2000-2009, OK, Compiled by James W. Blankenship jkblank1(at)sbcglobal.net


SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi , OK,          Transcribed by Jim @ Blankenshipweb.com

Blankenship, Arthur A.     72, 09Oct1927 - 04Jul2000,             89156 (PE),                                      OK-445-26-8300

Blankenship, Buddy L.      51, 16Nov1957 - 04May2009,         (72),                                                 OK-440-66-7836

Blakenship, Dane M.         22, 23Feb1982 - 25Oct2004,           (72),                                                 OK-448-92-6346

Blankenship, Eddie W.      38, 04Jul1962 - 05Apr2001,            (FO),                                                OK-441-60-1416

Blankenship, Glen C.         78, 30Aug1928 - 22Feb2007,          (72),                                                 OK-446-26-0605

Blankenship, H. R.             82, 26Dec1917 - 27Nov2000,          XXXXX (PE),                                  OK-448-03-3443

Blankenship, James L.       62, 14Dec1939 - 13Apr2002,           (72),                                                 OK-446-36-3292

Blankenship, Jerry G.        60, 22Dec1942 - 20Sep2003,           (72),                                                 OK-444-42-3787

Blankenship, Joseph A.     46, 13Nov1956 - 19Feb2003,          00000 (72),                                      OK-447-60-9960

Blankenship, Loyd B.        32, 19Jan1976 - 21Aug2008,           (72),                                                 OK-440-72-7872

Blankenship, Michael        31, 08Aug1973 - 08Dec2004,          (72),                                                 OK-441-90-1567

Blankenship, Rebeckia A. 60, 20Dec1945 - 26Nov2006,          (72),                                                 OK-442-46-5361

Blankenship, Ross C.         39, 03Jun1965 - 04Jan2005,            (FO),                                                OK-442-70-2317

Blankenship, Russell E.     31, 04May1977 - 15Apr2009,          (72),                                                 OK-446-92-5336

Blankenship, Sherry L.      60, 18Nov1941 - 13Aug2002,          (72),                                                 OK-441-42-2758

Blankenship, Shirley L.     53, 25Oct1955 - 25Jan2009,            (72),                                                 OK-441-62-7771

Blankenship, Tristan Z.     00, 20Nov2001 - 20Dec2001,          (72),                                                 OK-447-15-6440

Blankenship, Wesley L.    31, 11Apr1974 - 09Feb2006,           (FO),                                                OK-446-68-4026




2004, Elmwood, Beaver Co., OK, Obituary

Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS) - July 14, 2004

Elsie Ardena Phipps, 88, died July 7, 2004, in Perryton, Texas. She was born Oct. 18, 1915, to James Wesley and Nellie May (Rothenberger) Porter in Beaver, Okla. She married Richard Clay Phipps July 18, 1960, in Tijuana, Mexico. He died Feb. 3, 1987. She graduated from Alva High School. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Beaver Christian Church. She is survived by one brother, Harry Porter, Lucerne, Calif.; two sisters, Hazel Blankenship and Elva Higgins, St. Mary's; and many relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Sophia Cemetery with Jack Cornell presiding. Burial will be in the Sophia Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




Beckham Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Johnnie R.    80, 20Sep1926 - 07May2007,          Elk City, Beckham, OK,                  TX-459-38-2703




Blaine Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Floice A.      82, 06Dec1923 - 18Feb2006,           Okeene, Blaine, OK,                        OK-443-60-1656




+2004, Hendrix, Bryan Co., OK, Obituary

Printed in the Durant Daily Democrat 

Agnes Juanita (nee Blankenship) McDonald Wester, 76, Hendrix. She left behind those who loved her Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Texoma Medical Center. She was born May 30, 1927, in Liberty, to Alvin Lewis and Lois Walton Blankenship.

She was a lifelong resident of Bryan County. She attended Kemp Schools and was a longtime member of Kemp Church of Christ. She married Clarence McDonald in 1942 and he preceded her in death in 1995. She later married Doyle Wester. She worked for many years at the Cotton Mill, for Levi and Yellow Jacket Boat Company, Denison, and was a home health worker before she retired.

Everyone who knew her remembers a woman who lived life to the fullest. She was a woman who took an interest in people. She loved to cook, garden and visit with neighbors. She never let anyone leave her home hungry. She lived most of her life in Hendrix, except for a short time in Sherman, Texas. Neighbors quickly became friends and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In her younger days, she enjoyed traveling. She spent time with family in Pennsylvania, and visited New York and Canada. She spent many hours gardening, preserving food and listening to the radio. She had a strong love of family and of God and will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and sister Edna Earl Knickle.

She is survived by her sons Tommy McDonald and wife Donna, Hendrix; daughters Judy O'Boyle and husband Eddie, Colbert, Lana Hill, Hendrix, Brenda Perryman and husband Mike, Achille; brother James Blankenship, Hendrix; sisters Connie Stubbs, Colbert and Faye Reynolds, Denison; grandchildren Rickie Rencher and wife Jennifer, Cartwright, Randy Rencher and wife Janet, McKinney, Texas, Erica Burns, Stillwater, Cody Perryman, Achille, Monica Wakefield and husband Keith, Marcella Perry and April Anderson, all of Colbert, Eddie O'Boyle Jr., Sherman, Jeana McDonald and husband Terry, Hendrix, Jana Willy and husband Mike, Sadler, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cunningham Funeral Chapel, Achille, the Rev. Roger Speers of Kemp Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Rosewood Cemetery, Achille, with pallbearers Eddie O'Boyle, Rickie Rencher, Randy Rencher, Cody Perryman, Tony Knickle, Aaron Wakefield and Keith Wakefield.


+2005, Durant, Bryan Co., OK, Obituary

Bakersfield Californian , August 27, 2005,

Jewell B. Blankenship Services: Mon., Aug. 29, 10 a.m. Chapel services will be held Monday, August 29, 2005, 10:00 a.m., at Arvin Funeral Home for Jewell B. Blankenship, 93, who passed away August 21, 2005, in Durant, Oklahoma. Jewell resided in Lamont, CA, since the Dust Bowl Era. Predeceased by her husband, Truett; daughter, Mary Lou; brother and parents. Jewell is survived by her sons, Charles, Gerald, Sammy; daughter, Carolyn; grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren and family. Legacy.com

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Bryan Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, James Alvin 62, 20Jun1946 - 15Nov2008,           Kemp, Bryan, OK,                           OK-447-44-2915

Blankenship, Jewell           93, 11Oct1911 - 21Aug2005,           Durant, Bryan, OK,                          CA-564-28-4794




Caddo Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Nettle O.       96, 12Dec1907 - 23Jul2004,            Anadarko, Caddo, OK,                    OK-446-42-8031




+2004, Mustang, Canadian Co., OK, Obituary

The Oklahoman , October 28, 2004

Precious Dane Max Blankenship was taken from us and whisked away to heaven in a tragic traffic accident on October 25, 2004. Dane Max was born to Dana Cline and Mac Blankenship on February 23, 1982 and was immediately everyone's sweetheart! That curly blonde hair and thumb in his precious mouth was his trademark during his childhood years. Even when he won the state championship in wrestling he marched right out on that mat, beat his opponent and walked away a winner with that little thumb in his mouth. Dane Max was baptized at Mustang First Baptist Church on September 11, 1994. As Dane grew up into this beautiful young man, his wit and mischievous grin made him 'Most Mischievous' as a class favorite his senior year. This followed him all the way to heaven on that tragic night. Those high school wrestling matches were when he was the most fearless. He really did believe that he was unbeatable, thanks to the confidence that his friends, family and coaches, Danny Brown, Dave Rankin and Will Allen instilled in him. With all his tough outside appearance Dane was a very tenderhearted, loving and caring child. In his short life he played hard, worked hard, grieved and loved deeply. He was a winner in life. Dane was a proud OSU Cowboy where he was majoring in business at the time he was taken to heaven. Dane Max now walks with his Papa Hootie on those wonderful streets of gold.

Dane was preceded in death by his Papa Hootie Cline and is survived by his mother and soul mate, Dana Cline, his father, Mac Blankenship and wife Ginger, his brother and best friend Dace Macline. He is also survived by Maxine Cline, his Mamma Max & Roy Byrd, Granddad and Gram Curtis Blankenship, Aunt Denise and Uncle Jim and cousins, Chad and Cory Hledik. He also leaves behind to mourn and miss him, Aunts and Uncles Judy & Bill Hatton, Tony & Lanetta Shapley and cousins, Hayley, Cami, Mica, Curt & Bryan along with many spouses, cousins, and relatives. Dane also leaves behind his 2 favorite companions, Duce and Gunner, Oh those dogs! But he loved them so much! Dane was surrounded by many family and friends who know that there is a special place for him in that beautiful place called heaven. 'Plant a flower, plant a tree, or look at the stars and think of me. I am the gentle winds that blow and wherever you go, with you I go. Don't grieve for me because I'm not here, I've gone to a better place where I have no cares. Look after my mother, look after my Dad and for my precious brother, be with him, don't let him be sad. I love all of you with all my heart, and if I was here right now I'd tell you all these things. But where I am now I cannot return and I am at peace. I wouldn't come back, because now I'm home. I love you all.' Dane Max.

Services will be held 2 PM Friday, October 29, 2004 at Mustang First Baptist Church under the direction of McNeil's Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




+2008, Ardmore, Carter Co., OK, Obituary


Services for Chiquita "Skeet" Blankenship, 96, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at Craddock Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with the Rev. David Brantley officiating, Interment will be at Crinerville Cemetery.  

Born on August 13, 1911 in Brock, to John and Effie Baker Godfrey, she passed away on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 in Ardmore. She married Robert Blankenship on Dec. 16, 1933 at Marsden. He preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1966. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a twin sister, Juanita Godfrey 3-years-of-age, sister, Myrtle Richardson, son-in-law, Bill Beane, and life long friend, Ethel Ellis.

She was a cook at Plainview School for many years before going to work at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Ardmore, where she retired. She was a member of Brock Baptist Church for 58 years.
Skeet enjoyed life to the fullest, working in her yard, gardening, and keeping the family stocked with plenty of canned vegetables. She took great pride in her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events. Her strength and straight forward personality will be greatly missed.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Beane and Dana Trueblood and husband, Chris, all of Ardmore; five grandchildren, Tammy Burns and husband, Jeff, Madill, Ricky Beane and wife, Teri, and Brad Beane, all Ardmore, Robin Dillon, Ringling and Christi Swanson and husband, Lance, Ardmore, 10 great grandchildren, Josh, Brandon and Jarod Beane, Ardmore, Shiann and Tucker Burns, Madill, Logan and Jackson Dillon, Ringling and Carter, Landry and Cal Swanson. Ardmore.

Bearers are Ricky and Brad Beane, Jeff Burns, Lance Swanson, Mike Fincher and Lester Greathouse.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2006, Wilson, Carter Co., OK, Obituary


Cleo Laverne Emerson, 92, of Wilson, Okla., died Sept. 21, 2006, in Lampasas, and funeral services were Sept. 23 at Alexander Funeral Chapel in Wilson with the Rev. Ron Eaves officiating. Burial was at Hewitt Cemetery. Cleo Emerson was born June 20, 1914, in Wilson, the daughter of James Monroe and Ellen Couch Claxton.

She was reared in Wilson, living all of her life there until 2005, when she moved to Lampasas to be nearer to her family. During her working years, she was a grocery clerk for Hoss Harveys and a waitress at Dudes Diner. More recently, she was a volunteer and delivered meals to senior citizens for the Meals on Wheels nutrition program.

She is survived by daughters, Herma Jean Lindsay, of Leander, and Ginger Armstrong, and husband, Fred, of Oklahoma City; sons, Bob Emerson, and wife, Vicki, of Lampasas, and Leon Emerson, and wife, Patsy, of Wilson; and nine grandchildren, Clifton Lindsay, and wife, Vicki, Kevin Lindsay, and wife, Linda, Melanie Gaylord, Macey Blankenship, and husband, J. J., Molly McGuire, and husband, Brad, Kelly Whatley, and husband, Greg, Kenny Emerson, and wife, Robin, Truitt Armstrong, and wife, Heather, and Jennifer Armstrong. Other survivors include 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Beck and Clovis Claxton; by brothers, Eunice and Curtis Claxton; and by a son-in-law, Wayne Lindsay.

Pallbearers were Clifton Lindsay, Kevin Lindsay, Kenny Emerson, Truitt Armstrong, Brad McGuire, J.J. Blankenship and Greg Whatley.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




+2001, Rubottom, Love Co., OK, Obituary


Services for Earl Wayne Blankenship, 69, of Rubottom, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Rubottom Baptist Church in Rubottom, with the Rev. Jimmy May officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Johnson, Billy Johnson, Terry Hearelll, Waylon Thompson, Alan Blankenship and Tommy Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers were Toney Hearell, Joel Hodges and Richard Pass. Interment was in Rubottom Cemetery, Marietta.

Mr. Blankenship was born September 11, 1931, at Zaneis, the son of S. A. "Bill" Blankenship Sr. and Mollie L. Taliaferro Blankenship. He died Sunday, June 24, 2001, in Mercy Health Love County in Marietta.

Mr. Blankenship attended Keltner School and graduated from Courtney High School in 1950. He was employed with OG&E in the late 1950s, worked for the Cookie Shop in Marietta for 18 years, and then was an oil field roughneck, all the while farming and ranching in the Rubottom area. Mr. Blankenship also served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Rubottom Baptist Church.

Mr. Blankenship had been a resident of the Rubottom area all of his life. He and Wanda Lee Loving were married in Gainesville, Texas, on November 29, 1952, and she preceded him in death August 1, 1996. Mr. Blankenship was also preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Darrell Wayne Blankenship.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Barbara Blankenship of Ardmore; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Randy Keller of Falconhead and Linda Harris and Jack Morgan of the Shady Dale community; two brothers, Billy Ray Blankenship of Rubottom and Sam Blankenship of Ardmore; three sisters, Patsy Thompson and Shirley Hearell of Rubottom and Peggy McConnell of Corinth, Texas; a special brother-in-law, Toney Hearell of Rubottom; five granddaughters, Lisa Ramon, Amy Sampson, Karla Smith, Tammy Davis and Sherry Keller; and seven great-grandchildren, Aaron Ramon, Brayden Ramon, Tyler Smith, Marcus Sampson, Magnum Sampson, Mollie Sampson and Harlee Davis.



+2007, Rubottom, Love Co., OK, Obituary


Services for Billy Ray Blankenship, 77, were 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Rubottom Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles McConnell and the Rev. Don Clark officiating. Interment followed at Rubottom Cemetery. Bearers were Tommy Blankenship, Rodney Blankenship, Zach Blankenship, Aaron Blankenship, Warren Blankenship and Steven McConnell. Honorary bearers were Larry Gilcrease and Tommy Harris.

Born Jan. 21, 1930, at Zaneis to S. A. and Mollie Lillian Taliaferro Blankenship, he died Dec. 13, 2007, at an Ardmore hospital.

