Willard M. Blankenship (1921 - 2016)

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Funeral Services for Mr. Willard M. Blankenship, 95, of Andrews Branch, North Augusta, SC, who entered into rest December 11, 2016, will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Posey Funeral Chapel. Pastor Daniel H. Johnson officiating. Interment in Sunset Memory Gardens with Full Military Honors.

Mr. Blankenship was a native of Burdine, Kentucky, having made the North Augusta-Beech Island area his home for the past 56 years. He was the son of the late Clarence and Sadie VanHorn Blankenship and a Baptist. Mr. Blankenship following his retirement from the US Army, retired from the E.I. DuPont Company at the Savannah River Plant.

Mr. Blankenship retired from the US Army with 22 years of service. He was a Veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he served in North Africa in 1943, then volunteered to go into the CBI Theater. When the Burma Campaign ended he served in China as an Advisor to the 18th Chinese Field Army. During the Korean War he served in the Airborne making jumps in Korea. He retired at Fort Gordon having served in the Signal Command as a Chief Instructor. He received the Master Jumper Award with Two Stars and holds the Combat Infantry Badge with Second Award.

Mr. Blankenship was a Life Member of the Hopewell Masonic Lodge #127 AFM and a Shriner and a Life Member of VFW Post #6740, The American Legion Post #63, the Eastern Star Chapter #238, the 6th Field Association, the 608 Tank Association and the 187th, the 11th and the 82nd Airborne Association.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Roxie Baker Blankenship; a son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Judy Blankenship, Carrollton, GA; five daughters and sons-in-law, Billie McKearn, Bedminster, NJ, Connie and Mark Rahn and Sue Stallings all of North Augusta, Brenda and Charles Wentworth, Columbia, SC and Becky Blankenship, Sycamore, SC; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Judy) Blankenship, Port Charlotte, FL; a sister, Judy (Robert) Priddy, Columbus, IN; two sisters-in-law, Florence Blankenship, Saluda, SC and Chris Blankenship, Lincolnton, NC.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 until 8.

Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry at www.poseycares.com~~The Augusta Chronicle - December 12, 2016

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 12, 2016
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