The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


October 3, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013


Kathy Blankenship

PINEVILLE — Kathy Blankenship, 59, of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at her residence following a long courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 5, 1954, at Pineville, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Gladys Brooks Ellison.

Kathy was a lifelong resident of Pineville. She was a 1972 Pineville High School graduate; was part owner of Riteway Packette, was manager at Pinnacle Creek Country Store, and had worked at Woody’s. Kathy enjoyed the love of her life, her only grandchild, Emma.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Curtis and Marie Blankenship.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Blankenship of Pineville; son, Tommy Blankenship and his wife, Kim of Corinne; two brothers, Timmy Ellison and his wife, Sherri of Pineville and Wayne Ellison and his wife, Susan of Keyrock; a sister, Pam Ellison of Rockview; two brothers-in-law, Danny Blankenship of Beckley and Eddy Blankenship of Rockview; a sister-in-law, Peggy Baldwin and her husband, Larry of Rockview; a granddaughter, Emma Blankenship; a niece, Kim Toler of Beckley; three nephews, Erik Baldwin of Princeton, Jonathan Baldwin of Bluefield, Chris Baldwin of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also survived by many aunts and uncles.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be at 11 a.m., Friday, October 4, 2013, in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Evan Arkell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, October 3.

Entombment will follow in the Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Lora, Darlene and Hospice of Southern West Virginia for the loving care that was given to Kathy.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Kathy’s name to Hospice of Southern WV, 454 Cranberry Drive, Beckley, WV 25801

Calfee Funeral and Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Blankenship family.

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