Blankenship Dennis Ray Blankenship, 75, of Hope Mills, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 surrounded by his children and grandchildren. A native of Coalwood, W.V., he was a Marine Corp veteran who served his country from 1957 to 1988, when he retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He is survived by brothers, Otis and wife Jan of Hilliard, Ohio, Kenneth Mack and wife Jan of Marysville, Ohio; and Tex of Germany. Sisters, Janice Slane and husband Ron of Columbus, Ohio, Dixie Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio, and Patty Sue Glick and husband Lloyd of Phoenix, AZ. Sons, Jeffrey and wife Julie of Tyrone, Ga.; and Carlo of Fayetteville. Daughter, Michelle Luther and husband Billy. Four grandchildren, Thomas Martin, William Luther; Kaitlyn and Lindsay Welch. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett and Lou Oma Blankenship, two brothers Ed and Richard Blankenship. A celebration of life will be held at United Congregational Christian Church on North Main Street in Hope Mills, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. prior to service. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. David Canady officiating. His children maintain a Facebook page for Dennis and condolences may be made at: https://www.facebook.com/LtColDennisRBlankenshipUsmcRet. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, mail donations to 825 College Boulevard, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, Ca., 92057. Services entrusted to REEVES FUNERAL HOME in Hope Mills.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 19, 2013