Mr. Blankenship was raised at Rubottom and then made his home at Ardmore for 28 years before returning to Rubottom to make his home in 1981. He was employed as a terminal operator at a gas and asphalt dock at the refinery in Ardmore, where he retired. Mr. Blankenship attended grade school at Keltner and graduated from Courtney High School. He was a good pitcher on the baseball team. As a young man he liked to farm, tend his cattle and take care of his tractor. He was also an active Mason. His hobbies included camping at the lake and fishing. Mr. Blankenship especially enjoyed the time he could spend with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Rubottom Baptist Church.

He married Martha Alice Washington April 28, 1951, at Gainesville, Texas. She preceded him in death Oct. 29, 1999.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dennis Ray Blankenship on Sept. 26, 1993; granddaughter, Karen L. Blankenship on May 18, 1991; and a brother, Earl Wayne Blankenship on June 24, 2001.

Survivors include his companion and best friend, Jeanie Heath; son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Julie Blankenship, Piedmont; daughter-in-law, Sandy Blankenship, Wilson; brother and sister-in-law, Sam A. and Ann Blankenship, Ardmore; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Patsy Thompson, Rubottom, Shirley and Toney Hearell, Rubottom, and Peggy and Charles McConnell, Duncan; three grandsons, Tommy Blankenship and his wife, Susan, Lone Grove, Zachary Blankenship, Piedmont, and Aaron Blankenship, Piedmont; and two great-grandchildren, Kelsi Christianna Blankenship and Boston Ray Blankenship.




Carter Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Chiquita       96, 13Aug1911 - 08Feb2008,          Ardmore, Carter, OK,                      OK-447-42-6748

Blankenship, Helen A.       94, 20Jun1915 - 19Aug2009,           Ardmore, Carter, OK,                      WV-235-10-4572             

Blankenship, Lisa C.         51, 18Apr1956 - 14Dec2007,           Ardmore, Carter, OK,                      OK-440-62-6450

Blankenship, Nellie           85, 15Apr1917 - 04Dec2002,           Ardmore, Carter, OK,                      TX-460-32-6245

Blankenship, Billy D.        68, 31May1938 - 06Apr2007,          Healdton, Carter, OK,                      OK-441-36-1690

Blankenship, Billy R.        77, 21Jan1930 - 13Dec2007,           Wilson, Carter, OK,                         OK-447-28-5745

Blankenship, EarL W.       69, 11Sep1931 - 24Jun2001,            Wilson, Carter, OK,                         OK-440-30-7530



Ft. Gibson, Cherokee Co., OK, Ft. Gibson Nat. Cem., Burial

1423 Cemetery Road, Zip 74434, TX (918) 478-2334 

Blankenship, Henry Ray Sgt USAF, b. 12/26/1917, DOD 11/27/2000, Sec. 16  #102, WWII

Blankenship, Michael Sgt USA, b. 03/14/1958, DOD 08/31/2001, Sec. 18  #86 

                                                                        From: Don Blankenship donblank(at)earthlink.net




2009, Soper, Choctaw Co., OK, Obituary


Savola "Chockie" Edge was born in Soper on September 9, 1939. She went to her heavenly home on July 8, 2009. Graveside services are scheduled at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2009 at the Soper Cemetery with Joe Maple and family members officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the arrangement of Mt. Olive Funeral Home in Hugo. Family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Chockie was met at Heaven's East Gate by her father Oscar Kermit (Butch) Self, her mother Clara Louise (Granny Bell) Self, brother Oscar Kermit Self, Jr., sister Eulala Grace (Prill) Blankenship, and great grandson Lonnie Alvarez.

She attended Soper School and on November 3, 1956 she and Bob Edge were married in Soper. They celebrated their 52nd anniversary on November 3, 2008. In 1957, they welcomed Cynthia Deraine into their family and then were blessed again in 1960 with the birth of Eulala Dalene (Henri). Shortly after marriage, they moved to Farmington, New Mexico where she worked waitressing until she started to college in Durango, Colorado. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Education and began teaching in Bloomfield, New Mexico. She taught there for a few years and then they moved back home to Soper.

She and her husband went in partnership with her sister and brother-in-law to purchase the B&E Grocery in Soper. After a short period, she went to work at Soper School teaching 5th grade. She received her Master's in Education in 1974 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She also completed all but the dissertation for her Doctorate Degree in Education at East Texas State in Commerce. She spent the remainder of her career in the education field. She worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education, was a professor of Education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and taught special education at Wright City Public Schools.

Chockie was a loving wife and mother. She loved her close knit family and would promote a get together on just the slightest chance. She was a member of the Soper Church of Christ and a registered member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Left behind to mourn and then recall the wonderful memories are: husband Bob Edge of the home, daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Terry Jackman of Wright City, OK; daughter Henri Edge of Soper, OK; grandchildren Kari and Jonathan Teague and Amy Yarbrough, and great grandchildren Keeli Tsosie, Davin Anna, and Kaleb Teague all of Wright City, OK.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Choctaw Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Mattie L.      84, 13Jan1918 - 08Jul2002,             Boswell, Choctaw, OK,                   CA-551-60-2838

Blankenship, Lettye M.     80, 31Oct1927 - 04Apr2008,           Hugo, Choctaw, OK,                        OK-444-22-6884

Blankenship, Audrey E.     93, 27Aug1907 - 06Aug2001,          Soper, Choctaw, OK,                       OK-442-46-9068

Blankenship, Eulala G.      66, 20Dec1937 - 16Mar2004,          Soper, Choctaw, OK,                       OK-448-34-1386




+2005, Moore, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


The Oklahoman on Mar. 10, 2005

Doris Aileen Langley, 79, passed away Monday, March 7, 2005 in Moore, Oklahoma. She was born January 13, 1926 in Louisa, Kentucky to Burnace Demitrius and Mary (Pritchard) Blankenship.

Doris was a 4th grade teacher at Southgate Elementary School for 30 years. She was the state president for Kappa Kappa Iota in 91-92. She enjoyed ceramics, artwork, quilts, and painting. She was active with the senior citizens center and helped with the meals on wheels.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents.

Doris is survived by her husband, Dalton Langley; two sons, Paul Langley and David Langley and wife Donna; one daughter, Cathy Sorenson and husband Michael; one brother, John Blankenship and wife Juanita; two sisters, Roberta Watson and Ardella Cooley; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, March 12, 2005 in the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Resthaven Memory Gardens.


+2001, Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


Oklahoman  Published: December 10, 2001

William D. "Bill" Blankinship, 63, of Norman, passed away Friday, December 7, 2001, in Norman Regional Hospital. He was born October 14, 1938, in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

He was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

He is survived by his wife, Willa, of the home; a daughter, Brynda and Glen Wierson of Riverside, California; a son, William G. "Bill" of Moore; and daughter, Amy Williams and George Gregg of Newcastle. Also survived by three grandchildren, Brandon Williams, Sebrina Blankinship and Derek Wierson.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m., at Sunset Memorial Park, 2301 East Indian Hill Road, Norman.


2005, Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


Published June 23, 2005

Lillian Summers, 87, of Norman died Monday, June 20. Family memorial services are pending with Guardian Funeral Home. Mrs. Summers was born Sept. 20, 1917, near Okeene, to Edwin R. and Martha Frank. She was raised by her aunt and uncle Albert and Nelta Frank of Oklahoma City due to the premature death of her mother. She married Harold F. Summers of Rogers, Ark., in 1937. Following their divorce she relocated to Oklahoma City. Mrs. Summers was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City. Mrs. Summers' family members thank the staff of Whispering Pines Nursing Center of Norman and doctor Hawkins Adams for their many years care and concern.

Mrs. Summers was preceded in death by her father; one aunt; one uncle; two sisters; and son Harold Eugene Summers.

Mrs. Summers is survived by her son Fred Summers and wife Diane of Edmond and John Summers and wife Mary Eve of Norman; grandchildren Renee Jones of Edmond, Todd Summers of Oklahoma City, Jeffrey Summers of California, Md., Sharie Blankenship of Ardmore, Ryan Summers of Norman and Allyson Summers of Norman; and eight great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2005, Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


Published July 29, 2005

Lela M. Botello, 81, of Norman died Thursday, July 28. Services will be 1 p.m. today at the John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel in Moore. Burial will be at Fairview McGuire Cemetery in Noble. John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel is handling arrangements. Mrs. Botello was a cook and dietitian at the Morning Side Nursing Home. She enjoyed playing dominoes and visiting with friends and relatives.

Preceded in death by her husband Manuel Botello and son Bobby Joe Botello, she is survived by her four sons, James Mauldin of Newcastle, John Mauldin of Yukon, Manuel Botello of St. Joe, Texas, and Jack Botello of Norman; brother Luther Blankenship Jr. of Oklahoma City; grandchildren Jimmy, Mike, Luther, Angelica, Jo Lynn, Chris, Ben, Robert, Jessica, Ashely, Adam and Mike; and many other relatives and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2005, Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


Published September 15, 2005

Mary Francis Brown, 80, of Norman died Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Norman. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Lilac Hills Cemetery. Primrose Funeral Service in Norman is handling arrangements.

Mrs. Brown was born July 1, 1925. She married Wilbur Jack Blankenship Oct. 6, 1943, in Frederick. William died June 10, 1955. Mary married J. T. Brown Oct. 6, 1955, in Waxahachie, Texas. J. T. died June 10, 1997, in Oklahoma City. She was a retail sales clerk and a homemaker. She was a member of Northside Christian Church in Spring, Texas.

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; one brother in World War II; one infant brother; and grandson Robert Sommerwerck.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her daughter Barbara Loper of Norman; sons Ronnie Blankenship and wife Anita of Weatherford and James Donald Brown and wife Sheril of Cypress, Texas; grandchildren Lance and Layne Loper, Eric Blankenship, Amy Parker, Jamie, Kimberley and Brandon Brown and William and Joseph Sommerwerck; and seven great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2007, Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


Published June 16, 2007

Joseph Richard "Dick" Roberts, 84, of Norman died Tuesday, June 12 in Norman. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 211 N. Porter Ave., with the Revs. Price Oswalt and Edward Menasco officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Norman. Viewing will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St. A prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman is handling arrangements. Mr. Roberts graduated from Blytheville High School in Blytheville, Ark. In 1949, he graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in commerce and finance. He was a veteran of the Army-Air Force. He served as a eucharistic minister, reader and past parish councilmember of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Mr. Roberts married his wife of 59 years, Mary Elizabeth Bujarski, June 10, 1948, in Little Rock, Ark. The couple moved to Norman in April 1959 from Portageville, Mo., to begin selling the Dale Carnegie Courses. Mr. Roberts soon became the Oklahoma Dale Carnegie Franchise owner over 58 counties for 38 years. He instructed Dale Carnegie courses throughout the state of Oklahoma and consequently touched many lives in the process.

Mr. Roberts was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Nave Roberts and his father, Eutha Lee Roberts; and brothers Nick and Robert Roberts.

He is survived by his wife; 10 children Paul and Rosa Roberts, Martha and Ken Vass, Rick and Cathy Roberts, Anna Marie Forbes, Teresa and Bill Holt, Rob and Linda Roberts, Russ Roberts, Michael Roberts, Chuck Roberts, Greg and LaDeana Roberts and Mary Leal Roberts; foster children Curtis Faust and Corinne and Bill Blankenship; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2008, Norman, Cleveland Co., OK, Obituary


Hoyt Patman "Pat" Mayes, 75, of Norman died Thursday, February 14, 2008 in Norman. Pat was born July 8, 1932 on a farm south of DeKalb in Bowie county Texas. He was the only child of Hillie Clayton Mayes and Willie Ola Pinkham Mayes. Mayes attended public schools in Simms and Mount Pleasant, Texas, where he was a member of the graduating class of 1949 of the Mount Pleasant Senior High School. Mayes also attended Baylor University and the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science.

Pat Mayes had two distinctive and different careers. He and his father came to Norman in January 1956 when they acquired a long established funeral establishment known as the Meyer -- Meyer Funeral Home.

In 1990 Mayes acquired the First American Bank of Purcell. The bank now operates in nine locations throughout Oklahoma. First American Bank is a totally family owned bank with its corporate offices located in Norman. He was a member of the Oklahoma Banker's Association and the American Banker's Association.

Pat Mayes was always very active in the community. He served on the Norman Board of Education for twenty-five years, serving as president five times. He also was appointed by Oklahoma Speaker of the House House, Todd Hiett, to serve on the Education Oversight Board, a state board that monitors academic progress of Oklahoma Schools. He was a founding member of the Norman Public School Foundation. He was a past president of the Norman Chamber of Commerce, where he recently served on the Governmental Relations Committee. He was active in the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Small Business Council. He was a past member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, serving as chairman from 1998-1999 when the chapter changed its name to the Heart of Oklahoma Chapter. He had served as a founding board member of the Norman Alcohol Information Center from 1990 ? 2007. He was a member of the board of directors of the Norman Regional Hospital Foundation. Early in his time in Norman he was active in the Jaycee's organization where he served a term as president He has served as President of the Heart of Oklahoma Economic Development Corporation. He was a member of the Purcell Airport Authority board of trustees and the advisory committee of the Joseph Harp Correctional Facility in Lexington. He was awarded Business Citizen of the Year by the Purcell Chamber of Commerce. An Episcopalian for over 54 years, he was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He has served on the vestry of the church numerous times and has served as Sr. Warden of the church twice. He recently completed his second term of serving as a member of the Standing Committee of the diocese of Oklahoma.

He was recently honored as a Norman Business Legend by the Norman Business Association. In 2006 he was named Volunteer of the Year in the civic category by the Norman Junior League and the Norman United Way.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gerry Mayes. He is survived by two daughters and their families. Suzanne McAuley and her husband Jim as well as Cynthia Blankenship and her husband Charlie. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Brittany Blankenship, Beau Blankenship and Coleman McAuley.

Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Norman. Interment will follow at the Resthaven Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Oklahoma City,

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Cleveland Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Bill D.           63, 14Oct1938 - 07Dec2001,           Norman, Cleveland, OK,                 OK-448-34-9714

Blankenship, Geneva         87, 21Jan1915 - 07Sep2002,            Norman, Cleveland, OK,                 AR-429-13-0603

Blankenship, Dorothy I.    77-78, 25Jan1931 - 04Jan2009,       Oklahoma City, Cleveland, OK,        OK-445-30-8539



2002, Norman, Comanche Co., OK, Obituary

The Oklahoman 8/15/2002. 

