Vester Blankenship, Sr.


Mr. Vester Cecil Blankenship, Sr., age 71 of Jewell Valley, Virginia passed away Thursday, March 10, 2016 at his home. Born October 4, 1944 in Whitewood, Virginia he was the son of the late William and Agnes Street Blankenship.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Bonnie White Blankenship, infant son Johnny Blankenship, infant daughter Donna Blankenship, two brothers Therman Blankenship & Jim Blankenship and an infant granddaughter Hayleigh Grace Gibson. Vester was a retired coal miner of 33 years and a member of the U.M.W.A. local 7327. He loved to hunt and ginseng and being outside.

Vester is survived by his children Lisa Shortridge of Richlands, VA, Teresa Underwood & husband Terry of Brown Mountain, VA, Vester Blankenship, Jr. & wife Arlena of Cedar Bluff, VA, Beve Blankenship of Cedar Bluff, VA, Chris Blankenship of Cedar Bluff, VA and Tina Sherman of Kingsport, TN; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; one brother Ralph Blankenship & wife Jan of Vansant, VA; two sisters Ruby Horn & husband Don of Hale Creek, VA and Shirley Adams & husband Ernest of Ohio; many nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were private and burial was at the White Family Cemetery at White Mountain, VA.

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Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Blankenship Family.