Willian Earl Blankenship went to be with our Lord and Savior on July 15, 2022. He was born April 13, 1933 to the late William Lawrence Blankenship and Alma McDaniel Blankenship. He attended school at Artesia and went on to join the Army at age 17 during the Korean War. He worked for Remple/Blazon as maintenance repairman for 30 years before retiring.
He led a very active life staying busy after retirement. He served as Clay County fire coordinator, also served as volunteer for Tibbee volunteer fire department. He was a member of Faith Baptist church and served faithfully as long as he was able.
He is survived by sons, Mickey Blankenship (Diane) of TX, Charlie Johnson (Nancy) of West Point; sister, Gina Cates (Tony); granddaughter who took care of him the last year, Tammy Ryals; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 17 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of over 50 years, Yvonne (Lucy) Blankenship; sons, Lane Blankenship, J.C (Buddy) Johnson; grandson, Garry Johnson.
Funeral services will be at 4 PM Monday July 18, 2022 at Faith Baptist Church with Bro Ben Yarber and John Blankenship conducting. A visitation will be 3-4 PM Monday at the church. Burial will follow at Mayhew Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Trevor Blankenship, Dalton Gore, David Cox, Tanner Langley, Jody Cox, Jeffrey Blankenship, Tristan Martin, Bentley Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Tony Cates, Donnie Domino, Bill Ladd, Wayne Kuykendall, Stanley Bramlett, Tommy Doughty, Danny Ivy, Red Rhea, George Bailey, Ken Brown, Lynwood Prescott, Skeeter Smith, all volunteer fire Department past and present, all staff at NMMC-Tupelo 3rd floor south.
We ask at in lieu of flowers, please make donations to Faith Baptist Church 3695 E Churchill Rd West Point, MS 39773 or Mayhew cemetery fund C/O Bess Swedenburg PO Box 13 Mayhew, MS 39753.