Sherry Lynn Littlefield Blankenship, 60, of Norman, Comanche County, Oklahoma, died Tuesday, August 13, 2002 in Norman, Oklahoma. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Friday, August 16 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Norman, Oklahoma with The Reverend Canon David A. Egbert officiating.  Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, Oklahoma Pallbearers are David Cockrell, J. Hugh Herndon, Jack Durrett, II., Ted Pool, James Cook and Mike Crawford. Services are under the direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Blankenship was born November 18, 1941 in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Cloyce and Oleta Littlefield. She attended public school in Lawton and graduated from Lawton High School in 1959. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University, after which she taught school in Lawton and Hobbs, New Mexico. She then received a Masters and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Oklahoma University. She then taught at Oklahoma University and at the United States Postal Training Center in Norman. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University and taught legal courses at the University of Oklahoma College of Business and was Assistant Oklahoma County District Attorney before practicing law at the firm of Pool, Blankenship and Vincent. She was well respected by her peers in the complex area of civil rights litigation, municipal higher education and governmental law. She was the City attorney for the City of Mustang and will be greatly missed by her law partners, Ted Pool and her legal assistant, Kim Wood, for whom Sherry served no only as her boss but as her best friend and mentor. Mrs. Blankenship was a member of the Oklahoma and American Bar Association.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband of thirty three years, Tom Blankenship; a daughter, Jennifer Nickolson and husband, Matt, of Dallas, Texas; three sons, Geoff Nolte and wife, Darlene, of Miami, Oklahoma, Paul Blankenship of Norman, Oklahoma, and Russell Alan Blankenship and wife, Sherry, of Shawnee, Oklahoma; her brother, Dr. Wayne Littlefield and wife, Shirlene, of Lawton, OK; and four grandchildren.



Comanche Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Luella T.      89, 16Nov1910 - 12Jan2000,           Fletcher, Comanche, OK,               CA-564-22-1426



2002, Craig Co., OK, Obituary

The Oklahoman 1/2/2003.

Betty Jean, age 71, of Bethany, died December 28, 2002 as a result of a tragic auto accident. She was born July 21, 1931 in Vinita, OK to Elijah M. and Julia Ann (Redwine) Coppedge. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jody in 1997, a sister Ocie, brothers Lawrence, Clarence, Buford and Donald, who was killed while serving in WWII.

She is survived by her daughter, Valerie and husband Joe Caruthers; 3 grandchildren, Jody Loal, Steven Michael and Keely Rachelle; sisters, Louise Giles, Norma Cullison, and Ruby Dyszynski; brothers, Norman and Jim Coppedge. Betty loved the Lord and was a member of Bethany Church of Christ. She loved to spoil Joe and Valerie and the grandkids. She enjoyed fellowship with her dinner club and trips to Montana with her friends.

Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for all the kindness they have been shown, Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 4, 2003 at Bethany Church of Christ with burial to follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. GUARDIAN WEST 41 & N. MacArthur 495-9292



2007, Vinita, Craig Co., OK, Obituary


Kathleen Greer Farley, 59 year-old Vinita resident, died early Saturday September 29, 2007 at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born March 30, 1948 in McComb, Illinois to Russell and Susan (Hermetet) Good. Kathy worked at Phoenix Coal Sales for over 12 years at Vinita, in administration and trucking dispatch.

The family includes: her husband Hunt Farley of Vinita, her children, Tony Worley of Columbus, Kansas, Missy Blankenship of Vinita, Chad Hopping of Miami, Trisha Hopping of Vinita, Kayla Hopping of Vinita, three sisters, Sara Smith of Pontoosuc, Illinois, Jan Prince of Columbia, Maryland, Julie Good of Dallas City, Illinois and eleven grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held Thursday, October 4, 2007 at noon at the Bethany Christian Church, 2127 N Main in Miami, Oklahoma, with Pastor Ron Eden officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com




2001, Sapulpa, Creek Co., OK, Obituary

The Wichita Eagle, (KS) - April 9, 2001,

Blankenship, Velma I., 88, of Sapulpa, Okla., formerly of Webster, homemake r, died Saturday, April 7, 2001. Service 10 a.m. today, Smith-Moore-Overlease Funeral Home, Stockton.

Survivors: daughters, Mary Anderson of Tulsa, Carla Ann Blankenship of Chicago; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Creek Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Emme M.     83, 18Mar1924 - 03Jan2008,           Sapulpa, Creek, OK,                        IL-353-16-6087

Blankenship, Glen E.         73, 10Mar1933 - 31Aug2006,          Sapulpa, Creek, OK,                        OK-448-32-6209




+2007, Grove, Delaware Co., OK, Obituary

Star Tribune , July 22, 2007

Blankenship, Verne Allen age 72, of Grove, Oklahoma, passed on July 16, 2007. Born in Lincoln, MN on November 17, 1934 to Miles and Julie (Nelson) Blankenship.

Survived by his son, Brian Blankenship; brother, Harlan (Alice) Blankenship; sister, Laurel (Irvin) Gang; brother, Dean Blankenship; brother, Howard (Ruth) Blankenship and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services 11 AM Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at the Huber Funeral Home, 1801 Commerce Blvd., Mound Interment, Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Maple Plain, MN.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2003, West Siloam Springs, Delaware Co., OK, Obituary

The Grove Sun

              Donald Ray Blankenship, 65 year old resident of West Siloam Springs, Okla. died Thursday, August 28, 2003 at Quail Ridge Living Center in West Siloam Springs, Okla. Born June 7, 1938 in Peggs, Okla., the son of Lloyd Blankenship and Hazel V. Givins Blankenship. Donald was a welder. He was preceded in death by one son, Carroll Blankenship.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Valerie of the home; two daughters, Carleen and Ivy Blankenship of Ore.; one son, Donnie Blankenship of Seattle, Wash.; his step-mother, Martha Blankenship; one stister, Doris Hernandez of Tulsa; and a step-sister and step-brother.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 2, 2003, at Kansas Cemetery, Kansas, Okla., with Philip Postoak officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark.


                                           From the Blankenship Board   Author: Gene Phillips genephillips(at)usa.com


Delaware Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Michael        43, 14Mar1958 - 26Aug2001,          Grove, Delaware, OK,                     OK-443-64-7435

Blankenship, Donald R.     65, 07Jun1938 - 28Aug2003,           Kansas, Delaware, OK,                    OK-447-36-0149




+2000, Pauls Valley, OK, Obituary,


Mona Blankenship of Pauls Valley was born June 26, 1933 in Konawa, Oklahoma to R. G. and Margie Bell (Tyler) Nunley and Passed away at Pauls Valley General Hospital on Sunday, July 23, 2000 at the age of 67.

She married Sam N. Blankenship on February 14, 1953 in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Lived in this area most of her life. She was a member of the Higher Ground Church. Mona enjoyed singing and going to church and being with her family. Her family, church and singing were the fullness of her life.

              Mrs. Blankenship is survived by her husband, Sam Blankenship, of the home; three children, Toni Livingston, Pauls Valley, Darryl Blankenship of the home and Garry Blankenship of Oklahoma City; Her Parents, R. G. and Margie Nunley of Pauls Valley; four sisters, Dee Milligan and Diana Sue Ammons, both of Pauls Valley, Lee Davis of Lebanon, Oklahoma and Brenda Nunley of Wynnewood; Two brothers, Royce Nunley of Wynnewood and Tim Nunley of Pauls Valley; and five grandchildren.

              Funeral services for Mrs. Blankenship were on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at the Stufflebean Funeral Home Chapel officiated by reverend Joel Downing. Burial was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery under the direction of Stufflebean Funeral.



Garvin Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Harold R.     70, 08Oct1932 - 19Feb2003,           Elmore City, Garvin, OK,               OK-441-32-8065

Blankinship, John C.         76, 09Jul1924 - 10Feb2001,            Lindsay, Garvin, OK,                      OK-446-28-3227

Blankenship, Blanche        86, 06Apr1921 - 17May2007,          Pauls Valley, Garvin, OK,               OK-443-34-7366

Blankenship, Ollie             95, 17Feb1911 - 17Jan2007,            Pauls Valley, Garvin, OK,               OK-448-52-5440

Blankenship, Ramona R.   67, 26Jun1933 - 23Jul2000,             Pauls Valley, Garvin, OK,               OK-448-32-9953

Blankenship, Ruthie M.     91, 03Jun1911 - 18Nov2002,           Pauls Valley, Garvin, OK,               OK-445-34-8226

Blankenship, Herman E.    84, 06Sep1920 - 10May2005,          Stratford, Garvin, OK,                     OK-444-18-2109




+2005, Bradley, Grady Co., OK


Lee Stephenson, owner of Lee’s Rock Shop, passed from this life on March 18, 2005 at the age of 75. She was born on September 11, 1929 in Gracemont, Oklahoma to Charlie and Bessie Blankenship. Lee married Carl Stephenson on September 17, 1946 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Together they have lived in Bradley, OK since their marriage. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bradley, OK.

Lee enjoyed working with rocks, looking for arrowheads, teaching others about rocks and telling stories about her rocks. She was very proud to be the owner and operator of Lee’s Rock Shop in Bradley, OK.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one son, Curtis Stephenson, five brothers, Howard Blankenship, M. C. Blankenship, Richard Blankenship, Tommy Blankenship and Norman Blankenship.

She is survived by her husband, Carl, of Bradley, Ok, one daughter, Pat Cox of Bradley, OK, one son, Wes Stephenson, of Binger, OK, two brothers, Luther Blankenship, California, Robert Blankenship, of Rush Springs, OK, four grandchildren, Melea Hughes, of Rush Springs, OK, Aaron Cornforth, of Choctaw, OK, Janice Akright, of Edmond, OK, and Faith Carney, of Fritch, Texas. She will be missed by the ten great grandchildren she was blessed with.

Services will be held on Monday, March 21, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist church in Bradley, OK. Pastor Cletis Lee will officiate. Interment will be at the Bradley Cemetery.


Grady Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Richard W.  70, 12Apr1934 - 21Jun2004,           Bradley, Grady, OK,                        OR-543-36-8663

Blankenship, Robert          64, 17Jun1943 - 08Jul2007,             Rush Springs, Grady, OK,               OK-448-40-3481



Haskell Co., OK, West Liberty Cem.,

Blankenship, Rev. Charles   17 Apr 1929   02 Jun 2000

(h/o Dorothy, s/o Arthur Alton & Ida (Berryhill)) ;





+2007, Terral, Jefferson Co., OK, Obituary


Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Waurika, Okla. Burial will be in the Terral Cemetery under the direction of Terral Funeral Home, Terral.

Betty Jean "Jeannie" Day, 58, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2007 near Ratliff City, Okla. She was born Jan. 25, 1949 in Denison, Texas to Royce Blankenship and Joyce (Tucker) Weatherly. Jeannie was raised in Terral and attended Terral Schools. She married Frank Day on Dec. 26, 1969 in Miles, Texas. Jeannie was a member of the Addington Baptist Church in Addington, Okla. She was also a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and the Texas and Oklahoma Watermelon Association. She was awarded the Martha Pullen Teacher Certification in January 2007. With this certification she taught many sewing classes with "A Stitch In Time" in Wichita Falls and was Nusqvarana Viking teacher of 4-D software. One of her students quoted Jeannie as being the most vibrant and radiant person she had ever met and the best teacher ever. She was in the process of establishing her own business "Sew Day".

She is preceded by her father, Royce on January 18, 1998. Jeannie is survived by: Her husband; Frank Day of the home in Terral, Okla., Her mother; Joyce Weatherly of Terral; 2 sons, Steven Collier and his wife, Ronda, of Saginaw, Texas; Scott Day and his wife, Stacy, of Waurika, Okla.; 4 grandchildren, Zachary and Rachel Collier of Saginaw, Texas; Cassidy and Taylor Day of Waurika, Okla.; 2 brothers, Ikie Blankenship and his wife, Annie, of Terral, Okla.; Lee Blankenship and his wife, Melissa, of Flower Mound, Texas; 2 nieces, Maggie and Emma Blankenship

Pallbearers will be Jay Chapman, Jerry Nunley, Mike Gunter, Thomas Williams, Raymon Pollan and Travis Nunley. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rash Barrett and Paul Peyton, Jack Savage.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Jefferson Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Opal             84, 15Sep1922 - 07May2007,          Ringling, Jefferson, OK,                 OK-446-36-0286




+2007, Blackwell, Kay Co., OK, Obituary

The Hutchinson News, (KS) - June 6, 2007,

Ernest Eugene Hurst, 81, died June 5, 2007, at his home. He was born on Feb. 20, 1926, in Blackwell, Okla., the son of Ernest and Phydellous Marie Hackler Hurst. A resident of Seward since 1947 and a Chase High School graduate, he was a retired oil pumper for Skelly Oil Co. and Texaco Oil Co. He was a World War II Army Veteran. He was a member of the American Legion, Great Bend.

On Jan. 8, 1945, he married Erma Lee Blankenship in Lyons. She died July 4, 2000. On Feb. 24, 2001, he married Lavina Hanks Parks in Seward. She survives.

Other survivors include: two sons, Gail Hurst and Carol Lauber, Lafeyette, Colo., and Logan Lee Hurst and wife, Nancy, New York; one daughter, Carma Marie Hurst and Bobby J. Jackson, Norman, Okla.; three stepsons, James Hanks Jr., and wife, Jean, Great Bend, Terry Hanks and wife, Darla, Otis, and Steven Hanks, Winfield; three stepdaughters, Caroline McCune and husband, Brad, Great Bend, Angela Collier and J.R. Meyers, Great Bend, and Diana Osburn, Great Bend; one brother, Charles, Bradford, Ark.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; and 21 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Hurst.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Minnis Chapel, St. John, with Father Rene Guesnier presiding. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Lyons Municipal Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Kildare, Kay Co., OK, Obituary

The Hutchinson News, (KS) - November 29, 2009

Frances Darlyne "Shorty" Lorett, Kildare resident died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at her home being 73 years old. Shorty was born on October 2, 1936 in Cushing, Oklahoma to Jess and Merle (Stratton) Blankenship .

She attended Schools in Yale, Oklahoma and Belle Plaine, Kansas graduating in 1955. Shorty married Pat A Lorett on August 15, 1954 in the First Baptist Church, Yale, Oklahoma. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church in Newkirk, Oklahoma, and a member of the PM and Patches quilt club of Ponca City. Shorty's heart was filled with joy spending time with the grands, quilting, gardening, fishing and canning.

 She is survived by her husband Pat, sons, Jess Michael Lorett of Buhler, Kansas, Tommy Lee Lorett of Salina, Kansas and Donald Owen Lorett of Arkansas City, Kansas. A sister, Joann Bowman of Haysville, Kansas, 6 grandchildren and one grandchild.

Proceeded in death by her parents, a sister and infant brother.

A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Newkirk with the Rev Rex Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, outside of Yale, Oklahoma in Eastern Payne County with Ferlan Dean leading at the grave site.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Kildare, Kay Co., OK, Obituary


Frances Darlyne “Shorty” Lorett, 79, a Kildare resident, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at her home. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Newkirk with the Rev. Rex Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, outside of Yale in Eastern Payne County with Ferlan Dean leading at the grave site.

