Carl of Flag Pond and Violet Blankenship of Erwin; six grandchildren, Austin and Avery Shelton, Langdon King, Taylor Sanders, Whitney Jones and husband, Michael and Jeremiah Shelton; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday March 5, 2016, in the Houston Memorial Church Cemetery, Greeneville. Reverend Ray Shelton will officiate.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

The Erwin Record, (TN) - December 19, 2016

Mary Lou McLaughlin, age 81 [1935], formerly of Unicoi, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016, in the Center on Aging & Health, Erwin. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Willie D. and Mamie Blankenship Shelton.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a member of the Higgins Chapel Baptist Church.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Hopson and her husband, Henry McLaughlin; one son, Clifford Shelton; a nephew, Randall Wheeler; three brothers, Lewis, Kirby and Ralph Shelton; sisters: Marie Bailey, Dorothy Wilson, Gertha Wheeler, Lillian Higgins, Barbara English and two infant sisters.

Mrs. McLaughlin leaves behind to cherish her memories, two daughters, Daisy Smith, Nellie Arrowood and husband, Steve, all of Erwin; two grandsons, Randy Hayes and wife, Nona of Colorado and Sonny Smith of Erwin; one granddaughter, Marlena Williams of Erwin; four great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 2:00 P. M. in the Higgins Chapel Cemetery, Flag Pond. Reverend Jerry Keasling and Reverend Edward Hoyle will officiate. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Flag Pond, District 10, Unicoi Co., TN,

Shelton, William D. 36, M, TN, Head,

Shelton, Mamie 34, F, TN, Wife,

Shelton, Ralph 17, M, TN, Son,

Shelton, Marie 14, F, TN, Dau,

Shelton, Barbara 11, F, TN, Dau,

Shelton, Kirby 08, M, TN, Son,

Shelton, Dorothy 07, F, TN, Dau,

Shelton, Mary 05, F, TN, Dau,

Shelton, Louis 03, M, TN, Son,

Shelton, Lillian 00, F, TN, Dau,

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4HX-3PH

 

2017, Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

The Erwin Record, (TN) - April 5, 2017

Connie Gail Blankenship Silvers, age 68 [1949], 703 Broyles Avenue, Erwin passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 in the Lakebridge Health Care Center, Johnson City, [Washington Co., TN]. Mrs. Silvers was a daughter of the late Paul Hembre Metz and Betty Delores Wylie Metz.

She was a native of Los Angeles, CA and had lived in Unicoi County since 1985.She was owner of Country Scrub Board and retired in 2014. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Paul Hembre Metz, Jr.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories: a son, David Brian Stoneburg, of CA, two daughters, Sharon Marie Schnelle and husband, Jeffery of Fayetteville, OH, Jessica Rae Edwards and husband, Jason Arthur of Erwin; a sister, Anita Mae Lantz of Erwin; four grandchildren, Brittany Meritha Gethmann, Gracie Jo Schnelle, Alexander Edwards and Gabriel Edwards; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 P. M. at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend David Crutchfield will officiate. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held on Friday at 11:00 A. M. in Evergreen Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Connie G. Blankeship b.01Sep1946 Erwin, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KP2B-L4M

Relatives - Alvin Blankenship, Blankenship John Robert, Enterprise Blankenship, Shirley J. Silvers, Stanley N. Silvers, Teresa Blankenship.

 

+2017, Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - July 28, 2017

Shirley Ann Foster, age 79, 850 Rock Creek Road, Erwin, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017 in the Johnson City Medical Center, [Washington Co., TN]. She was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a daughter of the late Brady and Gladys Blankenship Edwards.

Shirley was a member of Coffee Ridge Baptist Church. She worked at Industrial Garment for several years and retired from Seimens, formerly Texas Instruments. Shirley was an avid NASCAR fan. She enjoyed sewing, hummingbirds and loved spending time with her family.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Edwards and her sister, Alma Loraine Godwin.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, two sons: Gaylon Foster, Erwin, Jeff Foster and wife, Connie, Elizabethton; one granddaughter, Mallory Tilson and husband, Jesse, Erwin; one great grandson, Avin Tilson; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be 7:00pm on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Noah Taylor will officiate. Music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Entombment service will be held at 10:00 A. M. Tuesday in the Evergreen Cemetery Mausoleum.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, District 8, Unicoi Co., TN,

Edwards, Brady 25, M, TN, Head,

Edwards, Gladys 22 [1918], F, TN, Wife,

Edwards, Shirley 01, F, TN, Dau,

Edwards, Orene 00, F, TN, Dau,

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4H6-BT2

 

+2017, Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - December 2, 2017

Rollie Silvers, age 79, 109 Jefferson Street Alley, Erwin, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017, in the Johnson City Medical Center, [Washington Co., TN]. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late George and Marietta Blankenship Silvers.

