James Anthony Blankenship

Born: Wed., Jul. 12, 1961
Died: Sat., Jul. 2, 2011

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James Anthony Blankenship, 49, of Athens, Georgia formerly of White Plains, Georgia died Saturday, July 2, 2011 from a motorcycle accident. He was born in San Francisco, California on July 12, 1961, the son of the late Ana Sylvia Blankenship and Robert D. Blankenship, Sr. He graduated from Stafford Virginia High School and attended two years of technical school in Virginia. For four years he served his country in the United States Army stationed in Alaska, Fort Polk Louisiana and in Kentucky. He was an Insurance Agent for Primerica and was the owner of Blankenship Audio and Video. James was a member of Bethlehem First Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and biking.

He is survived by his wife, Trina K. Blankenship; sons, Joel Blankenship of Athens, GA and Caleb Blankenship of Clintwood, VA; father, Robert D. Blankenship, Sr and stepmother Carolyn Blankenship of White Plains, GA; four sisters, Ivonne Studds of Marietta, GA, Carmen Blankenship of Huntsville, AL, Sylvia Elena Gaidowski of Florida and Chloe Haidet and husband Doug of Marietta, GA; three stepsisters, Donna Spence of Winchester, VA, Theresa Lloyd of Winchester, VA and Mildred Blankenship of Matewan, WV; three brothers, Luis Blankenship and wife Christina of Huntsville, AL, Joe Blankenship and wife Jennifer of Huntsville, AL and Robert Blankenship Jr. and wife Amy of Springville, AL; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at White Plains Baptist Church, 1020 Main Street, White Plains, GA 30678 with Rev. Jody Hice officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Luis Blankenship, Joe Blankenship, Bobby Blankenship, Douglas Haidet, Robbie Hall and Jim Litchford. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday July 5th and 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday July 6th at McCommons Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Becky Cronic
   Posted Mon July 04, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your recent loss. I enjoyed working with James while he was in Greene County and he will be truly missed. God bless you all.

Jim and Susan Litchford
   Posted Mon July 04, 2011
Trina,Joel,and Caleb, we were blessed to have your father as an active member of our Sunday School class at Bethlehem First Baptist. We will miss him greatly. He is now rejoicing and worshiping in the presence of our Lord. Jim and Susan Litchford

Gary and Marlene Estep
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Dear Bob and family, I just recently met James on Facebook. He was so nice and showed how much he loved our Lord. I believe our loss is Heaven's gain. Gary and I both want to express our sympathy. My heart aches for you and I pray that God gives you comfort.. Love Cousins Marlene and Gary.

Kelly and Henry Priest and family
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Trina,Caleb and Joel, Our prayers are with you during this time. We were sorry to hear about James but pray you have peace knowing he is in the presence of the Lord. We have missed you all.

April Brown
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Trina, I'm so sorry the loss you and the boys have endured. Please call or email me. Hugs and love to you all. We've missed you!

Vernon,Judy & family
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
So sorry for your loss. James will be greatly missed I loved to hear him sing at the reunions. He will never be forgotten.

David & Charlotte Blankenship
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Our hearts are sorrowed with the loss of James. Losing a child, bother and a dad leaves such a void that can not be filled. James attended the Blankenship reunion the 11th of June. He was so excited to be with his family and to sing songs of Jesus and tell how much he loved him. We are miles apart but that does not stop the love for my family. God be with you now and in days to come. Love to my family.

Laurie Rimes
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
The Blankenship family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Shirly Rimes, Adrian Rimes and Laurie Rimes

Richard Cronic
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
I was sorry to hear of James's death. Our condolences and thoughts will be with you and your family during this time of loss. God bless you all.

Dr. Don and Marilyn Parkerson
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
Trina, We were so saddened to hear of James' accident. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys during this difficult time. We know where James is. Walking the streets of Glory. I know he was a Godly man and was welcomed into Heaven. God will also be right there with you. May God surround you with His peace and love. Dr. Don and Marilyn

Don Myers
   Posted Tue July 05, 2011
I'm going to miss you James. Thanks for your friendship, encouragement, and brotherhood. You were a blessing to us all, and it's a comfort knowing you're with the Lord, surrounded by his glory.

Rita Holliday
   Posted Wed July 06, 2011
Please know that James is in a better place and surrounded by many new friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Much Love.

Jeff and Vicki Chandler
   Posted Wed July 06, 2011
Dearest Trina, Joel and Caleb, How we have been and will continue to pray for each of you, our precious friends. You are loved, Vicki, Jeff and Savannah Chandler

Joe & Jennifer Blankenship
   Posted Wed July 06, 2011
My big brother was a hero to me but is now an angel for me and my family. It's comforting to know that he will, from heaven, continue to lookout for me and many others. I will miss Jimmy so much that words can't describe it! If Trina, Joel or Caleb ever need me, I'm there for you. I love you. lil brother

Warren & Bobbi Smith
   Posted Thu July 07, 2011
Dear Trina, Joel, Caleb and all family, We apologize for not being able to be there to be with all of you at this incredibly sad time. We were with you in our hearts and souls. We can't express enough how sorry we are for the loss of James and how heartbroken we feel. Our prayers go out to all family as we read how many there are. The glider will be a great way for us to always be reminded of the kindness and passion of James. Warren will proudly fly it and it will serve as a wonderful memorium for us both. Trina, I love you so much and have greatly missed you. Caleb, please know how much Miss Bobbi loves you and misses all your hugs. You are so special! Joel, you have grown into a wonderful young man of God. Warren and I are very proud of you. You look so much like your daddy! We love and miss you too. We are always right here if any of you need us and we would love to see you. Love and many hugs to all of you. God will comfort all of you and cover you with the peace that only He can give, because we have asked him to. Love and blessing to you all, Warren and Bobbi Smith

Charles & Kelley Middleton
   Posted Sat July 09, 2011
To the Blankenship family, we were so saddened to hear about James. What a great guy! We can only smile when we think of him and all the great work he has done for us over the years. His ever present smile and positive attitude made him a delight to be around. His handiwork is all around our house and we will always remember him fondly. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and we know you all will be together again someday. God Bless.

   Posted Sun July 10, 2011
I miss James so much. I take comfort in knowing that he is in heaven with our Lord Jesus and is forever with mom. One day we shall all rejoice in his presence! I love you James....Elena