Oscar Delness Blankenship, 81, passed away on October 7, 2017 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Lamar, West Virginia on December 27, 1935 to Clara Elizabeth Thornton and Woodrow Wilson Blankenship. He went to school in Matoaka, West Virginia and served in the US Army in Korea. He retired from General Motors in Flint, Michigan. After retirement, he moved to North Carolina where he met his wife of 29 years, Patricia “Patsy” Ann Parker.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October the 14th at 2:00 PM at Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville with Rev Randall Pearce officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Onslow Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by his wife Patsy, four daughters Carol Daggett and husband Dale of Savannah, Georgia, Leighanna Nichol and Jay of Fenton, MI, Julie Barbour of Columbus, OH, and Karyn “Liz” Edwards and husband Danny of Ortonville, MI, brother Rev. Eugene Blankenship and wife Barbara of Fenton, MI, sister Shirley Politte of Swartz Creek, MI, grandchildren Adam Daggett, Matthew Daggett, Brianna Nichol Castillo, Shaunna Nichol Ashley, Henry Barbour and Myah Barbour, 8 great grandchildren, a very special cousin Peggy Stanton of Shady Springs, WV, and special friends Marie Fagg of Bluefield, WV, Connie Timms of Jacksonville, and Rev. Russell Stokes of Guadalajara, Mexico.
He is preceded in death by his parents Clara and Woodrow Blankenship, his wives Violet and Mary Blankenship, brothers Ronnie and Mark Blankenship, and brother in law E.G. Politte.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Misbah Qadir and Sherry Smith of Kinston Medical Specialists, and to the nurses on second floor at UNC Lenoir Hospital for all your love, care, and support during his extended illness. A special thanks also to the nurses that cared for him at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kinston Medical Specialists, PA, 701 Doctors Drive, Suite N, Kinston NC 28501. Condolences may be left at jonesfh.org
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville.
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I am so deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Though I only knew him a short time I quickly grew to love him. He has been on my mind the last few days and I kept expecting to see him, as he promised he would be back to visit during one of his weekly transfusions. My son so enjoyed getting to meet a "real army man". My deepest sympathies to Ms Patsy and his daughters. He definitely left an imprint on my heart and I will never forget him.
Kim Lewis, RN in CCU at LMH
Submitted by Kim Lewis on Oct 12 2017 04:52:50 PM
Miss you so much Daddy
Submitted by Julie Barbour on Oct 12 2017 07:34:38 AM
Sorry for your loss.We did not know Mr. Blankenship personally, but wanted to share words of comfort. Jesus promises at John 5:28,29 that there will be a resurrection of our dear loved ones! Job 14:14,15 says in part, " If an able bodied man dies, can he live again? I will wait until my relief comes. You will call and I will answer." God's word is sure to come true! Until then, throw all your anxiety on Jehovah God because he cares for you. (1st Peter 5:7)
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