Shorty was born on Oct. 2, 1936, in Cushing to Jess and Merle (Stratton) Blankenship. She attended Schools in Yale and Belle Plaine, Kan., graduating in 1955. Shorty married Pat A. Lorett on Aug. 15, 1954 in the First Baptist Church, Yale. She was a homemaker, a member of First Baptist Church in Newkirk, and a member of the PM and Patches quilt club of Ponca City. Shorty’s heart was filled with joy spending time with the grands, quilting, gardening, fishing and canning.

She is survived by her husband Pat, sons; Jess Michael Lorett of Buhler, Kan., Tommy Lee Lorett of Salina, Kan. and Donald Owen Lorett of Arkansas City, Kan.. A sister, Joann Bowman of Haysville, Kan., 6six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was roceeded in death by her parents, a sister and infant brother.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Kay Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Merle           101, 15Oct1898 - 23Apr2000,         Ponca City, Kay, OK,                      CA-570-38-4625




+2000, Panola, Latimer Co., OK, Obituary


The Rev. Charles "Chuck" Blankenship, 71, of Panola, Okla., died Friday, June 2, 2000, in Panola. He was a retired Baptist minister and retired as supervisor of tourism and recreation of Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton, Okla.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Red Oak with burial at West Liberty Cemetery in Quinton under the direction of Mallory Funeral Home of Stigler. Pallbearers will be Bradley, Jared, Eric, Justin, Kevin, Bryan, Jordan, Tanner, Hayden and Bryce Blankenship, Nathan Short and Josh Reames.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons, Kenneth Mikeal Blankenship of Spiro, Ronald Eugene Blankenship of Quinton, Donald Dwight Blankenship of Lake of the Hill, Ill., and Rickey Wayne Blankenship of Alexandria, La.; two sisters, Hazel "Sally" Armour of Dustin and Neva Blankenship of Henryetta, Okla.; five brothers, Lonnie Blankenship of California, Edmond Tie Blankenship of Henryetta, Arthur Alton Blankenship Jr. of Las Vegas, William Bill Blankenship of Del City, Okla., and Frank Blankenship of Dustin, Okla.; 21 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

[SSDI, Blankenship, Charles K,-17 Apr 1929-02 Jun 2000 - #445-26-8299]

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Latimer Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Charles K.    71, 17Apr1929 - 02Jun2000,           Red Oak, Latimer, OK,                    OK-445-26-8299




LeFlore Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Beatrice F.   72, 10Oct1927 - 25Feb2000,           Spiro, Le Flore, OK,                        OK-444-22-7941

Blankenship, Shirley A.    67, 10Oct1940 - 24Jan2008,            Spiro, Le Flore, OK,                        AR-431-64-9233




2009, Arlington, Lincoln Co., OK, Obituary


ATKISON,  Jack Dean, of Arlington passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2009, following a long illness. Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Moore Funeral Chapel. Memorials: May be made to the American Kidney Foundation. Jack was born October 13, 1933, in Neodesha, KS. For over 40 years, he worked as a manufacturing engineer for various aircraft companies. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Red Fork Masonic Lodge #505 in Tulsa, OK. Jack loved the outdoors and working in his yard and vegetable garden. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Atkison.

Survivors: his loving companion of 13 years, Arnie Vae Covey; daughter, Jayme Cox and her husband, Freddy Warner, of Houston; sons, Kelly Atkison of Arlington and Kevin Atkison of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Catherine Cox, Hunter Cox, Miranda Atkison, Kaelyn Atkison and Jezreel Atkison; and sisters, Shirley Hudson and her husband, Floyd, of Broken Arrow, OK and Joan Blankenship and her husband, David, of Tulsa, OK.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Lincoln Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Louis D.       63, 09Feb1940 - 17Jul2003,            Tryon, Lincoln, OK,                        OK-442-40-2958




Marshall Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Elnora Beatrice 92, 02Nov1915 - 18Nov2007,    Kingston, Marshall, OK,                 OK-446-36-0751

Blankenship, J. A.              78, 22Jul1924 - 08Oct2002,             Kingston, Marshall, OK,                 OK-448-20-8909




Mayes Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Mozelle        84, 29Nov1917 - 15Mar2002,          Chouteau, Mayes, OK,                    CA-555-10-6624

Blankenship, W. J.             84, 17Sep1915 - 08Sep2000,           Chouteau, Mayes, OK,                    CA-558-12-7178



2006, Purcell, McClain Co., OK, Obituary


Published March 14, 2006

Cora Tucker, 71, of Purcell died Monday, March 13, at Purcell Hospital. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell with the Rev. Buck Jordan officiating. Burial will be at the Norman IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Tucker was born June 20, 1934, in Bengal to William and Della Ann Harden Blankenship. She grew up in Mississippi and southeast Oklahoma. She married Douglas Tucker April 1, 1950, in Wilburton and lived in Norman for 40 years. Mrs. Tucker was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 1985; son Dean; sisters Edith Powell and Beulah Mote; brothers Louis, George and Austin Blankenship; and grandson Darrell Barnard.

Survivors include her son Dwayne Tucker and fianc?e Marilyn Stockston of Oklahoma City; daughters Clara Lansdale and husband Doug of Purcell and Gail Barnard and husband Marvin of Purcell; sisters Hettie Thornton and Alta Wilson; six grandsons; and two great-granddaughters.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2008, Purcell, McClain Co., OK, Obituary


Published August 14, 2008

Opal May Smith, 96, of Purcell died Thursday, Aug. 14, in Purcell. She was born Jan. 26, 1912, in Calumet to Charley Hugh Petree and Gracie May Crowly Petree.

She is survived by her daughter Ramona Vaughn and husband Don; grandchildren Jimmy Vaughn and wife Vickie and Lynette Lathrop; great-grandchildren Jared Vaughn and Melanie Blankenship and husband Jerry; great-great-grandchildren Madison and Katelyn Blankenship; nieces LaVonne Hager and Donna Landes; and a nephew, Gary Smith.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2006, Washington, McClain Co., OK, Obituary


Published January 04, 2006

Billy Gene Hardcastle, 68, of Washington died Monday, Jan. 2, at his home surrounded by his family. Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Union Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Barry McConathy and John Abernethy officiating. Burial will be at Washington Cemetery. Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell is handling arrangements.

Mr. Hardcastle was born June 3, 1937, in Washington. He grew up in Washington and attended Washington Public Schools. He married Sue Blankenship April 28, 1956, in Washington. He was an entrepreneur who owned many businesses including Warrior Drive Inn, Washington Caf?, Gene's Steakhouse and others. In 1988, he became co-owner of the family-owned construction company Hardcastle Construction with his two sons. Mr. Hardcastle also enjoyed horses and horse racing. He owned, bred and trained thoroughbred horses for many years and enjoyed all aspects of horse racing. He also devoted his time and support to Washington Public Schools and the Washington community. He was a generous donor to activities, clubs and school fund raising projects. Most of all, Mr. Hardcastle loved his wife, children and grandchildren and supported them in their activities.

Preceded in death by his parents Arnold and Arona Fore, Mr. Hardcastle is survived by his wife Sue Hardcastle of Washington; sons Billy Gene Hardcastle Jr. and wife Jennifer of Washington, Bobby Lee Hardcastle and wife Cheryl of Washington and James Samuel Hardcastle and wife Lori of Washington; daughters Rhonda Jane Cannon and husband Jimmy of Washington and Polly Jo Base and husband Daniel of Norman; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers Bill Blankenship of Healdton and Buck Blankenship of Oklahoma City.

Bearers will be Robert, Chris, Collin, Michael, Jared and Kyle Hardcastle, Jeremy Cannon, Blaze Farmer and Derek Trammell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


McClain Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, George          84-85, 14May1917 - 13May2002,   Blanchard, Mcclain, OK,                 MI-363-20-6535

Blankinship, Laura E.        79, 05Sep1928 - 09Mar2008,          Blanchard, Mcclain, OK,                 MI-381-54-6223




+2004, Valliant, McCurtain Co., OK, Obituary


The Hugo Daily News

Funeral services for Leonard M. Blankenship of Valliant were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 7, 2004, at Valliant Church of Christ with Virgil Romine and Tracy Mussett officiating. Interment was in Valliant Cemetery.

Mr. Blankenship died August 5, 2004, at McCurtain Manor Nursing Home in Broken Bow. He was 86. He was of the Church of Christ faith. Mr. Blankenship was born February 26, 1918 in Garvin, Okla., the son of Samuel Blankenship and Bessie (Williams) Blankenship and had lived in Valliant since 1962. He married Sylvia Ethel Quaid on July 12, 1939 in Achille, Okla. His parents preceded him in death.

Surviving relatives: His wife, Sylvia Blankenship; two sons, Bobby Blankenship of Valliant, James Blankenship of Idabel; three daughters, Clarece Liles of Valliant, Sheila Myers of Yukon, Patricia Moye of Valliant; 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren along with other family and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2008, Broken Bow, McCurtain Co., OK, Obituary


Joyce Thurman Blankenship, 55, of Broken Bow, Okla., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, in Paris, Texas. Mrs. Blankenship was born Feb. 28, 1953, in Stockton, Calif. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by one son, Brian Tucker.

Survivors include her husband, Melvin Thurman of Broken Bow; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann and Daniel Schultz of Broken Bow and Valorie and Aubrey Brake of Idabel; five sisters, Judy Sweeden, Janie Webster, Jackie Evans and Rachel Ebahotubbi of Idabel and Janice Williams of Mena, Ark.; four grandchildre...

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2008, Broken Bow, McCurtain Co., OK, Obituary


William "Billy Red" Blankenship, 53, of Eagletown, Okla., died Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, in a Texarkana hospital. Mr. Blankenship was born Jan. 7, 1955. He was a control operator with Wood Lumber Co., and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Paula Blankenship; two sons, Chris Blankenship and Jerry Blankenship; three daughters, Sabra Myers, Savanna Blankenship and Cheyenne Blankenship; his parents, William and Gearldean Blankenship; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


McCurtain Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Joyce Evelyn 55, 28Feb1953 - 13Aug2008,         Broken Bow, Mccurtain, OK,               OK-442-56-7368

Blankenship, L. M.            86, 26Feb1918 - 05Aug2004,          Valliant, Mccurtain, OK,                 OK-446-01-4208

Blankenship, William Lee 53, 07Jan1955 - 14Nov2008,           Eagletown, Mccurtain, OK,               OK-446-56-4575




+2008, Davis, Murray Co., OK, Obituary

Printed in The Davis News on Dec. 10, 2008; Reprinted with permission

Services for Alvin Glenn Blankinship were held on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the Oaklawn Cemetery at Wynnewood. Officiating the services was Father Russell Hewes of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sulphur.

Alvin was born on July 13, 1932, in Granite to Cyrus Epps and Beeda (Chandler) Blankinship. He passed away Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, at his home in Davis at the age of 76.

Alvin and LaDonna Jean Cradduck were married July 13, 1956, in Pauls Valley. Alvin served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a retired auto and aircraft mechanic. Alvin had a love for motorcycles, especially the Harley Davidson. He always enjoyed "tinkering" with anything mechanical, whether it be something as small as a lawn mower or even as large as an airplane. He also liked going boating. Alvin was a member of the Catholic faith and attended the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sulphur.

Alvin is survived by his wife, LaDonna; two sons, Tracy Andrew and Terry Alan Blankinship; four grandchildren, Kalina, Kyle, Stasia and Ryan, and one great-granddaughter, Taylor.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one granddaughter, Carina; one sister, Vera Lewis, and two brothers, Oscar and Ovitt Blankinship.


Murray Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankinship, Alvin G.        76, 13Jul1932 - 05Dec2008,            Davis, Murray, OK,                         OK-441-32-1091

Blankenship, Tiny L.         71, 15Dec1936 - 06Feb2008,           Sulphur, Murray, OK,                      OK-446-58-8456




+2006, Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK, Obituary


H. Carl Blankenship, 82, of Muskogee, died Sunday, November 19, 2006 at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. He was born January 11, 1924 to Louis and Edna (Stewart) Blankenship in Wagoner where he grew up on a farm west of town. He attended Star School for his first eight years and then graduated from Wagoner High School.

After school Carl was employed at Katy Railroad for a couple of years before enlisting in the U. S. Army where he was in the Signal Corp. While home on leave during WWII, Carl and Leota Anderson were married on August 21, 1943, in Wagoner. Upon his honorable discharge from the service Carl worked briefly for the Veterans Administration. He and Leota moved to Muskogee in 1949 where they would make their home. In the 1950's Carl began a career with Herzfeld's Beauty Supply as a salesman. He worked there for many years and in 1973 he and Leota acquired the business and changed the name to Blankenship Beauty Supply. He worked diligently for many years and in 1987 Carl retired and they sold the beauty supply store. Carl was a longtime member of First Baptist Church since the early 1960's. He led the singing in his Sunday School Department for many years and belonged to the Men's Sunday School Class taught by Clay Harrell. Carl had a true passion for music and the talent he possessed matched his desire. He played the guitar and sang for many to enjoy. His true love of music was in playing the mandolin. He and his group played at many blue grass festivals, churches and family gatherings. Carl usually stole the show and was enjoyed by all.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Lou Pratt.

He is survived by his wife, Leota Blankenship of Muskogee; one son, Bruce Blankenship of Dallas and his fiancee, Gale Maida; four grandchildren, Bradley Blankenship of Houston, Kama Blankenship, of Dallas, Alisha Simms, of Bixby, and Jeremy Frix, of Houston; great grandchildren, Lauren and Cameron Simms of Bixby; one brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Margie Blankenship of Ft. Gibson; one sister, Ida Frances Tedrow of Yukon; sister-in-law, Oneta Ryser of Oklahoma City; brother-in-law, Amel Anderson and his wife, Mary of Shawnee; numerous nieces and nephews, including three special nephews, Mike, Bryan and Curtis Ryser.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary with Dr. Lance Sawyer and Rev. Don Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Herzfeld, Jim Hill, J. T. Summerlin, Greg Blankenship, Pearl Sanders and Charlie Bowman. Honorary pallbearers are Gene Herzfeld, Tommy Moore and Carl's Men's Sunday School Class.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Muskogee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Homer C.     82, 11Jan1924 - 19Nov2006,           Muskogee, Muskogee, OK,               OK-440-20-0195

Blankenship, Leota            82, 14Jul1925 - 04Feb2008,            Muskogee, Muskogee, OK,               OK-440-20-1957



2008, Red Rock, Noble Co., OK, Obituary


Louise Martin Totten, 86, passed from this life on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at Saint Simeon's Health Care Center in Tulsa, OK., following several years of declining health. She was born to Burney -- Emma Albright in Harper, Kansas and spent most of her youth in Wichita, Kansas. Louise married her high school sweetheart, Harold Martin, and lived in Wichita, working as a secretary for Forrester Manufacturing Co. before moving with her family to Red Rock, Oklahoma in 1957. Harold and Louise, along with their 3 children, ran the Red Rock Cafe, serving their famous Red Rock Chili until Harold's death in 1963. Louise was an accomplished horsewoman and loved all the family animals. She married Jim Totten from Billings, Oklahoma -- moved with him to Norman in 1965, where they owned and managed several apartment rentals and enjoyed gardening, collecting rose rocks, following the OU Sooners and traveling in their motor home with the Good Sam travel club. Louise was proud that she visited all 50 US states. She was a 35 year Norman Hospital volunteer and enjoyed performing in the Red Stocking Follies fund raisers.

