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Asheville - Rev. Earl Blankenship, 87, of Asheville left this earth on Sunday, October 28, 2012.
Mr. Blankenship was born March 27, 1925 in Yancey County and was a resident of Buncombe County most of his life. Earl was a veteran of the United States Army serving during World War II. He was the son of the late Zeb and Geneva Ray Blankenship. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Marie Riddle Blankenship and 10 brothers and sisters.
Rev. Blankenship is survived by his sons, Rev. Gary Blankenship (Judith) of South Carolina and Rick Blankenship of Kentucky; siblings, Eloise Sawyer and Rev. Jay Blankenship both of Weaverville; grandchildren, Rev. Craigan Earl Blankenship and Karl Bryn Blankenship and 3 great grandchildren, Hannah, Cayden and Zoe.
A graveside service was held privately by the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Harwood Home for Funerals, 828-669-2977.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 4, 2012