Russell Blankenship, Sr.
Russell A. Blankenship, Sr. age 84 of Bob Thomas Rd. passed away Friday, February 22, 2019 at Westbury Medical Care and Rehab. He was born July 16, 1934 in Henry County, the son of the late William Arthur and Dolie Brooks Blankenship. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 1/2 years Merlene Etheredge Blankenship who passed away January 10, 2003. He was preceded in death also by his sons Marty and Russell A. (Rusty) Blankenship, Jr. brother Brooks Blankenship, sister Betty and Corky Phillips.
He graduated from Jackson High School, loved camping, the mountains, was known for his firm hand shake and was very
sentimental. He was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church in Stockbridge, GA, was a Sunday School Superintendent, Teacher
and was in the choir. He was also a Sunday School Superintendent for the Second Baptist Church in Jackson, GA, was a teacher, and in the choir and loved music. He was also in the Georgia National Guard,
Survivors include his wife Patsy Kitchens Blankenship, daughter Robin Renee Blankenship and James (Rocky) Jones, three step children, Scott Cavender, Tom and Carol Cavender, and Christy and Vance Beach. 13 Grand children, brother Eugene and Barbara Jo Blankenship, sister in law Pat Blankenship and several nieces and nephews and his three grand dogs.
Funeral Services for Russell A. Blankenship, Sr. will be Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in Jackson, GA. With the Rev. Tim Prickett And Rev. Preston Bridges will officiate. Interment will be in the Jenkinsburg City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Haisten Funeral Home Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.
Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson GA is in charge of arrangement for Russell A Blankenship, Sr.