Louise loved the Lord and previous attended Trinity Baptist and First Baptist Church in Norman where she sang in the choir and most recently attended the Apostolic Worship Center in Norman. She moved to Tulsa in 2002 to be nearer her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands and sisters, Beulah Blankenship, Grace Whitley -- Mary Zinn and great-grandson Logan Smith. She is survived by her daughter Susan Carter and husband Jack of Tulsa, son, Mike Martin of Independence, MO, and daughter Amy Kubala and husband Bob of Coshocton, OH, 5 grandchildren, Shelly Austin of Tulsa, Stacy Myer of Miami, FL, Jason Martin of Tulsa, Lisa Smith of Ada, OK, and Katie Bell of NYC and 7 great-grandchildren, AshIey and Lauren Austin, David and Kristin Smith, Nash Myer and Baker and Deacon Martin

Services will be held Wednesday, December 10th, at 11 am at the Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman, with the Rev. Kevin Borders officiating. There will be open visitation from 10 -- 11 am on Wednesday prior to the service. Louise will then be buried in the Red Rock cemetery next to her husband Harold.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com



Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., OK, Hillcrest Cem.

Blankenship, Vergie             b. 17 Jan 1915, d. 12 Nov 2004, Sec A



Weleetka , Okfuskee  Co., OK, Hillcrest Cem.

Blankenship, Vergie             17-Jan-1915               12-Nov-2004               A              

Blankenship, A.                     no date                        no date                        B              

Blankenship, F.                     no date                        no date                        B              



Okfuskee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Edmond L.   82-83, 22Nov1924 - 12Nov2007,    Okemah, Okfuskee, OK,                  OK-447-16-4589



2007, Edmond, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary

The Salina Journal, (KS) - September 19, 2007,

Elmer Henry Zierlein, 92, Edmond, formerly of the Lenora-Norton, Kan. area, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007. Mr. Zierlein was born April 24, 1915, in Dellvale, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine, in 1990.

Survivors include his wife, May, of the home; three sons, Lloyd of Norton, Larry of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Lynn of Smith Center; three stepdaughters, Ginny Harper, Deanna Blankenship and Lynne Smiley, all of Edmond; a stepson, Ron Heikes of Wichita; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Enfield Funeral Home, 215 W. Main, Norton. Burial will be in Lenora South Cemetery, Lenora.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Midwest City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary


Michael Lee Porter; Our beloved son, brother and uncle passed from this life after a brief battle with cancer and entered his eternal home on November 1, 2009. He died at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 6, 1966 in OKC. He was our gift from God. He accepted the Lord as his Savior and was baptized in April 1980.

As a teenager, he enjoyed being in school and church play productions. He loved to act, sing, dance, write and sketch especially portraits. He attended Carl Albert High School for 2 years before transferring to Del City where he sang with the Del Aires. Upon graduation from Del City High School in 1985, he worked at McDonalds, saved his money and took a trip to Egypt at the age of 18. He attended Central State University. After one year, he moved to Dallas, Texas and attended Miss Wades School of Fashion Merchandising, where he earned an associates degree. He loved designing clothes, dressing runway models, doing their hair and make-up and drawing illustrations for the newspaper and JC Penneys catalog. He moved back to Oklahoma and worked at Wendys while he attended cosmetology school. He was a licensed cosmetologist and worked at Regis Hair Salon in Quail Springs Mall for many years until recently when his health failed. He loved being a hair stylist and making people feel good about the way they looked. In 1997, he earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Science because his mother always wanted him to have a college education. He told his mom and dad recently he had a good life. He had enjoyed his many travels and all the famous people he met along the way. He had a kind, gentle and caring heart. He was special to everyone who knew him. We will miss his intellect, wisdom, wit, sweet spirit and the love he showed his family every single day.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Andrew & Mamie Bozarth, Charles & Oletia Porter, Alton Ferguson, James Baker, uncle Donald Gore, and cousins Mike Garrett, Kevin Johnson, and Keith Garrett.

He is survived by his parents Lee & Connie Porter, sister Patra Porter Lemons, niece Andrea Porter Weddle, great-niece Makenzie Taylor Weddle and pet Chihuahua Princess all of the home, special aunt Glenda Gore, birth mother Marcia Baker Smith and husband Paxson, half brothers James Smith and wife Johnna, Jonathan Smith and wife Corey, step-sister Celia Sosa and husband Adrian, Grandmother Sybil Baker, birth father

Carl Blankenship, Momma Sandy Duff, half sisters Lora Tater Russ and spouse Jimmy, Kim Pullen and husband Rick, Tammy Ellis, half brother Alex Blankenship and wife Connie, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 6, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Country Estates Baptist Church 1000 S. Midwest Blvd. Midwest City with interment at 3:30 PM, Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2002, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary

The Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) - September 3, 2002

Bonnie Hullinger, 75, Oklahoma City, formerly of Topeka, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at an Oklahoma City hospital, where she was admitted Thursday.

She was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Reading, Pa., where she spent her early life and graduated from high school. She lived in Topeka for about 50 years before she moved to Oklahoma City in October. She worked at the Topeka Hypermart store for more than 10 years before she retired in 1999.

She married Clarence J. Hullinger in 1965 in Topeka. He survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Dee Blankenship , Sacramento, Calif., and Maryann Manning, Oklahoma City; a stepdaughter, Chris Hullinger, Topeka; two sisters, Lottie Kusior and Frances Swietzer, both in Reading, Pa.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Oklahoma City. Entombment will be in Chapel Hill Mausoleum in Oklahoma City.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2004, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary


Francis Eugene `Gene` Blankenship, age 77, (1927 - 2004) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died Friday, December 31, 2004, at his residence in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Blankenship was employed by Tinker Air Force Base. He was the son of the late Lex Blankenship and the late Virginia Milner. Gene served in the United States Army.

He is also survived by his wife Dorothy Blankenship; Four Daughters, Diane Dyas Sally Jan Stewart Molly Peterson Myriam Griffith One Brother, Jack Blankenship Ten Grandchildren Kristi, Melissa, Jennifer, Shawn, Sarah, Evan, Mark, Candice, Silas and Holly. Seven Great Grandchildren

Arrangements are being handled by Mercer-Adams Funeral Service, 3925 N. Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 3, 2005 in the Mercer-Adams Funeral Chapel with interment in Gotebo Cemetery in Gotebo, Oklahoma.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2007, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary


Published January 16, 2007

Dwayne Tucker, 47, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at his home in Oklahoma City. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Wilson-Little Funeral Chapel in Purcell. Officiating will be the Rev. Buck Jordan. Mr. Tucker was born Oct. 21, 1959, in Norman, to Douglas Tucker and Cora Blankenship. He grew up in and attended schools in Norman. He had a long career as a bricklayer. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening. He was an avid OU fan and especially loved watching OU football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Dean Tucker.

He is survived by his wife Marilyn Stockton Tucker of the home; three stepchildren, Tina Haberer of Norman, Lisa Hall and husband Willie of Little Axe and Misty Morgan of Florida; two sisters, Clara Lansdale and husband Doug of Purcell and Gail Barnard and husband Marvin of Purcell; eight grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2009, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary


Dorothy Irene Blankenship, 77, of Oklahoma City, Okla., passed away January 4, 2009. Dorothy was born January 25, 1931 to Samuel and Mexola Bunch in Oklahoma City. She graduated valedictorian from Noble High School in 1949. She married Luther "Buck" Blankenship on June 3, 1950 and enjoyed her life as a homemaker.

Dorothy is survived by husband, Luther "Buck" Blankenship; three children, Curtis Blankenship of Newcastle, Okla., Victor Blankenship of Oklahoma City, Donna Carrell of Oklahoma City; three grandsons, Mark Blankenship, Craig Blankenship and Steve Carrell; three granddaughters, Melissa Tilley, Kendra Tilley and Heather Blankenship; one great-grandson, Cody; nine great-granddaughters, Ember, Baylea, Jordan, Crysta, Bradeyn, Breanna, Katrina, Ana and Elizabeth; and one brother, Glenn Bunch of Noble, Okla. She is preceded in death by parents, Samuel and Mexola Bunch; and a son, Gordon Blankenship.

Visitation will be Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, January 10, 2009 at John M. Ireland Funeral Home Chapel, Moore, Okla. Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Maguire, Okla. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, Okla. Submitted by family

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary

The Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) - September 17, 2009

Clarence J. R. Hullinger (82) lost his long battle with cancer on September 3rd and was laid to rest on September 7th, 2009 in Oklahoma City, OK where he had resided for the last eight years. He was born November 18, 1926 in Burlington Junction, MO to Clarence Eugene Hullinger and Hazel Bell (Wiseman) Hullinger. J. R. served his country in the Army during his youth and was proud of the fact that he worked most of his adult life for one company, Rylie Equipment Company in Topeka, where he served as foreman for all Topeka operations and retired in 1995 after 42 years. His proudest civic involvement was to reach Provost Guard with the Shriners.

 J. R. was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Maxine Landis and Eva Mae Stevens.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Hullinger, OK, his daughter Christie JoRene Hullinger, Topeka, including his extended family - Mary Ann Manning, OK; Dee Blankenship , CA; Troy Allen Keller, Cynthia Ann Pelenan Denise Marie Aspedon, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2002, Bethany, Oklahoma Co., OK, Obituary

Published in the Oklahoman on 1/2/2003.

              Blankenship, Betty Jean, age 71, of Bethany, died December 28, 2002 as a result of a tragic auto accident. She was born July 21, 1931 in Vinita, OK to Elijah M. and Julia Ann (Redwine) Coppedge.

              She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jody in 1997, a sister Ocie, brothers Lawrence, Clarence, Buford and Donald, who was killed while serving inWWII.

              She is survived by her daughter, Valerie and husband Joe Caruthers; 3 grandchildren, Jody Loal, Steven Michael and Keely Rachelle; sisters, Louise Giles, Norma Cullison, and Ruby Dyszynski; brothers, Norman and Jim Coppedge. Betty loved the Lord and was a member of Bethany Church of Christ. She loved to spoil Joe and Valerie and the grandkids. She enjoyed fellowship with her dinner club and trips to Montana with her friends. Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks for all the kindness they have been shown, Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 4, 2003 at
Bethany Church of Christ with burial to follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery.


                                           From the Blankenship Board   Author: Gene Phillips genephillips(at)usa.com


Oklahoma Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Betty J.         71, 21Jul1931 - 28Dec2002,            Bethany, Oklahoma, OK,               OK-448-30-2676

Blankenship, Virgie V.      89, 17Jan1915 - 12Nov2004,           Choctaw, Oklahoma, OK,               OK-441-14-1317

Blankenship, Cleburn R.   71, 15Mar1936 - 13Dec2007,          Edmond, Oklahoma, OK,               CA-553-42-1619

Blankenship, Tony W.       46, 11Jul1961 - 01May2008,           Edmond, Oklahoma, OK,               OK-447-60-4129

Blankenship, Thelma M.   71, 10Dec1930 - 22Feb2002,           Luther, Oklahoma, OK,                   OK-441-32-1951

Blankenship, Armond L.   71, 19Dec1928 - 25Sep2000,           Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-447-28-5373

Blankenship, Bethel          89, 30Oct1914 - 15Jun2004,            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-440-01-8143

Blankenchip, Beuna F.      81, 10Oct1922 - 03Jul2004,             Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-447-16-2723

Blankenship, Francis E.     77, 04Nov1927 - 31Dec2004,          Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-442-22-1923

Blankenship, Giola G.       90, 24Aug1917 - 03Dec2007,          Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-442-14-8484

Blankenship, Glenn G.      80, 14Nov1924 - 01Jul2005,            Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        CA-553-30-3210

Blankinship, Jack L.          64, 23Oct1939 - 14Apr2004,           Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-446-38-0585

Blankenship, Lex H.          62, 09Oct1943 - 07Apr2006,           Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        KS-509-44-4278

Blankenship, W. L.            95, 05Dec1909 - 30Oct2005,           Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK,        OK-444-10-6975




Okmulgee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Nora             84, 15Apr1919 - 08Jul2003,            Henryetta, Okmulgee, OK,               OK-445-38-1206




Osage Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Lucille         82, 07Sep1920 - 22Feb2003,           Barnsdall, Osage, OK,                     OK-444-38-8613

Blankenship, Nelson L.     88, 09Apr1913 - 07Mar2002,          Barnsdall, Osage, OK,                     TX-456-03-3653

Blankenship, Ernest D.      66, 06Nov1939 - 25May2006,         Skiatook, Osage, OK,                      OK-444-38-4978

Blankenship, Lola M.        94, 04Dec1910 - 29Mar2005,          Tulsa, Osage, OK,                            AR-429-12-9567




+2008, Miami, Ottawa Co., OK, Obituary,

The Joplin Globe, March 11, 2008

Ora Jaime Blankenship, 92, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Church of Christ, Miami. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery, Miami. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, Okla.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2008, Miami, Ottawa Co., OK, Obituary,


Ora Jamie Blankenship of Miami died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Eastwood Manor in Commerce. She was 92. Mrs. Blankenship was born Nov. 5, 1915, in Williford, Ark., to Marion Price and Nettie (Davis) McElfresh.

She completed the nurse's aide program on June 6, 1969, and the ward clerk training program on Nov. 13, 1975. She received her high school equivalency degree on Oct. 22, 1980, at the age of 65. She moved to Miami in 1951. She worked at Bradshaw Hospital, where she was known for rocking the babies. She also worked for Raleigh Hills and Integris Baptist Regional Health Care for several years before retiring. She had been an active member of the Church of Christ since 1951.

She married Austin Blankenship Sr. on Oct. 24, 1936, in Caldwell, Mo. He preceded her in death in November, 1969. She was also preceded in death by infant twin son and daughter, Donald and Donna Blankenship; one son, Jerry Blankenship Sr.; her parents; one brother, Armol Bud McElfresh, and three sisters, Essie Kissee, Velma Wooley and Marie Mason.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Ernest Austin and Carolyn Blankenship Jr. of Fairland; two daughters, Shelby Way of Commerce and Joyce Bass and her husband Mike of Quapaw; one sister, Roberta Mason of Paragould, Ark.; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Church of Christ in Miami. Bobby Key will officiate and Nathan Adams will assist. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.


2003, Miami, Ottawa Co., OK, Obituary


Rosetta Wolfinbarger, 82, Miami, Okla, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at her home after an illness.

She was born March 17, 1921, in Wyandotte, Okla, to W. R. and Pearl Mathis Cunningham.

She lived in Miami moving from Neosho where she had lived for 40 years before moving from Miami. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Neosho. She married Lloyd Wolfinbarger at Neosho in 1938 and he survives of the home in Miami.

