Leonard Neil Blankenship, 81, of Pineville, WV went home to be with the Lord on Thursday November 26, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC. He was born on June 7, 1939 in Man, WV a son of the late McGarvey and Nellie F. Kennedy Blankenship. Neil is a United States Marine Corp Veteran, a member of the UMWA, American Legion and attended the Family Praise and Worship Center. He worked over forty years at U. S. Steel Pinnacle Mines.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Steve Blankenship; a nephew Richard Blankenship; his mother-in-law Bertie Hawks; a sister-in-law Hazel Hawks; and brother-in-law Harold Hawks.
Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years Phyllis Ann Hawks Blankenship; a daughter Belinda Stewart and husband Tim of Winston Salem, NC; two sons Larry Blankenship and wife Kim of Monroe, NC and Chris Blankenship of Pineville; three grandchildren Megan Crosby and husband Cody of Winston Salem, NC, Devan Blankenship of Pineville and Anna Paige Stewart of Winston Salem, NC; a sister JoAnn Stafford and husband Jake of Oceana; and a host of other loving family and friends.
A private service for the immediate family will be held on Thursday December 3, 2020. The Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct Military Rites. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, WV with Pastor Timmy Brewster officiating. A celebration of Neil’s Life will be held at a later date, due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Pallbearers will be family.
The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.