Athens - James Anthony Blankenship, 49, of Athens, formerly of White Plains, died Saturday, July 2, 2011 from a motorcycle accident.
He was born in San Francisco, Calif., on July 12, 1961, the son of the late Ana Sylvia Blankenship and Robert D. Blankenship, Sr. of White Plains. He graduated from Stafford Virginia High School and attended two years of technical school in Virginia. For four years he served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Alaska, Fort Polk, Louisiana and in Kentucky. He was an Insurance Agent for Primerica and was the owner of Blankenship Audio and Video. James was a member of Bethlehem First Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and biking.
He is survived by his wife, Trina K. Blankenship; sons, Joel Blankenship, of Athens, and Caleb Blankenship, of Clintwood, Va.; father, Robert D. Blankenship, Sr. and stepmother Carolyn Blankenship, of White Plains; four sisters, Ivonne Studds, of Marietta, Carmen Blankenship, of Huntsville, Ala., Sylvia Elena Gaidowski, of Fla., and Chloe Haidet and husband Doug, of Marietta; three stepsisters, Donna Spence, of Winchester, Va., Theresa Lloyd, of Winchester, Va., and Mildred Blankenship, of Matewan, W.Va.; three brothers, Luis Blankenship and wife Christina, of Huntsville, Ala., Joe Blankenship and wife Jennifer, of Huntsville, Ala., and Robert Blankenship Jr. and wife Amy, of Springville, Ala.; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at White Plains Baptist Church, 1020 Main Street, White Plains, GA 30678 with the Rev. Jody Hice officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Luis Blankenship, Joe Blankenship, Bobby Blankenship, Douglas Haidet, Robbie Hall and Jim Litchford. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday July 5, and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday July 6 at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.