Additional survivors include one son, Dr. Lloyd Wolfinbarger, Jr., Norfolk, Va.; a daughter, Sally Rollins, Miami, Okla.; one brother, Clete Cunningham, Reno, Nevada; three grandchildren: Laura Ransbottom,Chuck Rollins, and Rob Rollins; four great-grandchildren: Cory Rollins, Megan Blankenship, Lauren Blankenship and Erica Ransbottom.

Services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla. Interment will be in Council House Cemetery, northeast of Grove, Okla. Pallbearers will be Jim Ransbottom, Rick Patterson, Glen Wolfinbarger, Cory Rollins, Rob Rollins and Chuck Rollins.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Ottawa Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blakenship, Ora J.             92, 05Nov1915 - 11Mar2008,          Quapaw, Ottawa, OK,                      OK-446-34-8095




Pawnee Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Brenda K.     45, 10Apr1960 - 23Dec2005,           Cleveland, Pawnee, OK,                  OK-441-72-6683



2000, Cushing, Payne Co., OK, Obituary

The Wichita Eagle, (KS) - April 25, 2000

Blankenship, Merle, 103, died Sunday, April 23, 2000. Service 2 p.m. Wednesday, Fairlawn Cemetery, Cushing, Okla.

Survivors: daughters, Darlyne Lorett of Ponca City, Okla., JoAnn Boman of Wichita; sister, Sue Cookson of Whittier, Calif.; 12 grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2002, Cushing, Payne Co., OK, Obituary


Roy Clinton Blankenship, 66, of Cushing, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the Cushing Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 18, 1935, in Thayer, Mo., to Elby and Bernice (Grooms) Blankenship, he received his early education in Carney and was a graduate of the Carney High School Class of 1953.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Palmer Funeral Home in Cushing. Rev. John Owens will preside with interment to follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery north of Cushing.

He was married to Evelyn (Hopson) June 3, 1954, in Chandler. They made their home in Oklahoma City and lived until moving to Cushing in 1968 and have since resided. Blankenship was a mechanic at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond for 27 years.

His parents preceded him in death.

Survivors include wife Evelyn of the home in Cushing; two sons, Roy J. Blankenship and companion Vickie Campbell of Chandler and Joe Blankenship and wife Shelly of Guthrie; six daughters, Rebecca Champlain and husband Robert of Pryor, Paula Brensing and husband Joe of Pawnee, Deborah (Hootie) Tinnie and husband Everett of Cushing, Loretta (Shortie) Pierce and husband David of Cushing, Dian Blankenship of Cushing and Rhonda Bagwell and husband Noel of Cushing; brother, Lawerence Grooms and wife Dorothy of Thayer, Mo.; two sisters, Alice Donald Tipping and husband of Dallas, Texas and Agnes Pat Higgins and husband of Boyie, Md.; 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


2006, Cushing Payne Co., OK, Obituary

The Oklahoman ; 3/3/2006

              Thelma Young, longtime Cushing resident and retired schoolteacher, died March 2, 2006 in Cushing at the age of 99 years. She was born on May 24, 1906, in Dit, Missouri to J. H. and Ida Blankenship. The family moved in 1914 to Cushing, where J. H. Blankenship was in the grocery business until being elected Payne County assessor in 1932, an office he held until 1970.

After graduating from Cushing High School in 1924, Thelma attended Central State College for two years and returned to Cushing to teach at rural Round Grove School. She married Valcus F. Young on June 17, 1927 and lived in Cushing the remainder of her life. She resumed teaching in elementary school in Cushing in 1943, attending Oklahoma A&M College during summer sessions until receiving her bachelor's degree in 1950. She retired in 1971. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Cushing for more than 90 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989 after 62 years of marriage; two brothers, Norman Blankenship and Norvelle (J .B.) Blankenship; a sister, Tresa Orr and a son-in-law, Wendell Bolton.

She is survived by two daughters, Sara Lou Cargill and husband Robert L. Cargill and Marcia Lee Bolton, all of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, John V. Young and wife Dru, of Sapulpa; seven grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. in the First Baptist Church in Cushing with Dr. Lonny Lee officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 187 Cushing, OK 74023 in her memory.You may share your condolences with the Young family at www.davisfh.net. Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.
Published in The Oklahoman on 3/3/2006.


                                    From the Blankenship Board, Author: Gene Phillips genephillips(at)usa.com


Payne Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Goldie V.     98, 17Jul1905 - 05Aug2003,            Cushing, Payne, OK,                       OK-440-54-2807

Blankenship, Roy C.          66, 18Nov1935 - 31Jul2002,            Cushing, Payne, OK,                       OK-443-32-2640

Blankenship, Geraldine M. 93, 28Jun1913 - 08Nov2006,         Stillwater, Payne, OK,                     OK-440-26-9029




+2008, Ada, Pontotoc Co., OK, Obituary


Services for Loretta Mae Blankenship, 80, Ada, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, the Revs. Darrel Blankenship and Justin Blankenship will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery. Bearers will be Michael McElroy, Bart McNeil, Ken Butler, Billy Blankenship, Eric Blankenship, and Jeffrey Blankenship.

Mrs. Blankenship died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, at a local hospital. She was born May 1, 1928, at Ada to Walter Robert and Minnie Frances Noel Owens.

She attended schools in Byng, Oakman and Chino, Calif. She married Arvil Wayne Blankenship Oct. 8, 1971, at Ada. Mrs. Blankenship formerly worked at the snack counter for Woolworth for 21 years, T.G. and Y for five years and retired as a checker for Abbott Grocery Store after 13 years of service. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Survivors include her husband, Arvil Blankenship, of the home; a daughter, Brenda Stallings and husband Scott, Byng; three stepsons, Larry Blankenship and wife Beverly, Pauls Valley, the Rev. Darrel Blankenship and wife Sharon, Crystal Springs, Miss., and Terry Blankenship and wife Mary, Stratford; a special daughter, Charla Priest, Ada; one brother, Glen Owens, Ada; nine grandchildren, Evan Stallings, Felicia Stallings, Lisa Blankenship, Craig Blankenship, Justin Blankenship, Billy Blankenship, Eric Blankenship, Jeffrey Blankenship, and Maronda Fuqua; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Irene Owens, and a brother Raymond Owens.


Pontotoc Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Donald R.     53, 21Oct1948 - 08May2002,          Ada, Pontotoc, OK,                          OK-448-46-7570

Blankenship, Edna E.        90, 09Oct1912 - 23Jan2003,            Ada, Pontotoc, OK,                          OK-442-42-9622

Blankenship, Ivaleta          82, 13Oct1921 - 08Dec2003,           Ada, Pontotoc, OK,                          NY-063-16-3505

Blankenship, Loretta M.    80, 01May1928 - 25Nov2008,         Ada, Pontotoc, OK,                          OK-445-24-4558

Blankenship, William R.   88, 19Sep1911 - 16Jan2000,            Ada, Pontotoc, OK,                          TX-450-03-6191



2007, Asher, Pottawatomie Co., OK, Obituary


Published December 20, 2007

Doris Irene Franklin, 92, of Asher died Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Unity North Medical Center in Shawnee. Services will be 10 a.m. today at the Wanette Pentecostal Holiness Church in Wanette, with the Rev. Boyd Stiles and the Rev. Sharron Myers officiating. Burial will be at the Wanette Cemetery, under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

She was born Oct. 6, 1915, in Wanette, the second of four children born to Marlin A. Pinson and Lula (DeJarnette) Pinson. Doris grew up on a farm south of Wanette where she learned how to work hard as a young girl picking cotton and cutting broom corn. She graduated from Wanette High School and later attended East Central University in Ada. There she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education, and for seven years she taught elementary education. She married Ellis Wayne Franklin on June 5, 1947. In 1948 they bought a farm 1 mile north of Asher where Ellis farmed and Doris worked as a mother and homemaker. Doris was a member of the Wanette Pentecostal Holiness Church for more than 60 years. She was the church secretary for nearly 40 years, taught Sunday school and was the church pianist for many years. Throughout her life, Doris was an avid gardener, enjoyed canning and was a wonderful cook, family said. Later in her life she enjoyed painting with acrylics. She was a Godly woman who loved her church and her family, they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ellis on Dec. 11, 1999; and a sister, Ola Statzer.

Survivors include two daughters, Rita Bowles of Asher and LaVonda Blankenship and husband Pat of Tuskahoma; two brothers, Marion Pinson of Shawnee and Doyale Pinson and wife Myrtle of Ardmore; two grandchildren, Michael and Rebekah Bowles; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2007, Brawley, Pottawatomie Co., OK, Obituary
Imperial Valley Press 2/15/2007
                  Violet Blankenship, 99, of Brawley, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, February 13, 2007. Born on August 26, 1907 in Bellemont, Okla., Violet was the oldest of 10 children born to parents Claud and Susanna Rider. Violet Rider  married Howell Kenneth Blankenship in 1930. They moved to Brawley in 1935 where they raised their family and where Mrs. Blankenship worked in the Central Supply Department and Emergency Room at Pioneers Memorial Hospital until she retired in 1973.
                  Violet had passion for cooking and enjoyed traveling to visit family. Family favorites were her fried chicken and peach cobbler. The family has been privileged to be blessed with his wonderful woman for almost 100 years. She will be remembered as a beloved mother and grandmother.
                  Gravesides services will be held Saturday, February 17 at 12 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley with Reverend Bill Impey of Grace Chapel in Mira Mesa officiating.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howell Kenneth Blankenship on July 9, 1978.
                  Violet is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Marvin Shock of San Diego; sons and daughters-in-law Ken and Cece Blankenship, Ron and Carolyn Blankenship and Charles Blankenship of Brawley; brother and sister-in-law Joe and Helen Rider of Afton, Okla.; sisters Othella Thyre of Raymore, MO., DeVita Cole of Foyle, Okla. and LaVerda Biggerstaff of Coloumbus, KS.; grandchildren Denise Ortiz of Shirley, NY., Lisa and Jim Bender of Fallbrook, CA., Mark and Tina Blankenship of Carlsbad, Ken Blankenship of El Centro, Deanna and Randy Runyon of Alpine, Geoffrey and Sandy Shook of Camano Island, WA., Dayna and Tony Monaghan of Charlottesville, VA., David and Fiona Blankenship of Los Angeles, Vicki Blankenship of San Diego, and Shelly and Andy Carrillo of Salinas; 21 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
2008, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK, Obituary

Shawnee resident Ovitt V Blankinship, 88, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, in Shawnee. He was born Dec. 3, 1919, in Davis to Cyrus and Beeda Blankinship.

He served in the US Army during World War II, Philippines, Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He was an automotive mechanic. Ovitt loved tinkering with things and was always "Mr. Fix It". He was interested in trains and their history.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vera; and brother, Oscar.

Survivors include daughters, Beverly and Paul McDaniel and Barbara and Fred Summers; son, Vernon and Jan Blankinship; grandson, Michael McDaniel and Sharla Hutchinson; brother, Alvin and LaDonna Blankinship; and many other loving relatives.

Graveside service will be 1 pm Monday at Fort Sill National Cemetery, in Elgin, Okla, with a Military Chaplain officiating.


 Pottawatomie Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, I. L.              86, 02Nov1918 - 16Dec2004,          Maud, Pottawatomie, OK,                              CA-550-30-4001

Blankinship, Ovitt V.        88, 02Dec1919 - 30Apr2008,           Mcloud, Pottawatomie, OK,               OK-441-28-4290




+2009, Antlers, Pushmataha Co., OK, Obituary


Alta Madeline (Johnson) Franks was born September 1, 1904 in Lindsay, Oklahoma to James W. and Bertie (Blankenship) Johnson. She passed from this life October 20, 2009 in Antlers, Oklahoma, at the age of 105.

Alta married W. N. "Joe" Franks on October 30, 1924 in Hugo, Oklahoma. They were married for 76 years before his passing in 2001. She was a dedicated Church of Christ member and a member of the Ladies Bible Class. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, sewing, crocheting, and was a fan of the Atlanta Braves.

Alta is preceded in death by her husband: W. N. "Joe" Franks; four grandchildren: Teresa Owen, Jimmy Franks, Jr., Shirley Ann Franks, & Peggy Sue Franks, parents: James & Bertie Johnson; four brothers; one sister; and in-laws: Wilma Franks, Bernice Franks, Anna Lou Franks, & Tommy Smith.

She is survived by her children: Harold Franks of Antlers, Jimmy Franks of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Walter Noble Franks, Jr. & wife Virginia of Finley, Freda Wood of Sherman, Texas, Fern Smith of Antlers, Jack Franks & wife Bobbie of Antlers; grandchildren: Ponda Brick, Brent Franks, Judy VanCuren, Susie Harberson, Joe Franks, Craig Franks, Jonathan Wood, Sandra Carter, David Lynn Smith, Glenn Ray Smith, Cindy Smith, Jerry Franks; numerous great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren; three sisters: Elda Avery of California, Cleo Denny of California, & Bonnie Berry of Altus, Oklahoma; as well as many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service: 10:00 AM Friday, October 23, 2009,  Church of Christ; Officiating: Brent Franks, George Brick, Steve Harberson; Music: Congregational Hymns, Led By: Don Helm; Pallbearers: Joe Franks, Craig Franks, Jonathan Wood, David Lynn Smith, Glenn Ray Smith, Jerry Franks, Justin Franks; Interment: Oddfellows Cemetery, Antlers, Oklahoma

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Antlers, Pushmataha Co., OK, Obituary


Eva Anna Belle Sutton was born March 4, 1935 in Zoe, Oklahoma to Andrew Jackson and Lillie Frances (Wilson) Hollan. She passed from this life October 11, 2009, in Antlers, Oklahoma, at the age of 74.

Anna Belle married Frank Sutton on May 7, 1955 in Poteau, Oklahoma. Together, they raised five children. Anna Belle enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, sewing & crocheting.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Frank Sutton; parents: Jack & Frances Hollan; seven brothers; and two sisters.

