Mrs. Bettye Blankenship, 95, of Rome, died Wednesday morning, February 15, 2023 at her residence following an extended illness.
The former Elizabeth Jean Vann, Mrs. Blankenship was born in Floyd County November 19, 1927, a daughter of the late Reece Clifford Vann and the late Ruby Johnston Vann. Having joined at the age of 14, she was a lifelong member of the Cedar Creek Baptist Church where she taught Girl’s Sunday School. Mrs. Blankenship was employed by the Celanese Corporation and Champion Garment Company back in the late 40s and 50s. A fabulous cook, Mrs. Blankenship enjoyed gardening and was an avid fisherman, having taught her children and grandchildren the sport.
She was married to C. T. “Buddy” Blankenship October 12, 1946 and was preceded in death by him February 22, 2010.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by her children, Vann Blankenship, May 4, 1968; Linda Blankenship Mayer June 9, 2018; and Donnie Blankenship February 19, 2022.
Survivors include her daughter in law, Mrs. Beth Blankenship of Rome and 5 grandchildren, Marcus Mayer, Gregg Mayer, Lisa Sharpe, Amber Holmes and Derek Blankenship. Eleven great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Blankenship were held Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 2:00 P.M. at the graveside at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Chaplain Greg Cater officiating.
John House’s Cave Spring Chapel
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