Mr. William James “Bill” Blankenship, 66 of Woodbine, passed away suddenly at home Sunday evening January 13th, 2008.
Mr. Blankenship is a native of Marion County, Indiana. He was born in Indianapolis on July 23rd, 1941 to the lates Herbert James and Lillian Charlotte Warren Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship was a career military man entering service in the US Navy in August of 1960 and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in June of 1989. On August 1st, 1961, Mr. Blankenship was wed to then Miss Claudia Ann Parker and they shared 38 years together until her passing in 1999. After military service, Mr. Blankenship became involved with the St. Marys Library and retired as the Director in 2002 with 11 years of service. Also in 1991, he became a member of the Rotary Club of Camden County. He went on to serve as a President, Assistant Governor and District Governor of #6920 with the Rotary Club. He was a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, the founder and member of the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society and a Will Watt Fellow. In 2002, he became Vice President of the Georgia Fence Company until January, 2008. For pleasure, Mr. Blankenship loved the outdoors and the woods were “his paradise”. He liked to shoot guns and loved driving big equipment. He also had an affinity for gambling. He had an easy laugh, was generous to a fault and loved the relationship he had with his son. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Mr. Blankenship is survived by his children and their spouses, David and Christine Blankenship of Woodbine, Jennifer Lynn and Ken Gilbert of St. Marys, and Karen Ann and Phil Nethery of Brandon, Miss.; his brother and spouse, Dennis and Cindy Blankenship of Atlanta; his four grandchildren and their spouses, Christina and Ben Turner of Germany, Sarah Nethery of Miss, Stephanie and Mark Delewsky of St. Marys and Chelsea Gilbert of St. Marys; and a 1 year old great grandchild, Landon James Turner.
A memorial service was held at 2pm Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in St. Marys with Father Gabe Cummings presiding. Graveside services will be privately held by the family at a later date.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to the Georgia Rotary Student Program, PO Box 61327, Savannah, Ga. 31420.