Anna Belle is survived by her children: Frances Zientek & husband Ernie of Antlers, Donna Starrett & husband Andy of Antlers, Denna Cottrell & husband Steve of Corpus Christi, Texas, James "Andy" Sutton & wife Jodee of Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Alan Bear Sutton & wife Michelle of Antlers; sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; brothers: Frank Hollan of Cushing, Oklahoma and Troy Hollan & wife Zana of Panama, Oklahoma; a sister: Linda Phelps & husband Wayne of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; in-laws: Carrol Dean Sutton & wife Patti of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Syble Henry & husband Wilburn of Red Oak, Oklahoma, & Laverne Blankenship & husband Donald of Salina, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service: 2:00 PM ~ Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at First Baptist Church, Officiating: Charlie Mueller, Music: "Amazing Grace",  "I'll Fly Away",  "When I Get Where I'm Going",  "This Is What Heaven Means To Me",  "My Grandmother, My Angel". Pallbearers: David Evans. Eugene Wayman,  Monte Williams,  Robert Scott,  Joseph Wayman,  Lee Wayman,  Justin Thornhill. Honorary Pallbearers: Steven Cottrell,  Brian Cottrell,  Shannon Starrett, Tim Starrett,  Patrick Starrett,  Joseph Sutton,  Jeremy Sutton,  David Turner,  Jay Sutton,  Joey Sutton,  Dakota Sutton,  Alex Zientek Caitlyn Zientek,  Diana Nichols,  Amanda Sutton,  Jamie Sutton. Interment: Antlers City Cemetery,  Antlers, Oklahoma

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Roger Mills                                                                                                       

2000, Cheyenne, Roger Mills Co., OK, Obituary

Cheyenne Star

              Edith Blankenship - Services were held Saturday October 21, 2000 in Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 3700 River Blvd, for Edith Blankenship, 99, who passed away October 18, 2000 in Bakersfield. Pastor John officiated. Mrs. Blankenship was born December 16, 1900 in Pecan Gap, Texas. In 1980 she and her husband Sid came to Bakersfield from Hammon, Oklahoma where she lived practically all her life.
              She is survived by her son, Donald L. Melton of Oildale; granddaughters, Melanie Dodd of Vallejo and Valarie Dupuy of Estonton, Georgia; three great grandchildren and sister, Joye Brevik of Las Vegas, Nevada.

                                           From the Blankenship Board  Author: Gene Phillips genephillips(at)usa.com



2007, Claremore, Rogers Co., OK, Obituary

www.claremoreprogress.com , August 21, 2007

Services for Ray Franklin Freeman were 10 a.m. this morning in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Ray was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery following the service. He passed away Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at his home with family by his side. He was 77.

Ray was born in Claremore on Feb. 7, 1930, to John Henry and Donie Cal (Stone) Freeman. He grew up and received his education in Claremore. When the call to serve his country in World War II came, Ray interrupted his education to join the Army. Upon completion of his honorable service which included time spent in Japan, Ray returned to Claremore and finished school through the GED program.  An experience with a tornado in White Oak convinced Ray that relocation was in order. He moved to Albuquerque, N.M. and took employment as a firefighter there. In 1952 he began a career with the state police department and served in that capacity in Gallup, Socorro and Albuquerque. From 1960 to 1962 he worked for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

Ray and Mildred Florence Nunley Trotter married in a ceremony in Wichita, Kan. on March 19, 1970. Ray retired from his second career as security manager with K-Mart in 1985. From ’85 to ’88, Ray worked with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department, then while in Grants, New Mexico, he was responsible for helping to open the first New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility. In 1994 he retired for good and he and Millie returned to Oklahoma. Now Ray had time for those pastimes that he so enjoyed, fishing, his favorite television program, “Law and Order” and spending time with his sweetheart, Millie.

Beloved family members who survive include his wife, Millie, of their home in Claremore; children, Michael Joseph Francis and his wife, Amelia, of Las Cruces, N.M., Patrice “Patty” Lucille Repka and her husband, Richard, of Albuquerque, N.M., Ray Franklin Francis and his wife, Arianna, of Vancouver, Wash., John Martin Francis and his wife, Rose, of Rio Rancho, N.M., Michael Lee Trotter and his wife Deanne, of Kechi, Kan., Mary E. Gerber and her husband, Patrick, of Wichita, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren with two on the way; and his brother, Joe Freeman of Claremore.

Ray was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Andrew Francis who passed away in 2002; his parents and siblings, J.M. Freeman, Inez McElwain, Pauline Blankenship, Lucille Kilpatrick and J.C. Freeman.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2008, Claremore, Rogers Co., OK, Obituary

Claremore Daily Progress, 1/30/2008

Services celebrating the life of Barbara Jean Kotoff will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in the Chapel of the Garden at Rice Funeral Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home this evening from 6?8, with the family there to receive visitors.
Barbara passed away early Monday the morning of January 29, at her home with her family by her side. She fought a courageous battle with cancer the past months of her life. She was 58. Born Jan. 7, 1950, in Los Angeles, Calif., Barbara was the daughter of Ruth (DeWoody) and Arthur Lee Bell, Jr. And for forty years Barbara would call her birth community home before moving to Claremore eighteen years ago. She was a graduate of the Santa Fe Springs High School Class of 1968. She continued studies at the then Rio Hondo Junior College in Whittier, California. This time prepared her for the accounting and bookkeeping career she worked in throughout her life.

On Jan. 4, 1969, Barbara and Jim Kotoff married. Their wedding ceremony was held in Las Vegas, Nev., but Southern California was home for the couple the first years of their lives together. A son and a daughter have been the light of Barbara?s life. And as precious grandchildren blessed her life, Barbara was even more proud. Just last week she was able to softly clap her hands as she saw her newborn grandson. This selfless and giving daughter, wife, mother and grandma will continue to inspire her family with a lasting example of love and devotion.

She is survived by her husband Jim, of their home in Claremore; her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kimberly Kotoff and her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanna and Brian Blankenship and four grandsons, Mikey Kotoff, Kevin and Sean Blankenship and Jayden Kotoff and her mother, Ruth Taylor all of Claremore. She was preceded by her dad, Arthur Lee Bell, Jr.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Claremore, Rogers Co., OK, Obituary

www.claremoreprogress.com , March 31, 2009

Funeral service for Harold Francis “Skip” Orr will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, at the Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Chapel with Rev. Jerold Pilant officiating. Burial with military honors by the U.S. Army will follow at Sageeyah Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday 1-8 p.m., and family will greet friends 6:30-7:30 p.m. Skip died Friday, March 27, 2009, at his home at the age of 77.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia of the home; children: Lisa Ray and husband, Tracy of Pryor, Chris Orr of Pryor, and Lora Ridenour and husband, Louis of Chelsea; siblings: Nita Chambers and husband, Earl of Claremore, Phyllis Ann “Sug” Blankenship and husband, Doug of Claremore, Ted Lawson and wife, Esther of Las Vegas, Jimmy Lawson and wife, Betty of Tulsa, Tommy Orr and wife, Joann of Claremore, Sam Orr of Claremore, and Curt Orr of Claremore; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Claremore, Rogers Co., OK, Obituary

www.claremoreprogress.com , April 14, 2009

Blankenship, Ralph Douglas “Doug,” 64, retired carpenter, died Wednesday, April 1. Memorial service 4 p.m., Friday, Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Chapel. Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory.

                                                          From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Rogers Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Billie L.       66, 21Jun1934 - 03Sep2000,            Catoosa, Rogers, OK,                      OK-444-34-2919

Blankenship, Shirley         83, 07Apr1926 - 09Jul2009,            Catoosa, Rogers, OK,                      OK-443-22-6291

Blankenship, Ralph D.       64, 08Jul1944 - 01Apr2009,            Claremore, Rogers, OK,                  OK-444-44-3337

Blankenship, Charles W.   66, 26Aug1942 - 26Jan2009,           Talala, Rogers, OK,                         OK-444-42-5380




Seminole Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Donna R.      61, 30Oct1946 - 31Mar2008,           Seminole, Seminole, OK,               OK-447-48-9727

Blankenship, Georgia        76, 27Dec1925 - 24Jun2002,           Sasakwa, Seminole, OK,                 OK-447-40-9196



2002, Duncan, Stephens Co., OK, Obituary

The Topeka Capital-Journal, (KS) - November 17, 2002

Donald Wayne Domme, 62, Duncan, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, in Duncan. Mr. Domme was a train supervisor for Burlington Northern Santa Fe for 37 years, retiring in 1977. He was born April 2, 1940, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Joseph Lawrence and Helen Georgine Snyder Domme.

He married Donna Nell Kerley on Jan. 3, 1996, in Lake Tahoe, Nev. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Alan Wayne Domme, Austin, Texas, and Mark Joseph Domme, Amarillo, Texas; a stepdaughter, Paula Rodgers, Duncan; a stepson, Jeff Rodgers, Guymon, Okla.; a brother, Richard Domme, Newton, Kan.; a sister, Carolyn Blankenship, Kansas City, Kan.; and 10 grandchildren.

Private family memorial services will be at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2005, Duncan, Stephens Co., OK, Obituary


Fort Worth Star-Telegram 6 Sep 2005

Marvin Harold Blankenship, 86, passed from this life Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, in Duncan, Okla. Marvin was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Gainesville.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage United Methodist Church, 4344 Heritage Ave., Grapevine. Burial: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park.

Upon completing high school, he began his 42-year career with the Southwestern Bell Telephone System, which was briefly interrupted by his service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. Marvin was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Grapevine.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Effie Mae; and a sister, Virginia Nessel.

Survivors: Wife of 18 years, Alma Jo Blankenship of Duncan, Okla.; children, Ann Credille and husband, Bob, Richard Blankenship and wife, Brenda, Anita McCall and husband, Ken; grandchildren, Mike, Kim, Sara, Katy, Jimmy, Lucretia, Schelley; several great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Blankenship; sister, JoAnn Roehl.


2004, Marlow, Stephens Co., OK, Obituary

The Denver Post, (CO) - January 18, 2004

Dr. Don M. Bostwick, 76, on Jan. 6, in Marlow, OK. son of John and Frances. Husband of Dorothea.

 Survived by children John Bostwick and Kathy Blankenship, siblings Frank Bostwick and Janet Brown. Co-captain and captain of the 1943/44 Arvada H.S. state football champs. Don earned a doctorate in Ag Econ, pursued a 24-year career at USDA.

Memorial service Jan. 31, VFW Hall, Marlow, OK 580-658-6263.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2004, Marlow, Stephens Co., WA, Obituary

Coloradoan, Monday, January 19, 2004 

Dr. Donald M. Bostwick, 76, died Jan. 6, 2004, in Marlow, Okla. He was the husband of Dorothea (nee Slater). Survivors include his children, John Bostwick and Kathy Blankenship and many other relatives.

Don earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. He pursued a 24-year career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ending in Fort Collins in 1979, where he taught classes at Colorado State University and supervised western state research projects for several years. Don returned to his early farming roots by working on domestic and overseas marketing and small farm credit projects until 1991. Retiring to his beloved Storm Mountain cabin, he spent his last years wintering in Baltimore, Md., and Marlow, Okla. 

A memorial service will be Jan. 31 at VFW Hall in Marlow, Okla.

From: diane dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2004, Marlow, Stephens Co., OK, Obituary

Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT) - January 18, 2004,

Dr. Donald M. Bostwick, 76, died Jan. 8, 2004, in Marlow, Okla. Don taught at Montana State University from 1958 to 1962, and earned a doctorate in agricultural economics in 1968. He pursued various overseas marketing and small farm credit projects and authored more than 100 publications during a 24-year career at USDA until 1991. Retiring to his beloved Storm Mountain cabin in Colorado, he spent his last years wintering in Maryland and Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea (Slater) Bostwick; children, John Bostwick and Kathy Blankenship; and many other relatives.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 31 at the VFW Hall in Marlow, Okla.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Stephens Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Marvin H.    86, 09Oct1918 - 02Sep2005,           Duncan, Stephens, OK,                    OK-444-03-8895




2001, Hooker, Texas Co., OK, Obituary

Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS) - June 14, 2001,

Albert Herbel, 81, Hooker, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. He was born April 28, 1920, to George and Lydia (Steinert) Herbel on the family farm west of Hooker.

He married Helen M. Hoeme Oct. 5, 1946, in Hooker. She survives. He attended Buffalo School, St. John's Parochial School and Optima High School in Optima, Okla. He was a veteran of World War II, having served from 1942 to 1945 in the U.S. Air Force. He served in Australia, New Guinea and the Phillipines. He was a long-time member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Hooker, where he served as treasurer, trustee, Sunday school teacher and usher. He once was employed as a mechanic at Hofferber trucking. He opened his own business, Herbel Machine Shop and Trucking, in 1954. He also partnered with C.J. Hammack to open Hooker TV Cable in 1957. He opened Hooker's first ready-mix concrete plant in 1962, and his business became Herbel Concrete and Steel Erectors Inc. He sold his share of the of the local cable company in the early 1970s. In 1999, he sold the concrete portion of his business but continued to work. He served on the Hooker City Council for 12 years.

Other survivors include one son, Richard G. Herbel, Oxford, Mich.; one daughter, Sheila Blankenship , Hooker; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Herbel, Englewood, Colo; three sisters, Leona Dorsch of Muskogee, Okla., Marie Bruton, Jefferson City, Mo., and Pauline Lane, Hooker; three grandchildren, Emily and Katie Herbel, both of Englewood, and Ian Blankenship of Hooker; and many nieces nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles A.;#34;Chuck;#34; Herbel; one sister, Viola Hofferber; and four brothers-in-law, Jay Bruton, Dave Dorsch, Alex Hofferber and Ed Lane.

 Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hooker with the Revs. Christopher M. Boehnke and Mark Wescoatt presiding. Burial will be at the Hooker Cemetery in Hooker.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2001, Hooker, Texas Co., OK, Obituary

Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS) - September 18, 2001

Naomi M. Carson, 81, Hooker, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001, at Midland Hospice House in Topeka. She was born Nov. 21, 1919, to Howard and Margaret (Hunter) Boley in East Liverpool, Ohio.

She married Milford Carson June 3, 1950, in Hutchinson. He died Aug. 16, 1997. She attended school and grew up in East Liverpool. She and her husband lived in Hutchinson, Waverly and in East Liverpool. In the mid 1960s, they moved to Hooker. She worked as a nurse for many years.

Survivors include one son, John Blankenship, East Liverpool; one sister, Waweta P. Boley, East Liverpool; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one brother, John Boley; and two sisters, Wanda Hickman and Mary Miller.

Graveside services were at 1 p.m. today at the Hooker Cemetery in Hooker with Mr. Roy H. Smothermon presiding.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2003, Hooker, Texas Co., OK, Obituary

Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS) - February 27, 2003,

Homer S. Blankenship, 93, of Hooker, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003, at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal. He was born June 13, 1909, to Lewis R. and Daisy (Issacs) Blankenship in Marshall, Ark. He married Lillie Reba Javurek Feb. 5, 1929, in Hooker. She died Jan. 15, 1990.

He worked as a farmer his whole life, retiring in 1995. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Hooker.

Survivors include one daughter, Nelda Reed and husband, Merlin, Boleyn, N.M.; one brother, Curt Blankenship and wife, Maxine, Guymon, Okla.; four grandchildren, Tom Arnold and wife, Vickie, Hooker, Mike Arnold and wife, Tammy, Hooker, Mernel Times and husband, Phil, Flagstaff, Ariz., Londe Hunter and husband Tommy, Guymon; six great-grandchildren, Greg, Valerie, Wade, Jake, Clint and Tonde; and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Darlene Arnold; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Hooker with the Rev. Rick Trobaugh presiding. Burial will be at Hooker Cemetery in Hooker.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2007, Hooker, Texas Co., OK, Obituary

Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS) - March 11, 2007,

Walter H. Hoeme, 87, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Morton County Hospital in Elkhart. He was born July 20, 1919, to Richard and Maria Kirmse Hoeme in Hooker, Okla.

