Mr. Charles Darrell Blankenship, 92, passed away this earthly life to his heavenly life on June 24, 2011. Darrell was born on October 21, 1918 on the family homestead in the Sandy Creek Community in Holmes County, Fla.
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He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp from October 1937 through October 1938. He then went to Panama City and worked at the International Paper Company. During World War II, he worked at the Wainwright Shipyard in Panama City. He also served in United States Coast Guard Reserves as a volunteer during WWII. He farmed after returning to Holmes County in the mid 1940's. He also worked in surveying and retired from the Deltona Corp in 1979. He took an active role on the family farm for many years.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 ½ years Lillian Ramer Blankenship; his parents Charlie D . and Arkie Whitton Blankenship; his brothers Wyman and Darius Blankenship and sister Irene Padgett. Darrell was highly respected and loved.
Darrell is survived by his children Dolores Ann Cook and husband Jim and Glenda Jane Goodwin and husband Cecil, Elton Darrell Blankenship and Christopher D. Blankenship; his grandchildren Timothy Goodwin and wife Cammie of Enterprise, Ala., Cecilia Wiley of Theodore, Ala., Brian Goodwin and wife Dana of Troy, Ala., Jason L. Cook and wife Jeri Ann of Bulgaria, Europe; great grandchildren Rhiannon Blankenship Sutton and husband William of Ponce De Leon, Fla., Christopher Dakota Blankenship of Vernon, Fla., Caleb Davis Blankenship of Cheraw, S.C., Lillian Kayla, Grace and Christy Goodwin, Bailey and Brinley Goodwin, Shane and Brandon Wiley all of Ala., Sofia B. Cook of Bulgaria, Europe, two great great grandchildren Lillian Hope Sutton 'aka' Lilly and Braylon William Sutton. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to Dr. James Howell and the ICU nurses at the Healthmark Hospital, also the staff at Chautauqua Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Daddy's knowledge of local history and all things flora and fauna was absolutely astounding.
A time of visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m.,Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Sandy Creek Baptist Church; 1125 Line Road, Ponce De Leon, Florida 32455 with Reverends Shep Eubanks, Kenneth Harrison and Toby Stone officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sandy Creek Cemetery.
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Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
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DeFuniak Springs, Fla. 32435
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230 Park Ave.
Defuniak Springs, FL 32435