Blankenship, Michael

Michael "Ray" Blankenship NEBO Michael "Ray" Blankenship, 53, of Nebo, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, due to a work related accident. Born in McDowell County March 20, 1960, he was the son of the late Palmer Blankenship and Luzeal "Gue" Blankenship, of Dysartsville. Known as a kind hearted and generous man, Ray was known to be a hard worker who started at a young age working with his father and brothers. He was co-owner and operator, along with his brother, of Blankenship Logging. Mr. Blankenship especially enjoyed sharing his love of logging with his special young men, Tyler and Karson. Ray was a member and deacon at New Manna Baptist Church, where he enjoyed serving as a bus driver and mechanic in the Bus Ministry for 27 years. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by one brother, Billy Richard Blankenship. Mr. Blankenship is survived by, in addition to his mother, his loving wife of 20 years, Margaret "Muff" Blankenship, of the home; one daughter, Mandie Zarbano Pennell and husband, Shannon, of Marion; one sister, Debra Cox and husband, Bill, of Dysartsville; one brother, Palmer Blankenship and wife, Kandi, of Dysartsville; and a number of nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at New Manna Baptist Church, with Pastor Tony Shirley and the Rev. Steve Durham officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m., prior to the service, at the church. Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those wishing to make memorial donations in Ray's memory are asked to consider, New Manna Baptist Church Bus Ministry, P.O. Box 1286, Marion, NC 28752. Westmoreland Funeral Home & Cremations is assisting the family with arrangements. An online register is available under "Obituaries" at www.westmore

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I would like to let Muff and her family and loved ones know that they are in my heart and thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow and loss of a loved one . May God bring strength and comfort to each and everyone of you , that you need in your hearts at this time. Even though I only knew Muff from the therapy she has given me , I know she is a God loving woman and faith and strength will endure through these times. I know your loved one was also a God loving man and that he is in heaven looking down upon you with love . You each are in my prayers and heart and may God Bless each and everyone of you in his way of comfort for you. Love you, Judy Reedy

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