March 28, 2013

Earl Blankenship

Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Earl Blankenship departed this life at his residence on Saturday, March 23, 2013, being 85 years and one month of age.

He was born on February 23, 1928, in Laurel County, Ky., the son of the late Willie and Lula Lloyd Blankenship.  

He was a farmer, a retired American Greeting Card Company employee and a member of Circle of Faith Holiness Church.

He was united in marriage to Ollie Waddle Blankenship, who survives, of London.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Clarence Blankenship; his sister, Belvis Karr; a daughter-in-law, Juiwana Blankenship; two grandsons, Lucas Blankenship and Ricky Gilbert; and a granddaughter-in-law, Karen Blankenship.

He is survived by his wife; four children, Wilma (Sterling) Gilbert of Edmonton, Clyde (Sandra) Blankenship, Charles (Vickie) Blankenship, all of London, and Jimmy (Marie) Blankenship of Paris; one brother, Virgil (Janie May) Blankenship of London; six sisters, Mary Overbey, Betty Mays, Imogene (Big John) Bowling, both of London, Pauline (Wayne) Parker, Ruby (Don) Allen, both of Hamilton, Ohio, and Grace (Roy) Edwards, of Indianapolis, Ind.; his uncle, Herman Blankenship of Indianapolis, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, plus a host of other friends and relatives to mourn his passing.  

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the Bowling Funeral Home Chapel with Sammy Trosper, Don King and Claude Gilbert officiating.  

Burial followed at the McDaniel Cemetery in London.

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.

Visitation was held after 6 p.m. Monday at Bowling Funeral Home.