Joseph Joe Blankenship's Memorial

Joseph Joe Blankenship
(1946 - 2008)


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Name: Mr Joseph Joe Blankenship
Gender: Male
Age: 61 years old
Lived: Wednesday, 6 November 1946 - Monday, 12 May 2008

My Story

Joe was the most amazing man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I was fortunate to have him from the very first moment of my life. He is my dad.

Joe was born Joseph Howard Blankenship on November 6, 1946. He was born into the family of Emmit Gray Blankenship- father 1909-1993, Ruby Ann Brown 1912-2005, and Emmit Noel Blankenship brother b.1935.

Joe was a darling boy with brght white blonde hair and intelligent blue eyes. He was always getting into things. He loved his family unconditionally. As he grew up he had many adventures. He licked salt blocks and tormented cows on Uncle Luther's farm. He snatched a carton of cigarettes  out of an open car window with his best friend and cousin, Johnny Volner.

As Joe got older and left home to go to college the Vietnam War was taking place. He joined the Air Force before he could be drafted. He was then stationed at Lowry Air Force base in Colorado. There he would work and improve himself and meet the love of his life, Sue.

Sue and Joe married in August 1969. In November 1970 as Sue was going to pick up the sports jacket she had on lay-away for Joe she went into labor and had their first bundle of joy, Shannon Lynn. Shannon was a precious joy who would only sleep if placed on Joe's chest as he slept on the couch. They continue to have a special bond that still holds today even though Joe is no longer with us.

Following Shannon by almost 8 years was their second little bundle, Jennie. Shannon, Joe and Sue all had ideas on what they should name this new little person and Joe's name of Jennifer Ann stuck. Since Jennifer was breech and had to be delivered cesarean Joe was the very first person to hold her. Joe and Jennie had their first conversation that day in April which forever impressed him upon her.

Sue and Joe divorced in 1983 and after the divorce was final he went and stood in the Gulf of Mexico for days missing his family and mulling over his mistakes. He always remained an vital part of his girls' lives. He spent the summers wth them and saw them most holidays. He was there whenever they needed him.

Joe's relationships with his various family members only strengthened in later years. After the decline of his business he moved back to his childhood home and spent his life savings renovating it to make it home. He pulled up all the carpets and painted all the rooms. He completely remodeled the bathroom to bring it into the 21st century. The house was incredible and showed all of Joe's wonderful touches and taste.

Joe died from a heart attack as a result of his would have been greedy ex-wife coming back into his life for money that didn't exist. If she had stayed out of his life as per the deal they had made Joe would still be alive today. We all miss him terribly and are saddened everyday by his life cut short.

Joe loved music and movies and travel. He was an excellent golfer and excelled at computers. We will all remember him for his advice and his love and his glass of chocolate milk and spoon of peanut butter!

We love you and miss you terribly Daddy!

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I can't sleep tonight Daddy. And I had a memory pop into my head. My first Christmas after I moved in with you. You w...
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I was thinking of you today Mr.Joe! Christmas time was always so crazy and hectic. I will never forget those LONG A...
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I loved Mr Joe like a daddy. He treated our family like family. He always welcomed us into his home and life....he ...
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I miss you Daddy. It still hurts like no other pain I have ever felt but it gets a little easier to go on each day. I...
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I will always remember Joe a.k.a "dad" as the man who loved me like his own. Stealing a pack of cigarettes with AJ fr...
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Song Dedication Memorial Tribute
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Song Name: Small Town Southe...
Artist: Alan Jackson
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This song will always make me think of you.
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My heart is broken without you Daddy. I want you back. I want to call you and talk to you. I want to ask your advice....


Fathers Name: Emmitt Gray Blankenship
Mothers Name: Ruby Ann Blankenship
Children's Names: Shannon Walls and Jennie Blankenship
Siblings Names: Noel Blankenship
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Lexington
Occupation: Self-Employment
Marital Status: Divorced
Religion: Other Christian


Favourite Sport: Golf
Favourite Team: Denver Broncos
Favourite Movie: Joe Verses the Volcano
Favourite Music Genre: Miscellaneous


Place of Passing: Lexington, TN
Date of Passing: 12 May 2008
Cause of Passing: Killed by his ex-wife
Place of Burial: Oak Grove Cemetary
Funeral Location: Reeds Chapel
Funeral Date: 15 May 2008

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