Stephen Michael Blankenship, age 64, of Luverne, Alabama, passed away on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at Baptist South Medical Center. A memorial service to honor his life will be held in Parkersburg, WV on February 26, 2022 at Sunrise Baptist Church and another at his home in Luverne, Al on March 19, 2022.
Steve was born and reared in West (by God) Virginia. An avid hunter, fisherman, craftsman, and most of all a man who tried to serve his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. His favorite scripture was Proverbs 3:5 & 6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. Steve embraced time to worship and fellowship with like-minded believers while teaching Sunday school or driving the church bus when his children were young. As he grew older, he became an encourager to the youth at his church. He loved all children. No matter how bad he felt or someone else, his sense of humor brightened your day. His hugs and back rubs calmed the worst of days.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lora Blankenship; and brothers, Ernest Ray “Jody” Blankenship, Jr., Larry Allen Blankenship, and Billy Joe Blankenship. Loving survivors include his dear wife, Mary Blankenship; children, Jessica Nedeff (Ryan) of Ohio, Justin Blankenship (Alison) of Parkersburg, WV, Penny L. Strunk of Williamsburg, KY, and Ginny Herald Prince of London, KY; grandchildren, Konnor Blankenship, Titus Blankenship, Baby Blankenship, and Rockford Nedeff; Ethan Herald, Justin Herald, and Elijah Herald. Sisters, Peggy Dawson (Tom), Kimberly Blake (Ray), and Janet Myers (Keith); devoted cousin, Tony Eagle; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family can share memories and condolences in the guestbook online at www.greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Blankenship family.