Mr. Silvers was a farmer and a timberman. He was a member of the Roseville Baptist Church.

Other than his parents, Mr. Silvers was preceded in death by five brothers, Grady, Charlie, Elroy, Claude and Freeman Silvers; five sisters, Lula Morrow, Getta Silvers, Beulah Silvers Robinson, Sally Rice and Ola Silvers.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of fifty-six years, Rebecca Silvers; three sons, Donald Ray Silvers and wife, Janice, George Rollie Silvers, and Donald Ray Dunbar, all of Erwin; two brothers, Offie Silvers and wife, Ilene and Harrison Silvers and wife, Rellie, all of Flag Pond; one sister, Eunice Silvers McIntosh of Erwin; fifteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral service will be Monday, December 4, 2017, at 7:00 P. M. at the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel, Reverend Jerry Keasling will officiate. Music will be provided by Evelyn Edwards. Serving as pallbearers will be Ron English, Domnick Dunbar, Kenneth Lee Silvers, Monty Dunbar, Jeremy Silvers, Mitchell Price, Ritchie McIntosh and Ronnie Silvers. Committal service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Tuesday in the Silverstown Cemetery, Flag Pond.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Flag Pond, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - October 7, 2017

Welza Barnet Hensley, age 92, 4489 Old Asheville Highway, Flag Pond, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care [Erwin, Unicoi Co., TN]. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Silas and Martha Blankenship Hensley.

Mr. Hensley was a farmer. He attended Lower Rice Creek Baptist Church.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Hensley on June 3, 2004; one grandson, Harold Lee Byrd on August 16, 2013; one brother, Don Hensley; three sisters: Mafrie Rice, Dollie Crain, Nola Briggs and infant sister, Clara.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, one son, Clyde Hensley and wife, Katrina; one daughter, Mildred Mae Bell Byrd and husband, Harold, all of Flag Pond; two brothers: Russell Hensley, Marion NC, Willard Rex Hensley and special friend, Kay Garris, Unicoi; one sister, Geneva Hazel Shelton of Indiana; five grandchildren: Myra Harris and husband, Lonnie, Flag Pond, Melissa Arrowood and husband, Kenny, Johnson City, Amanda Hensley, Kayla Hensley and Nicole Hensley, all of Flag Pond; four great grandchildren: K. J. Arrowood, William Arrowood, Karliee Arrowood and Courtney Harris; a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P. M. until the hour of service on Sunday, October 8, 2017 in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Craig Shelton, Reverend Harold Lewis and Reverend Larry Robinson will officiate at the 7:00 P. M. funeral service. Music will be provided by Courtney Harris. Mr. Hensley's nephews will serve as pallbearers. Committal service will be held at 11:15 A. M. on Monday, October 9, 2017 in the Evergreen Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2017, Unicoi, Unicoi Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - April 24, 2017

Dean Foster "The Ole Donkey Man", age 71, 831 Marbleton Road, Unicoi, passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, [Johnson City, Washington Co., TN].

He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Reverend Vanas Foster. Mr. Foster was a United States Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam Era. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Mr. Foster retired as a Machine Operator from the CSX Railroad after thirty years of service. He was a member of Southside Freewill Baptist Church. Mr. Foster was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Unicoi Masonic Lodge #681 F&AM. He was a member of the Erwin American Legion.

Other than his father, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Madalyn Foster

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of forty-eight years, Verna Buchanan Foster; one daughter, Diana Willis and husband, Steve; "his pride and joy" granddaughter, Madison Willis, all of Unicoi; mother, Nannie Proffitt Foster, Erwin; two brothers: Pierson Foster, Erwin; Dale Foster and wife, Kathy of Unicoi; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Howard Buchanan and wife, Louise of Erwin; sisters-in-law: Jean May and husband, Dennis of Unicoi, Betty Anglin and husband, Martin of Jonesborough, Vadith Blankenship and husband, Phil of Burnsville, NC; Special friends at Holly Haven Campground in Pigeon Forge.

