Dr. E. Scott Blankenship, 92, of Eggleston, departed this life Saturday morning, March 24, 2012 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem after a long illness. Born in Bland County, Virginia on March 20, 1920, he was a son of the late Elmer J. and Clara Etta Clark Blankenship. He was a retired professor from Illinois State University; a veteran of the U S Army WW II, 168th Infantry. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action near Sinet, Tunisia, North Africa. He earned his PhD in philosophy from Ohio State University in 1955. For many years he had been retired to the Eggleston Community in Giles County. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Virginia Mae Farmer Blankenship and several brothers and sisters.
He leaves to cherish his memory his son and daughter-in-law with whom he made his home Dean and Kathy Blankenship of Eggleston; his daughter and son-in-law Pamela Blankenship-Lofstrom and Melvin Lofstrom of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; his grandchildren Chris and Marissa Stanley; his great-grandchildren Cullen, Zane and Ava Stanley; his favorite pets, the dogs that he loved and that loved him Niko, Kuma, and Yoshi.
Memorial services will be private with the family. The family suggests that flowers be omitted and contributions be made in memory of E. Scott Blankenship to your favorite charity to alleviate hunger locally and around the world. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is handling the arrangements. His unconditional love, generosity, and kindness will stay with us eternally. Dad, we love and respect you now and forever. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.