Farm Animals 17

Buddy Graham Blankenship

January 12, 1939 ~ September 15, 2020 (age 81)


Buddy Graham Blankenship, age 81, of 976 Collins Road, Sparta; passed away Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at his residence.

Buddy was born January 12th, 1939 in Richlands, Virginia to the late Burley Blankenship and Mabel Houchins Blankenship Underwood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Crabtree Blankenship; two brothers: Donald Blankenship and Burley Thomas Blankenship; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Blankenship.

Buddy was known best for his hard work. He quit school in the 5th grade to work and take care of his family after his father went in the military. He loved farming his cattle which he treated as pets, gardening and landscaping his yard. He was a member of Savannah United Methodist Church in the Edmonds Community of Alleghany. He was a volunteer with the Solid Rock Food Closet and Meals on Wheels until his health declined.

Survivors include five children: Gary Wayne Blankenship and wife Pam of West Jefferson, Randell Ray Blankenship and wife Bonnie of Ennice, Dean Allen Blankenship of Henderson, Tina Blankenship Joines and husband Tim of Glade Valley, Timothy lee Blankenship and wife Kathy of Sparta; ten grandchildren: Brittany Scott (Isaac), Courtney Miller, Amanda Blankenship, John Blankenship (Katie), Jacob Perry (Ashton), Trent Blankenship, Adam Joines (Hannah), Nicole Blankenship, Matthew Blankenship (Hannah), Jessica Kelly (Jason); seven great-grandchildren: Anakin Joines, Zander Joines, Easton Blankenship, Cooper Blankenship, Landen Kelly, Aubree Kelly, and Archer Scott; a brother, Jimmy Blankenship of Richlands, Virginia; a sister, Betty Hill of Mansfield, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Harold Pardue of Sparta; special caregivers and friends, Margie Spencer and Josh Hunt; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services to honor the life of Buddy will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, September 17th, 2020 in the chapel of Thomas Family Funeral Service 115 Hawthorne Street, Sparta, NC with the Reverends David Payne and Ronnie Collins officiating. Interment will follow at the Edmonds Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at the residence.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice of Alleghany PO Box 1287 Sparta, NC 28675 or to the Solid Rock Food Closet PO Box 955 Sparta, NC 28675.

The family would like to extended a special thank you to the staff of Medi Home Hospice and Dr. Richard Ambler with Alleghany Family Practice for the exceptional care given to Buddy.

Thomas Family Funeral Service is honored to be serving the Blankenship family. If you wish, online tributes may be extended to the family at

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September 17, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thomas Family Funeral Service
115 Hawthorne Street
Sparta, NC 28675

Funeral Service
September 17, 2020

11:00 AM
Thomas Family Funeral Service
115 Hawthorne Street
Sparta, NC 28675

September 17, 2020

12:00 PM
Edmonds Community Cemetery
Crestview Lane
Ennice, NC 28623


Medi Home Hospice of Alleghany
PO Box 1287, Sparta NC 28675

Solid Rock Food Closet
PO Box 955, Sparta NC 28675

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