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John J. Blankenship
Sep 15, 1940 - Aug 4, 2014
Posted by Tina Blankenship

Beloved father, husband, and friend to many.  Born September 15, 1940 in Latimer County, OK.  Departed August 4, 2014 in Dallas, TX after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. A resident of Marshall, TX since 1995.  Survived by the love of his life for over 50 years, Margie Blankenship; daughter, Tina K. Blankenship of Dallas, TX; son, Jonathan Mark Blankenship and wife, Susan and grandson, Dillon James Blankenship of Dallas, TX, and first grandson, Marc Christopher Blankenship of Lafayette, LA; One brother, H.D. Blankenship and wife, Norma of Red Oak, OK, and 3 sisters, Vesta Wooton of Hartshorne, OK, Drotha Aldridge and husband, Bob of Carmichael, CA, and Dorothy Wright and husband, Don of Ramona, OK.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Harrison Blankenship and Cecil (Crims) Blankenship and brother, Donald Blankenship, wife Lavern still living in Oklahoma.  John graduated from LeFlore High School in Oklahoma.  John then proudly served 4 years in the U.S. Navy 1960-1964 in which he traveled the world and served on the USS Independence CV-62 Aircraft Carrier as a crew chief for the F4 Phantom Fighter Bomber that participated in Cuban Missile Crisis operations in the Caribbean area. Once out of the Navy, John married his Louisiana bride and eventually started at the ground level of a bearing company, L&S Bearing Company in Oklahoma City, OK.  John worked his way to become Plant Manager and eventually Vice President of Manufacturing.  For many years his job required traveling to various states and countries such as Israel, Czech Republic, and China.  After retirement he spent his time at the ranch that he and Margie built together in Marshall, TX, raising cattle and enjoying visits from friends and family.  His engaging, interesting and humorous conversations with anyone and everyone were a true reflection of his character.  He was loved and respected by all who knew him.  The legacy of his zest for life will live on through his family members.

All are invited to celebrate his life Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 12:00 o’clock at the Crossroads Baptist Church 11763 FM 31, Marshall, TX 75672 with a reception following at his home.  A second service will follow on Monday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m. at Peachland Cemetery Bengal, Latimer County, OK.   

The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy, prayers and all acts of kindness and support extended to them during this time of great sorrow. 

Donations may be made in his honor to one of the following: 

Crossroads Baptist Church
11763 FM 31
Marshall, TX  75672 

East Texas Patriot Guard
Chase Bank
1720 N.W. Loop 281
Longview, TX  75604 

Harrison County ESD #3 Fire Station
P.O. Box 621
Scottsville, TX  75688


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