A graveside service will be held at 1:45 P.M. on Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Reverend Kevin Laws and Reverend Charlie Trivette will officiate. Military Honors will be rendered by Boone Dam VFW #4933.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Phillip Morris Blankenship b.24Jan1942 Burnsville, NC: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ26-K4YB

Relatives - April Yolei Blankenship, Grant Hilton Blankenship, Opal J. Blankenship, Perry Lee Blankenship, Sharon Kay Blankenship, Vadith B. Blankenship.

 

Union

 

+2016, Luttrell, Union Co., TN, Obituary

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on June 24, 2016

Mrs. Inez Tharp Brown, age 75 of Luttrell went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at Tennova Hospice. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and a retired employee of Palm Beach Mill Outlet with over 25 years of service.

Preceded in death by husband, Charles E. Brown, Jr.; parents, Lee and Ollie (Buckner) Tharp; sisters, Mabel Tharp; Iva Rozell Tharp, Pearlie Muncey; brothers, Esky Tharp; John Tharp.

Survivors: daughters, Donna Ridenour and husband, Ronnie; Deborah Thorpe and husband, Scott; sons, David Brown and wife, Sonja, Duane Brown and wife, Tara; five grandchildren, Christopher Ridenour, Shasha Hensley, Coty Thorpe, Gunner Thorpe, Katelynn Thorpe; 3 great-grandchildren, Haley Ridenour, Nathan Hensley, Natalie Hensley; sisters, Lucille Chesney, Ella Blankenship; brother, Dewey Tharpe; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016, at Cooke-Campbell Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Charles Muncey officiating with music by the Williams Family. Interment will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016, Pleasant View Cemetery, Maynardville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Billy Ray Blankenship b.30Apr1942 - Luttrell, TN: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KPLB-1Q1

Relatives - Ellie N. Blankenship, Robin R. Blankenship, Steven R. Blankenship.

 

+2017, Maynardville, Union Co., TN, Obituary

The Daily Times, (Maryville, TN) - September 14, 2017

Altoies "Toy" Teffeteller Gibson, age 86 [1931], of Maynardville, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Asbury Place of Maryville, [Blount Co., TN].

"Toy" retired from Blount Memorial Hospital. She served the Lord fervently and most recently was a member of Maryville Baptist Tabernacle. She loved singing gospel music, traveling, and devoting her life to her family.

Preceded in death by: Parents, Charles & Carrie Everhart; Husbands, Lawrence Teffeteller and Earnest Gibson; several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include: Sons & Daughters-in-law, Johnny & Dianne Teffeteller, Charles & Peggy Teffeteller; Daughters & Sons-in-law, Diane & Reggie Ball and Suzi & Chris Hudson; 14 beloved grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; Siblings, Blanche Taylor, Betty Lou Click, Shirley Blankenship, and Frankie Everhart.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 PM Thursday, September 14, 2017, at Smith West Chapel, with Pastor Ottis Ball and Rev. Ronnie Reagan officiating. Interment will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 15, 2017, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Warren

 

+2016, McMinnville, Warren Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Jimmy-Gran-Blankenship-103815218

Jimmy Grant Blankenship of McMinnville, Tennessee, was born on March 11, 1936 and passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016.

He was married to Mary Louise Blankenship.

Funeral service will be at 3:30 P.M. Wednesday, August 03, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Rick Stewart will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, McMinnville, Warren Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3827036&fh_id=10616

Mr. Jimmy Grant Blankenship age 80 of McMinnville, TN, died Monday, August 01, 2016, at his residence. He was born March 11, 1936, in Warren County, TN.

He was a retired educator, coach and principal with the Warren County School system for 36 years, and a lifetime member of Gath Baptist Church where his served as a missionary to Jamaica, Sunday School teacher and Deacon. Mr. Blankenship retired from the National Guard as a Master Sergeant, served as a County Commissioner of the 11th District for 22 years, and was a supporter and deliverer of meals to the local Meals on Wheels program. He was a WCHS State Basketball Championship Coach and an avid University of Tennessee Supporter. Mr. Blankenship loved farming, gardening, golf and bowling.

Mr. Blankenship was preceded in death by parents Joe and Grace Ethridge Blankenship, sisters Dot Tarr and Betty Blankenship, brothers Bill Blankenship, Monte Blankenship, and Dick Blankenship, and grandson Jimmy Weston Stoner.

Survivors include his wife Mary Louise Blankenship of McMinnville, children Mary (Steve) Payne, Jamye (Monty) Jaco, Katie Wilson, Jon (Candy) Blankenship all of McMinnville and Jimmy Blankenship of Cookeville, sister Sue (Bob) Higginbotham, sister-in-law Doris Smith, eleven grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

Funeral service will be at 3:30 P.M. Wednesday, August 03, 2016, in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Rick Stewart will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.

