The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 25, 2010

Obituaries — Sunday, April 25, 2010


Johnny G. Blankenship

PIPESTEM — Johnny G. Blankenship, age 81, of Pipestem, W.Va., formerly of Coaldale, W.Va., died early Friday morning (April 23, 2010) at the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, Beckley, W.Va., after a short illness.

Born Oct. 1, 1928, in Panther, W.Va., he was the son of the late John G. Blankenship and Mattie Lester Blankenship.

He was affiliated with the Baptist Faith, he was a retired Coal Truck Driver having worked last for the Ed Cole Trucking Co., and was a member of the U.M.W.A. He lived in McDowell County until 1969, then moved to Mercer County; he had resided in Summers County since 1994.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by: his loving a devoted wife of 38 years, Mildred Conti Blankenship of the home; one brother, Benny Blankenship and wife Nell of Oak Ridge, N.C.; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday (April 26, 2010) at 1 p.m. at the Widener Funeral Home Chapel, Northfork, W.Va., with the Rev. Earl Hill officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va. Friends may call Monday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until the hour of service. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Widener Funeral Home, Northfork, W.Va.

Peggy Delene Blevins

VICTOR — Peggy Delene Blevins, 72, of Victor, W.Va., passed away Friday, April 23, 2010, at Plateau Medical Center. Born August 29, 1937, in Beckley, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Percy Kate Lilly Epling. Peggy was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of Fayette County. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by sisters, Ramona Ellison, Belle Gilkerson and Celia Dale Lowe.

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Kaylor and husband Tommy of Victor; sons: Robert Epling and wife Amy of Melbourne, Fla., Michael Epling and wife Donna of Winchester, Va., Phillip Epling of Falls Church, Va., and Fred Blevins, Jr., of Centerville, Va.; grandchildren: Aaron and Eddie Kaylor, Angie Taylor, Michael, Steven, Christopher and Mathew Epling; brothers: Johnny and Bill Epling, sister, Janice Mitchell.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2010, in the Calfee Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Metrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Epling-Matherly Cemetery at Flat Top.

Friends may call one hour prior to service on Monday.

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Arrangements by Calfee Funeral Home.

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