Richard Melvin Blankenship, Sr. of 1405 Wenonah Avenue in Pearisburg, departed this life Monday afternoon, September 24, 2012 at Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. Born in Dublin on August 28, 1947, he was a son of the late Cecil Carr Blankenship and Clara Josephine Bolden Clemens and step-son of the late Paul Clemens. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Cecil Carl Blankenship, and his nephew Stacy Lovell.
He leaves to cherish his memory his sons and daughters-in-law Matthew and Krista Blankenship of Pearisburg, Richard M. Junior and Terry Blankenship of Pembroke; his daughter and son-in-law Sheila and Kenny Belcher of Lindside, WV; his brother Scott Blankenship of Millers Creek, NC; his sisters and brothers-in-law Mary Joyce and Archie Minton of Millers Creek, NC, Lois Faye and Richard Perdue of Pearisburg, Barbara Diane and Richard Young of Dublin, Virginia and Tony Pennington of Glen Lyn; his nine grandchildren; and his eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 2:00 pm in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with burial following in Fairview Cemetery at Narrows. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 pm. Friends and family will gather at the home at 1405 Wenonah Ave. in Pearisburg at all other times. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.