Nolan "sam" Blankenship (1930 - 2014)

Obituary
  • "Garnet, I am sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful..."
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NOLAN "SAM" BLANKENSHIP Born in 1930 in Black Oak, Arkansas to Jackson and Elsie Blankenship, Nolan (Sam) Doyle Blankenship passed away on May 4, 2014. After an early career of picking cotton, Sam joined the United States Air Force at 18 years of age, traveled the world, and retired as a radar technician after 21 years. He then spent another 18 years as an electrician with Caltrans. Sam loved gumbo & all things soul food, fishing, gardening, and travel. Sam was Garnet Thompson's boyfriend for just six weeks, then husband for 61 years. Sam said that he was married for 61 years because he found the right girl the first time. Father of four successful sons: Tom (Kathy), Doug (Ann), Daniel (DeAnne), and Matthew (Rebecca); and Papa of Mikayla, Nolan, Emma, Jackson, and Sydney. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, a sister, and his granddaughter, Mikayla. He is survived by his wife Garnet, his sons and their wives, four grandchildren and sister, Deloris. Services are scheduled for Friday, May 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Church of Christ, 995 E. Lassen Ave., Chico, CA. Reception to follow. To share thoughts and memories of Sam go to Newton-Bracewell.com
Funeral Home
Newton-Bracewell
680 Camellia Way Chico, CA 95926
(530) 342-9003
Funeral Home Details
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on May 7, 2014
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