KOPPERSTON, W.Va. — Kenneth Ray Blankenship, 87, of Kopperston, formerly of Proctor Bottom, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 4, 2012, at Logan Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Born January 19, 1925, at Six Mile in Boone County, he was a son of the late Millard and Nora Stollings Blankenship. Also preceding him in death was his first wife, Mary Riffe Blankenship; one daughter, Sheila Jean “Cookie” Blankenship Walden; one granddaughter, Jennifer Jones; one sister, Sylvia Mae Adkins; one step-daughter, Ernestine Thomas, and one step-grandson, David Prince.
Kenneth was a retired coal miner formerly employed with Amherst Coal Company for 25 years, and a member of the UMWA District 17. A U.S. Army veteran, Kenneth served during World War II in Germany and France. He enjoyed talking about the Lord, gardening, fishing and hunting.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nellie Cook Blankenship; four daughters, Phyllis (Roddie) Sizemore of Ind., Betty Delores Wooten of Proctor Bottom, Dorothy K. (Harry) Jones of Kistler, and Misty (Eric) Lester of Lorado; one brother, Bill Blankenship of Princeton; two step-sons, Ralph (Rhonda) Bailey of Bruno and Shane Kirkendoll of Kopperston; three step-daughters, Christine (Michael) Prince, Drema (Rodney) Kirkendoll and Elestine Lusk, all of Kopperston; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Greenbranch Freewill Baptist Church at Man with Rev. Roland Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery at Pecks Mill with Military Graveside Rites conducted by VFW Post 6153 and American Legion Post 103 of Chapmanville and DAV Post 39 of Harts.
Visitation will be from 6- 10 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Condolences may be left at www.krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home of Man.