May 13, 2013

Ollie Blankenship

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Ollie Blankenship, 83, of London, Ky., passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at her residence.  

She was born on April 30, 1930, in Letcher County, Ky., the daughter of the late Charlie and Sarah Catharine Richmond Waddell.  

She was a homemaker, a former school bus driver and member of Circle of Faith Holiness Church.

She was united in marriage to Earl Blankenship, who preceded her in death.   

She is survived by four children,  Wilma Gilbert and husband, Sterling, of Edmonton, Clyde Blankenship and wife, Sandra, Charles Blankenship and wife, Vickie, both of London, and Jimmy Blankenship and wife, Marie, of Paris; one brother,  Richard Waddell of London; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren, plus a host of friends and other relatives to mourn her passing.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by nine siblings, Archie Allen Waddell, Leatha Reiley, Arbie Waddell, Arlie Waddell, Ida Plastor, Viola Dow, Alta Dalton, Margie Handley and Piones Waddell; a daughter-in-law, Juiwana Blankenship; two grandsons, Lucas Blankenship and Ricky Gilbert; and a granddaughter-in-law, Karen Blankenship.

Funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 10 in the Bowling Funeral Home Chapel with Sammy Trosper, Don King and Claude Gilbert officiating. Burial followed in the McDaniel Cemetery, Laurel County.

The family received friends at Bowling Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Thursday.

Pallbearers were Butch Blankenship, Brian Gilbert, Doug Blankenship, Eugene Blankenship, Randy Simmons, Nathan York and Matthew Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers were John Hall, Roger Hammack, Justin Hall, Danny Hall, Josh Hall and Cecil Blankenship.