 

+2016, McMinnville, Warren Co., TN, Funeral

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean/obituary.aspx?n=Mary-Louise-Blankenship&pid=182980622

Mary Louise Blankenship Age 76, of McMinnville, TN, Dec 4 2016

Service 2:00 PM Tuesday McMinnville Funeral Home (931) 473-6606

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, McMinnville, Warren Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.mcminnvillefuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=4029377&fh_id=10616

Mary Louise Bennett Blankenship was born December 08, 1939 and past from life December 04, 2016 following a lingering illness.

Mrs. Blankenship was very active in her church, Gath Baptist Church, and is survived by her church friends. She was a teacher assistant and bus driver with the Warren County Schools for many years and she loved cooking, cleaning her house, gardening and taking care of her family.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her precious husband of 53 years Jimmy Grant Blankenship on August 01, 2016, grandson Jimmy Weston Stoner, parents Elmer and Velma McAfee Bennett, sister Joyce Ann Bennett Argo, and brothers J. W., Franklin and Leroy Bennett.

Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her children Mary and Steve Payne, Jamye and Monty Jaco, Jimmy Grant Blankenship II, Katie Powers, Jon Paul Blankenship all of McMinnville, eleven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and sister Doris Bennett Smith of Fort Payne, Alabama. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 06, 2016 in the McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Rick Stewart will officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery.

 

Washington

 

2016, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - February 18, 2016

Helen Lucille Nave Dempsey, 86, formerly of Hopper Road, Johnson City, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at NHC Healthcare following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 8, 1929, in Johnson City.

She was a devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, and friend. Helen was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church, Johnson City, where she served as a hostess, with WMU, and many other church activities. She was a 1947 graduate of Science Hill High School. Mrs. Dempsey was a dedicated employee throughout her 75 years of employment at several places of business including Hospital Pharmacy, A&P Grocery, and Klopman Mills. She retired from Minco in 2004.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Clyde A. and Mary Nave; husband, Charles F. Dempsey in 1980; her brother, Clyde A. Nave, Jr., and an infant great grandson, Jackson D. Blankenship.

Those left to cherish her memory are her six children, Carol Armstrong and husband Bob, of Kingsport, Ron Dempsey and wife Judy, of Johnson City, Vickie Dempsey, of Johnson City, Darrell Dempsey and wife Betty Jo, of Kingsport, Mike Dempsey and wife Lisa, of Johnson City, Jeff Dempsey and wife Donna, of Nashville; eight grandchildren, Scotty Hughes, Angela Blankenship and husband Matt, Bridgett Ward, Jon Grady Dempsey and wife Krissy, Eric Dempsey, Marcia Dempsey, Nolan Dempsey, all of Johnson City, Paul Dempsey and wife April, Belden, MS; ten great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren; sister, Norma Jean Kidd, and husband Jim, High Point, NC; brother-in-law, Delbert Dempsey, and wife Norma, of Johnson City; sister-in-law, Roxie Dempsey, of Johnson City. Several nieces, nephews, and many friends also survive.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - March 3, 2016

Ralph Payne, age 87, of Johnson City, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Lakebridge Healthcare, Johnson City, following a brief illness. A native of Washington County, he was a son of the late Bruce and Debbie Collins Payne.

Mr. Payne was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Buddy Payne; three sisters, Pearl Miller, Nola Walker and Wanda Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Sue Pate Payne, Johnson City; grandchildren, Kevin Payne and wife Becky, and Janet Payne, Dominque Payne, all of Johnson City; great grandson, Aaron Payne, Johnson City; great great grandson, Weston Payne, Johnson City; nephew, David Miller and wife Robin, Johnson City; step children, Jessie Pate and wife Debbie, Donnie Pate, and wife Vickie, Ronald Pate and wife Gail, all of Johnson City and Karen Honeycutt, of Eastern Shores, VA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The graveside service will follow at Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesborough, TN. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2015, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - May 9, 2016

Susan Marie Carver, 72, of Johnson City, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Christian Care Center of Johnson City. Mrs. Carver was a native a Washington County. She was a daughter of the late John and Mary Franklin Presley.

