He was born in Humboldt to J.A. and Lillie Blankenship.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II and the Korean War. He and his family moved to Memphis in 1956, where he worked as an accountant in the cotton industry until his retirement from Cargill.
He was an avid golfer, a hobby he shared with his wife all of their married life.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a fine man — a strong person with a gentle spirit. He was affectionately known as “Pop” or “Pop-e” to his grandchildren and great–grandchildren. His love of the Lord, his family, and his friends played a major role in his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Gladys Fiser Blankenship; daughter, Donna Blankenship Barrow (Ed); his grandchildren: Shannon Younger of Brighton, Colo., and Jennifer Williams of Dayton; and great-grandchildren: Jacob, Tyler and Morgan Younger and Haley and Lily Williams.
The family extends their appreciation to their friends at Home Health Care of East Tennessee and Hospice for their care, support, and love.
The visitation will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today, July 19, 2013, at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home, followed by the funeral at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Bracken and Chaplain Mike Justice officiating.
There will also be a visitation on Sunday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Fireside Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, followed by a funeral at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel.
Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family requests that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church of Cleveland, the American Heart Association, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Blankenship family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.