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Jerry "Totche" Blankenship

October 19, 1950 ~ June 10, 2022 (age 71)


Jerry “Totche” Blankenship, 71, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Friday, June 10, 2022.

The son of Beatrice Gamble Blankenship and the late Jack Blankenship, he was born in Pineville, WV on October 19, 1950.

Totche was a veteran of the US Army and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict.

He enjoyed many outdoor activities including gardening, playing golf, hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles. He also really enjoyed playing pool. Totche never met an animal he didn’t befriend.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife of thirty-seven years, Gaynell Blankenship; his son, Andy Blankenship; a daughter, Gilda Phillips; two sisters, Pam Daniels and Patricia Thompson; and his stepfather, Bill Wingler. 

Totche is survived by his daughter, Jackie Smith and husband Robert; a brother, Larry Blankenship and wife Betty; six grandchildren: Stormy Phillips, Paige Blankenship, Cody Blankenship, Taylor Gallaher and husband Alex, Gabby Phillips and AJ Blankenship; three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

In keeping with Totche’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services. 

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