Survivors include one daughter, Anna Carver Biggs of Johnson City; two sons, Arthur Burrels of Johnson City and Steve Carver of Pennsylvania; sisters, Mary Louvenia Davis of Johnson City and Doris Blankenship of Knoxville; brother, John Curtis Presley of Johnson City; special niece, Diane Verble of Jonesborough; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

The funeral service will be at 8 pm Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Morris-Baker Dogwood Chapel, under the direction of Pastor Dallas Gregg. A committal service is scheduled for 1 pm Friday, May 13, 2016 in the Washington County Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be selected from the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Louise-Louise-Purcott-103850674

Katherine Louise Blankenship Purcott of Johnson City, Tennessee, was born on January 30, 1920 and passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016.

Katherine served in the Women's Army Corps during WWII.

The family of Katherine Louise Blankenship Purcott will receive friends from 5 to 7 PM Monday August 15 2016 in the St. Marys Catholic Church. The funeral mass will follow at 7 PM. The graveside committal service will be conducted at 10 AM Tuesday in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Bob Purcott Doug Young Cass Wigent Josh Purcott Gary Cox and Mike Woods. The Boone Dam Post 4933 will accord military honors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2016, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Obituary/2016/08/13/Katherine-Louise-Blankenship-Purcott

Katherine Louise Blankenship Purcott, age 96, of Johnson City, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016. Born in Greene County, TN, on January 30, 1920, she was the seventh child of C. E. and Minnie Blankenship.

Katherine Purcott served in the Women's Army Corps during WWII. She was a member of the first battalion commissioned by Congress and was stationed in England and France. Always an advocate for veterans, Katherine retired from the Veterans Administration, Mt. Home, TN. She was the first female Commander of American Legion King's Mt. Post 24 in Johnson City. Katherine was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. A devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Purcott leaves behind to cherish her memory three children: daughter Karen Purcott of JC; son Robert Purcott and wife Connie of JC; daughter Colleen Young and husband Doug of Greenville, NC; 3 grandchildren - Amber Wigent and husband Cass, Erik Purcott and Josh Purcott; and one great-granddaughter Pearl Wigent. Survivors also include one sister, Ruth Gray of Jonesborough, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass will be at 7 PM. Monday, August 15, 2016, in the St. Mary's Catholic Church. The graveside committal service will be conducted at 10 AM Tuesday, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Bob Purcott, Doug Young, Cass Wigent, Josh Purcott, Gary Cox and Mike Woods. The Boone Dam Post # 4933 will accord military honors.

 

2016, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - September 7, 2016

Mrs. Martha Nell Phillips Turner, 89, of Johnson City was carried to her heavenly home by angels Sunday, September 4, 2016, in the Johnson City Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 22, 1927. She was the last surviving child of Munsey and Dovina (Mashburn) Phillips.

Martha was a lifelong resident of Washington County and loved everyone she metespecially children. She loved to make quilts as long as her health permitted.

Her husbands, Walter Staten, Carrick Butler and Virgil Turner, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sisters and brother-in-laws: Julie Casey, an infant Elizabeth, Myrtle Blankenship (Paul), Leona McKee (Everette) and her brothers and sister-in-laws: Jim Phillips (Roxie), Jacob Phillips (Romona), Edward Phillips (Ora), Walter Phillips (China) and Arthur Phillips (Eva Ruth).

She is survived by: a special, loving niece and caregiver, Patsy McKee, a special nephew and caregiver, William McKee, a special great-niece and caregiver, Cynthia Honeycutt and several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, great-great-great nieces and great-great-great nephews.

The family of Mrs. Martha Nell Phillips Turner will receive friends Friday, September 9, 2016, from 2-3 pm at Morris Baker Funeral Home, 2001 Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN. Friends and family are welcome to go in procession to Cherokee Baptist Church on Mayberry Rd in Jonesborough, TN for the graveside service immediately following visitation with Pastor Ernie Weiss officiating. Active pallbearers will be: William McKee, Steve Phillips, Lawrence Phillips, Brandon Honeycutt, Mike Honeycutt and Cody Silvers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2016, Johnson City, Washington Co., TN, Obituary

Johnson City Press (TN) - October 15, 2016

John W. Hall, Sr., 94 [1922], Johnson City, passed away on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Madison, Wisconsin and son of the late John B. and Janet Garlish Hall.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps Bomber Squadrons during WWII. John was a Christian man of the Episcopal faith. He was always a gentleman, never met a stranger, and always enjoyed a good story. John retired from Burroughs Corporation (Unisys) in 1978 after thirty years of service. He enjoyed traveling, reading, playing bridge, and most of all spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Mary E. Hall, daughter, Jeanie Hall Blevins, sister, Janet Hall, brother, David Hall.