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From: paul fullbright <>
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] obit from Guardonline 9/12/2000
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 16:49:41 -0500
MELBOURNE Nelson E. Cotton Blankenship, 79, of
Melbourne died Monday,
Sept. 11, 2000, in a Melbourne nursing home.
Born Sept. 24, 1920, in Izard County, he was the son
of Ted and Azalee Blankenship.
He was a steel hanger in construction and a veteran of
the U.S. Army, serving as a
medic in World War II. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include four sons, Loyd Blankenship of
Mountain View, Hershel Blankenship
of Wiseman, Walter Blankenship of Fort Smith and
Lester Blankenship of Batesville;
two daughters, Ruthie Williams of Wiseman and Sandra
Williams of Clairmore, Okla.;
two brothers, Cleveland Blankenship of Melbourne and
Willie Blankenship of Little
Rock; two sisters, Edith Morehead of Melbourne and
Zelphiadean Riggs of Batesville;
11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter,
Flora Mae Blankenship; and two
grandsons, David Williams and Phillip Lawson.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at
Roller-Crouch Chapel in Melbourne with Steve
Stevenson officiating. Burial will be at Combs
Cemetery with full military honors by
Leonard Stark Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Honor
Guard of Heber Springs.
Arrangements are by Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Boyce Gillihan, Junior Gillihan,
George Gillihan, Phillip Gillihan,
Donald Gillihan and Charles Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Blankenship, Shelby
Gillihan and Jim Muncy.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.