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Neal Edward Blankenship
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Obituary for Neal Edward Blankenship

Neal E. Blankenship, 76 years of age of Oakwood, VA, passed away Saturday, September 2, 2017 at his home. Born May 6, 1941 in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Cuba Blankenship and Hazel Phillips Blankenship.

Neal was a retired coal miner, member of UMWA #2233, having worked for Island Creek Coal Company. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed gardening and hunting. He was of the Holiness faith, a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Larry Blankenship, James Blankenship and sister Phillis Street.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Emma Gaye Street Blankenship of Oakwood, VA; son Jeffery Dean Blankenship and wife Teresa of Claypool Hill, VA; grandchildren Jeffery Allen Blankenship, Madison Page Blankenship, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service for Neal E. Blankenship will be held at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain, VA, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:00 noon with Pastor Tommy Dye, Reverend Billy Clifton, Pastor Eugene Whited and Pastor Michael Justice officiating. Burial will follow in the Blankenship Cemetery on Page road, Oakwood, VA.

Active pallbearers will be Harold Dye, Lewis Addison, Arnold Campbell, Gary Sanders, Curtis Sanders, Jeffery Blankenship, Arnold Vance and Keith Blankenship.

Honorary pallbearers will be his host of family and friends.

The family will receive friends at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel of Keen Mountain, VA, Monday, September 4, 2017 after 6:00 p.m. with evening service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

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The family of Neal E. Blankenship have entrusted the care of their loved one to Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Keen Mountain, VA.

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6:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

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12:00 PM
Shortridge Ramey - Keen Mountain

1020 Big Skeggs Road
Oakwood, VA 24631

Cemetery Details


Blankenship Cemetery-Training Field Road

Page Road
Training Field Road
Oakwood, Virginia 24631


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