Jerry Lee Blankenship, Sr.
Jerry Lee Blankenship, Sr.

March 15, 1951 - August 6, 2017
Born in West Virginia
Resided in Shady Side, MD
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Jerry Lee Blankenship, Sr., age 66, died Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Born in Dehue, Logan County, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Charlie and Mary Lou Blankenship. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Rebecca Lilla Blankenship (Becky); children: daughter Dawn Marie Owens of Odenton, MD, son Jerry Lee Blankenship, Jr., of Lothian, MD, daughter Karen Leanne Tolson (Wesley) of North Beach, MD, and son Christopher Ryan Blankenship of North Beach, MD, and two brothers: Fred Allen Blankenship (Sherry), of Easton, MD, and Thomas Carl Blankenship of Richmond, VA. He was preceded in death by his brother Clyde Edward Blankenship and his sister, Mary Ann Templeton. He is survived by five grandchildren: Aryonna Katherine Blankenship, Shannon Elizabeth Owens, Shane Michael Blankenship, Sean Patrick Owens, and Weston Ryan Tolson. He is also survived by Shawn Hale, Dawn Henderson, and Whitney Sussex and his adopted grandchildren: Abagail Hammett, Lilly Knight, and Adalynn Nahrwold.
Jerry graduated from Suitland High School in 1969. He married Becky on January 11, 1970 and began active duty in the United States Navy on January 19, 1970. He trained in Great Lakes, IL, as a Hospital Corpsman, was stationed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, and was honorably discharged in November 1972.

Jerry and his family lived for many years in Upper Marlboro, MD, and were active members of Calvary Baptist Church where he enjoyed working with the boys missions groups. His work was in retail, managing stores for Franks Nursery and Crafts, Duron and Monarch Paints and he retired from Juenemann Painting and Decorating in 2015. Jerry had a very strong work ethic, with rarely a sick day and often working beyond the requirements of his job.

Jerry was a breakfast man which was how each and every day began. He loved Celtic and classic rock and roll music, all of the family pets, old cars, science fiction and fantasy television shows, telling jokes and watching movies with the grandkids.

Jerry's family was his life's joy and he believed his children and grandchildren were his life's achievement. Any day spent with them was the best day ever.

He was Jerry, Honey, Dad, Daddy, Pop, Pop Pop, Paw Paw, Grampa, and Pop Rocks, He was so loved and will be so missed by so many.

Jerry stood on God's promises and he believed that he would see us again in His presence.

He would want you to love each other well and laugh a lot.

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Hardesty Funeral Home-Galesville
905 Galesville Road
Galesville, MD US 20765
Friday, August 11, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Hardesty Funeral Home-Galesville
905 Galesville Road
Galesville, MD US 20765
Friday, August 11, 2017
3:00 PM

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