Barbara Louise Blankenship
1958 - 2021
McLean Funeral Directors - Belmont
515 North Central Avenue
Belmont, NC
Barbara Louise Blankenship
July 18, 2021
Cornelius, North Carolina - Barbara Louise Blankenship, born 9/3/58 in Charlotte, NC left us on 7/18/2021 after a short difficult illness. She was predeceased by her loving and beloved parents, Charles Blankenship and Betty Rose Taylor Blankenship. She is survived by her son, Theodore Bernard(Bernie) Blankenship, her brother, Harry(Lou Ann) Blankenship, her sisters Sylvia (Jeffrey) Stallings and Beth (Brian) McElroy, her nephews, Mitch Blankenship, Taylor Blankenship, Drew Frink, and Bert Frink, and her great nephews, Skylar Blankenship and Asher Frink.
Barbara grew up in Charlotte and attended Myers Park High School. She left for an 18 year career in the US Airforce which took her to postings across the globe. Her work as a communications engineer continued with Bell South/ AT&T for another 15 years. Over the next few years, she completed a BS in Paralegal Services and was honored to attend Supreme Court pleadings sponsored by Justice Sotomayor.
Barb was a free spirit and loved music. It could almost be said that she was a charter member of the storied Double Door Inn (don't do the math) and was present there for the closing performance of the Federal Bureau of Rock N Roll.
Services will be at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont at 2pm Friday July 23. Visitation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Autism Society of NC for all their generous support of Barbara and Bernie through the years.
The family wishes to thank the host of skilled critical care givers at Novant Huntersville and Novant Charlotte for all their efforts
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Published by Charlotte Observer on Jul. 22, 2021.
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I met Barb online through Bryan University and enjoyed getting to know Barb in person during a Paralegal Student Association trip to Washington D.C. I am sending my condolences to her family, and wishing them peace.
Kristel Nielsen
August 12, 2021
I am heartbroken to learn of Barb´s passing. I was lucky enough to get to know Barb while she was a student at Bryan University. Barb was an unforgettable student. She was authentic, vulnerable, willing to speak up for those who don´t have a voice, and a huge part of the community. She would attend our weekly meetings for students and instructors, even when not in class, and was a valuable contributor. Barb was a hard worker and broke through barriers. She was an inspiration for many students and helped others to gain confidence in using their voice. Barb is already so missed. Sending my love and thoughts for peace during this difficult time to Barb´s family and friends. May her strength, courage, dedication and determination continue with you and help carry you through this deep loss.
Christine Leavitt
July 31, 2021
Barb was my student at Bryan University. I will always remember not only what a wonderful (straight A) student she was but what a tenacious, motivated and dedicated student she was. I also remember how much she loved and how proud she was of her son. I will miss Barb.
Kristin Moye
July 29, 2021
Nola Wright, Program Director
July 28, 2021
My first contact with 'barb Blankenship' (always, 'barb' with a lower-case 'b') as she was known at Bryan University was in the newly created EDS-310 class, "The E-Discovery Process" - Nov 28, 2016 through Feb 2, 2017. She had recently graduated with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies at Bryan University and was now starting the first classes of the Bachelors Degree program in Paralegal Studies. On that first day- (I remember it well) she entered the classroom as a fresh, wide-eyed, excited student anticipating a bright eDiscovery experience ... er, wait- she had already completed the Associates program so this was just another class toward completing the Bachelors program. (Oh- and everything was online so she didn't really walk into class. But, she WAS really excited to continue learning!) At the end of that class, she made this Reflection: "EDS 310 Assignment 8 Review Bradley Smart Case. What was most enjoyable and enlightening about the Bradley Smart case was not the legal aspects of it. But the transferring of a legal concept of the case into Relativity and then the bonus of Case Map. We barely touched upon the legal aspects of this case but the further involvement of software piqued my interest and I can´t wait until we take this case into further and extensive legalities coupled with software I have only slightly been introduced to." After that first class I worked with barb on several occasions over the years. She was always eager to learn and quick to catch on to new concepts. AND, she always completed the classes with perfect scores! I know she viewed life as an always exciting challenge and worked hard to always be at the top of the list. I'll miss her.
Curtis E Craghead, Bryan University- Instructor and Lab Attendant On-Duty
July 27, 2021
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