He received his education in his home town schools. In 1937, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the Seventh Cavalry. He served his enlistment in Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. After his discharge, he returned home and obtained his certificate as a licensed barber. At the beginning of World War II, he entered service in the United States Navy and served for two years in the Philippines. He joined the Sailors Union of the Pacific, a branch of the Merchant Marines, at the war's end and made many trips to foreign ports around the world. Later, he resumed his barbering at several locations and ended his career in Pryor, Okla. He enjoyed fishing the mountain lakes of New Mexico and Colorado. He also enjoyed training his hunting dogs.

He is survived by two brothers, Clarence Hoeme and wife, Bobbye, Hooker, Okla., and Marland Hoeme and wife, Daisy, Aurora, Colo.; one sister, Helen Herbel, Hooker, Okla.; three nephews, Richard Herbel, Oxford, Mich., Rodney Hoeme, Kalaheo, Hawaii, and Richard Hoeme, Aurora; four nieces, Tara Anderson, Salt Lake City, Linda Smith, Macon, Ga., Sheila Blankenship , Hooker, and Kristal Zwayer, Tulsa, Okla.; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Charles Herbel; and one brother-in-law, Albert Herbel.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home Inc. in Hooker with the Rev. Thomas House of St. John's Lutheran Church presiding. Burial will be at Hooker Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2008, Hooker, Texas Co., OK, Obituary

Augusta Daily Gazette (KS) - January 4, 2008

Charles E. Collins, 66, Hooker, Okla., retired KG& E lineman and special equipment operator, formerly of El Dorado and Augusta, passed away on Jan. 1, 2008. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Carlson Funeral Home in El Dorado.

He is survived by: wife, Bertha of the home; son, David of McClouth; step-daughter, Cherry (Clay) Rider of Hooker, Okla.; mother, Lucile Collins Blankenship of El Dorado; sister, Marcia (Gerald) Guy of El Dorado, and Trudy (Duane) Claycamp, Augusta; four grandchildren.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2005, Guymon, Texas Co., OK, Obituary

Amarillo Globe-News, Oct. 15, 2005

Curtis Arthur Blankenship, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. Derek Cox, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery by Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon.

Mr. Blankenship was born May 31, 1917, in Silver Hollow, Ark. He worked for Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline Co. for 30 years and loved raising and breeding Appaloosa horses and feeding cattle.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Maxine; three children, Judy Hatton of Hutchinson, Kan., LaNetta Shapley of Gruver, Texas, and Mac Blankenship of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.


Texas Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Curtis A.      88, 31May1917 - 13Oct2005,          Guymon, Texas, OK,                       KS-512-05-7005

Blankenship, Homer S.      93, 13Jun1909 - 26Feb2003,            Hooker, Texas, OK,                         OK-445-32-1405




+2005, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Obituary


Blankenship, Edith Eileen, 84, of Tulsa, OK died November 1, 2005. Retired Tulsa Public Schools Psychologist and Pianist/Organist. Born November 16, 1920 in Broken Arrow to Roy and Myrtle (Orr) Shockley.

Taught piano, attended Draughn's Business College in Tulsa, OK, graduated from OCW College in Chickasha, OK and attended Tulsa University. Received a Masters Degree, just short of a doctorate. She was a member of the Business and Educational Women's Sorority, Hyechka Music Club, Organ Club, Sigma Alpha Iota National Honor Organization, the National Musician for Delta Rho Delta Sorority, attended NEATS and Happy Timers, on the Advisory Board for Southminster Senior Citizen Center, and a charter member and teacher of the creative writing class, "Stories Written, Read or Said,", along with many other activities.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 35 years, Kenneth Blankenship and brother, Ray Shockley of St. Louis, MO.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Calderwood and husband Matt of Tulsa, grandchildren Carrie Shellenbarger and family of Broken Arrow and Chris Calderwood of Tulsa.

Graveside commitment service 2pm Thurs 11/3/05 Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a celebration of her life at 3pm at her church, Southminster Presbyterian.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

SSDI, Blankenship, Kenneth, 66, 25 Mar 1917 - Nov 1983, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, OK-444-07-6013


2009, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Obituary


Willibey,  Dorothy A., (aka Granny, Aunt Dorothy, Grannybird), 83, of Tulsa, OK was called to watch over her family on Monday, March 30, 2009. Dorothy was born on October 26, 1925, in Avery, OK to the late Ralph and Lena Burden. She graduated from Kellyville High School in 1943. She married George Douglas Willibey on October 16, 1943, in Fort Smith, AR. Together the couple had 3 wonderful children: Doug Willibey; Diana Capehart; and Richard Willibey, whom she loved dearly. Her life was spent in ranching, the cattle business and the Tulsa Stockyards. Dorothy was a wonderful homemaker and caregiver. The loves of her life included: her husband, her children, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and going to the casino with her sister-in-law, Shirley. "Granny," as her grandchildren called her, will always be remembered for her wonderful pies and delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Dorothy was the rock of her family, leaving behind: a wonderful sister-in-law and caretaker to the end, Shirley Burden; her daughter, Diana Capehart and husband Robert; son, Richard Willibey and wife Dawnda; daughter-in-law, Diane Willibey-Blankenship; brother and sister-in-law, Guy R. and Jana Willibey; sister-in-laws, Marilyn Noll, Joyce Willibey, and Thelma Burden; granddaughters, Cheryl Price, Susan Willibey, Andrea Willibey, Heather Capehart, and Robin Brown; grandsons, Brian Willibey, Jackson Willibey, Brent Capehart, and Mark Capehart; 12 great-grand children; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family, Linda Zimmerman, Eileen Nash, Debbie Masterson, and Paulette Watson; as well as a host of friends and other extended family.

She is preceded in death by: her loving husband, George Douglas; son, Guy Douglas; 2 brothers, Raymond and Henry Burden; and 2 sisters, Thelma Pope and Donna Sue Holbrook.

Service will be held Thursday, April 2, 2009, 2 p.m., Smith Funeral Home, Sapulpa, OK. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. 224-1313 Dorothy A. Willibey

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


+2009, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Obituary


Merl G Gougler much loved husband, father, grandfather and brother passed peacefully at his home April 22nd, 2009. He was born June 6th, 1938, in Oglesby, OK to Raymond and Glenna Blankenship Gougler. He graduated from Ochelata High School in 1956. Retired from American Airlines.

He is survived by: his wife, Mary of 28 years; and 5 children, Bobby and Peggy Gougler of Grand Rapids, IA, Penny and Mark Carnino of Tulsa, Larry and Sue Gougler of Catoosa, Jamie and Tim Kelly of Tulsa, Leslie and Tim Seelig of Tulsa; 5 grandsons, David, Anthony, DJ, Aaron and Logan; 3 granddaughters, Amy, Natalie and Jamie. Merl's remarkable sense of humor was appreciated and loved by all who knew him. We will miss him and will remember him with great joy and laughter.

Memorial service to be held at Butler Stumpff Funeral Home, 3 p.m., Friday April 25th, 2009. Cremation Society of Oklahoma, 599-7337.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Obituary


Smallwood - George Allen, God's faithful servant, went home to be with His Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 15, 2009. He was the youngest of 5 children, born in Tulsa, OK. to the late George William Smallwood and Ina Isabell Blankenship on February 21, 1930. He was 79. George was one of the most accomplished individuals who ever lived. He was raised in the Tulsa Boys Home and at the age of 17 enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country and retired with 30 years of service. He worked at American Airlines as a Mechanic and Maintenance Inspector and retired after 24 years. George was a Boy Scout, graduate of Central High School, Royal Rangers Commander, a member of the American Legion, a Veteran of Foreign Wars and faithful and loving husband, father and grandfather.

In 1951, George married his teenage sweetheart, Margaret Hairgrove, and they shared 58 years together. George loved his darling wife, Margaret, more than words can express. They had 3 sons and 1 daughter, 8 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren. He attended Christ's Church in Owasso. George's faith in God, love for the Word of God and his love for his family and friends are attributes that will never be forgotten.

His home going will be celebrated Friday, June 19th at 10 a.m., at Eastland Baptist Church in the Family Center located at 1835 S. 129 E. Ave., Tulsa. Interment will follow at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens Veterans Field of Honor. Floral Haven

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Obituary


Sprecher - (Condell) Ellen, 62, of Tulsa. Died Wednesday, September 2, 2009. Former receptionist for Plano School District and Word of Faith Outreach Center, bookkeeper and Cafeteria Supervisor with OSU.

Survived by: husband of 43 years, Joseph Leslie Sprecher, Tulsa, OK; brother, John L. Condell, Jr. and wife, Donna.

Funeral Service 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2009, RiverCrest Chapel Bixby, OK. Graveside Service: 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at Blankenship Cemetery, Rosalia, KS.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


2009, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK, Obituary


Elkins - Esther Lorraine, 85, passed away Friday, November 20, 2009, in Tulsa, OK. Born January 1, 1924, in Oklahoma City, OK to Joseph M. and Ocie D. (Crowder) Easley. She was retired from Tinker Air Force Base as a civil servant. Member of Hope Worship Center. Preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dalton; son, Neal D. Elkins.

Survived by: son, Nelson Elkins and wife, Karen Blankenship-Elkins, of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren, Kimberly and Jennifer; great-grandson, Austin.

Service will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at Hope Worship Center with interment following at 3 p.m., Moore City Cemetery, Moore, OK.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Tulsa Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, R. Paul         80, 02Nov1920 - 14Mar2001,          Broken Arrow, Tulsa, OK,               OK-440-16-7466

Blankenship, Ethel E.        86-87, 09May1920 - 06May2007,   Owasso, Tulsa, OK,                         OK-448-24-4236

Blankenship, Luther          81, 01Mar1923 - 04Mar2004,          Sand Springs, Tulsa, OK,               OK-448-52-0585

Blankenship, Truman E.    71, 10May1931 - 30Mar2003,         Sand Springs, Tulsa, OK,               OK-440-28-6627

Blankenship, Claude C.     87, 04Dec1914 - 02Dec2002,          Tulsa, Tulsa, OK,                             OK-444-09-8026

Blankenship, Edith E.        84, 16Nov1920 - 01Nov2005,          Tulsa, Tulsa, OK,                             Al-422-28-7395

Blankenship, J. Robert      85, 03Feb1920 - 20Jun2005,            Tulsa, Tulsa, OK,                             OK-440-14-8968

Blankenship, Judith W.     65, 17Sep1940 - 22May2006,          Tulsa, Tulsa, OK,                             OH-272-48-5983

Blankenship, Marie A.      34, 17Mar1969 - 25Oct2003,           Tulsa, Tulsa, OK,                             OK-444-66-8134

Blankenship, Reba B.        86, 26Sep1918 - 25Feb2005,           Tulsa, Tulsa, OK,                             OK-440-30-9489




Wagoner Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Derwin O.    80, 28Nov1925 - 22Jul2006,            Broken Arrow, Wagoner, OK,               OK-444-22-7873



+2003, Washington Co., OK, Obituary

Examiner Enterprise 2-23-2003

Mrs. Lorea Lucille Blankenship, 82, former resident of the Ochelata and Ramona area, died at 7:20 A.M. Saturday, February 21st at the Silver Lake Care Center. Funeral services for Mrs. Blankenship will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the Ochelata United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Dye and Rev. Chad Perceful officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.Casket escorts will include Danny Cherry, Henry Rowbotham, Dick Willis, John Willis, Gary Young, Thomas Young, Bruce Willis, and Jimmy Dale Willis. Honorary casket escorts will include Kirk Brewster, Richard Roach, and Elmer Willis.

Lucille was born on September 7, 1920, at Peggs, Oklahoma to Arvel and Altie (Mize) Willis. On December 14, 1938 she was married to Nelson (Dome) Blankenship. They moved to several places until 1947 when they settled in the Ochelata and Ramona area. Lucille was a member of the Ochelata United Methodist Church and until a few years ago was an active member of the Ochelata United Women. Earlier she was a member of the Rebecca Sewing Club.

Lucille is survived by one son, Ernest Loyd Blankenship and his wife, Julia of Ochelata, two daughters, Pauline Gallamore and her husband William, of Ramona, Janice Souter of Tulsa, three grandsons, three granddaughters, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Bob Willis of Locust Grove, Jimmy Willis of Catoosa, three sisters, Lorene Cherry of Catoosa, Norma Young of Verdigris, and Barbara Rowbotham of Tulsa.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband Nelson (Dome) in March of last year. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, a grandson, and son-in-law.



+2009, Bartlesville, Washington Co., OK, Obituary


Keturah Love Tanquary, 87-year-old Bartlesville resident, passed away Friday, August 28, 2009 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville. Mrs. Tanquary was born February 27, 1922 in Carthage, Missouri to Charles LaFayette McNabb and Delia Abigail Blankenship-McNabb.

She grew up and attended schools in Carthage and later went on to attend business school in Carthage as well. On June 12, 1949 she married Roy Shepard Tanquary in Carthage. Mrs. Tanquary retired from the Social Security Administration after working 30 years, mostly as a Claim Representative. Mrs. Tanquary grew up in the First United Methodist Church and later became a member of the First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow. She loved her husband dearly and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also had a special place in her heart for her dear grandsons. Mrs. Tanquary was a lady who never spoke an unkind word and instilled spiritual values throughout her family.

Mrs. Tanquary is survived by her husband, Roy Tanquary of the home in Bartlesville; by two children, Thomas Roy Tanquary and his wife Judy of Delaware and Rebecca Sue Hormann and her husband John of Skamania, Washington; by a sister, Charlotte Foster and her husband Gordon of El Cajon, California; by five grandchildren, Aaron Tanquary and his wife Tosha of West Monroe, Louisiana, David Tanquary and his wife Galen of Bartlesville, Drew Hormann of Portland, Oregon, Douglas Hormann of Skamania, Washington, and Michael Hormann of Skamania.

Funeral services for Mrs. Tanquary will be held at 2:00pm on September 1 at the Delaware First Baptist Church with her son Rev. Tom Tanquary officiating. Interment will follow in the Park Cemetery in Columbus, Kansas.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com


Washington Co., SSDI, http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi ,

Blankenship, Velma L.      88, 08Jul1912 - 07Apr2001,            Bartlesville, Washington, OK,        KS-509-14-4428



These records didn’t have any dates with them so until I have them I’ll just hold them here in the 2000 file.


Kingfisher Co., OK, Lyon Cem.

Blankenship, S. P.            1 grave no dates given



McIntosh Co., OK, Fame Cem.

Blankensfiip, Edward     ----           ----

Blankenship, Forrest     ----           ----

Blankenship, Luther      ----           ----

No Dates given



Texas Co., OK, Trinity Lutheran Cem.

Blankenship, Larry               (No Dates) On SS with Jannette

Blankenship, Jannette          (No Dates)