The Rev. Kermit Joe Blankenship Sr., 73, of Delaware, passed away peacefully early Saturday (Nov. 24, 2012) at the Delaware Court Health Care Center, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 26, 1939, in Holden, W. Va., to Richard and Rachel (Ramey) Blankenship. On Jan. 31, 1959, he married the love of his life, Rebecca (Staton). In 1966, he moved to Delaware, where he worked for General/Liberty Castings. He was a member of the Lewis Center Freewill Baptist Church and he enjoyed gardening, bowling and playing softball.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife; four sons, Ken (Penny) of Marengo, Keith of Marysville, Jay R. of Delaware, and Kevin (Angie) of Ashley; three daughters, Teresa (Ted) Glassburn of Delaware, Ternia (Tony) Walker of Marengo, and Tracey (Kelly) Green of Radnor; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Emmett of Kenova, W. Va., Cebern of Holden, W. Va., and Thomas of Swiss, W. Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Aubrey, Audley, and his twin, Curtis.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, with the Rev. Dorsel Messick and the Rev. Tony Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Marlborough Cemetery. The family will then host a reception in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room.
Contributions in Kermit's memory may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 540 Officenter Place #100, Columbus, OH 43230.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve the Blankenship family. Condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared at snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Nov. 26, 2012