In memory of
Melvin Crockett Blankenship
In memory of
Melvin Crockett Blankenship
Melvin Crockett Blankenship, age 91, of Mandeville, LA, previously of Ft. Collins, CO passed away Wednesday, June 2nd surrounded by his loving family. Melvin was born on December 5, 1929, to Calvin and Nellie (Davis) Blankenship in Canebrake, WV. Melvin is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Jane (Beasley) Blankenship; his children Donald Michael Vinson and wife Christine, of Cocoa, FL, Cynthia Renee Purvis of Southport, FL, and Kimberly Blankenship Goetz and husband Matthew, of Mandeville, LA; his grandchildren Christopher Vinson, Kinsey Purvis, Bryce Vinson, Blake Goetz and Riess Goetz. He is also survived by his two brothers, Harold Lee Blankenship, and Randall Theodore Blankenship, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends around the world. Melvin is preceded in death by his father, Calvin Crockett Blankenship and his mother, Nellie Davis Blankenship Yates; his brother, Calvin Crockett Blankenship, Jr.; his two sons, Melvin and Mark Blankenship, his sister-in-laws Jacqueline (Jackie) Thacker Blankenship and Alma Jean Blankenship. Melvin grew up in the coal mining towns of the West Virginia mountains where he attended Big Creek High School. He was the oldest of three wonderful brothers who remained close, speaking almost daily, until the time of his passing. Mel joined the Army at the age of 17 and was stationed in Japan with the 8th Army Keio School Command. Melvin returned to the states to complete his degree in business at Mountain State College and began his career in retail operations. His retail career allowed him to live in 11 different states, visits almost every state in the Union, and to travel to Asia and Europe. Along the way, Melvin made friends wherever he went. He was one of those rare individuals who was genuinely interested in getting to know people. Once he knew you, he never forgot the smallest details of your conversation and considered you a friend from that moment forward. His smile and laughter were contagious. He was a gentleman of all gentlemen who loved his family, his country, and God above all. His family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, the Biloxi VA Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Medical Center, Ochsner Home Health and Lakeside Hospice for caring for Mel during his time of need. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Services at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA 70433 on Friday, June 11, at 1:00 PM with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM. In honor of Mr. Blankenship's military service, interment will take place Monday, June 14 at 11am at Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Blankenship may be made to the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System, Biloxi, MS through their Volunteer Services Office at 228-523-5786 or online at pay.gov . Please sign the Grace Funeral Home Online Guest Book at www.gracenorthshore.com .
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In memory of
Melvin Crockett Blankenship
Melvin Crockett Blankenship, age 91, of Mandeville, LA, previously of Ft. Collins, CO passed away Wednesday, June 2nd surrounded by his loving family. Melvin was born on December 5, 1929, to Calvin and Nellie (Davis) Blankenship in Canebrake, WV. Melvin is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Jane (Beasley) Blankenship; his children Donald Michael Vinson and wife Christine, of Cocoa, FL, Cynthia Renee Purvis of Southport, FL, and Kimberly Blankenship Goetz and husband Matthew, of Mandeville, LA; his grandchildren Christopher Vinson, Kinsey Purvis, Bryce Vinson, Blake Goetz and Riess Goetz. He is also survived by his two brothers, Harold Lee Blankenship, and Randall Theodore Blankenship, and by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends around the world. Melvin is preceded in death by his father, Calvin Crockett Blankenship and his mother, Nellie Davis Blankenship Yates; his brother, Calvin Crockett Blankenship, Jr.; his two sons, Melvin and Mark Blankenship, his sister-in-laws Jacqueline (Jackie) Thacker Blankenship and Alma Jean Blankenship. Melvin grew up in the coal mining towns of the West Virginia mountains where he attended Big Creek High School. He was the oldest of three wonderful brothers who remained close, speaking almost daily, until the time of his passing. Mel joined the Army at the age of 17 and was stationed in Japan with the 8th Army Keio School Command. Melvin returned to the states to complete his degree in business at Mountain State College and began his career in retail operations. His retail career allowed him to live in 11 different states, visits almost every state in the Union, and to travel to Asia and Europe. Along the way, Melvin made friends wherever he went. He was one of those rare individuals who was genuinely interested in getting to know people. Once he knew you, he never forgot the smallest details of your conversation and considered you a friend from that moment forward. His smile and laughter were contagious. He was a gentleman of all gentlemen who loved his family, his country, and God above all. His family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, the Biloxi VA Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Medical Center, Ochsner Home Health and Lakeside Hospice for caring for Mel during his time of need. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Services at Grace Funeral Home, 450 Holy Trinity Drive, Covington, LA 70433 on Friday, June 11, at 1:00 PM with visitation beginning at 11:00 AM. In honor of Mr. Blankenship's military service, interment will take place Monday, June 14 at 11am at Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Blankenship may be made to the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System, Biloxi, MS through their Volunteer Services Office at 228-523-5786 or online at pay.gov . Please sign the Grace Funeral Home Online Guest Book at www.gracenorthshore.com .
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