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Homer Blankenship, 76, of Erwin, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at his residence. He was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late C. L. and Eugenia Crain Blankenship.
He retired in 1982 after 30 years at Chrysler Corporation in Newark, Del. and was a member of the United Auto Workers. He was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Buladean, N.C.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: Paul Blankenship and by three sisters: Fannie Fender, Elva Blankenship and an infant sister, Grace Blankenship.
Survivors include his wife of over 54 years: Lois Rice Blankenship; son: H. Wayne Blankenship and wife, Cathy, Wilmington, Del.; daughters: Bonita Hash and husband, Roger, Clemmons, N.C., Elva Lester and husband, Tony; brothers: Joseph Blankenship, Dallas Blankenship, Hurshel “ Bud” Blankenship; sisters: Glenna Crain, Doris Ann Butler, Nola Johnson, Patsy Church; grandchildren: Christian Walker, Wayne Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, Bryan Walker, Randall Blankenship and Sara Blankenship.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Bob McCurry officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 4, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Roger Hash, Bud Blankenship, H. Wayne Blankenship, Randall Blankenship, Wayne Blankenship and Justin Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Edwards, Frank Rogers, Mike Hensley and Bill Lingerfelt.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Spring Creek Baptist Church, 13600 N. 226 Hwy, Bakersville, NC 28705.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.